Find and Delete a Concealed Crypto Miner on the Computer

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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.

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  1.  What is a concealed crypto miner and how dangerous is it for a computer?
  2.  How to detect and remove a concealed crypto miner?
  3.  Prevention is better than cure
  4. Conclusion

1. What is a concealed crypto miner and how dangerous is it for a computer?

A mining-bot on a computer is software that functions in a concealed way and conducts mining of digital coins. A bot uses computing power for mining, and all the earned coins are being allocated to its creator. Obviously, one computer can make peanuts, but if the number of infected equipment amounts to tens or even hundreds of thousands, then the earning of intruders become fairly impressive.

Botnet functions on a virus basis, but unlike the latter, it does not do physical damage to the system, it simply “steals” the computing power of a computer in order to mine cryptocurrency. This may lead to a slower work of a computer but not more.

2. How to detect and remove a concealed crypto miner?

Searching for a concealed crypto miner is a rather difficult task, especially for inexperienced users. Bots are often invisible to a majority of antivirus programs, and while opening the Task Manager, they usually stop functioning. So how to detect them? If you noticed that your computer started to work quite incorrectly, then it makes sense to check it for the presence of this kind of software. For this purpose, it is necessary to:

  • 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.

More advanced mining – bots do not function with the open Task Manager and they are even able to shut it down after a certain period of time (on the average 5-10 minutes). Thus, if you notice that the Task Manager shuts down spontaneously, then most likely your computer is used for mining of BTC or other cryptocurrencies.

If you have already detected a bot, so then it is the right time to remove a miner completely from your computer. By the way, this can be done without use of an additional software.

  1. Proceed with the following path: Control Panel> Computer Management> Task Manager> Details.
  2. 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).
  3. 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.
  4. After that, simply delete all the exact matches in the register and that is all, your computer is clean again.

A more or less advanced PC user can use this method in most cases.

3. Prevention is better than cure

Like in case of diseases, the best treatment is prevention, the same way everything is arranged in the digital world. However, the belief that a concealed crypto miner harms the computer is not entirely true, but the presence of this “parasite” stealing the PC computing power is unlikely to please anyone.

Therefore, here are some tips that will help to reduce the likelihood of the infection of your computer by a concealed crypto miner almost to zero:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

4. Conclusion

The blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies have become quite a popular topic and a method of earning money, therefore, a sufficient number of fraudsters are concentrated here. The creators of so-called mining-bots, which use the computing power of other people’s computers in order to mine cryptocurrency are among them. These programs do not directly threaten the computer and the victim’s files, but they significantly slow down its work. Their detection is not so easy but, fortunately, they can be completely removed.

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The Crypto Market “Started Selling” Bitcoin by $4 500 by Black Friday or Top 5 Crypto-Services That Offer Discounts

What if it wasn’t collapse of the rate, but cryptocurrency market is preparing for the Black Friday? And it’s not an anti-record of the price tag of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, but a huge discount? 🙂

All the news feeds are flooding with the information about “bad feeling” of the crypto market. Today, November, 20, 2018, the Bitcoin rate is hanging around the $4 500 mark, causing deep psychological trauma to the holders of cryptocurrencies. But, what if it is the time to rejoice and buy a cheap crypto ?

This is all, of course, “black” jokes on the grounds, that the world’s attention is focused within 2 events – the collapse of the cryptocurrency market and the upcoming Black Friday.

In order to lighten the spirits, The Coin Shark has collected top 5 trading platforms where attractive discounts to the Black Friday are already waiting for you.

1. Bitcoin Black Friday

The most popular crypto platform, where the massive sales of goods are held for Bitcoin on the Black Friday. The platform will start sales on November,23, 2018 at 00:00 UTC.

2. Overstock

This trading platform works constantly. It’s advantage is the opportunity to save up to 70%. On holiday sales, the founders of the platform, decided that they could give more to their users.  On Black Friday 2018, there will be discounts on goods up to 70%. For payment method they accept Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. 

3. TradingView

The website for monitoring cryptocurrency, gives to all traders a good opportunity to buy a powerful tool for research and analysing of the rate with a 60% discount on a Pro, Pro+ and Premium versions.

4. Crypto Asylum

The manufacturer of hardware wallets Crypto Asylum, decided to keep up with the “black tradition”. He will arrange the sale of his products with a 20% discount, on all of his products. The discount is given if you pay for your goods using Bitcoin cryptocurrency.

5. LEDGER

The manufacturer of the hardware wallet Ledger Nano S, is also not far behind from “the black trends”. It’s users will be given a 21% discount, if they place an order between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, which will be on November,26.

