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Zeiss.exe Miner Malware – How to Remove It from the System

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This article will help you understand what the zeiss.exe miner malware process is and what it does to your system. You will also be provided with instructions on how to fully remove the malicious process from your system.

Malware researchers have just detected a new malicious process – zeiss.exe – that is associated with cryptocurrency mining operations. The miner uses this process which runs in the background of the affected computer. The process may belong to a Trojan downloader which may deploy it to mine for Bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies as well. The zeiss.exe miner malware mines for cryptocurrencies by calculating hashes, which means that the system’s resources (CPU) will be affected. As a result, the computer’s performance will be affected due to overheating, especially in cases where the miner resides in the system for longer periods of time.

That being said, if you notice the zeiss.exe process in your Task Manager, you should proceed towards removing the miner as soon as possible from your system. Detailed instructions on how to remove the miner are provided in the end of this article.

Threat Summary

TypeMiner malware
Short DescriptionEnters your computer via malicious websites or malicious e-mail attachments and uses the zeiss.exe miner process to generate cryptocurrency tokens at the expense of your computer’s resources.
SymptomsYour computer’s performance is heavily affected, other malicious activities may be taking place on your system as well.
Distribution MethodVia malicious e-mails, malicious websites, fake setups.
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zeiss.exe Miner Malware Distribution Methods

There are various ways of distribution for the zeiss.exe malicious process. Attackers may be using tools to conceal the malware so that it spreads easily across more machines:

  • Malware obfuscators.
  • Cryptors
  • Trojan.Downloaders
  • Malicious JavaScript to infect via compromised websites
  • Spam bots and malicious e-mail attachments, macros
  • Using fake file setups

Zeiss.exe Miner Malware Malicious Activities

The zeiss.exe miner is most likely distributed via a Trojan horse which means that it may be able to connect to a command and control server. In addition, the miner may create various files that may be dropped in multiple folders on the system:

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

As already mentioned, the main purpose of the malware associated with zeiss.exe malicious process is to mine for cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin. This will lead to the increased usage of CPU resources, which will directly affect the overall performance of the computer. The miner will also connect the victim’s machine to cybercriminals’ wallet. When enough computers are infected, a virtual mining rig is created with multiple infected devices generating extreme amounts of the desired cryptocurrency. In other words, cybercriminals are making profit at the expense of infected computers’ resources.

However, mining is definitely not the only malicious activity that may be associated with zeiss.exe. Here is a list of other malicious activities stemming from this process:

  • Important passwords and account names may be stolen.
  • A keylogger may be dropped to collect keystrokers.
  • The malware may be able to take screenshots.
  • The malware may be able to self-update.
  • The malware may be able to send itself to other computers on a network.

zeiss.exe Miner Malware Removal Instructions

To delete the malware and all the associated files, you should follow the instructions provided below the article. These removal instructions have been created to help you remove zeiss.exe manually. However, if you want to be completely sure that no traces of the malware are left on your computer’s system, you may want to use a powerful anti-malware tool to remove everything for you. In addition, such a tool will continue to guard your system against malicious software after you have removed everything associated with zeiss.exe.


Milena Dimitrova

An inspired writer and content manager who has been with SensorsTechForum for 4 years. Enjoys ‘Mr. Robot’ and fears ‘1984’. Focused on user privacy and malware development, she strongly believes in a world where cybersecurity plays a central role. If common sense makes no sense, she will be there to take notes. Those notes may later turn into articles! Follow Milena @Milenyim

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