Digmine Trojan

Also Known As: Digmine malware
Type: Trojan
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Severe

Digmine virus removal guide

What is Digmine?

Digmine is the name of a malicious program that was discovered by Xylitol. This malware is used to proliferate a cryptocurrency miner that is based on XMRig, another crypto miner that mines Monero cryptocurrency. Digmine also installs a Chrome extension that helps its developers to spread this malicious program.

Digmine malware

There are many various cryptocurrency miners, quite often cyber criminals use them for malicious purposes. To be more precise, they try to trick people into installing them by disguising them as some legitimate programs, executable files and so on. In this particular case they spread a Monero cryptocurrency miner by including its executable file in an archive file that supposed to contain some video. Once installed, a program of this type starts using computer's resources (such as CPU) to solve mathematical problems. In other words, to mine cryptocurrency. This usually causes a decrease in computer's performance, the mining process might even make a computer unusable - cause constant crashes, make it unresponsive and so on. Additionally, installed crypto miners force computers to use more electricity, it means that people who have programs of this type installed get higher electricity bills. Besides, these programs might cause an overheating problem. A computer that overheats might shut down without notifying user's about it, such shut downs might lead to data loss. To sum up, cyber criminals employ Digmine to spread a cryptocurrency miner that allows them to use other people's computers to generate revenue by mining Monero. Additionally, Digminer gets installed with a Chrome extension that is designed to spread this malicious program further.

Threat Summary:
Name Digmine malware
Threat Type Trojan, Password stealing virus, Banking malware, Spyware
Detection Names Avast (Win32:Trojan-gen), BitDefender (Trojan.GenericKD.31915524), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of Win32/Autoit.ODG), Kaspersky (HEUR:Trojan.Win32.AutoIt.gen), Full List (VirusTotal)
Payload Various cryptocurrency miners.
Symptoms Trojans are designed to stealthily infiltrate victim's computer and remain silent 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.
Removal

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There are many other cryptocurrency miners that cyber criminals spread with a purpose to use resources of computers of unsuspecting people. Typically, cyber criminals trick people into installing them by using various deceptive methods. To prevent data loss caused by overheat of hardware, higher electricity bills, poor computer's performance and other problems we recommend to uninstall such miners as soon as possible. Here are examples of other programs of this type: NRSMiner, Cortana.exe and COINMINER.

How did Digmine infiltrate my computer?

Cyber criminals spread Digmine through Facebook's direct messages. Typically, potential victims receive some archive file that contains an executable file. These archive files are given names that suggest that a file contains some video. For example, they can be named "video_96747", "video_71791" and so on. The main purpose is to trick people into extracting their contents and executing an executable file (.exe). People who do that allow for Digminer to install a cryptocurrency miner and a Chrome extension that uses victim's Facebook Messenger to spread Digminer further. In other words, victims become distributors of Digminer. However, this extension works only if a Facebook user has its credentials saved in Chrome, if he gets logged into Facebook automatically.

How to avoid installation of malware?

Do not download files or programs from untrustworthy sources such as Peer-to-Peer networks, unofficial websites, third party downloaders and other similar sources. They should be downloaded from official pages and using direct links. Furthermore, do not open attachments or web links that are presented in irrelevant emails. Typically, these emails are sent from suspicious, unknown addresses and are presented as legitimate, official letters. Besides, do not download and open questionable files sent via various messengers. Update installed software with tools or functions that are provided by official software developers, third party tools often download and install malware. Same applies to unofficial activation tools that are also known as 'cracking' tools. They supposed to allow their users to bypass paid activation, however, they often cause computer infections instead. We also recommend to have a reliable anti-virus or anti-spyware suite installed, tools of this type effectively eliminate detected threats. If you believe that your computer is already infected, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate infiltrated malware.

Examples of malicious attachments that are used to distribute Digmine:

Malicious attachment distributing Digmine

Instant automatic removal of Digmine malware: Manual threat removal might be a lengthy and complicated process that requires advanced computer skills. Spyhunter is a professional automatic malware removal tool that is recommended to get rid of Digmine malware. Download it by clicking the button below:
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How to remove malware manually?

Manual malware removal is a complicated task, usually it's better to let antivirus or anti-malware programs do it automatically. To remove this malware we recommend using  Spyhunter 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's an example of a suspicious program running on user's computer:

malicious process running on user's computer sample

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:

manual malware removal step 1 Download a program called Autoruns. This program shows auto-start applications, Registry and file system locations:

screenshot of autoruns application

manual malware removal step 2Restart 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.

Safe Mode with Networking

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.

Windows 8 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.

windows 10 safe mode with networking

Video showing how to start Windows 10 in "Safe Mode with Networking":

 

manual malware removal step 3Extract the downloaded archive and run Autoruns.exe file.

extract autoruns.zip and run autoruns.exe

manual malware removal step 4In the Autoruns application click "Options" at the top and uncheck "Hide Empty Locations" and "Hide Windows Entries" options. After this procedure click the "Refresh" icon.

Click 'Options' at the top and uncheck 'Hide Empty Locations' and 'Hide Windows Entries' options

manual malware removal step 5Check the list provided by Autoruns application and locate the malware file that you want to eliminate.

You should write down it full path and name. Note that some malware hides their process names under legitimate Windows process names. At this stage it's very important to avoid removing system files. After you locate he suspicious program you want to remove right click your mouse over it's name and choose "Delete"

locate the malware file you want to remove

After removing the malware through Autoruns application (this ensures that the malware won't 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 file of the malware be sure to remove it.

searching for malware file on your computer

Reboot your computer in normal mode. Following these steps should help remove any malware from your computer. Note that manual threat removal requires advanced computer skills, it's recommended to leave malware removal to antivirus and anti-malware programs. These steps might not work with advanced malware infections. As always it's better to avoid getting infected that try to remove malware afterwards. To keep your computer safe be sure to install latest operating system updates and use antivirus software.

To be sure your computer is free of malware infections we recommend scanning it with Spyhunter for Windows.

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Tomas Meskauskas

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Malware activity

Global virus and spyware activity level today:

Medium threat activity
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