This page aims to help you remove CoinImp Miner. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.
If you have recently gotten a browser hijacker page-redirect named CoinImp installed in your PC and added to your browser program, then you are most likely faced with a number of intrusive and unpleasant browser changes. Here are some such changes that could have potentially occurred in your system due to this hijacker’s presence in it:
- Your browser’s front page and new-tab page might have gotten changed and replaced by some unknown sponsored pages.
- Your default search engine might have gotten replaced as well (likely, with a new one that is of lower quality).
- A new custom toolbar might have been added to your browser.
- Frequent generation of ads and redirects to random web pages may have started occurring after the installation of the hijacker.
Those are the most common complaints from redirecting hijackers like CoinImp. All popular browsers like Chrome, IE, Edge, Firefox, Opera and others could get affected by such a software piece so switching to another browser is unlikely to help you stop the intrusiveness and the obstruction that comes from CoinImp.
What to do?
The current article serves two main purposes: to inform you about the most typical and important characteristics of such hijackers and to help you remove them from your machine in case they have already gotten there. Therefore, we advise you to read the whole article and then, if you have CoinImp on your computer, visit our removal guide at the bottom of this post and follow the steps listed there. This will help you get rid of the irritating browser redirect so that it no longer messes with your browsing program(s). Also, on this page, there is a suggested anti-malware tool which could scan your PC for any unwanted hijacker-related data so feel free to use it in order to ensure that there’s nothing left of the undesirable piece of software inside your machine’s system.
About browse hijackers/browser redirects
First and foremost, we must remind you that there’s no reason to panic or to be overly worried due to CoinImp’s presence inside your PC. Hijackers like this one are nowhere near as dangerous or as difficult to deal with as real malware threats – Trojans, Ransomware, Spyware, Worms, Rootkits and so on. Most hijackers are actually quite harmless and their purpose is not related to harming or corrupting something inside your computer. In fact, a large portion of those browser redirects are actually legal and are used for legal (though obstructive and irritating) activities.
CoinImp Miner Removal
If you have a Windows virus, continue with the guide below.
If you have a Mac virus, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.
If you have an Android virus, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.
If you have an iPhone virus, please use our iPhone Virus 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 CoinImp 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 CoinImp from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Remove CoinImp 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.
To remove parasite on your own, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. If you were to do this, you need to be extremely careful, because you may damage your system.
If you want to avoid the risk, we recommend downloading SpyHunter - a professional malware removal tool - to see whether it will find malicious programs on your PC.
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
But what is a browser hijackers, then? And why does it try to alter the appearance and functionality of users’ browsers? Well, it all comes down to revenue-generation and advertising. The changes that CoinImp seeks to introduce to your browser are all done as a way of promoting something – a websites, a search engine (that, too, is an advertising tool), an online service, software products, etc. Basically, hijackers and page-redirecting applications like the one we are currently focusing on are used to generate income for their creators by implementing different online-advertising techniques. Aside from showing you ads and pushing different sites so that you are more likely to visit them and interact with them, such hijackers are also commonly capable of collecting telemetry data from the users’ browsers. This means that such an application could tap into your browser’s history, recent searches and maybe even bookmarks, and extract information that, when assessed and evaluated, could yield results that supposedly show what your interests and preferences are likely to be. In the fields of online advertising such data is highly-valued as it allows advertisers to feed your browsers with ads that are relevant to your tastes increasing the chances of you clicking on such ads and thus earning the advertisers revenue through the Pay-Per-Click and Pay-Per-View models. Though none of this is typically directly harmful to you, it is still rather undesirable and unpleasant to have such a redirect attached to your browser(s) which is why we advise you to get rid of CoinImp as soon as you can. Also, bear in mind that not all ads and pages you might get redirected to are guaranteed to be safe. A hijacker’s creator is oftentimes not responsible regarding the content that their software displays meaning that, at times, some of the ads you might get subjected to could be coming from unreliable and even hazardous sources which could expose your system to actual dangers like Ransomware, Trojan Horses, Worms and others.
Avoid the potential sources of hijackers
Most hijackers are distributed via malvertising, spam, social engineering techniques, fake web requests, sponsored software suggestions online, torrents and other similar suspicious Internet content – make sure to avoid anything that seems sketchy when browsing the web in order to avoid hijacker installations in future. Also, do not install anything on your PC before you’ve checked its setup menu for bundled applications as there could always be hijackers added to the main program. If any added software seems unreliable, uncheck it before you launch the installation process of the main program.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||If your browser has been modified in some way without your permission and/or if a lot of page redirects and web ads have started appearing when you browse the Internet, then there’s most likely a hijacker installed on your machine.|
|Distribution Method||Mostly through file-bundles, misleading web ads and suggested software installs as well as through spam e-mails.|
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!