PUP.bitminer is a Trojan that will typically be accompanying another Trojan infection on your computer system. The main way in which a PUP.bitminer Trojan infection manifests itself is through browser redirects. The most common kind of browser redirect associated with PUP.bitminer occurs after carrying out a Google search. The links in the results of any Google search will actually link to malicious websites associated with PUP.bitminer rather than to their actual destinations. If your computer system is showing signs of a PUP.bitminer infection, ESG security researchers recommend removing PUP.bitminer Trojan immediately with a legitimate anti-malware tool.
How PUP.bitminer Helps other Malware Infections
One of the most ordinary details of a PUP.bitminer infection will occur when your computer is infected with a rogue security program, such as the AV Security Suite or any of the variants of the FakeScanti Trojan. PUP.bitminer allows these fake security applications to redirect your online activity to their own websites containing a malicious content of alarming error messages. PUP.bitminer is also designed to slow down your computer system, allowing rogue security programs to trick you further into thinking that your PC is in severe danger. According to ESG security researchers, PUP.bitminer will often show up in your Task Manager as a file process named PING.exe. This file process will typically use up a lot of memory, making your computer system run extremely slowly and become unstable.
Protecting Yourself from PUP.bitminer
Prevention is the best way to make sure that your computer does not become infected with PUP.bitminer. While it is important to make sure that you have reliable security software and that it is fully updated, the best way to prevent a malware infection is by being smart when browsing the Internet. This means being cautious about clicking on any unknown links or when downloading files. In particular, attachments and embedded links contained in unsolicited emails should be avoided at all costs. PUP.bitminer will often be bundled with other malware distributed on peer-to-peer file sharing networks or contained in a compressed file. These are often distributed as popular file downloads on these kinds of networks, as fake video codecs on illegal video streaming sites or seedy pornographic video galleries or as fake system or application updates from a third party.
How Can You Detect PUP.bitminer?