Getting Rid of Marlin.exe Siacoin GPU Miner (Trojan)

Oct 23rd 2017 - by Fix My PC FREE in: Blog PC Protection News Tips Virus Removal | 0 Comment

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What is Marlin.exe Siacoin GPU Miner? And how does it function?

Marlin.exe Siacoin GPU Miner also known as Marlin Miner is a Trojan infection that makes use of a victim’s GPU or graphic cards to mine a digital currency called Siacoin. This Trojan is associated with the Siacoin platform which combines cloud storage services and block chain technology in one. The general is that users with extra storage space on their computers can rent from megabytes to terabytes storage space to Siacoin users. So as a result, users who are renting the space earns Sia coins and the ones who pay the rent for space can use Siacoins or Bitcoins as well as cash to deliver payment.

The Siacoin platform splits data files in small pieces, encrypt them and spread pieces over the connected drives. The users are given an encryption key used to access the encrypted files. And as expected, this platform requires regulation and here comes the Marlin.exe Siacoin GPU Miner which is responsible for securing data and money transactions. However, it turns out that Marlin Miner is associated with security breaches cases where users found that this program is running on their computers automatically. It also came out that its developers might be using corrupted copies of Marlin.exe Siacoin GPU Miner to mine Siacoins to gain revenue.

Marlin.exe Siacoin GPU Miner is used by cyber criminals to earn profit using its victims’ system resources. This Trojan uses your entire GPU’s processing power indefinitely and will cause your graphics card to run at very hot temperature for extended periods of time which, as a result, could shorten the life span of your graphics card.

How does Marlin.exe Siacoin GPU Miner proliferate?

Security experts believed that Marlin.exe Siacoin GPU Miner can be downloaded for free and is downloaded and installed through adware bundles or Trojans that downloaded it into your PC. Usually, Marlin.exe Siacoin GPU Miner hijacks your computer during the installation process. This program is an optional download in a software package and once you install it with only the quick or standard setup, you end up installing Marlin.exe Siacoin GPU Miner as well. To avoid such occurrence, make sure you opt for the Custom or Advanced setup – this way, you will be able to get rid of any optional downloads added into the package.

Carefully follow the removal guide below to get rid of Marlin.exe Siacoin GPU Miner.

Step 1: Open your Task Manager by tapping Ctrl + Shift + Esc on your keyboard.

Step 2: Once the Task Manager is opened, go to the Processes tab and locate the marlins.exe or marlin.exe and VMProtectks.exe processes and end each one of them.

Step 3: Close the Task Manager and open Control Panel by pressing the Windows key + R, then type in appwiz.cpl and then tap Enter or click OK.

Step 4: Look for Marlin.exe Siacoin GPU Miner and then uninstall it.

Step 5: Close Control Panel and then tap the Win + E keys to open File Explorer.

Step 6: Navigate to the following locations.

  • %HOMEDRIVE%\Applications\
  • %WINDIR%\Tasks
  • %WINDIR%\System32\Tasks
  • %USERPROFILE%\Downloads
  • %USERPROFILE%\Desktop
  • %TEMP%

Step 7: Look for the malicious files created by Marlin.exe Siacoin GPU Miner and delete them.

Step 8: Close the File Explorer.

The next step below is not recommended for you if you don’t know how to navigate the Registry Editor. Making registry changes can highly impact your computer. So it is highly advised to use PC Cleaner Pro instead to get rid of the entries that the PUP created. Unlike Marlin.exe Siacoin GPU Miner, PC Cleaner Pro is a trusted program that helps in improving your computer’s overall performance by repairing any registry issues as well as optimizes your system. If you are not familiar with the Windows Registry skip to Step 14 onwards. However, if you are well-versed in making registry adjustments, then you can proceed to step 10.

Step 9: Open the Registry Editor, to do so, tap Win + R and type in regedit and then press enter.

Step 10: Go to the following locations and delete all the registry keys in it.

  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\ Marlin.exe
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Schedule\TaskCache\Tree\Marlin.exe

Step 12: Close the Registry Editor and empty your Recycle Bin.

Once you got rid of Marlin.exe Siacoin GPU Miner from your PC, follow the advanced guide below to get rid of it’s the files it has created.

Perform a full system scan using SpyRemover Pro. To do so, follow these steps:

  1. Turn on your computer. If it’s already on, you have to reboot
  2. After that, the BIOSscreen will be displayed, but if Windows pops up instead, reboot your computer and try again. Once you’re on the BIOS screen, repeat pressing F8, by doing so the Advanced Option shows up.

  1. To navigate the Advanced Optionuse the arrow keys and select Safe Mode with Networking then hit
  2. Windows will now load the SafeMode with Networking.
  3. Press and hold both R key and Windows key.

  1. If done correctly, the Windows Run Boxwill show up.
  2. Type in explorer http://www.fixmypcfree.com/install/spyremoverpro

A single space must be in between explorer and http. Click OK.

  1. A dialog box will be displayed by Internet Explorer. Click Run to begin downloading the program. Installation will start automatically once download is done.

  1. Click OK to launch it.
  2. Run SpyRemover Pro and perform a full system scan.

  1. After all the infections are identified, click REMOVE ALL.

  1. Register the program to protect your computer from future threats.

 

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