How to Find and Remove a Hidden Miner Virus on Your PC 🐛🛡️🖥️
The Microsoft Defender ATP research group announced a new type of malware for covert mining of cryptocurrencies that has already infected 80 thousand computers.
The company’s analysts discovered a program called Dexphot, which launched in October 2018. After infecting a PC, its code takes control of system processes in order to hide its presence and start secretly mining. To extract cryptocurrency, it uses the computing power of an infected device..
User attempts to remove malware cause System Monitor and Task Scheduler to activate the Reinfection Protocol.
According to researchers, Dexphot not designed to attract attention and is one of the many malignant programs that are constantly active.
Typically, such software uses some of the power of the CPU to mine the cryptocurrency for the creator. Although the income from one PC is small, but due to the scale, the total amount can reach thousands of dollars per month. Such projects are gaining popularity because they run in the background and provide hackers with a steady stream of funds..
Previously company analysts Varonis discovered another virus for secret mining, named by Norman, which also hides its presence when opening the task manager.
text: Ivan Malichenko, photo: Microsoft