Minergate.exe “Virus” Removal (Nov. 2017 Update)

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This page aims to help you remove Minergate.exe “Virus”. Our removal instructions work for every version of Windows.

The most notorious and versatile type of malware is probably the Trojans. These threats are so numerous and so malicious that there surely is no computer user who has not heard of them at least once. Approximately 75% of all existing online threats could be classified as Trojans, so the risk of bumping into one or more of them is bigger than bumping into any other types of viruses. On this page, we are going to talk about a new Trojan infection called Minergate.exe . Recently, we have received a growing number of complaints about this particular virus and it looks like a fair share of computers have fallen victims to its tricky infection methods. If your system has also been infected, then the information in this article is written just for you. Here you will find a detailed Removal Guide with step-by-step instructions, describing the exact process of detection and removal of Minergate.exe. There is also a trusted removal tool, which you can use to thoroughly scan your PC. Before you proceed to the instructions, however, we would like to provide you with some essential information about the Trojans and the prevention and protection tips you can use to keep them away.

Why are Trojans so famous and common?

Ask any online user if they have heard of Trojans, and they will most probably confirm to you that they have. Many users have also had the misfortune of encountering these threats and dealing with them. The enormous success in the infection rate that Trojans have and the fact that they keep the top place as the most numerous group of malware has its explanation. First of all, they are very sophisticated. A threat like Minergate.exe “Virus”, for example, can secretly sneak inside the system without any visible symptoms. Not only that, but it can remain hidden deep in there for a long period of time until it activates and performs the malicious deed it had been programmed for. This way, the malware can avoid detection and can hit you when you least expect.

Minergate.exe “Virus” Removal


 

Step1

Some of the steps will likely require you to exit the page. Bookmark it for later reference.

Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).

Step2

WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!

We get asked this a lot, so we are putting it here: Removing parasite manually may take hours and damage your system in the process. 

Keep in mind, SpyHunter’s malware & virus scanner is free. To remove the infection, you'll need to purchase its full version. More information about SpyHunter and steps to uninstall.

If for some reason it doesn't remove parasite, go to "Spyware HelpDesk" ----> "Select Problem Type" -----> "Unremoved Parasit.e"

Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which processes are dangerous. 

malware-start-taskbar

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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Scan Results


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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. 

Step3

Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.

appwiz

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:

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Step4

Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:

msconfig_opt

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:

notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts

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:

hosts_opt (1)

If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.

Step5

WARNING!
To remove parasite, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. Making a mistake and deleting the wrong thing may damage your system.
Avoid this by using SpyHunter - a professional Parasite removal tool.

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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—-Windows—CurrentVersion—Run– Random
    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!

Another factor, contributing to the Trojans’ success is their versatility. Normally, it is very difficult to say what kind of harm the virus of this group may do. Minergate.exe, for instance, may be programmed to perform literally anything – from various forms of online theft and fraud to serious crimes such as espionage, system destruction, and identity theft. Basically, a Trojan horse is a tool with multi-purpose capabilities and the hackers, who control it, can program it to achieve anything malicious you could think of. Instead of speculating, let us just give you a general idea of what this malware can do, so you can gain a better understanding of why should you remove it as soon as possible.For example, the Trojan virus can secretly keep track of all of your actions from the moment you turn the machine on. It may silently monitor and collect your keystrokes, passwords, login credentials and accounts, online banking details, credit or debit card numbers and similar sensitive information. Then, it may transmit it to some remote servers and hand it to some anonymous cyber criminals. Another possible consequence of being infected with a threat like Minergate.exe “Virus” could be the insertion of other viruses inside the machine. Lately, there has been a trend within criminal circles to distribute nasty Ransomware viruses with the help of well-camouflaged Trojan horse infections. Other threats may also get delivered in a stealthy way because the Trojan provides cover and creates system vulnerabilities, which can easily be exploited. In some cases, the hackers may use such malware to gain full unauthorized access to the computer and use its resources for their criminal purposes. They may turn it into a bot, use its RAM and CPU and set it to spread spam or malware or involve it in cryptocurrency mining.

So, as you can see, the sooner you remove Minergate.exe “Virus” and all of its traces from your system, the better. We encourage you to use the instructions in the Removal Guide below in a combination with the professional Minergate.exe “Virus” removal tool for best results.

Can you protect your PC from Trojans effectively?

Nobody wants to get infected with Trojans. However, these treats are so tricky, that you may catch them in one single click. Usually, they spread via spam messages, legitimate-looking emails and attachments, free installers, fake ads, misleading links, compromised web pages, sketchy sites, torrents and pretty much anywhere on the web. That’s why, apart from being very careful when interacting with online content, it is very important to have your system protected by reputed antivirus software. In most of the cases, if regularly updated, it can detect the virus definitions of threats like Minergate.exe “Virus” and notify you about them.

SUMMARY:

Name Minergate.exe
Type Trojan
Danger Level High (Trojans are often used as a backdoor for Ransomware)
Symptoms Typically, this malware lacks any visible symptoms and may try to remain hidden on your system for as much as possible.
Distribution Method Spam messages, legitimate-looking emails and attachments, free installers, fake ads, misleading links, compromised web pages, sketchy sites, torrents.
Detection Tool We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.

Keep in mind, SpyHunter’s malware detection tool is free. To remove the infection, you’ll need to purchase the full version.
More information about SpyHunter and steps to uninstall.