Find and Delete a Concealed Crypto Miner on the Computer
Cryptocurrency mining has been a rather debated topic over the past couple of years. With the right approach, mining can bring a good income. For that reason, this field of activity became very attractive for dishonest people, who infect other people's computers with malicious software and use their computing power to mine digital coins. In this article, we will talk in detail about such concept as a mining-bot and learn how to detect and remove it from your computer. Сontent: (please, click the topic to scroll down to it)
- What is a concealed crypto miner and how dangerous is it for a computer?
- How to detect and remove a concealed crypto miner?
- Prevention is better than cure
- measure CPU with a low load (office applications, simple programs, etc.);
- measure CPU with a heavy load (video rendering, 3D graphics, games, etc.);
- download the AIDA64 application and check the GPU and CPU work;
- analyze the obtained data.
- Proceed with the following path: Control Panel> Computer Management> Task Manager> Details.
- Then, in the “Actions” tab, look for those tasks, which names significantly differ from the standard ones. Often, this is just an awkward collection of numbers and letters, for example “8324ffsdsew21f.exe” (this is just a template; each miner has a unique name).
- Miners often hide themselves behind the files, which are responsible for the system update. Check what exactly is launched by the file with an unusual name.
- After that, simply delete all the exact matches in the register and that is all, your computer is clean again.
- Do not visit suspicious websites of which you are not sure. Do not click on the links that you receive in the instant messengers, especially sent by the strangers.
- Do not use a pirated software, as there is a good likelihood that a botnet will be inside the program that you need. This rule applies also to media files (movies, music, etc.). Apply the content only via the licensed services.
- Use antivirus programs. They may not always be able to detect the threat of concealed crypto mining, but still the chances of making yourself secure with an antivirus are much higher than without it.