Miner viruses such as the Bitcoin minining virus have continued to gain popularity with the emergence of cryptocurrencies. New and new viruses, like the websock.exe miner have appeared and aim to use the resources of victim computers in order to generate cryptocurrency tokens for anonymous currencies, such as BitCoin or Monero. This activity results in your computer starting to slow down, experience system freezes and if the websock.exe miner remains on it for longer periods of time, the malware may begin to break it’s components due to using them at their limit all the time. In the event that you see the websock.exe miner malware being active on your computer system, recommendations are to read this article and learn how to remove the websock.exe cryptocurrency miner from your computer permanently.
|Short Description||Websock.exe has the purpose to infect your computer and use it’s resources to turn it into a miner for cryptocurrencies.|
|Symptoms||Hightened CPU and GPU usage and overheating. The victim PC may break if this virus mines for longer periods of time.|
|Distribution Method||Spam Emails, Email Attachments, Executable files|
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Websock.exe – How Did I Get It
The primary method which is used by the Websock.exe malware is to slither it onto your computer system via getting you to open a malicious e-mail attachment. Such spammed e-mail messages often pretend to be legitimate as they usually deceive the victim to open their attachment by pretending it is a:
- Fake invoice.
- Order confirmation.
In reality however, the attachment carries a malicious file which is obfuscated and triggers the initial infection by executing scripts that download the payload of websock.exe malware and execute it on the computer of the victim.
In addition to via e-mail, your computer may also become infected with the websock.exe miner malware by simply getting you to visit a suspicious website or trick you into downloading fake setup files, key generators or software activators from such sites, believing they are legitimate.
Websock.exe – More Information and Activity
When an infection by the websock.exe cryptocurrency miner takes place on your computer system, the virus may perform a series of activities on your computer, the first of which is to connect to a remove command and control (C&C) server or a distribution website and from there download the payload files, which may be of different types. The files may be located in the following Windows system folders under various names, for examle:
From there, the websock.exe cryptocurrency miner malware, may perform another malicious activity, which involves interfering with the registry entries. The virus may add registry value strings with data in them to make it so that the websock.exe miner file runs automatically on system start. The targeted registry sub-keys for this purpose are the following:
Once the cryptocurrency miner process websock.exe runs on your computer, it is pre-configured to connect you most likely to a mining pool, but directly link your computer to the wallet of the cyber-criminal. This scheme often works, because more computers linked to the same cryptocurrency wallet means more hashing power and more cryptocurrency tokens to be generated for shorter periods of time. If we put it simply here is how a mining pool operation works:
After this has been completed, the malware may begin to perform various other activities, most of which include the usage of different modules to self-update itself and migrate it’s processes to remain undetected for longer periods of time on your PC. In addition to this, the websock.exe malware may also have other Trojan capabilities, like the following:
- Steal your files.
- Obtain your passwords and login ID’s.
- Obtain your financial information.
- Log your keystrokes.
- Take screenshots.
- Download other malware on your computer.
Websock.exe Miner – How to Detect and Remove It
The websock.exe miner malware can be detected if you see the process websock.exe itself running in the background on your Task Manager and taking a lot of your CPU and GPU power. If you experience this, it is likely that the temperature of the components will rise as well, causing the fans of your PC to run at higher speed.
If you experience those symptoms and you see the websock.exe process running in the background of your computer, it is strongly recommended to follow the removal instructions down below. They are specifically designed to assist you with removing websock.exe either manually or automatically. Although manual removal is doable, security experts recommend to remove the websock.exe miner malware automatically by downloading an advanced anti-malware software, which will ensure that this miner malware and other viruses that may reside on your PC are gone and you stay protected against future infections as well.
- Guide 1: How to Remove websock.exe Miner from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of websock.exe Miner from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove websock.exe Miner from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase websock.exe Miner from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall websock.exe Miner from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove websock.exe Miner from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate websock.exe Miner from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove websock.exe Miner from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove websock.exe Miner
Step 2: Uninstall websock.exe Miner 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 websock.exe Miner 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 websock.exe Miner there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of websock.exe Miner from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall websock.exe Miner 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 websock.exe Miner 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 malware from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts, programs and malware, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. Combo Cleaner offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove websock.exe Miner 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 websock.exe Miner 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 websock.exe Miner 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 websock.exe Miner 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 websock.exe Miner will be removed.
Eliminate websock.exe Miner 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.