How to remove the minerd virus

Most antivirus programs identify minerd.exe as malware—e.g. Symantec identifies it as W32.IRCBot.NG or Trojan.Gen.2, and TrendMicro identifies it as TROJ_SPNR.09E613 or TROJ_SPNR.0BEC13.

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Minerd.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with minerd
Minerd.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Miner appears to belong to software Miner or PC Data App by Microsoft (

Description: Minerd.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The file minerd.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder or sometimes in a subfolder of C:\Windows or in the C:\Windows folder (for example C:\Users\USERNAME\AppData\Roaming\JRE Update\currency\cpu\ or C:\Users\USERNAME\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Themes\). Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 913,920 bytes (70% of all occurrences), 443,895 bytes or 187,904 bytes. 
There is no file information. The program is not visible. The minerd.exe file is not a Windows system file. The software uses ports to connect to or from a LAN or the Internet. Therefore the technical security rating is 95% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Recommended: Identify minerd.exe related errors

Important: You should check the minerd.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. We recommend Security Task Manager for verifying your computer's security. This was one of the Top Download Picks of The Washington Post and PC World.


User Comments

CPU bitcoin mining Tool, Trojan, 100% CPU
CPU bitcoin mining Tool, Trojaner, lastet die CPU dauerhaft zu 100% aus
It consumes a lot of processor and slows the pc
Mining tool, wenn gewollt dann alles gut, wenn nicht, trojaner.

Summary: Average user rating of minerd.exe: based on 4 votes with 4 user comments. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user suspects danger. 2 users think minerd.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it.

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Best practices for resolving minerd issues

The following programs have also been shown useful for a deeper analysis: ASecurity Task Manager examines the active minerd process on your computer and clearly tells you what it is doing. Malwarebytes' well-known Banti-malware tool tells you if the minerd.exe on your computer displays annoying ads, slowing it down. This type of unwanted adware program is not considered by some antivirus software to be a virus and is therefore not marked for cleanup.

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding PC trouble. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using 1cleanmgr and 2sfc /scannow, 3uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using 4msconfig) and enabling Windows' 5Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.

Should you experience an actual problem, try to recall the last thing you did, or the last thing you installed before the problem appeared for the first time. Use the 6resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, executing the 7DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

Other processes

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