What Is Tool.exe
Tool.exe is the name of a process that has been reported by security researchers as being a coin miner malware. What this virus does is it may enter your computer silently and run the Tool.exe process to start mining for crypto. This overloads the resources of your machine and it may suffer from slow-downs, freezes and overheating. Experts warn that if malware, the Tool.exe process could cause serious damage to your computer if it stays active in it for longer periods of time. This is the main reason why the removal of Tool.exe is strongly recommended.
Read this article to learn how to remove this coin miner virus and prevent it from further causing damages to your device.
|Type||Coin Miner virus.|
|Short Description||Infects your computer silently while in the same time runs a process that may begin to use your CPU and GPU to mine for crypto without your consent.|
|Symptoms||The Tool.exe process likely running in the background of your computer.|
|Distribution Method||By being sent via e-mail or downloaded from the web.|
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Tool.exe Virus – What Does It Do
Just like any other cryptocurrency miner, the Tool.exe virus may be spread via multiple different strategies, just like other miners we have recently detected, such as CoinHive, TiWorker and Audioddx.exe.
One possible method of Tool.exe miner infecting your computer is if you download its virus files from third-party websites. Such sites could offer the following types of files, but instead of a legitimate file, you get the virus to be downloaded on your computer:
- Software cracks.
- Portable programs.
Once the victim downloads and run the files, this miner malware may connect to a remote host and begin to download its virus files, among which is the Tool.exe process. These files may all be located in the following folders:
Tool.exe may use those files to connect your computer in a so-called cryptocurrency mining pool. This mining pool is basically a network of computers that conjoin their resources to perform cryptocurrency mining for currencies, like BitCoin, Monero and other such anonymous tokens. This may result in your computer slowing down significantly and may also result in it freezing at times. But the main danger if this miner malware stays on your machine for longer is it could cause physical harm to your computer components.
Not just this, but Tool.exe also has the capability of performing Trojan activities on your computer, which may further increase the risk of having it installed on you machine.
Among the malicious activities this Trojan miner may be capable of are the following:
- Take screenshots from your desktop.
- Record video and take pictures from your webcam.
- See what you type on your keyboard by using keylogging software.
- Steal passwords and logins.
- Install other malware and adware.
- Self-update itself to remain hidden for longer.
- Record audio.
- Steal and delete files and financial information.
- Gather information from your browser.
- Create backup files in case your security software detects the original virus files.
These are the primary reasons to consider removing Tool.exe as soon as you can from your computer.
Remove Tool.exe Miner from Your Device
Tool.exe can be removed from your computer if you follow the removal guide that is posted beneath this article. It has been created with the main purpose to help you delete the virus files of this software either manually or automatically. For maximum effectiveness it is recommended to perform the removal of this miner automatically using an advanced anti-malware software. Such a program has been created with the main purpose to scan your computer thoroughly and detect and remove professionally any malicious files.
- Guide 1: How to Remove Tool.exe from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Tool.exe on Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Tool.exe in Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Tool.exe from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Tool.exe from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Tool.exe from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Tool.exe from Internet Explorer.
- Guide 8: Disable Tool.exe Push Notifications in Your Browsers.
How to Remove Tool.exe from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Tool.exe
Step 2: Uninstall Tool.exe and related software from Windows
Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by Tool.exe on your computer.
The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:
You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by Tool.exe there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Tool.exe from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Tool.exe and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- Go to Finder.
- In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
- Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
- If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.
In case you cannot remove Tool.exe via Step 1 above:
In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Scan for and remove Tool.exe files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Tool.exe, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. SpyHunter for Mac offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove Tool.exe from Google Chrome.
Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu
Step 2: Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"
Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Erase Tool.exe from Mozilla Firefox.
Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window
Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.
Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Uninstall Tool.exe from Microsoft Edge.
Step 1: Start Edge browser.
Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.
Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".
Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.
Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.
Remove Tool.exe from Safari.
Step 1: Start the Safari app.
Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.
Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".
Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.
Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.
Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the Tool.exe will be removed.
Eliminate Tool.exe from Internet Explorer.
Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.
Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'
Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.
Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.
Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.
Remove Push Notifications caused by Tool.exe from Your Browsers.
Turn Off Push Notifications from Google Chrome
To disable any Push Notices from Google Chrome browser, please follow the steps below:
Step 1: Go to Settings in Chrome.
Step 2: In Settings, select “Advanced Settings”:
Step 3: Click “Content Settings”:
Step 4: Open “Notifications”:
Step 5: Click the three dots and choose Block, Edit or Remove options:
Remove Push Notifications on Firefox
Step 1: Go to Firefox Options.
Step 2: Go to “Settings”, type “notifications” in the search bar and click "Settings":
Step 3: Click “Remove” on any site you wish notifications gone and click “Save Changes”
Stop Push Notifications on Opera
Step 1: In Opera, press ALT+P to go to Settings
Step 2: In Setting search, type “Content” to go to Content Settings.
Step 3: Open Notifications:
Step 4: Do the same as you did with Google Chrome (explained below):
Eliminate Push Notifications on Safari
Step 1: Open Safari Preferences.
Step 2: Choose the domain from where you like push pop-ups gone and change to "Deny" from "Allow".