How to remove a Trojan.BitCoinMiner Miner Infection

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A Trojan.BitCoinMiner is a computer infection that silently runs on your computer while using your CPU or GPU resources to mine for digital currencies. As the value of cryptocurrencies, such as Bitcoin, rise, more and more criminals want to use your computer’s resources to mine for them and generate revenue.

While this type of infection may be called BitCoinMiner, it does not mean that criminals are only mining for Bitcoins. They are also mining for digital currencies such as Monero, Electroneum, and others.

What is particularly worrisome about this infection is that it will use your CPU and graphics card for long periods of time at high intensity. This causes your devices to get very hot for a long period of time, which cause damage to the hardware in your computer.

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A Trojan.BitCoinMiner is a computer infection that silently runs on your computer while using your CPU or GPU resources to mine for digital currencies. As the value of cryptocurrencies, such as Bitcoin, rise, more and more criminals want to use your computer’s resources to mine for them and generate revenue.

While this type of infection may be called BitCoinMiner, it does not mean that criminals are only mining for Bitcoins. They are also mining for digital currencies such as Monero, Electroneum, and others.

What is particularly worrisome about this infection is that it will use your CPU and graphics card for long periods of time at high intensity. This causes your devices to get very hot for a long period of time, which cause damage to the hardware in your computer.

CPU Miner is a malicious program that uses lots of computer’s CPU to mine digital currency. Crooks created numerous viruses to mine different cryptocurrency, including Bitcoins, Monero, Ethereoum, etc. The biggest problem is that users are not aware of this activity and experience serious computer-related problems.

CPU Miner malware typically spreads as a trojan horse. Therefore, users can be tricked into downloading it themselves.

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A Trojan.BitCoinMiner is a computer infection that silently runs on your computer while using your CPU or GPU resources to mine for digital currencies. As the value of cryptocurrencies, such as Bitcoin, rise, more and more criminals want to use your computer’s resources to mine for them and generate revenue.

While this type of infection may be called BitCoinMiner, it does not mean that criminals are only mining for Bitcoins. They are also mining for digital currencies such as Monero, Electroneum, and others.

What is particularly worrisome about this infection is that it will use your CPU and graphics card for long periods of time at high intensity. This causes your devices to get very hot for a long period of time, which cause damage to the hardware in your computer.

By Michael Nadeau

Senior Editor,

CSO |

Cryptojacking is the unauthorized use of someone else’s computer to mine cryptocurrency. Hackers do this by either getting the victim to click on a malicious link in an email that loads cryptomining code on the computer, or by infecting a website or online ad with JavaScript code that auto-executes once loaded in the victim’s browser.

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Cryptojacking malware has overtaken ransomware as the number one threat. Detecting and removing such threats has become more important than ever before. McAfee Labs’ Threats Report for 2018 states that “total ‘coin miner’ malware has grown more than 4,000% in the past year.”

Cryptojacking refers to the practice of gaining access to and using a computer’s resources to mine any cryptocurrency without the device owner’s knowledge or consent. Bitcoin is still the most popular cryptocurrency, and bitcoin mining malware is unsurprisingly among the top cryptojacking threats.

Unlike ransomware, bitcoin mining threats are not obtrusive and are more likely to remain unnoticed by the victim.

However, detecting cryptojacking threats is relatively easy.

If the victim is using a premium software security suite it is almost certain to detect any bitcoin mining malware.

The Coinhive Miner is a JavaScript library that can be used by webmasters for cryptocurrency mining as an alternative source of revenue. Unfortunately, cyber criminals have started abusing this tool by embedding this JavaScript code into browser extensions or programs, thus using the infected PC’s for mining digital currency (Monero, Dashcoin, DarkNetCoin, and others) without user permission.

The Coinhive Miner Trojan is commonly bundled with other free programs or browser extensions that you download off of the Internet.

To create cryptocurrency, one needs to use a process called “mining”. This means that you can loan your computer power to solve complex mathematical equations. But this mining process depends on two sources which come at a great cost — reliable energy and powerful hardware.

All hell broke loose as cryptocurrency prices skyrocketed over the course of 2017. One Bitcoin was worth $1,000 at the start of the previous year and was valued at around $18,000 by year’s end.

This dramatic and sudden increase also caught the bad guys’ attention.

And by bad guys, we are referring to malware authors in general, but not entirely, as you will see described later in this article. So, what drives them to take so many chances, like risking their freedom for personal gains? Could an insatiable craving for money be a part of human nature? I guess only time can provide us the answer.

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