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Websock.exe Miner Virus Process – How to Detect and Remove It

This article has been created in order to explain what is websock.exe malware process and how to remove the websock.exe cryptocurrency miner malware from your computer.

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.

Threat Summary

Name websock.exe Miner
Type CryptoCurrency Miner
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.
  • Receipt.
  • 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:

→ HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce

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.

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How to Remove websock.exe Miner from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove websock.exe Miner

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Manual Removal Usually Takes Time and You Risk Damaging Your Files If Not Careful!
We Recommend To Scan Your PC with SpyHunter

Keep in mind, that SpyHunter’s scanner is only for malware detection. If SpyHunter detects malware on your PC, you will need to purchase SpyHunter's malware removal tool to remove the malware threats. Read our SpyHunter 5 review. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria

1. Hold Windows key() + R


2. The "Run" Window will appear. In it, type "msconfig" and click OK.


3. Go to the "Boot" tab. There select "Safe Boot" and then click "Apply" and "OK".
Tip: Make sure to reverse those changes by unticking Safe Boot after that, because your system will always boot in Safe Boot from now on.


4. When prompted, click on "Restart" to go into Safe Mode.


5. You can recognise Safe Mode by the words written on the corners of your screen.


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. To do that:


1. Hold the Windows Logo Button and "R" on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear.


2. In the field type in "appwiz.cpl" and press ENTER.


3. This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC. Select the program that you want to remove, and press "Uninstall"
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall most programs.


Step 3: Clean any registries, created by websock.exe Miner on your computer.

The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce

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:

1. Open the Run Window again, type "regedit" and click OK.


2. When you open it, you can freely navigate to the Run and RunOnce keys, whose locations are shown above.


3. You can remove the value of the virus by right-clicking on it and removing it.
Tip: To find a virus-created value, you can right-click on it and click "Modify" to see which file it is set to run. If this is the virus file location, remove the value.

IMPORTANT!
Before starting "Step 4", please boot back into Normal mode, in case you are currently in Safe Mode.
This will enable you to install and use SpyHunter 5 successfully.

Step 4: Scan for websock.exe Miner with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

1. Click on the "Download" button to proceed to SpyHunter's download page.


It is recommended to run a scan before purchasing the full version of the software to make sure that the current version of the malware can be detected by SpyHunter. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria.


2. After you have installed SpyHunter, wait for it to update automatically.

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3. After the update process has finished, click on the 'Malware/PC Scan' tab. A new window will appear. Click on 'Start Scan'.

SpyHunter5-Free-Scan-2018


4. After SpyHunter has finished scanning your PC for any files of the associated threat and found them, you can try to get them removed automatically and permanently by clicking on the 'Next' button.

SpyHunter-5-Free-Scan-Next-2018

If any threats have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart your PC.


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Get rid of websock.exe Miner from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall websock.exe Miner and remove related files and objects

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Manual Removal Usually Takes Time and You Risk Damaging Your Files If Not Careful!
We Recommend To Scan Your Mac with SpyHunter for Mac
Keep in mind, that SpyHunter for Mac needs to purchased to remove the malware threats. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter’s EULA and Privacy Policy


1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:


2. Find Activity Monitor and double-click it:


3. In the Activity Monitor look for any suspicious processes, belonging or related to websock.exe Miner:

Tip: To quit a process completely, choose the “Force Quit” option.


4. Click on the "Go" button again, but this time select Applications. Another way is with the ⇧+⌘+A buttons.


5. In the Applications menu, look for any suspicious app or an app with a name, similar or identical to websock.exe Miner. If you find it, right-click on the app and select “Move to Trash”.


6: Select Accounts, after which click on the Login Items preference. Your Mac will then show you a list of items that start automatically when you log in. Look for any suspicious apps identical or similar to websock.exe Miner. Check the app you want to stop from running automatically and then select on the Minus (“-“) icon to hide it.


7: Remove any left-over files that might be related to this threat manually by following the sub-steps below:

  • 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:

Disclaimer! If you are about to tamper with Library files on Mac, be sure to know the name of the virus file, because if you delete the wrong file, it may cause irreversible damage to your MacOS. Continue on your own responsibility!

1: Click on "Go" and Then "Go to Folder" as shown underneath:

2: Type in "/Library/LauchAgents/" and click Ok:

3: Delete all of the virus files that have similar or the same name as websock.exe Miner. If you believe there is no such file, do not delete anything.

You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:

→ ~/Library/LaunchAgents
/Library/LaunchDaemons

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.



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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.


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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.



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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.



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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".

stf-safari preferences


Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.

stf-safari-extensions


Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.


Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.

stf-safari 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.


How to Reset Safari
IMPORTANT: Before resetting Safari make sure you back up all your saved passwords within the browser in case you forget them.

Start Safari and then click on the gear leaver icon.

Click the Reset Safari button and you will reset the browser.


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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.


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