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Danger level 7
Type: Trojans
Common infection symptoms:
  • Slow Computer
  • System crashes
  • Slow internet connection
  • Connects to the internet without permission
  • Installs itself without permissions
  • Can't be uninstalled via Control Panel

Nscpucnminer32.exe Monero Miner

Nscpucnminer32.exe Monero Miner is a Trojan-type application whose purpose is to mine the Monero cryptocurrency, and it is tasked with infecting computers of unwary users and use them to mine the coins on behalf of this program’s creators. This application can severely reduce a computer’s performance as it is set to use all of the unused processing power for mining. The extra heat generated as a direct result of your PC’s CPU being utilized at 100 % can lead to the shorter lifespan of the CPU and, on some rare occasions, lead to it overheating and frying entirely.

Make no mistake, this application is a genuine malware and is distributed as such. We do not know who its developers are as its executable was no identification information, but it is not as relevant as its dissemination tactics. We do not know what this application’s initial distribution campaign was, but once it was set loose, the rest of the distribution was automatic. We have found that this program’s main executable named Nscpucnminer32.exe is distributed by a Trojan file named Photo.scr. This file is configured to copy itself to all internal and network storage drives and even infiltrate FTP servers. If it finds an FTP server, then it will check it for certain files such as php, .htm, .xml, .dhtm, .phtm, .xht, and .htx, among others and will modify them to include and iframe that is set to point to the Photo.scr file.

If this program happens to infect your computer, then it will tap into the unused CPU threads and start mining Monero cryptocoins. As a direct consequence, the processor’s load will surge to 100 %, and that will lead to programs not responding, crashing and your PC will, in general, become much slower. If you open Task Manager, you will see Nscpucnminer32.exe and Photo.scr running in the background. Now, Photo.scr is only used to drop Nscpucnminer32.exe and copy itself to other drives. Nscpucnminer32.exe is the executable that does the mining. While Photo.scr can be dropped anywhere on your PC, Nscpucnminer32.exe is placed in %TEMP%. However, our research has revealed that, in some cases, the executable can be dropped in %APPDATA% and %APPDATA%\Images. Also, Photo.scr is configured to inject Windows Registry with a string called NsMiner at the registry key HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run. As a result, Nscpucnminer32.exe Monero Miner is set to run on each system startup.

Generally, malware causes damage to a computer at the software level, but we want to point your attention to the fact that if your computer’s CPU is running on a stock OEM cooler, then it might not cope with the abnormal heat generated by the continuous 100 % use of the CPU and it might overheat as a result. Hence, the processor can burn up, and you will have to replace it. Nevertheless, every PC is different, so this may not be applicable in your case.

You might think that Nscpucnminer32.exe Monero Miner’s developers are wasting their time with cryptocurrency mining, so let us run you trough the numbers have found. Apparently, this application’s developers have already generated a healthy 60,000 XMR (Monero coins) that are an approximate 545,365.75 USD. As you can see, this program’s developers have done pretty well for themselves, so we do not see this application going away anytime soon as it will continue infecting more and more vulnerable computers and use them for mining cryptocurrency.

If you want to remove this application, then here are several ways you can do it. First, you can delete Nscpucnminer32.exe and Photo.scr manually by using the guide location below. However, Photo.scr can be anywhere and difficult to locate which brings us the alternative removal method. You can delete these files automatically by installing our featured anti-malware program called SpyHunter because our tests have shown that it is more than capable of locating this malicious application.

How to remove Nscpucnminer32.exe Monero Miner

  1. Delete all copies of Photo.scr you find.
  2. Hold down Windows+E keys.
  3. In the address box of the File Explorer, enter the following file paths.
    • %APPDATA%\Images
    • %APPDATA%
    • %TEMP%
  4. Locate Nscpucnminer32.exe and delete it.
  5. Close the File Explorer.
  6. Empty the Recycle Bin.

Delete the NsMiner registry string

  1. Hold down Windows+R keys
  2. Type regedit in the box and click OK.
  3. Navigate to HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  4. Find NsMiner and delete it.
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