Mithrilminer Virus

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Mithrilminer is really some of the most irritating forms of software you could possibly come across on the Internet. Mithrilminer apps is similar to any regular browser extension as it tend to function as a part of the user’s browser and not on their own.

Chrome browser is redirected to Mithrilminer
The Mithrilminer browser hijacker asking for permissions

However, if you have a hijacker on your browser, then you’d know that this is probably something you should have remove sooner rather than later. If a hijacker has managed to latch onto your browser, various forms of disrupting activities could be expected from it. Some of the more common examples are redirects to random pages on the Internet, generation of ads on your screen and even certain browser changes such as replacement of the search engine tool, the toolbar and the homepage without your approval. It doesn’t matter what your browser is – Chrome, Firefox, Edge or any other, since all of the popular browsers out there tend to be susceptible to the effects of browser hijacker apps. In the present article, our main focus will be placed on the Mithrilminer app which we have reasons to believe should be categorized as a hijacker. For instance, a lot of users have complained that this irritating software piece tends to flood their browsers with all sorts of ads and that it might also redirect their searches to pages that they never really wanted to go to. Not only that, but unwanted changes to the browser like the ones we just mentioned are also likely to occur. With all this in mind, it should be rather obvious that Mithrilminer is certainly not among the most desirable of applications that you could come across. That is why, here we will try to show you how to avoid it and, in case the pesky app has already found its way into your browser, how to have it removed.

We believe that the following article has something to offer to all of you regardless of whether or not Mithrilminer is presently in your system. In case you do have the hijacker on your machine, we also advise you to have a look at the guide down below which has been specifically designed to assist our readers with the quick and effective removal of the undesirable hijacker.

The Mithrilminer Virus

Although at first you might think that the Mithrilminer virus is some nasty malicious program like a Ransomware virus or a Trojan Horse, know that such app is actually rarely capable of inflicting any harm upon your system. The Mithrilminer virus is mainly used as advertising tool which explains all the ads, redirects to promoted pages and changes to your browser that are normally done in order to make the whole advertising campaign more effective.

That said, it is undeniable that the activities hijacker apps normally conduct can really get on one’s nerves. Also, this isn’t really the only reason why you might want to get rid of such an app. Another important thing to be pointed out here is that you shouldn’t really be overly trusting towards the advertising materials displayed by such apps. Some of them could redirect you to relevant and legit offers, sure, but you could also potentially land on adverts that originate from obscure and sometime even unsafe sources. Many hackers actually rely on unsafe ads to distribute insidious malicious cyber threats the likes of Spyware, Rootkits, Ransomware and Trojans. Naturally, you wouldn’t want any of these to get inside your PC which is why it’s advisable to keep away from any ads on your screen during the time a software component like Mithrilminer is residing in your browser.

About hijacker distribution

The best way to handle a hijacker is to simply keep it away from your PC and in order to be able to do that, you need to know the most popular methods of browser hijacker distribution. Naturally, when talking about distribution techniques for undesirable software, the first methods that normally come to mind are spam e-mails, malvertising, pirated content, shady sites and so on. Indeed, those are some of the top techniques employed for spreading unpleasant apps like Mithrilminer and However, one other and arguably sneakier method called file-bundling seems to be even more effective than the ones we already mentioned. This is when the hijacker is bundled with another program and once the user installs that other program, they also get the unwanted browser hijacker. The good news here is you can actually disable the hijacker’s installation from within the setup manager – simply look for the Advanced setup menu where you should find more customization settings and opt-out of anything you don’t thing you can trust.


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Remove Mithrilminer Virus

To try and remove Mithrilminer quickly you can try this:

  1. Go to your browser’s settings and select More Tools (or Add-ons, depending on your browser).
  2. Then click on the Extensions tab.
  3. Look for the Mithrilminer extension (as well as any other unfamiliar ones).
  4. Remove Mithrilminer by clicking on the Trash Bin icon next to its name.
  5. Confirm and get rid of Mithrilminer and any other suspicious items.

If this does not work as described please follow our more detailed Mithrilminer removal guide below.

