Waterminer. How to remove Waterminer virus (Malware)?

Waterminer is a type of Trojan horse, specifically belonging the mining Trojans. This virus is extremely dangerous compared to other viruses for multiple reasons.

The aim of the Trojan horse is to infiltrate the user’s computer, then monitor and/or control it. Waterminer is an even deadlier strain of the Trojan horse virus, as it will hide itself from antivirus software, by supporting itself with additional software. For this reason it can be very difficult to remove, let alone spot it on your system. Once it has infiltrated a users computer, it will conceal itself, monitor, and retrieve sensitive information from it, such as passwords.

Waterminer has different ways of infiltrating a computer, but the main way of infection seems to be through shady email-attachments, which are willingly downloaded onto the system, and in turn bypassing security filters. These spam mails typically include a picture or document attachment file (pdf, jpeg, bmp, png, docx) with an executable file (.exe, cmd, bat) alongside it.

As the Trojan infects the pc, it will begin to create folders in the computers core locations, for example %system32%, %AppData%, %Temp%, and also in the machines Registry Keys. These folders are very sensitive, as your whole system is relying on them, and a computers programming can essentially be corrupted or changed in these folders.

The Trojan will from here proceed to establish a connection to a remote host, followed by installing a Keylogger (observes the users keystrokes, and records them), downloading additional adware, concealing its activities and processes from the system, taking control of the whole computer, little by little, while in many cases never even being seen doing so.

Waterminer is not easily removed, but there are certain anti-malware programs designed to remove it, without risking damage to your computer system.

is a type of Trojan horse, specifically belonging the GenAutorunReg Trojans. This virus is extremely dangerous compared to other viruses for multiple reasons.

The aim of the Trojan horse is to infiltrate the user’s computer, then monitor and/or control it. Waterminer is an even deadlier strain of the Trojan horse virus, as it will hide itself from antivirus software, by supporting itself with additional software. For this reason it can be very difficult to remove, let alone spot it on your system. Once it has infiltrated a users computer, it will conceal itself, monitor, and retrieve sensitive information from it, such as passwords.

Waterminer has different ways of infiltrating a computer, but the main way of infection seems to be through shady email-attachments, which are willingly downloaded onto the system, and in turn bypassing security filters. These spam mails typically include a picture or document attachment file (pdf, jpeg, bmp, png, docx) with an executable file (.exe, cmd, bat) alongside it.

As the Trojan infects the pc, it will begin to create folders in the computers core locations, for example %system32%, %AppData%, %Temp%, and also in the machines Registry Keys. These folders are very sensitive, as your whole system is relying on them, and a computers programming can essentially be corrupted or changed in these folders.

The Trojan will from here proceed to establish a connection to a remote host, followed by installing a Keylogger (observes the users keystrokes, and records them), downloading additional adware, concealing its activities and processes from the system, taking control of the whole computer, little by little, while in many cases never even being seen doing so.

Waterminer is not easily removed, but there are certain anti-malware programs designed to remove it, without risking damage to your computer system.

How did Waterminer virus got my PC infected:

In many ways adware programs attack and get to users computers with well known techniques. Some very old but still really powerful way for hackers to get you infected. If we don’t consider scam emails, there are two main ways:

  • Via shareware or freeware installation – Most adware was bundled with some freeware installation as a legitimate way to use force advertising revenue which claims to improve user experience.

More about bundling: in order to avoid any of this into the future you need to pay more attention. When you install a program never use express installation. Go for custom installation and untick any suspicious software that will come with the freeware. If you go for express installation malware will be installed as an additional software. This process is called bundling.

  • Infected websites – visiting suspicious websites may also lead to malicious attack towards trojan. Use any type of anti-malware software to remove the virus and further protection.

NOTEEven after removing all malware from your PC many of the problems caused by it may still remain!

  • Name – Waterminer
  • Type Spamming – Malware
  • Danger Level – High
  • Brief Description – pop-up ads and redirects.
  • Symptoms – Poor pc performance or freezing, pop-up ads and redirects.
  • Method – Via bundling.

Note: Removing malware manually could be very risky and unpredictable!

To proceed with the manual removal of adware from your computer, follow the removal steps below. NOTE: you may be infected with more than one malware and after following the steps ads may still pop-up. Since malware virus creates variety of malicious modified registry entries and different files, we strongly advise you to use anti-malware tool. Removing the virus manually requires high computer skills and knowledge.

Step by step how to remove malware from Chrome, Firefox and Internet explorer:

NOTE: If ads still pop-up you may be infected with more add-ons witch you have to remove from your PC.

Manual steps to remove ransomware or malware. How to prevent ransomware or malware.

For now, removing ransomware or malware manually will only be able for IT specialists. If you don't know one don't worry. We have a solution for you. Over here we will use Spyhunter to remove the virus. The Spyhunter anti-malware is a collection of programs that can be used to scan for malware and clean infected computers. You can also use full anti-malware program in this case which is the better option because it also offers protection.

How to remove "ransomware or malware"

NOTE: In this option the virus will be removed but the files will remain locked! You have to decrypt your files.
  1. Download Spyhunter anti-malware.
  1. 2.  After program has been downloaded, double-click to open it. User will have to install the program. Click on Spyhunter.exe to start the process.
User Account Control dialog may appear, asking you to allow the following program to make changes to this computer. Click "Yes" or "Run" to proceed with the installation. User can also choose variety of languages. Click Ok and the installation will begin with a welcome massage for Spyhunter. Click Next to continue to the next step. User will also have to accept Spyhunter license agreement by clicking on "I accept the agreement" and click Next. Spyhunter will ask user to read important information provided before continuing. Once done click on next to go to the next step. User can choose where to install the program. By default - C:Program FilesEnigma Software GroupSpyHunter. The process will continue and then Spyhunter will install. The installation process may take awhile, depending on a computer system performance. Once the installation is done, click Finish.
  1. 3. Update the software before scanning. Once program has been updated go to scan. You can choose from a free trial version or activate license. It is recommended to buy full version as the trial will not protect computer system.
  1. 4. The scan process will begin. The scan process may take awhile, depending on a computer system performance.
  1. 5. Once the scan is complete you can choose between delete or quarantine the viruses. The quarantine option is recommended and since the malware is active a reboot will be required to finish process.

Click here for guide of how to uninstall spyhunter.

Decrypt ransomware files.

Good news is that we can now use decryption programs. A lot of security companies like Kasperky lab, bitdefender and more has developed a program that is fully capable of decryption key for ransomware malware. You can find this programs anywhere on the internet but it is strongly suggested to download this programs from official websites. NOTE: It may take a long time for your files to be decrypted depending on your PC performance.