This page aims to help you remove HKTL_COINMINE. Our removal instructions work for every version of Windows.
A Trojan (or Trojan horse) is a malicious computer program that is used to infect target computer systems and cause malicious activity. Typically, such programs are programmed to steal personal data, distribute other viruses (such as Ransomware) or just to reduce computer performance. And that is not all. Hackers can use them to get unauthorized remote computer access, infecting files and damage the system. One recent addition to the notorious Trojan family is the HKTL_COINMINE virus. As soon as this Trojan infiltrates the computer, it begins to hide from the victim and can initiate any of the above harmful activities, depending on the intentions of the author. Unfortunately, this malware is a bit more sophisticated than ordinary viruses and is, therefore, quite difficult to detect. You have to rely on your antivirus software if you want to correctly identify and remove the infection. In case that your security tool is failing to deal with the Trojan, however, you may need some additional manual instructions (such as the ones in the removal guide below) and better malware removal software. Whichever method you chose, we urge you take immediate actions against HKTL_COINMINE, because the longer it stays on your computer, the greater the harm could be.
In how many ways can a Trojan like HKTL_COINMINE infiltrate your system?
Most Trojans can spread themselves and infect the system without the user’s knowledge. Others are manually installed like any other software. We will try to summarize 5 main ways, in which a threat like HKTL_COINMINE may get into the system:
- Many Trojans are distributed through emails, file-sharing networks, and online chats. They are often presented as useful plugins, messages, e-mail links, or application add-ons. The threats rely on delusive techniques and they try tricking people to open them. Once the user opens an application, the Trojan is silently installed on the system.
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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. 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. If you see a screen like this when you click Uninstall, choose NO:
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.
- Remember this step – if you have reason to believe a bigger threat (like ransomware) is on your PC, check everything here.
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.
Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.
Once inside, press CTRL and F together and type the virus’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
If the guide didn’t help you, download the anti-virus program we recommended or ask us in the comments for guidance!
- Some Trojans can penetrate the system using weaknesses in the web browser. Their authors keep insecure sites filled with malware code or distribute dangerous pop-up ads. When a user visits a similar site or clicks on a popup, malicious scripts instantly install the parasite. The user can not notice anything suspicious because the threat does not show installation windows or warnings.
- Trojans are sometimes installed by other parasites such as viruses, worms, backdoors and even spyware. They enter the system without the user’s knowledge and affect anyone who uses the computer. Some threats can be manually installed by malicious computer users who have enough access to install software. Very few Trojans can spread through remote systems with defense weaknesses.
- Infections like HKTL_COINMINE may also be integrated into certain applications. Even legitimate programs may have undocumented features such as remote access. The attacker must connect to the computer through such software to immediately get full unauthorized access to the system and take control of a program.
Activities that may be initiated by a Trojan horse:
Most Trojans are capable of the following activities:
- Infecting, damaging and overwriting files, important system components, and installed applications. They can also destroy entire systems by deleting important files or formatting hard disks.
- Theft of financial data such as credit card numbers, login names, passwords, important personal documents, and other important information.
- Tracking the user and every keystroke you enter on the keyboard. The Trojan horse can also make screens and start other activities to steal some information. For instance, it may send all collected information to a predefined email address, upload an FTP server, or transfer via a hidden Internet connection to a remote point.
- Malware like HKTL_COINMINE may install a backdoor or enable your own components to allow the hacker to take over the computer.
- Placing other dangerous parasites such as Ransomware, Spyware and other viruses into the system.
- Doing of Denial of Service (DoS) or other network attacks against a remote location, or sending a huge amount of spam emails to other computers.
- Termination of antivirus, anti-spyware and other security programs. Trojan horses can often disable important system applications and prevent the performance of standard system applications.
- Block access to trusted sites and sources for computer security.
- Show extensions ads and pop-ups.
- Decrease Internet connection and computer speed. The security of the system may also decline, resulting in instability.
How to remove Trojans effectively?
Similarly to other computer viruses, infections like HKTL_COINMINE should be removed from the computer using trusted security software such as the professional HKTL_COINMINE removal tool. You may use also a manual removal guide to manually remove the Trojan horse. Be careful, though, because if you don’t follow the instructions strictly, this may cause serious problems for your machine and damage the system.
|Danger Level||High (Trojans are often used as a backdoor for Ransomware)|
|Symptoms||This malware usually infects you without any visible symptoms, that’s why it is very difficult to detect it.|
|Distribution Method||Spam messages, fake ads, infected web pages, misleading links, compromised installers, email attachments and many more.|
Some threats of this type reinstall themselves repeatedly if you don't delete their core files. We recommend downloading SpyHunter to scan for malicious programs. This may save you hours and cut down your time to about 15 minutes.