This page aims to help you remove Coin-hive.com. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.
If you suddenly find yourself dealing with an unstoppable flow of ads, nagging pop-ups, banners, and unauthorized page redirects, then this could be a sign that a browser hijacker like Coin-hive.com has been installed on your system. Also your system resources might have been used to mine the Monero cryptocurrency.
This software is not as harmful as a virus and will not corrupt your system the way that a Trojan or Ransomware infection would, however, if you have it on your PC, the browser hijacker may really make your browsing hell. This software usually targets popular web browsers such as Chrome, Internet Explorer, Firefox, Edge or others and can easily integrate with all of them. The main disturbance usually comes from the modifications that Coin-hive.com may impose. Normally, the program serves as an aggressive online advertising tool and in order to serve its creators better, it changes the users’ homepage or search engine, installs a new toolbar or starts to redirect their searches without their approval. Such activity aims to expose the users to as many ads, sponsored sites and pop-ups as possible and generate traffic and clicks for the people, who stand behind the advertised items. The developers of such software can also earn from it by involving it in Pay-Per-Click or Pay-Per-View campaigns. You as a user, however, may not receive any actual functionality from such programs and may only suffer from constant ads interruptions, shady redirects and aggressive exposure to commercial content. So, if you want to get rid of all that, our “How to remove” team has prepared a detailed removal guide which can help you uninstall Coin-hive.com completely. Just make sure you read the information below and proceed to the instructions.
The bundling strategy helps spread Coin-hive.com and hijack web browsers quietly.
Browser hijackers are usually distributed through the installation packages (aka bundles) of other attractive and free programs. You may find them also in free software download links from the web or in torrents and various freeware and shareware sites. Distribution of such programs is not illegal because they are not considered as malware and do not have the harmful capabilities of a Trojan horse or a Ransomware virus, for example. However, after installing them on your PC, an unknown search engine, a toolbar or a homepage may automatically be imposed to your default browser and may cause it to behave strangely.
If you are a Windows user, continue with the guide below.
If you are a Mac user, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.
If you are an Android user, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.
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Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab (the “Details” Tab on Win 8 and 10). Try to determine which processes are dangerous.
Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:
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After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders.
Note: If you are sure something is part of the infection – delete it, even if the scanner doesn’t flag it. No anti-virus program can detect all infections.
Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.
You are now in the Control Panel. Look for suspicious entries. Uninstall it/them.
Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:
Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.
Hold the Start Key and R – copy + paste the following and click OK:
A new file will open. If you are hacked, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. Look at the image below:
If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.
Open the start menu and search for Network Connections (On Windows 10 you just write it after clicking the Windows button), press enter.
- Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click Properties.
- The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
- Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.
- After you complete this step, the threat will be gone from your browsers. Finish the next step as well or it may reappear on a system reboot.
Right click on the browser’s shortcut —> Properties.
NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but you can do this for Firefox and IE (or Edge).
Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.
Remove Coin-hive.com from Internet Explorer:
Open IE, click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find the threat —> Disable. Go to —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.
Remove Coin-hive.com from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Remove Coin-hive.com from Chrome:
Close Chrome. Navigate to:
C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:
Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.
Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.
Inside, press CTRL and F together and type the threat’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If they don’t show up this way, go manually to these directories and delete/uninstall them:
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random Directory. It could be any one of them – ask us if you can’t discern which ones are malicious.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random
Typically, a piece like Coin-hive.com can be added to your Chrome, Firefox, Explorer or any other browser as an “extra download component” of free software bundles and can sneak into the system if you choose the inappropriate setup settings. For this reason, we would advise you to never install programs with Quick / Basic settings because they do not show the software of third parties, but they usually install it by default. To avoid potentially unwanted programs coming into the system, you should choose the Advanced/ Custom Settings and remove any pre-placed bookmarks that tell you to agree to make an unknown search engine your default search engine. Still, if you make a mistake and your browser is already hijacked, do not hesitate to uninstall Coin-hive.com in order to remove the changes. This can easily be done with the help of the instructions in the removal guide below or with the assistance of the automatic Coin-hive.com removal tool.
What could be the possible threats that may arise if you do not take any measures and do not take care of the elimination of Coin-hive.com?
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||Ads, pop-ups, banners and sudden page redirects may interrupt your normal browsing activity.|
|Distribution Method||Software bundles, freeware or shareware sites, free download links, ads, torrents, automatic installers, spam messages, emails and attachments.|
Some threats reinstall themselves if you don't delete their core files. We recommend downloading SpyHunter to remove harmful programs for you. This may save you hours and ensure you don't harm your system by deleting the wrong files.
If the guide doesn’t help, download the anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!