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.
|Short Description||Enters 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.|
|Symptoms||Your computer’s performance is heavily affected, other malicious activities may be taking place on your system as well.|
|Distribution Method||Via 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.
- 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:
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.
- Guide 1: How to Remove zeiss.exe from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of zeiss.exe from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove zeiss.exe from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase zeiss.exe from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall zeiss.exe from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove zeiss.exe from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate zeiss.exe from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove zeiss.exe from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove zeiss.exe
Step 2: Uninstall zeiss.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 zeiss.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 zeiss.exe there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of zeiss.exe from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall zeiss.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 zeiss.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 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.
Remove zeiss.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 zeiss.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 zeiss.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 zeiss.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 zeiss.exe will be removed.
Eliminate zeiss.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.