A new miner virus using the Winlog.exe process to mine computer has been detected by security researchers. The miner attacks the Central Processor of computers, compromised by it and strives to obtain various different information from infected computers while doing mining activities. In the events that your computer is infected by the Winlog.exe miner, read this article to learn more about it and how you can remove it’s files.
|Short Description||May attack the CPU on your computer to perform cryptocurrency mining activities.|
|Symptoms||Your computer may begin to experience general slowing down of performance and you might see high CPU usage in task manager.|
|Distribution Method||Via malicious files or links sent to the victim or other malware.|
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Winlog.exe Crypto Miner – How Does It Infect
The main infection methods that are related to the Winlog.exe malware were recently reported by security researchers to be conducted as a result of various different types of attack methods. One of them is by you having a potentially unwanted program added on your computer. These programs may be adware or browser hijackers tht may cause browser redirects to unsafe sites. Only one unsafe site, containing the infection file or script of the Winlog.exe coin miner is enough to compromise your computer system.
Another way of infecting you is by you downloading the malicious file yourself, while trusting that it is a legitimate type of file. These seemingly legitimate files often tend to run various different types of malicious scripts on your computer. These scripts result in a successful infection with Winlog.exe malware on your computer.
Winlog.exe Miner – Activity
When an infection with Winlog.exe miner takes place on your compute,r the malware may begin to activate the following Windows processes:
As soon as this miner is activated, your CPU usage may immediately spike. Other side effects of the malware may also include:
- The Winlog.exe process dropped in the %ProgramData% Windows directory.
- The timeout.exe process running in Task manager.
- CMD.exe*32 also running in Windows Task Manager.
- Programs start with big delay.
- The computer freezes at times.
To mine for cryptocurrencies, Winlog.exe may connect to a mining pool, which is a virtual space, where multiple mining computers are connected and generate hashes as shown in the image below:
The Winlog.exe miner targets the Electroneum crypto currency in the background of your computer and you get nothing in return. This is a relatively new crypto and at the expense of your CPU’s usage, the cyber-criminals receive Electroneum tokens. The worse part of it all is that the Winlog.exe miner may even damage your computer due to overheating if the virus remains on your computer for long periods of time.
In addition to this, the Winlog.exe miner may also have some Trojan horse components embedded directly into the virus. This may make it particularly dangerous to your PC, since the miner may perform the following malicious activities:
- Delete files.
- Copy files from your PC.
- Encrypt files on your PC.
- Obtain administrator rights.
- Update itself so that it stays hidden.
- Log the keystrokes typed by you.
- Obtain data about the sites you have visited.
- Steal saved passwords on your browser.
- Steal financial data.
Remove Winlog.exe Miner Trojan from Your PC
If you want to remove the Winlog.exe cryptocurrency miner malware, your best bet is to follow the manual or automatic removal instructions underneath this article. They have been created with the primary idea to help you delete the files belonging to this virus either by hand or automatically. If manual removal does not seem to work for you, we would suggest that you remove this malware automatically from your PC. Experts always recommend such removal to be done with the aid of an advanced anti-malware program, since such software will scan your computer for all the malicious objects and files created by the Winlog.exe miner and remove it. More to it, such software also makes sure that your computer remains protected against any malicious files in the future as well.
- Guide 1: How to Remove Winlog.exe from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Winlog.exe from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Winlog.exe from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Winlog.exe from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Winlog.exe from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Winlog.exe from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Winlog.exe from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove Winlog.exe from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Winlog.exe
Step 2: Uninstall Winlog.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 Winlog.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 Winlog.exe there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Winlog.exe from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Winlog.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 Winlog.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 Winlog.exe files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Winlog.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 Winlog.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 Winlog.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 Winlog.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 Winlog.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 Winlog.exe will be removed.
Eliminate Winlog.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.