LoudMiner as a software can run on multiple platforms, which means it can run on MacOS, Linux and Windows. It is bundled in pirated software like Virtual Studio Technology (VST).
If a Trojan Horse called Loudminer has mysteriously invaded your system, on this page, we are going to help you safely remove it and delete anything that could be related to it. Before you scroll down to the special Removal Guide, which our team has prepared, however, let us tell you a few words about the nature of the malware you are facing and its specific traits. Generally, when it comes to Trojan-based infections, you should know that these pieces of malware are among the trickiest and the stealthiest ones. They can hide in many web locations and oftentimes use camouflage to trick the users about their real nature and their purpose. Threats like Loudminer, CookieMiner, VeryMal could commonly be found inside different spam emails, torrents, infected attachments, links, fake ads and different sites, which usually appear intriguing and promise to provide you with some free or bonus components, discounts, good deals, etc. This makes it even harder for the regular web users to recognize the potential Trojan carrier and distinguish it from the normal web content that they interact with every day. That’s why the contaminations mostly happen by accident and without the users’ knowledge when the latter click on the Trojan transmitter believing that they are actually interacting with legitimate content. Unfortunately, there are almost no symptoms which can give Loudminer away because the malware rarely shows visible symptoms of its presence. Once inside the system, however, such a Trojan can do different nasty stuff in the background.
What issues may Loudminer cause?
The versatile nature of the Trojan Horses is highly valued by the cyber criminals who have control over such threats. Almost all Trojans can be programmed to perform different harmful tasks and serve the criminal intentions of their creators without showing any visible symptoms. The crooks can therefore use infections like Loudminer Malware for many different tasks depending on the specific case. Unfortunately, it is, in many cases, almost impossible to predict what the effects of the attack would be until you face the consequences. In some cases, the Trojan can be used to secretly spy on its victims by hacking into their webcam and mic and by collecting sensitive information about their work and personal life. All this information can immediately be transmitted to remote servers where the hackers can use it from blackmailing activities, fraud, theft and more. One of the worst ways in which the crooks can use an infection like Loudminer, however, is for distribution of other types of malware. Nowadays, a popular trend among many online hackers is to sneak a Ransomware virus in the system with the help of the Trojan Horse and secretly block the access to the victim’s personal files for blackmailing purposes. With the help of the Trojan, they may also gain full unauthorized access to your infected machine and turn it into a bot or destroy all the data stored on it.
Because of all the points mentioned so far, it should be obvious that it is necessary to remove such malware from your computer immediately. Removing a Trojan horse from your computer can be a challenging task. If you want to clean the computer from the threat effectively, you will need to first find the right malicious files because they are often hiding among other important system data deep inside your OS. That’s why we highly recommend you use a detailed removal guide like the one below, which can help you navigate through the system files and detect the Trojan-related ones or simply scan your PC with a professional removal tool.
|Danger Level||High (Trojans are often used as a backdoor for Ransomware)|
|Symptoms||There may be no visible symptoms of the infection, which makes it harder to detect without security software.|
|Distribution Method||Some of the most common sources include torrents, spam, infected software installers, fake ads, malicious links, harmful email attachments.|
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Remove Loudminer Malware
The first thing you need to do is to Quit Safari (if it is opened). If you have trouble closing it normally, you may need to Force Quit Safari:
You can choose the Apple menu and click on Force Quit.
Alternatively you can simultaneously press ⌘ (the Command key situated next to the space bar), Option (the key right next to it) and Escape (the key located at the upper left corner of your keyboard).
If you have done it right a dialog box titled Force Quit Applications will open up.
In this new dialog window select Safari, then press the Force Quit button, then confirm with Force Quit again.
Close the dialog box/window.
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
Once there, look at all the processes: if you believe any of them are hijacking your results, or are part of the problem, highlight the process with your mouse, then click the “i” button at the top. This will open up the following box:
Now click on Sample at the bottom:
Do this for all processes you believe are part of the threat, and run any suspicious files in our online virus scanner, then delete the malicious files:
The next step is to safely launch Safari again. Press and hold the Shift key while relaunching Safari. This will prevent Safari’s previously opened pages from loading again. Once Safari is opened up, you can release the Shift key.
On the off chance that you are still having trouble with scripts interrupting the closing of unwanted pages in Safari, you may need to take some additional measures.
First, Force Quit Safari again.
Now if you are using a Wi-Fi connection turn it off by selecting Wi-Fi off in you Mac’s Menu. If you are using a cable internet (Ethernet connection), disconnect the Ethernet cable.
Re-Launch Safari but don’t forget to press and hold the Shift button while doing it, so no previous pages can be opened up. Now, Click on Preferences in the Safari menu,
and then again on the Extensions tab,
Select and Uninstall any extensions that you don’t recognize by clicking on the Uninstall button. If you are not sure and don’t want to take any risks you can safely uninstall all extensions, none are required for normal system operation.
The threat has likely infected all of your browsers. The instructions below need to be applied for all browsers you are using.
Again select Preferences in the Safari Menu, but this time click on the Privacy tab,
Now click on Remove All Website Data, confirm with Remove Now. Keep in mind that after you do this all stored website data will be deleted. You will need to sign-in again for all websites that require any form of authentication.
Still in the Preferences menu, hit the General tab
Check if your Homepage is the one you have selected, if not change it to whatever you prefer.
Select the History menu this time, and click on Clear History. This way you will prevent accidentally opening a problematic web page again.
How to Remove Loudminer From Firefox in OSX:
Open Firefox, click on (top right) ——-> Add-ons. Hit Extensions next.
The problem should be lurking somewhere around here – Remove it. Then Refresh Your Firefox Settings.
How to Remove Loudminer From Chrome in OSX:
Start Chrome, click —–>More Tools —–> Extensions. There, find the malware and select .
Click again, and proceed to Settings —> Search, the fourth tab, select Manage Search Engines. Delete everything but the search engines you normally use. After that Reset Your Chrome Settings.
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!