Application.BitCoinMiner

Classification

PUA

Application

W32

BitCoinMiner, Application.BitCoinMiner, JS:Application.BitCoinMiner, PotentialRisk.PUA/CryptoMiner

Summary

Application.BitCoinMiner identifies a program that uses the computer's physical resources (memory, processing power, etc) to generate units of a virtual or digital cryptocurrency.

Removal

Automatic action

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  • Check for the latest database updates

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  • Submit a sample

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    NOTE If the file was moved to quarantine, you need to collect the file from quarantine before you can submit it.

  • Exclude a file from further scanning

    If you are certain that the file is safe and want to continue using it, you can exclude it from further scanning by the F-Secure security product.

    Note You need administrative rights to change the settings.

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Technical Details

About cryptocurrency

A cryptocurrency is an anonymous, decentralized form of digital currency, which can be used online as a medium of exchange much like traditional, physical currencies. Multiple cryptocurrencies exist, such as BitCoin, Ethereum and Monero.

The 'crypto' part of the term refers to the use of cryptography both for creating the currency units and for securing transactions made with the units. Because of the anonymity provided by cryptocurrency, its legality and acceptance varies considerably between countries.

About cryptocurrency mining programs

Cryptocurrency units can be created by any user with specialized mining programs or miners that run the mathematical calculations needed to generate a unit of a particular cryptocurrency. Examples of mining programs include Coinhive, Cryptoloot, Electrum, Hashflare and MinerGate, though there are dozens of other similar programs available online.

Because the calculations are complex, many enthusiasts will build computers with specialized hardware and software to handle the work. Some websites also support cloud mining, where users visiting the site essentially allow temporary use of their computer's processing power to perform part of the calculating work, usually in exchange for a service offered by the site.

Some malware include miners as part of their payload; in such cases, the malware is hijacking a user's computer to create cryptocurrency units for the malware author's benefit.