Claymore CryptoNote Description
The Claymore CryptoNote is a cryptocurrency miner. PC security researchers have received reports of computers with abnormally high CPU usage and presenting typical problems associated with this type of high resource consumption. Computers affected by the Claymore CryptoNote may run slower than normal, overheat, get stuck or freeze repeatedly, and prevent computer users from using their computer as normally. This is because the Claymore CryptoNote may be installed by third parties on victims' computers in order profit at the expense of computer users. The Claymore CryptoNote may use the infected computer's processing power and other resources to 'mine' cryptocurrency by solving complex algorithms. If your computer is using abnormally high memory and CPU processing power, this is a typical symptom of these kinds of infections. Use a security product to ensure that the Claymore CryptoNote has not been installed automatically. Unfortunately, the presence of the Claymore CryptoNote may indicate a more severe security breach and the presence of other threats on the victim's computer.
Understanding How the Claymore CryptoNote Works
The Claymore CryptoNote is used to mine Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. These types of online currencies are generated using a computer's processing power. Significant time and resources may be necessary to mine a single Bitcoin, requiring investment in equipment and electricity. However, third parties may use other threats to distribute miners like the Claymore CryptoNote to affected computers. Using their victims' computers to generate the processing power necessary to mine cryptocurrencies, third parties may reap the benefits without having to use their own resources. A computer on which the Claymore CryptoNote has been installed may start using abnormally large percentages of CPU processing resources, as well as high amounts of memory, even when sitting idle. This is because the Claymore CryptoNote will run in the background. This may result in significant performance issues and the infected computer overheating or presenting other issues.
The Claymore CryptoNote may Indicate the Presence of Other threats
Although the Claymore CryptoNote is used to mine Bitcoin, third parties need a way to install the Claymore CryptoNote on a victim's computer. Because of this, unfortunately, the presence of the Claymore CryptoNote on a computer may indicate the presence of other threats infecting that PC. The Claymore CryptoNote has been associated with backdoor Trojans that allow third parties to gain access to affected computers from a remote location. Using the 'backdoor,' a clandestine connection to the victim's computer, third parties may install software like the Claymore CryptoNote to take advantage of the infected computer's resources for their own gain. The Claymore CryptoNote may be associated with a rootkit, which hides its presence and installs the Claymore CryptoNote automatically. Rootkits are installed in a way that bypasses regular security software, infecting a computer on a very deep level. A rootkit can prevent security software from detecting the presence of the Claymore CryptoNote and other threats on the victim's computer.
Dealing with the Claymore CryptoNote
If the Claymore CryptoNote is installed on your computer, PC security researchers strongly advise taking steps to remove the Claymore CryptoNote completely. However, once the Claymore CryptoNote has been removed, computer users should still take steps to disinfect the affected PC completely and to confirm that other threats are not present as well. Malware researchers recommend using a reliable security program that is fully up-to-date to run a full scan of the infected computer. Some anti-virus programs may not detect the Claymore CryptoNote as a threat since it is entirely possible that the Claymore CryptoNote was installed by the computer user. Malware analysts have noted the presence of the Claymore CryptoNote as a fake 'svchost' file on the Windows Temp Folder or in similar locations. Tracking down memory processes using high amounts of processing power may lead to the Claymore CryptoNote's location.
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