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Danger level 7
Type: Trojans

Crypto-Loot Miner

If you notice that your PC is running slow for no apparent reason, Crypto-Loot Miner may have crawled onto your system without your permission or you may be viewing a website that uses this Javascript, again, without your permission. As its name clearly suggests, this is a cryptocurrency miner program or script that can use your computer as a resource for mining. This is indeed a legal activity for the time being since no malicious activity and operations are involved. However, just because this miner may not collect and steal information about you, damage your files, or expose you to malicious third-party content, it can still drain your CPU power and keep running it around 50%. Furthermore, it is also possible that there are malware infections on your system as well, which may have sneaked on with this miner. Although this miner, which is also labeled a Trojan by other malware researchers, cannot really cause hardware damage like other similar programs, we do not advise you to turn a blind eye and let schemers make money out of using your computer for free. If you do not wish to experience lack of CPU power and serious slowdowns, we recommend that you remove Crypto-Loot Miner as soon as possible.

This miner is somewhat different from most of its peers as it is mostly spread as a Javascript that people can insert in their websites to contribute to the mining process and, of course, may some money out of it. This script is available for download at its promotional page, This means that the most likely way for you to be exploited by this miner program is to land on a website that runs this script in the background. There is one important thing here to remember: Just because the operations of this script may not be downright illegal, if it runs on your computer without your consent or permission, well, you may as well call it a privacy breach. This is definitely one good reason to want to delete Crypto-Loot Miner from your computer. You are lucky if you simply get redirected to a page where this miner runs in the background because all you need to do is close the tab or the browser window to remove Crypto-Loot Miner and its unwanted operations.

Nevertheless, our research also revealed that this miner can assume the form of a browser extension and spread in freeware bundles to infect as many unsuspecting computer users as possible. It is quite simple to drop a bundle onto your system if you are not cautious enough. For example, you may want to download a free program or a keygenerator for a crack, and you choose the worst possible site that is also unfamiliar to you. Such a torrent or freeware page usually hosts malicious third-party installers that can pack all kinds of potentially unwanted programs as well as malware infections like adware programs, browser hijackers, Trojans, fake alerts, and even ransomware programs. Although generally there is a possibility for you to opt out in time, a lot of inexperienced users simply go for the quick installation option and install the whole package by default, which the worst that you can do when your bundle is packed with such threats. Since you cannot really know whether your PC is infected and how heavily unless you scan it, we suggest that you use a reliable online malware scanner after you delete Crypto-Loot Miner.

This program does what its name says: It mines cryptocurrencies. As a matter of fact, it can mine different cryptocurrencies, including Monero and Bitcoin. Since such an operation requires immense CPU or sometimes GPU power, thousands of computers are exploited by miners so that these currencies can deliver and operate on the web without any delay. In other words, your computer could be the victim of such parasites if you notice that it suddenly starts to run slower. This miner may "only" use up 50% of your CPU power, which is certainly not enough to fry it and cause physical damage as some of the miners can actually do. Probably the strongest argument against leaving this program to operate on your PC is that it exploits your computer without your knowledge and permission. Since it can cause serious slowdowns and disruptions to your virtual experience, we do not believe that you want to tolerate such presence. This is why we recommend that you remove Crypto-Loot Miner as soon as possible.

There are basically two options for you. First, if you are so lucky as to have no infections on board, this miner may only be working through a website, which means it could be enough for you to exit your browser. Second, if your computer is actually infected and this is how this program is using it as a resource, it could help if you reset your major browsers. If you are not familiar with the steps, please follow our instructions below. If you would like to keep your computer safe from all possible infections and threats automatically, we advise you to install a reliable malware removal program like SpyHunter.

Remove Crypto-Loot Miner from your browsers

Internet Explorer

  1. Tap Alt+T and go to Internet Options.
  2. Select the Advanced tab and click Reset.
  3. Mark the Delete personal settings checkbox and click Reset.
  4. Press Close.

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Tap Alt+H and navigate to Troubleshooting Information.
  2. Click Refresh Firefox.
  3. Press Refresh Firefox again in the pop-up.

Google Chrome

  1. Tap Alt+F and pick Settings.
  2. Scroll down the page and click Advanced.
  3. Scroll down again and click Reset.
  4. Press Reset.
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