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Vghost.exe Miner. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

removal by Alice Woods - - | Type: Malware

Vghost.exe is a BitCoin miner that eats up CPU resources

Vghost.exe Miner

Vghost.exe is a malicious process that may be running in the background of your PC and draining CPU and GPU resources to mine cryptocurrency BitCoin. The file is dubbed as Crypto Miner or BitCoin Miner,[1] while technically it's known as a Trojan horse. According to technical security ratings, it's 56% dangerous, especially when located in sub-folders of the user's profile folder. The Vghost.exe miner is extremely intrusive and can lead to severe system's problems due to overused CPU and GPU resources.

File Name Vghost.exe
Type of malware Trojan , CPU miner
Danger level Medium (56%)
The main dangers System's crash due to overheated hardware. The system rendered useless due to extreme slowdowns
Symptoms High CPU usage, slow programs, overheated hardware, sluggish programs, etc. 
Distribution Freeware bundling, rogue file installers, fake software downloads, hacked websites
A scan with Reimage will help to get rid of CPU miner and related components

After an in-depth analysis of this file, it turns out that the Vghost.exe mining activity reached the peak in March 2018. IT forums are full of threads on how to remove Vghost.exe virus. Some people claim that it's exceptionally immune to removal, though it cannot be disabled via Task Manager. Any attempt to stop it from running ends up with a pop-up saying:

Vghost.exe Not Found Could not find this item Verify this item's location and try again.

Trojans are dangerous. They have been developed to camouflage useful programs to prolong their existence and initiate malicious activities, such as leakage of personal files. The Vghost.exe Trojan does not seem to target sensitive data. Its task is to root into the OS and start sucking CPU and GPU resources[2] at full capacity to perform BitCoin mining tasks.

In other words, while BitCoin mining is a legitimate process, criminals misuse Vghost.exe Miner to infect vulnerable PCs to steal PC's processing power. This drastically affects the performance of the system, which is why cryptocurrency miners should not be ignored. The main symptoms of the Vghost.exe miner:

  • Excessive CPU and GPU resource consumption;
  • Continues overheating of the system;
  • Unusual slowdowns;
  • Unresponsiveness of the programs;
  • Hardware problems;

In general, the short period of BitCoin Miner being installed won't do much harm. However, less experienced PC users might not understand what is happening with their PC and relate all problems to PC's age, congestion of useless apps, and similar issues.

However, since the cryptocurrency bubble seems not to blow up shortly, the distribution of miners is expected to grow. Therefore, people should be more careful when downloading freeware, clicking on ads or visiting doubtful websites.

If you have noticed high CPU usage by Vghost.exe, immediately scan the system with a reputable anti-virus. We recommend using Reimage, Malwarebytes MalwarebytesCombo Cleaner or Plumbytes Anti-MalwareMalwarebytes Malwarebytes. In fact, we would recommend checking resource consumption regularly and scan your PC with anti-malware in case there are a suspicious .exe sucking up CPU.

If Vghost.exe removal os forbidden because the file cannot be found, we will provide a guide on how to get rid of this cyber threat at the end of this article.

Infiltration of the BitCoin miner malware

BitCoin miner is legitimate. Most of them have official websites and can be downloaded for a particular amount of money or used for free in exchange for a percentage of income. However, this coin miner is being misused by evil-minded people who seek to misuse the CPU resources of inexperienced PC users without their permission. Not only this results in PC's slowdowns but also can lead to complete system's crash due to overheated hardware.

In most of the cases, BitCoin Miners are spreading via an obfuscated version of the freeware or shareware bundle. This way, criminals can easily trick inexperienced users into downloading malicious programs and files.
Also, miners can infiltrate the system via hacked websites. They may contain a JavaScript code, which foists a Trojan immediately.

