How to uninstall the fake Bitcoin Mining Machine miner?

Also Known As: RedLine Stealer
Type: Trojan
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Severe

Bitcoin Mining Machine virus removal guide

What is Bitcoin Mining Machine?

Bitcoin Mining Machine is the name of a legitimate cryptocurrency miner, however, there is a fake miner with the same name on the Internet. Unsuspecting users who would download and install that fake miner would actually install malicious software called RedLine - an information stealer that has a capability to install additional malware.

Bitcoin Mining Machine malware

As its name suggests, RedLine steals sensitive information. It is known that it targets login credentials (such as usernames, passwords), autofill data, cookies and credit card details from all Gecko-based and Chromium-based web browsers. Additionally, it targets system information such as IP addresses, keyboard layouts, UAC settings, information related to installed security software, data on victim's File Transfer Protocol and Instant Messaging clients and grabs files stored on the infected machine. Furthermore, it can be used to download and install some other malware on computers that are infected with it.

Therefore, victims of the RedLine stealer/users who would have the fake Bitcoin Mining Machine might lose access to various personal accounts, suffer monetary loss, become victim of identity theft, have their computers infected with some ransomware, other Trojan-type malware, cryptocurrency miner, and/or encounter other serious issue. Therefore, users who would have the fake Bitcoin Mining Machine/RedLine stealer installed on their computers should remote it as soon as possible.

Threat Summary:
Name RedLine Stealer
Threat Type Trojan, password-stealing virus, banking malware, spyware.
Detection Names (installer)
Avast (Win32:Trojan-gen), BitDefender (Trojan.GenericKD.45143974), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of MSIL/Spy.Agent.DBN), Kaspersky (HEUR:Trojan-Spy.MSIL.Stealer.gen), Microsoft (Trojan:MSIL/RedLineStealer!MTB), Full List (VirusTotal)
Payload RedLine Stealer
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 passwords and banking information, identity theft, the victim's computer added to a botnet.
Malware Removal (Windows)

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It is not the first time when cyber criminals exploit the name and use very similar or even identical design of a legitimate software to trick users into downloading and installing their malicious software. In most cases it is Trojan-type malware that is distributed this way. A couple examples of malware that functions as information-stealing malware are Alfonso, Hunter and Xenon.

How did Bitcoin Mining Machine infiltrate my computer?

It is likely that the fake Bitcoin Mining Machine is available for download on some unofficial, dubious website, or some torrent website. It/RedLine stealer gets installed when users execute the downloaded malicious installation file named "BtcMiningMachine new version 1.7.4.exe" (its name may vary). It is important to mention that malware can be distributed via fake software updating, unofficial activation "cracking" tools, other unreliable file, software download sources like third party downloaders, Peer-to-Peer networks, free file hosting, freeware download sites, certain Trojans, malspam campaigns (emails that contain malicious files or links) as well.

How to avoid installation of malware?

If received email is irrelevant, sent from unknown, suspicious address, and contains some attachment or website link, then it is very likely that it is used to deliver malware. Such emails should not be trusted. No software should be downloaded from unofficial web pages, via Peer-to-Peer networks, third party downloaders, or other sources of this kind. It should be downloaded only from official websites and via direct download links. Installed software should never be updated and/or activated with third party, unofficial tools - very often those tools are designed to install malware, also, it is not legal to use unofficial ('cracking') tools for activation of licensed software. Therefore, it should be achieved by using implemented functions or tools that are provided by official developers. The operating system should have a reputable antivirus or anti-spyware software installed on it, that software should be used to scan the system for threats regularly. If you believe that your computer is already infected, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate infiltrated malware.

Installer for the Bitcoin Mining Machine ("BtcMiningMachine new version 1.7.4.exe") detected as a threat by multiple detection engines:

bitcoin mining machine virus virustotal detections

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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:

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 1Download 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 the 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 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".

locate the malware file you want to remove

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.

searching for malware file on your computer

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.

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