How to remove XMRIG.EXE

Today we will talk about XMRIG.EXE, that infected the system, and you unwillingly helped it to do this. This program can cause issues on your PC, and we imperatively advise you to delete it immediately after reading this item. The safest manner to stop the viral infestation is to know how to recognize malware. Here is the brief description of Trojans, of their abilities, strengths and weaknesses. The name “Trojan program” speaks for itself: malware of this kind secretly infests victims' PCs, trying to look like useful programs, but they cannot spread themselves. Actually, Trojans are not really the viruses, because viruses know how to multiply and independently distribute themselves. Trojans can be compared to parasites: they are totally useless and feeble, but having the host they could call many issues. The original host of newborn Trojan is its owner that grants it a guise of a helpful utility and uploads it on homely file-sharing service. Since then, the program waits until a credulous visitor will download it and become a host. Another important thing about Trojans is that they commonly are being distributed through bundled installation - they get into the machine in one bundle with three or four other viruses.


When Trojan after all finds a host it begins to achieve its goals, which obviously means bad things for you and your device. Trojans are the biggest type of viruses, and might include your device in a botnet, scrounge the passwords or cause a lot of issues with your PC. Here is a short enumeration of average ways to use Trojans:


  • The last of the common ways of using Trojans is to develop so-called botnets. Botnet is a web of hundreds or even thousands of PC's, or some other "intelligent" devices, with help of which swindlers are carrying out their criminal schemes. The list of actions varies from DDoS attacks on major websites to massive spamming campaigns, and it usually calls restrictions from the search engine for your IP address or the entire subnet.
  • Trojan viruses, thanks to their stealthiness, are just ideal means for spying on ordinary users. Trojan can exist in infested device for a long time, collecting information against its operator, passwords, accounts, visited websites and, maybe, even the text entered from keyboard.


All these ways of Trojan usage can be carried out singly or altogether. In addition to the described above major purposes, which directly give profit to Internet-criminals, Trojans have multiple side negatives: they use the resources of your workstation, clog the system with trashy applications and prevent the PC from being used for its primary function. Understanding this, you'll completely endorse our opinion and uninstall all Trojans for good.

Removal instruction

Step 1. Boot the system into safe mode

  • Press Start
  • Type Msconfig and press Enter

Safe mode. Step 1


  • Select Boot tab

Safe mode. Step 2



  • Select Safe boot and press Ok

More information about Safe mode: What is Safe Mode and how to boot computer in Safe Mode


Step 2. Show all hidden files and folders

  • Press Start
  • Click on Control Panel

Show hidden files. Step 1


  • Select Appearance and Personalization

Show hidden files. Step 2


  • Click on Folder Options
  • Select View tab
  • Select Show hidden files, folders and drives

Show hidden files. Step 3


  • Press Ok


Step 3. Remove virus files


Check next folders to find suspicious files:

  • %TEMP%
  • %ProgramData%


Step 4. Fix hosts file

  • Go to %SystemRoot%\System32\drivers\etc\ folder



  • Open hosts file using Notepad or other text editor
  • Delete suspicious elements
  • Basic hosts file looks like this:



Step 5. Clean registry (for experienced users)

  • Click Start
  • Type Regedit.exe and press Enter
  • Clean startup registry keys
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE(HKEY_CURRENT_USER)\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE(HKEY_CURRENT_USER)\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE(HKEY_CURRENT_USER)\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunServices
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE(HKEY_CURRENT_USER)\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunServicesOnce
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\Userinit

Step 6. Scan computer with antivirus


Here comes an easy and efficient technique to delete XMRIG.EXE with help of Spyhunter antiviral software. This program will not only clear your system of all installed unwanted software on it, but also secure it from further suchlike troubles. Spyhunter operates in automatic mode, and for removal you will only need to buy Spyhunter, establish it and launch the scanning and elimination processes. We advise this technique, since it's too complicated for an ordinary customer to find the Trojan files. By removing the wrong file, you might seriously affect the OS, and provoke its fatal error. If you doubt the usefulness of Spyhunter, you should try the program yourself by installing a trial version with limited capabilities.


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Step 7. Disable Safe Mode and restart computer

  • Press Start
  • Type Msconfig and press Enter
  • Select Boot tab
  • Remove the check near Safe boot


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