Bitcoin Collector virus removal guide
What is Bitcoin Collector?
Bitcoin Collector is a malicious program promoted as a tool that allows users to earn from $15 to $45 (in Bitcoins) per day, free and automatically. This program supposedly operates as a cryptocurrency generator, however, its real purpose is to distribute malware. Bitcoin Collector spreads india2lock ransomware and the Baldr trojan - two high-risk computer infections. We strongly recommend that you do not download, or more importantly, install, Bitcoin Collector.
This program can be downloaded from a dubious website (screenshot below). Once downloaded and installed, Bitcoin Collector creates a folder called "BotCollector". Launching the "BotCollector.exe" executable file opens the "Freebitco.in - BOT" program, which supposedly operates as a Bitcoin generator. In fact, launching the executable file infects computers with india2lock ransomware and the Baldr trojan. Ransomware type programs encrypt data stored on computers and keep it locked unless payment is made to the cyber criminals who design the software. Having computers infected with programs of this type can lead to data and financial loss. The Baldr trojan is a malicious program that steals information such as cookies, passwords, browsing history, auto-fill forms, etc. It also steals wallet.dat files, which are created by Bitcoin clients and used to store information about private keys. Furthermore, Baldr steals details from messaging apps such as Jabber, Psi +, Psi and Pidgin, and collects data from VPN clients such as NordVPN and ProtoVPN. It is also capable of stealing various other information. Cyber criminals use stolen data to generate revenue. People who have their computers infected with this malware usually experience privacy/browsing safety problems, financial loss, and other similar issues. To avoid these problems, we strongly advise against downloading or installing Bitcoin Collector.
|Name||Bitcoin Collector malware|
|Threat Type||Malware injector, ransomware infections, spyware, data stealer.|
|Detection Names||Avast (Win32:Trojan-gen), BitDefender (Trojan.GenericKD.32006777), ESET-NOD32 (a variant of Win32/Packed.Themida.BFX), Kaspersky (HEUR:Trojan.Win32.Generic), Full List (VirusTotal)|
|Payload||india2lock ransomware, Baldr trojan|
|Symptoms||Trojans are designed to stealthily infiltrate the victim's computer and remain silent, and thus no particular symptoms are clearly visible on an infected machine.|
|Distribution methods||Infected email attachments, malicious online advertisements, social engineering, software cracks.|
|Damage||Stolen banking information, passwords, identity theft, victim's computer added to a botnet, data losses, financial losses.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
To eliminate possible malware infections, scan your computer with legitimate antivirus software. Our security researchers recommend using Malwarebytes.
This is not the first time cyber criminals have presented malicious software as useful, harmless programs. The main purpose is to trick unsuspecting people into installing high-risk viruses - these help cyber criminals to steal data that can be used to generate revenue, to extract money from people by blackmail. Dubious programs promoted on rogue websites should never be trusted or used.
How did Bitcoin Collector infiltrate my computer?
How to avoid installation of malware?
Avoid opening files and web links that are attached to emails received from unknown, suspicious addresses. If a received email is irrelevant, ignore it and do not to open any attached file or presented links. Download software using direct links and from official websites. Avoid the sources mentioned above. Installed programs/operating systems should be updated using tools or implemented functions that are provided by official software developers only. Software activation should be performed properly. 'Cracking' tools are illegal and often install malware. Have reputable anti-virus or anti-spyware software installed and keep it enabled at all times. If you believe that your computer is already infected, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate infiltrated malware.
Screenshot of a rogue website promoting Bitcoin Collector:
Screenshot of Bitcoin (Bot) Collector's files:
Instant automatic malware removal:
Manual threat removal might be a lengthy and complicated process that requires advanced computer skills. Malwarebytes is a professional automatic malware removal tool that is recommended to get rid of malware. Download it by clicking the button below:
- What is Bitcoin Collector?
- STEP 1. Manual removal of Bitcoin Collector malware.
- STEP 2. Check if your computer is clean.
How to remove malware manually?
Manual malware removal is a complicated task - usually it is best to allow antivirus or anti-malware programs to do this automatically. To remove this malware we recommend using Malwarebytes for Windows. If you wish to remove malware manually, the first step is to identify the name of the malware that you are trying to remove. Here is an example of a suspicious program running on a user's computer:
If you checked the list of programs running on your computer, for example, using task manager, and identified a program that looks suspicious, you should continue with these steps:
Download a program called Autoruns. This program shows auto-start applications, Registry, and file system locations:
Restart your computer into Safe Mode:
Windows XP and Windows 7 users: Start your computer in Safe Mode. Click Start, click Shut Down, click Restart, click OK. During your computer start process, press the F8 key on your keyboard multiple times until you see the Windows Advanced Option menu, and then select Safe Mode with Networking from the list.
Video showing how to start Windows 7 in "Safe Mode with Networking":
Windows 8 users: Start Windows 8 is Safe Mode with Networking - Go to Windows 8 Start Screen, type Advanced, in the search results select Settings. Click Advanced startup options, in the opened "General PC Settings" window, select Advanced startup. Click the "Restart now" button. Your computer will now restart into the "Advanced Startup options menu". Click the "Troubleshoot" button, and then click the "Advanced options" button. In the advanced option screen, click "Startup settings". Click the "Restart" button. Your PC will restart into the Startup Settings screen. Press F5 to boot in Safe Mode with Networking.
Video showing how to start Windows 8 in "Safe Mode with Networking":
Windows 10 users: Click the Windows logo and select the Power icon. In the opened menu click "Restart" while holding "Shift" button on your keyboard. In the "choose an option" window click on the "Troubleshoot", next select "Advanced options". In the advanced options menu select "Startup Settings" and click on the "Restart" button. In the following window you should click the "F5" button on your keyboard. This will restart your operating system in safe mode with networking.
Video showing how to start Windows 10 in "Safe Mode with Networking":
Extract the downloaded archive and run the Autoruns.exe file.
In the Autoruns application, click "Options" at the top and uncheck the "Hide Empty Locations" and "Hide Windows Entries" options. After this procedure, click the "Refresh" icon.
Check the list provided by the Autoruns application and locate the malware file that you want to eliminate.
You should write down its full path and name. Note that some malware hides process names under legitimate Windows process names. At this stage, it is very important to avoid removing system files. After you locate the suspicious program you wish to remove, right click your mouse over its name and choose "Delete".
After removing the malware through the Autoruns application (this ensures that the malware will not run automatically on the next system startup), you should search for the malware name on your computer. Be sure to enable hidden files and folders before proceeding. If you find the filename of the malware, be sure to remove it.
Reboot your computer in normal mode. Following these steps should remove any malware from your computer. Note that manual threat removal requires advanced computer skills. If you do not have these skills, leave malware removal to antivirus and anti-malware programs. These steps might not work with advanced malware infections. As always it is best to prevent infection than try to remove malware later. To keep your computer safe, install the latest operating system updates and use antivirus software.
To be sure your computer is free of malware infections, we recommend scanning it with Malwarebytes for Windows.