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Investors Lost $135 Million Due To OKEx’s Decision To Close BCH Futures Too Early

OKEx upset its customers once again, this time the crypto exchange cancelled their investments too early, as a result, they lost quite impressive amount of money – $135 million.

These investments include Bitcoin Cash futures; OKEx has implemented such investments recently, however, they were not approved by any regulated business.

The exchange took all the measures due to Bitcoin Cash hard fork last week:

“Due to the upcoming hard fork, strong volatility is observed in the BCH spot and futures markets. We expect an even greater volatility…The final outcome of the BCH hard fork is still unpredictable, and so are the responses of other constituent exchanges to the new forked coins.”

Nevertheless, the disruption happened and caused drastic drop in cryptocurrencies’ prices. The Hong Kong-based OKEx decided to deliver the contracts before their due dates. It caused losses to some investors. According to Bloomberg, Qiao Changhe, one fund manager, lost $700,000.

We remind you

Bitcoin Cash: Overview, Advantages and Disadvantages, Details of The Hard Forks

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Cryptocurrency Prices Today, November 20: BTC Collapsed below $4500, Bitcoin Cash Lost 44% of Its Cost

Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple, Bitcoin Cash, EOS, Litecoin, Cardano, Stellar, IOTA, Dash, Monero: Cryptocurrency prices

According to the Coin360 online platform, Bitcoin (BTC) lost 15.72% over the past 24 hours. The price at the time of writing is $4505 per coin, but it remains quite volatile and decreases to the $4300 price point from time to time.

The rest of  cryptocurrencies are rapidly declining:

Bitcoin Cash lost 44% over the past 24 hours and costs $242 per coin;

Ripple minus 4.58% and costs $0.44;

EOS lost 14%, and its price is $3.69;

Litecoin fell by 14.37%, and its rate is $32;

Cardano lost 15.97%, and its value is $0.045;

Stellar dropped by 15.36% and is $0.19 in price;

IOTA decreased by 17%, and its cost is $0.41;

Dash lost 14.10%, and its price is $103;

Monero collapsed by 16.60% and costs $67.

Over the past day, Ethereum lost 16.15% and continues to decline in price. The cost of the coin is $133.

The total market capitalization dropped significantly to $145 billion. Bitcoin accounts for 53.6% of the total amount. In monetary terms, the volume fell to $78 billion.

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Poloniex Crypto Exchange Adds 6 USD Coin Trading Pairs

One of the major crypto exchanges in the world, Poloniex, decided to implement six more trading pairs which include Goldman Sachs-backed stablecoin USDC.

Users can trade the following trading pairs since November 16:

XRP/USDC
XMR/USDC
STR/USDC
DOGE/USDC
LTC/USDC
ZEC/USDC

Moreover, Poloniex claimed in its blog post that it had become the first crypto exchange to offer users the ability to trade tokens linked to Bitcoin Cash (BCH): Bitcoin Cash SV (BCHSV) and Bitcoin Cash ABC (BCHABC).

We want to remind you that such crypto exchanges as OKEx, Huobi, BitPay, Coinbase, Binance have already listed USDC stablecoin on their listings.

The Stablecoins: What Is It and Why Is It So Popular Now?

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SIM Swapping Has Become One of the Most Popular and Dangerous Types of Crypto Hacking Attacks

Hackers never sleep. They always come up with new ways to steal money, and when they find a good method, they stick to it. Recently, this has been the case for SIM swapping, an attack which can illegitimately get hold of cell phone users’ personal info and result in great money loss.

According to REACT Task Force, an organization that is fighting with crimes online, such type of attack has become so widespread due to its simplicity and efficiency, in other words, it is easy to pull off and it can bring a lot of money.

A representative of REACT mentioned:

It’s probably REACT’s highest priority at the moment, given that SIM swapping is actively happening to someone probably even as we speak right now.”

SIM swapping has already caused a couple of scandals involving major mobile providers in the US. We remind you:

AT&T and T-Mobile Are Sued by the People Affected by the Sim Swapping Hacking Attacks

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Are Crypto and Blockchain Jobs Still Relevant?

As it may be seen from the statistics taken from the job search site Indeed.com, the popularity of crypto-related jobs has begun decreasing as the hype over cryptocurrency slowly but surely fades away.


Source: Indeed.com

According to the graph, the employee’s interest in crypto jobs (blue line) has remained pretty much the same as one year ago, but did drop significantly compared with the November and December of 2017. As for the employer’s interest (red line), it has stayed quite stable, however, it is also starting to decline.

Crypto industry is a sphere where real specialists can get quite decent salaries. Hopefully, as the market stabilizes, the demand of jobs will increase as well.

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