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

Step1 Uninstall the Mithrilminer app and kill its processes

The first thing you must try to do is look for any sketchy installs on your computer and uninstall anything you think may come from Mithrilminer. After that, you’ll also need to get rid of any processes that may be related to the unwanted app by searching for them in the Task Manager.

Note that sometimes an app, especially a rogue one, may ask you to install something else or keep some of its data (such as settings files) on your PC – never agree to that when trying to delete a potentially rogue software. You need to make sure that everything is removed from your PC to get rid of the malware. Also, if you aren’t allowed to go through with the uninstallation, proceed with the guide, and try again after you’ve completed everything else.

  • Uninstalling the rogue app
  • Killing any rogue processes

Type Apps & Features in the Start Menu, open the first result, sort the list of apps by date, and look for suspicious recently installed entries.

Click on anything you think could be linked to Mithrilminer, then select uninstall, and follow the prompts to delete the app.

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Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc, click More Details (if it’s not already clicked), and look for suspicious entries that may be linked to Mithrilminer.

If you come across a questionable process, right-click it, click Open File Location, scan the files with the free online malware scanner shown below, and then delete anything that gets flagged as a threat.

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    Delete Mithrilminer files and quit its processes.

    After that, if the rogue process is still visible in the Task Manager, right-click it again and select End Process.

    Step2 Undo Mithrilminer changes made to different system settings

    It’s possible that Mithrilminer has affected various parts of your system, making changes to their settings. This can enable the malware to stay on the computer or automatically reinstall itself after you’ve seemingly deleted it. Therefore, you need to check the following elements by going to the Start Menu, searching for specific system elements that may have been affected, and pressing Enter to open them and see if anything has been changed there without your approval. Then you must undo any unwanted changes made to these settings in the way shown below:

    • DNS
    • Hosts
    • Startup
    • Task
    • Services
    • Registry

    Type in Start Menu: View network connections

    Right-click on your primary network, go to Properties, and do this:

    Undo DNS changes made by Mithrilminer

    Type in Start Menu: C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\hosts

    Delete Mithrilminer IPs from Hosts

    Type in the Start Menu: Startup apps

    Disable Mithrilminer startup apps

    Type in the Start Menu: Task Scheduler

    Delete Mithrilminer scheduled tasks

    Type in the Start Menu: Services

    Disable Mithrilminer services

    Type in the Start Menu: Registry Editor

    Press Ctrl + F to open the search window

    Clear the Registry from Mithrilminer items

    Step3 Remove Mithrilminer from your browsers

    • Delete Mithrilminer from Chrome
    • Delete Mithrilminer from Firefox
    • Delete Mithrilminer from Edge
    1. Go to the Chrome menu > More tools > Extensions, and toggle off and Remove any unwanted extensions.
    2. Next, in the Chrome Menu, go to Settings > Privacy and security > Clear browsing data > Advanced. Tick everything except Passwords and click OK.
    3. Go to Privacy & Security > Site Settings > Notifications and delete any suspicious sites that are allowed to send you notifications. Do the same in Site Settings > Pop-ups and redirects.
    4. Go to Appearance and if there’s a suspicious URL in the Custom web address field, delete it.
    1. Firefox menu, go to Add-ons and themes > Extensions, toggle off any questionable extensions, click their three-dots menu, and click Remove.
    2. Open Settings from the Firefox menu, go to Privacy & Security > Clear Data, and click Clear.
    3. Scroll down to Permissions, click Settings on each permission, and delete from it any questionable sites.
    4. Go to the Home tab, see if there’s a suspicious URL in the Homepage and new windows field, and delete it.
    1. Open the browser menu, go to Extensions, click Manage Extensions, and Disable and Remove any rogue items.
    2. From the browser menu, click Settings > Privacy, searches, and services > Choose what to clear, check all boxes except Passwords, and click Clear now.
    3. Go to the Cookies and site permissions tab, check each type of permission for permitted rogue sites, and delete them.
    4. Open the Start, home, and new tabs section, and if there’s a rogue URL under Home button, delete it.

    About the author


    Brandon Skies

    Brandon is a researcher and content creator in the fields of cyber-security and virtual privacy. Years of experience enable him to provide readers with important information and adequate solutions for the latest software and malware problems.

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