How to Remove Xmrig.exe Virus | Updated


I wrote this article to help you remove Xmrig.exe. This Xmrig.exe removal guide works for all Windows versions.

If you notice the Xmrig.exe process running on your system, be wary. Xmrig.exe is started by a Trojan horse. That’s right. Your machine is infected with a nasty Trojan and, needless to say, the sooner you take actions against the pest, the better. Trojans are incredibly dangerous. They can cause all kinds of damage to your system. Xmrig.exe is no different. It can damage essential for your system files and thus cause some of your programs not to work properly.

Also, the pest can edit your system registry behind your back by adding or removing entries from it. It can spy on you and monitor everything you do online. Then, once it has gathered enough data, it sends it all to the cybercriminals behind it. The worse thing about Trojans is that they adapt according to their developers` needs but they can also carry various malicious tasks at the same time. For instance, Xmrig.exe is a coin miner. It uses your PC`s resources to dig digital currency but this doesn’t mean that it doesn’t spy on you or corrupt your PC in other ways at the same time. It does and that’s why its immediate removal is a must.

As we said, Xmrig.exe is a coin miner. In other words, it forces your PC to perform complicated operations to provide accounting services for a coin platform. In exchange, your machine rewarded with coins. However, you are not the one who gets the coins. Of course, not. They go straight from your PC to the crooks digital wallet. You are just a helper who provides the equipment, aka your computer. The coin digging process is complicated and heavy. Thays why it is only profitable if you don’t use your own machine. The hackers are using yours. They receive the reward and you pay the price. By “pay the price” we literally mean that you pay.

The Trojan causes your machine to work non-stop at high temperatures. This does not only damage your hardware but also doubles or even triples your electricity bill. Also, if your cooling system is no efficient enough, your machine could break down and face the Blue Screen of Death. Yes, the dreaded blue is a real possibility. The loner the Trojan remains on board, the closer you get to it. However, before it faces the Blue Screen, your PC suffers and you suffer together with it. It becomes unreliably slow and unresponsive.

You cannot do anything with it. It crashes and freezes all the time. It reboots without warning. Your app fails to load. Your browsing experience is a nightmare. Everything is upside down and you have only the Trojan to blame. Once Xmrig.exe is gone, everything will get back to normal. Remove it before it is too late. Use our removal guide below to do so manually. If you don’t think you can handle the pest`s complicated removal, use a reliable anti-malware tool to help you.

How did you get infected with the Xmrig.exe Trojan? Well, the truth is that the possible scenarios are many. Trojans use stealthy and deceptive tactics to enter victims` machines. These tactics include spam email messages, freeware/shareware bundles, fake program or system updates, corrupted pages, malicious ads, illegitimate download sources and torrents, etc. If you are not vigilant, any of these methods will work.

The one thing crooks cannot succeed without is your carelessness. Do not grant it so lightly. Always pay attention to what you do online. Do not click on every ad/link you see. Do not open emails from strangers. Always read the Terms and Conditions before accepting them. Just be vigilant. A little extra time and attention could save you tons of issues.

Xmrig.exe Uninstall

STEP-1 Run the Task Manager by right clicking on the Taskbar and choosing Start Task Manager.

task manager

Look carefully at the file names and descriptions of the running processes. If you find any suspicious one, search on Google for its name, or contact me directly to identify it. If you find a malware process, right-click on it and choose End task.


Open Control Panel by holding the Win Key and R together. Write appwiz.cpl in the field, then click OK.


Here, find any program you had no intention to install and uninstall it.


Open MS Config by holding the Win Key and R together. Type msconfig and hit Enter.


Go in the Startup tab and Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.

Still can not remove Xmrig.exe from your computer? Please, leave a comment below, describing what steps you performed. I will answer promptly.

Daniel Stoyanov
Daniel Stoyanov has a Master's degree in Computer Science from the Technical University of Sofia, Bulgaria. He is also a Microsoft Certified Professional. Daniel provides top cyber security news with in-depth coverage of malware, vulnerabilities, PC and Network security, online safety.If you have any questions feel free to ask him right now.


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