CryptoStealBTC is a harmful computer program designed to carry out different illegal tasks within the systems it infects. Unlike most other types of harmful computer software, CryptoStealBTC can be used in many different ways.
If, for example, a Ransomware cryptovirus infects your system, what’s likely going to happen is that your files would get encrypted by it. However, the infection wouldn’t be able to do much else to your system. The same applies to most other kinds of malware, but not to the Trojan horses, to which CryptoStealBTC belongs. They are versatile malware threats, and they have all sorts of harmful abilities. If you land such malware on your computer, you may not even realize it or know what its goal is until it’s too late. Still, there are ways to counteract this type of infections, and in the next lines we will tell you more about that.
The CryptoSteal BTC Trojan
The CryptoSteal BTC trojan is a new malware representative, and though there’s not too much information about it yet, there are still things we can tell you about this virus – about the way it operates, the damage it may cause to your computer and data, and about the things you can do in order to remove it from the infected machine.
One important thing to remember about CryptoStealBTC and other similar threats is that these Trojans seek to gain Administrative privileges in your computer. If they succeed in doing so, the access that they would have to your system’s settings, the data you keep in the machine, and the software that’s installed in it, would be nearly unlimited. Understandably, this would allow the malware to do all sorts of harmful things in the machine. Here are some examples to give you an idea about just how damaging a Trojan can be.
Trojans like Win.malware.generic-9937882-0, Msedge.exe are oftentimes able to keep tabs on the activities you conduct on your computer, and thus gain sensitive personal information from your machine. For example, many Trojans’ goal is to acquire your banking numbers, and online account details, and then use those for theft, fraud, blackmailing, and other types of harassment.
A Trojan may also fully take over your computer, and force the machine to carry out tasks for the hacker’s benefit. A common example is when a Trojan initiates a cryptocurrency mining process in the infected machine. In such cases, nearly all of the system resources are used to generate cryptocurrency revenue for the hackers, rendering the infected machine nearly unusable in the process.
Ransomware backdooring is another common way some Trojans could be used. A threat like CryptoStealBTC may secretly sneak a Ransomware cryptovirus in the infiltrated machine, and also block the antivirus, preventing it from detecting the malicious activity carried out by the Ransomware.
The examples we’ve just listed are only a small number of all the potential ways in which a Trojan can cause its harm. If you think CryptoStealBTC is present in your machine and you’d would like to remove it, we urge you to try the CryptoStealBTC removal guide on the current page, as it can help you rid your machine of the nasty malware.
|Danger Level||High (Trojans are often used as a backdoor for Ransomware)|
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Remove CryptoStealBTC Malware
If you have a Windows virus, continue with the guide below.
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We generally recommend to anyone who wants to remove CryptoStealBTC from their computer to try the following:
- Open the Windows Start menu from the Start button and type Control Panel in the search field, then press Enter.
- Next, once the Control Panel opens, go to Programs and Features and select Uninstall a Program.
- Then carefully search the list of programs for CryptoStealBTC and if you find it, make sure that you right-click on it and select Uninstall.
- In case you detect some other programs that you don’t use, or look suspicious, it would be a good idea to uninstall them too.
This initial action may remove the main problem but, since you are dealing with a Trojan, it is highly likely that there might be some other malicious components hidden in different locations of your system. That’s why, after you uninstall anything that you think should not be on your system, we recommend you to carefully repeat the next CryptoStealBTC removal steps:
A quick click on the bookmark icon of your browser, as a start, will save this CryptoStealBTC removal guide for you so you can get back to it anytime you need. And you will need it because the next thing that we will advise you to do is to restart your system in Safe Mode.
In Safe Mode, the infected computer runs only the most necessary processes and programs, which increases the chance to easily spot anything unusual or malicious. If you need help to reboot in Safe Mode, please use the instructions from the link. When you complete them, get back to this guide and move to step 2.
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
Now, let’s see what is going on in the computer. Start with pressing CTRL, SHIFT and ESCkeys from the keyboard.
This will open a Windows Task Manager screen. In it, press on the Processes Tab and look at the processes there.
If any of the processes you see has a random name, or is highly active when you are doing practically nothing on the computer, you might want to check it for malicious code. To do that, right-click on the process in question and select Open File Location, just as shown on the image below:
Next, drag the files stored in that location inside the free online virus scanner that is available below and run a file scan to check them for malware:
If the results from the scan show that there is a danger in what you have scanned, end the process these files come from and delete their folders.
Next, press use the Windows and R key combination and open a Run box on the screen.
Type appwiz.cpl in it and click OK.
This will directly open the list of installed programs on your computer. Check carefully for applications that look suspicious, have random names or have been installed recently. Uninstall anything that you don’t regularly use, or has a non-reputed developer. Don’t get scared by the pop-up screen that may show up when you click on Uninstall. If you really want to remove the program and all of its related components, make sure that you click NO and complete the uninstallation process:
When dealing with Trojan threats, many users may not know that the malware may have secretly added some malicious startup items in their System Configuration settings. That’s why, in this step, we will guide you to open that and check the Startup tab.
Start with typing msconfig in the search field. Next, press enter and click the Start up tab in the System Configuration window:
In many cases, the malicious entries may be named after a legitimate program, but with some twists in the letters in between or a fake Manufacturer. Therefore, if you want to disable any startup items that could be linked to CryptoStealBTC, you need to very carefully research them online to make sure that this is exactly what you need to disable and then Uncheck the checkmark that corresponds them.
- If, aside from CryptoStealBTC, you have a suspicion that a bigger threat (such as ransomware) may be hidden on your PC, we recommend you to also check everything below:
First, copy the this line:
Then, paste it in the windows search field and press Enter.
A file named Hosts will open in Notepad. What you need to do in there is find Localhost in the text, (it should be somewhere at the bottom) and check if some strange-looking IP addresses have been added there:
If you detect something bothering below “Localhost” in your Hosts file, please write to us in the comments with a copy of the IP addresses that have been added there. We will take a look at them and advise you on your best action.
In the ideal case, if there is no additional danger, you should see nothing disturbing and close the Hosts file without doing anything.
The Registry Editor is the last place where you need to search for CryptoStealBTC-related traces. To open it, type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter. This will immediately open the Registry Editor window on the screen.
The quickest way to search for the Trojan in the registry is to open a Find box (CTRL and F) and write the name of the malware in it. Then, start a search and check if anything that is matching that name appears in the results. The entries that are found need to be removed.
In the event that nothing shows up in the search results, navigate to these directories from the left panel of the Editor:
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random Directory.
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—-Windows—CurrentVersion—Run– Random
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random
In each of the directories, pay attention to any files and folders that have unusual names or look suspicious. If you are not sure which of the entries there need to be deleted, please do not make any changes or deletions on your own. Instead, we recommend you to use the professional removal program linked on this guide, or the free online virus scanner to scan any entries that look questionable and remove only the ones that are flagged as malicious.