How to remove crypto miner virus android

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Ventsislav has been covering the latest malware, software and newest tech developments at SensorsTechForum for 3 years now.

He started out as a network administrator.

Having graduated Marketing as well, Ventsislav also has passion for discovery of new shifts and innovations in cybersecurity that become game changers.

Monero-mining Android malware will exhaust your phone in its quest for cash.

By Steve Ranger

| March 29, 2018 — 10:05 GMT (03:05 PDT)

| Topic: Mobility

A new strain of Android malware will continuously use an infected device’s CPU to mine the Monero cryptocurrency until the device is exhausted or even breaks down.

Security company Trend Micro has named the malware HiddenMiner because of the techniques it uses to protect itself from discovery and removal.

Like most cryptocurrency-mining software, HiddenMiner uses the device’s CPU power to mine Monero.

A newly discovered malware for Android is programmed to eat up every available device resource to mine cryptocurrency, killing infected devices in the process.

Trend Micro has discovered a new form of cryptomining Android malware that could be capable of killing infected devices through overzealous resource usage.

Dubbed HiddenMiner, the new malware package is designed to mine the Monero cryptocurrency that has become a popular Bitcoin alternative for hackers and cybercriminals. It does so with no regard to the safety of the device it has infected, which can lead to battery bloat, overheating, and device destruction similar to that caused by the Loapi malware outbreak in late 2017.

Device destruction isn’t the only dangerous capability that HiddenMiner has going for it–removing it from pre-Nougat (Android 7.0) devices is practically impossible.

Bitcoin virus is a type of malicious program that seeks to mine Bitcoin cryptocurrency illegally while using victims’ CPU power.

In some cases, graphics processing unit (GPU) can be utilized as well.

The virus typically enters machines via a trojan horse – a backdoor virus that clears the path for coin-mining malware. The extensive usage of computer hardware diminishes overall performance of the device (eventually it can lead to its destruction), as well as increases the amount of electricity consumed, leading to raised electric bills. Users can detect the malware in the Task Manager as a questionable process running in the background, such as XMRig.

Cryptocurrency, a virtual form of currency designed to work as a secure form of exchange, has gained a lot of traction in the world of finance and technology. But for many, the concept of obtaining cryptocurrency, or “crypto-mining,” is obscure. Investopedia defines crypto-mining as, “the process by which transactions are verified and added to the public ledger, known as the blockchain, and also the means through which new currencies such as Bitcoin and Ethereum are released.”

The practice has been around since 2009, and anyone with access to the Internet, the required programs and hardware can participate in mining.

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