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WINDRV.EXE Miner Process – What Is It and How to Remove It

This article has been created in order to help explain what is WINDRV.EXE and how to remove it completely from your computer system.

A new cyptocurrency miner infection using the fake process windrv.exe has been detected by security researchers to mine for various cryptocurrencies on your computer. The virus aims to use the CPU and GPU resources on the computers that have been infected by it. Then, the malware may generate cryptocurrency tokens from the cryptocurrencies BitCoin or Monero. The mining process may result in your computer slowing down in performance and even freezing at times. Sicne the windrv.exe process may break your PC if it remains for longer periods of time on it, recommendations are to remove it, preferably by using the information in this article.

Threat Summary

Name windrv.exe Miner
Type Miner Trojan Horse (CryptoCurrencies)
Short Description Aims to perform mining procedure for a cryptocurrency at the expense of the victim’s computer.
Symptoms High CPU and GPU usage percentage.
Distribution Method Via bundled installers, fake setups or via other PUP that has already been installed on your PC.
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Windrv.exe Miner Malware – Distribution

The windrv.exe cryptocurrency miner may infect you in two main ways – actively or passively. If the methods used by the cyber-crooks are active, they may send you fake e-mails, that may contain files which only pretend to be legitimate. Such files may include:

  • Invoice documents.
  • Receipt type of files.
  • Order details.

In addition to the files being directly sent to your PC via e-mail, they may also be sent via third-party links on Facebook Messenger, Viber for PC or other software. The download sites are any mainstream file sharing websites, like Dropbox, for example.

In addition to being sent to you, the infection file of the windrv.exe virus may also be uploaded on a website as a fake type of file you are looking to download and just waiting there to be activate. The most often imitated files are the follwing:

  • Patches.
  • Crack.
  • Key generators.
  • License activation programs.

Windrv.exe Miner – Activity

When this virus causes an infection on your computer, several malicious files may be downloaded via an open port from a command and control server or a distribution site, belonging to the crooks. The files ensure that the virus remains undetected while mining for cryptocurrencies and performs other unwanted activities on your computer as well. The files may be located in the following folders of your PC:

  • %Local%
  • %AppData%
  • %Temp%
  • %Roaming%
  • %LocalLow%

In addition to dropping files, the windrv.exe virus may also create a scheduled task to run in the background of your computer and furthermore add registry entries in the following Windows Registry Sub-keys, which ensure it’s automatic execution on startup and allow other activities to be performed by the virus as well:

→ HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Authentication\LogonUI\Background
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Personalization
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\ScreenSaveTimeOut
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop
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

When the windrv.exe virus is activated on your PC, it is only created to resemble a legitimate type of file. In fact, the malware connects you to a mining pool, whose primary purpose is to get your device to mine for the designated cryptocurrency. The more devices are connected and linked to the wallet of the hacker who is behind the windrv.exe infection, the richer he or she will become from using victims’ computing power. Here is how a mining pool to which an infected computer is connected may appear like logically:

In addition to being malicious by mining and risking your computer’s components health, the windrv.exe malware may also have Trojan capabilities. This means that not only your PCs components, but all your online accounts and other data may be in jeopardy as well. Such data may be the following:

  • Your passwords.
  • Keystrokes.
  • Screenshot data on your activity.
  • Saved logins on your web browser.

Since the windrv.exe virus may also download other malware on your computer, it is urgent that you take actions towards removing this malware immediately.

How to Delete windrv.exe Miner and Protect Your Computer

Q: How Do I Remove windrv.exe and How Do I Protect My PC and Data In the Future?

A: The first thing you should do if you believe that your PC has been infected by the windrv.exe virus is to stop it’s malicious process and see if it restarts again. If it does, then you should stop it completely by right-clicking on it and clicking on the open file location option and manually removing it immediately after stopping it as a process. Be advised that this does not solve the issue with the virus, since you should follow the removal instructions down below afterwards. It presents the possibility to delete this malware either manually or automatically from your system. Be advised that the safest and fastest method for removing the windrv.exe Trojan is by doing it automatically by downloading an advanced anti-malware software, which aims to help you to automatically detect and remove the malicious files and protects your system against future threats as well, according to experts.

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How to Remove windrv.exe Miner from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove windrv.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 windrv.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 windrv.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 windrv.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 windrv.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.

SpyHunter5-update-2018


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 windrv.exe Miner from Mac OS X.


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

OFFER
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 windrv.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 windrv.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 windrv.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 windrv.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 windrv.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 windrv.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 windrv.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 windrv.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 windrv.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 windrv.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 windrv.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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