Besides, miners can be disguised under fake software updates or stand-alone .dll or .exe file installers.
Anyway, having a reputable anti-virus installed is the number one precautionary measure against miner attack. Besides, carefully select what websites to visit and what software to download. The dieviren.de[3] team adds to the subject that it's essential to opt for Advanced or Custom methods when installing freeware.

Learn how to remove Vghost.exe CPU miner

Vghost.exe removal procedure can hardly be initiated manually. Trojans can be deleted with the help of adapted security software. Therefore, if you want to stop excessive CPU usage and other abnormal PC's behavior, we would recommend you to run a scan with Reimage, Malwarebytes MalwarebytesCombo Cleaner or Plumbytes Anti-MalwareMalwarebytes Malwarebytes security tool. 

As soon as you remove Vghost.exe miner, reset your web browser's default settings. According to experts, this miner may also affect web browser or even install related extensions. You can find a tutorial on how to reset each web browser in this article

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To remove Vghost.exe Miner, follow these steps:

Remove Vghost.exe Miner using Safe Mode with Networking

In case you cannot launch the antivirus or download a new one, it means that the virus is using a block. To bypass it, follow these steps:

  • Step 1: Reboot your computer to Safe Mode with Networking

    Windows 7 / Vista / XP
    1. Click Start Shutdown Restart OK.
    2. When your computer becomes active, start pressing F8 multiple times until you see the Advanced Boot Options window.
    3. Select Safe Mode with Networking from the list Select 'Safe Mode with Networking'

    Windows 10 / Windows 8
    1. Press the Power button at the Windows login screen. Now press and hold Shift, which is on your keyboard, and click Restart..
    2. Now select Troubleshoot Advanced options Startup Settings and finally press Restart.
    3. Once your computer becomes active, select Enable Safe Mode with Networking in Startup Settings window. Select 'Enable Safe Mode with Networking'
  • Step 2: Remove Vghost.exe Miner

    Log in to your infected account and start the browser. Download Reimage or other legitimate anti-spyware program. Update it before a full system scan and remove malicious files that belong to your ransomware and complete Vghost.exe Miner removal.

If your ransomware is blocking Safe Mode with Networking, try further method.

Remove Vghost.exe Miner using System Restore

If you could not delete the miner while in Safe Mode with Networking, here's what you should try:

  • Step 1: Reboot your computer to Safe Mode with Command Prompt

    Windows 7 / Vista / XP
    1. Click Start Shutdown Restart OK.
    2. When your computer becomes active, start pressing F8 multiple times until you see the Advanced Boot Options window.
    3. Select Command Prompt from the list Select 'Safe Mode with Command Prompt'

    Windows 10 / Windows 8
    1. Press the Power button at the Windows login screen. Now press and hold Shift, which is on your keyboard, and click Restart..
    2. Now select Troubleshoot Advanced options Startup Settings and finally press Restart.
    3. Once your computer becomes active, select Enable Safe Mode with Command Prompt in Startup Settings window. Select 'Enable Safe Mode with Command Prompt'
  • Step 2: Restore your system files and settings
    1. Once the Command Prompt window shows up, enter cd restore and click Enter. Enter 'cd restore' without quotes and press 'Enter'
    2. Now type rstrui.exe and press Enter again.. Enter 'rstrui.exe' without quotes and press 'Enter'
    3. When a new window shows up, click Next and select your restore point that is prior the infiltration of Vghost.exe Miner. After doing that, click Next. When 'System Restore' window shows up, select 'Next' Select your restore point and click 'Next'
    4. Now click Yes to start system restore. Click 'Yes' and start system restore
    Once you restore your system to a previous date, download and scan your computer with Reimage and make sure that Vghost.exe Miner removal is performed successfully.

Finally, you should always think about the protection of crypto-ransomwares. In order to protect your computer from Vghost.exe Miner and other ransomwares, use a reputable anti-spyware, such as Reimage, Malwarebytes MalwarebytesCombo Cleaner or Plumbytes Anti-MalwareMalwarebytes Malwarebytes

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