Attrib.exe is a trojan that uses computer’s resources illicitly to mine digiatal money. Means, the file is just a cryptominer trojan horse infection which is used by criminals to mine crypocurrencies like Monero, Darkcoin, bitcoin, and so on. In most of the cases, such vicious files are downloaded and installed on computers through freeware or shareware installer packages. Once the malware is launched inside computer, it starts to show adverse effects to users, and victims are able to see all such negative impacsts throughout the day. Even the system may crash or freeze frequently to show scary error messages.
Means, in case if you end up to notice Attrib.exe as an active process under Task Manager, then you must make sure if the file is safe. In order to do so, you can check its location or if you have installed any program on your machine which is dependent on Attrib.exe. If not, then the file might gbe a cryptominer and more precisely a trojan horse infection which is often considered as the most hectic malware type. Trojans are often known to install itself deep inside computer following alteration in various administrative and security sections. And this is why, the identification and removal of Attrib.exe is not easy as it seems.
Apart from just affecting a computer’s session by eating more than enough of system resources, Attrib.exe an be even more dangerous. Trojans actually can keep a keen eye over every of your activities by taking over installed hardware preferences. So, it can easily manage to steal your data or details like banking credentials, social credentials, email credentials, and more other sensitive data. This can lead the victims to suffer data loss or identity theft. To prevent such things to happen, it’s mandatory to remove Attrib.exe from compromised system as soon as possible.
Type: Trojan horse infection, cryptocurrency miner
Description: Attrib.exe is discovered as a cryptominer that may lead to serious issues by eating more than enough of resoruces.
Distribution: Malicious links, pop up ads or banners, freeware installer packages, and many more.
Removal: To learn detailed information to remove Attrib.exe, refer to guidelines section under this article.
As mentioned earlier, cyber-criminals have expertise to use some of the services offered by Windows System process as vulnerabilities. They usually mimic a legitimate system process with name of the Trojan or malware. They create the process of a Trojan same as some legitimate system process. In some cases, they easily get differentiated from legit processes however; some cases can be extremely difficult to distinguish.
If you examine the Windows process category in the Task Manager, you would easily notice the legitimate system process. However, if you notice duplicate files process, one must be a malware. This type of Trojan or malware continuously mines bitcoin or other crypto-currencies and this is a very high resource extensive process. The overall speed and performance of the PC gets extremely slow and sluggish. For depth enquiry, you can right click on the doubtful process and choose file location option in order to see the associated program. As a simple rule, if the file is stored in Windows/System32 folder, it is legitimate.
On the other hand, if the process is stored in the user’s processes or “Open the file” for the process leads to any random directories then it is doubtful. You should immediately scan your work-station with a powerful anti-malware tool. Remember that manual removal of harmful process related to Trojan or suspicious files are very difficult due to its deep intrusion and integration with the OS.
How to Remove Attrib.exe
The first thing that you should do is to scan your work-station with a powerful anti-malware tool and that will be very helpful. On the other hand, if you have backup of your important data in any external clean location such as hard-drive or pen-drive etc. then formatting the infected hard-drive of the PC may also work for you. Remember that formatting the hard-drive may work for one PC but if the infected PC is connected with a network of PCs then this step will go in vain.
Click on the “Download” button to use “SpyHunter” anti-malware tool to clean your workstation.
- On click on the download button, the file named as “Spyhunter-Intaller.exe” gets downloaded.
- In the downloads dialog box, choose “SpyHunter Installer.exe” and open the file.
- Select “Yes” in the “User Account Control” dialog box.
- Select the language you prefer and press on “OK” to get next step
- In order to process the installation, press on “Continue”
- Open “SpyHunter” by locating its icon on the desktop or search it on Windows “Start” menu.
The next step is to use “SpyHunter” for PC scanning and malware removal.
- Go to the “Home tab” and press on “Start Scan” button
Wait for the few minutes to scan gets completed. On completion, it scan result report is presented on the screen.
⇒ Register for the Spyhunter and remove Attrib.exe and all detected threats
To delete Attrib.exe and all associated threats found through the system scan, you need to register for the SpyHunter:
- Click on the register button available on the top-right corner of the program window,and then click on buy button.
- You will automatically be redirected to the purchasing page, enter your customer detail and valid email address,
- After the successful payment, you will receive email confirmation message. The email contains the account information such as usernames and passwords and so on,
- Thereafter, enter the same detail in the Account tab of the settings section of the program. Now, you can avail full features and protection to your system.
⇒ Steps to remove Attrib.exe and other detected threats:
Spyhunter antivirus tool categorizes the type of objects detected during system scans in total five sections – “Malware“, “PUPs” (Potentially Unwanted Programs), “Privacy“, “Vulnerabilities“, and “Whitelisted objects“
Select the object you want to remove and then click on Next button (you can quarantine an object so that you can anytime restore it to the system using restore feature)