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I wrote this article to help you remove Coinminer Trojan. This Coinminer Trojan removal guide works for all Windows versions.

Coinminer is the nth member of the Trojan horse family. As its name perfectly implies, this pest is not just a Trojan, it is a coin miner. This means that the cybercriminals who are behind it are using the parasite to mine cryptocurrency coins. So, aside from the usual problems and issues Trojans cause, Coinminer adds another one. Trust us, you do not want to keep this virus on board. It belongs to the most dangerous category of cyber infections. Do your best to remove it from your system as soon as possible. If you don’t, here is what is going to happen.

The pest, having entered in complete silence, starts making numerous unauthorized changes in your settings. It alters your system registry by adding and/or removing queries. It modifies or completely damages important system files which results in your programs not being able to run properly. It infects your browsers too and causes them to redirect you to shady pages every time you so much as touch one of them. Aside from that, it bombards you with a never-ending pile of sponsored and dangerous ads in all shapes and forms. Basically, it turns your browsing activities into a nightmare and your machine in a complete mess.

However, there is more. As we said, this Trojan is a coin miner. It uses your machine to mine digital coins like Bitcoin and Monero. Yet, you are not the one who gets the coins in the end. Oh, no. They go straight to the crypto wallet of the crooks behind Coinminer. You are just the means of this operation. You get nothing and the hackers get all. In other words, you are paying the price. How? The coin mining process requires a lot of CPU and GPU power as well as a lot of electricity. Do not be surprised if at the end of the month your electricity bill has doubled or even tripled. This is exactly what is going to happen. Not to mention that Coinminer uses your machine at very high temperatures non-stop. This ruins your hardware and shortens your PC`s life.

If you don’t have a powerful cooling system, your machine won`t be able to hold on for too long and eventually it will overheat and crash for good. This is why the hackers are not using their own computers to dig coins. This “business” is only profitable if you don’t use your machine and if someone else suffers the consequences. Do not be that someone. Don’t let these people take advantage of you. This Trojan is dangerous enough without its coin mining features. Add them and you get an incredibly destructive and disastrous pest. Do not let it stay on board even a minute after detection. Find where it is hiding and remove it for good. Let us warn you, Coinminer`s removal is a sophisticated process. If you are not confident in your PC skills, you better use a good anti-malware app to help you.

How did you get infected with Coinminer? It comes as no surprise that viruses like this one turn to tricky and deceptive methods to infect their victims. The thing is that the Trojan needs your permission to get in. No permission, no admission. That’s why it uses stealthy tactics like spam messages, corrupted pages, freeware bundles, fake updates, etc. It wants to dupe you. It prays for your haste, distraction, and carelessness. Without them, no method is good enough to succeed. So, don’t grant them. Don’t be negligent and don’t make hackers` job easier. Protect yourself. Be vigilant all the time when you are online. A single wrong move or click can result in an infection. Keep your guard up at all times.

Coinminer Trojan Removal

STEP-1 Run the Task Manager by right clicking on the Taskbar and choosing Start Task Manager.

task manager

Look carefully at the file names and descriptions of the running processes. If you find any suspicious one, search on Google for its name, or contact me directly to identify it. If you find a malware process, right-click on it and choose End task.

STEP-4

Open Control Panel by holding the Win Key and R together. Write appwiz.cpl in the field, then click OK.

appwiz

Here, find any program you had no intention to install and uninstall it.

STEP-6

Open MS Config by holding the Win Key and R together. Type msconfig and hit Enter.

msconfig

Go in the Startup tab and Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.

Still can not remove Coinminer Trojan from your computer? Please, leave a comment below, describing what steps you performed. I will answer promptly.

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Daniel Stoyanov
Daniel Stoyanov has a Master's degree in Computer Science from the Technical University of Sofia, Bulgaria. He is also a Microsoft Certified Professional. Daniel provides top cyber security news with in-depth coverage of malware, vulnerabilities, PC and Network security, online safety.If you have any questions feel free to ask him right now.

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