|Type||Cryptocurrency mining malware.|
|Symptoms||May overheat your CPU and GPU by using them to mine for the cryptocurrency Monero.|
|Distribution Method||Via malicous web links, e-mails and other third-party content.|
|Detection Tool|| See If Your System Has Been Affected by JS:Cryptonight |
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|User Experience||Join Our Forum to Discuss JS:Cryptonight.|
JS:Cryptonight Malware – Spread
In order to infect the maximum amount of victims, the virus files of this malware may be spread in a multitude of methods. These include spreading the malicious files by sending malicious spam e-mails as well as other content to you online. These e-mails often contain false statements to get you to click on a web link or download a malicious attachmnent, for example:
JS:Cryptonight – More Information
Once this malware is activated on your computer, it may drop it’s malicious processes and they may have different names on your computer. The file are usually located in various commonly targeted directories or ran filelessly.
After the malicious files, belonging to JS:Cryptonight are ran, the virus may obtain administrative permissions, touch system files as well as create mutexes. Then, the JS:Cryptonight runs a malicious process in the background of your computer, which may result in your CPU usage spiking severely.
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In addition to this, since it is malware after all, the JS:Cryptonight may also perform other activities on your computer system, such as:
- Update itself.
- Download other malware.
- Collect important information from your computer system.
Be advised that the miner primarily targets the GPU of your MacBook since it uses the Cryptonight algorithm which is a proof of work and utilized to mine exclusively for Monero. The way the mining process occurs is by getting the MacBook to be enlisted in a so-called mining pool. This makes it possible to turn the infected device into a miner and generate crypto money for the cyber-criminals at your PC’s expense. Since the process is particularly dangerous and can even damage your computer in the long-term, security experts strongly advise to remove it from your computer.
Remove JS:Cryptonight from Your Computer
In order to remove the JS:Cryptonight from your computer, we recommend that you do this automatically, since manual removal requires an extensive experience in this field. To do this, you can use Kaspersky’s latest security software against miner malware, like JS:Cryptonight, which besides removing the virus at a click of a button will also make sure that your Mac stays protected against future infections as well.