How to remove BitcoinMiner (Virus Removal Guide)

What is BitcoinMiner?

A BitcoinMiner (also known as Bitcoin Miner, riskware.bitcoinminer, trojan.bitcoinminer) is a special type of software used to steal a certain number of Bitcoins. Bitcoin is a peer to peer network and online currency without a central government like other currency. The BitcoinMiner virus usually infects a comptuer system without user knowledge and can cause several issues for computer and internet users.

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Aside from stealing currency, BitcoinMiner bundles with other malicious files and potentially unwanted programs. Items that bundle with the BitcoinMiner virus can gather personal data, change browser and system settings, and serve pop-up advertisements across Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Microsoft Internet Explorer. BitcoinMiner can also cause a decrease in computer performance and internet connectivity. On our test machine, the malicious program used 88% CPU while running in the background.

The BitcoinMiner virus uses hidden and deceptive files to remain hidden on a computer system. Most computer users will are not aware that they are infected with a BitcoinMiner virus unless they are using Antivirus or Anti-Malware software with real-time protection.

How does BitcoinMiner get onto a computer?

There are many ways that BitcoinMiner malware can get onto a computer. During our examination, riskware.bitcoinminer was introduced to our test machine via torrent downloads that promised to be a popular television show. The torrent was downloaded from a popular torrent website and the file it downloaded was called USER.exe. BitcoinMiner was also introduced to our computer system alongside backdoor trojan horses.

BitcoinMiner can also be contracted via email attachments, malicious links, and alongside third-party downloadable items, including freeware, shareware, and more.

In many cases a website may host BitcoinMiner and the malicious program will automatically download without user consent.

How to remove BitcoinMiner (Removal Guide)

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Step 1: Remove BitcoinMiner malware with Malwarebytes

1. Download and install the free or full version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. The full version enables real-time protection to block malware and unwanted programs from infecting your computer, while the free version is just a free scan and removal tool.

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2. Open the Malwarebytes Anti-Malware program.

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3. Click the large Scan Now button or visit the “Scan” tab to manually run a scan.

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4. Once the malware scan is complete, click the Remove Selected button and reboot your computer.

If you are still having issues with malware it is recommended to download and install a second opinion scanner such as HitmanPro by Surfright to eradicate existing malicious files and automatically repair corrupted settings.

Step 2: Cleanup and repair settings with CCleaner

1. Download and install the free or full version of CCleaner by Piriform.

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2. Once installed, open the program and navigate to Cleaner > Windows/Applications and click the Analyze button. Afterwards, click the Run Cleaner button on the bottom right of the program interface.

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3. Next, navigate to Tools > Startup and search through each tab starting from windows, internet explorer, etc., all the way to Content Menu, for additional suspicious entries and click Disable and Delete once anything is found.

If you are still experiencing issues removing potential BitcoinMiner malware after using this removal guide we recommend to perform a system restore/recovery or a reset/refresh for Windows 8.

Sean Doyle

http://Botcrawl.com

Sean Doyle is an engineer from Los Angeles, California. Sean's primary focuses include Internet Security, Web Spam, and Online Marketing.

Comment ( 1 )

  1. Replykapt
    about right, download a bitcoin miner and acutaly get a bit coin thief. Lol