How to remove Xsocksx.exe

Our today’s article is made to help you to recognize 'xsocksx.exe' CPU Miner and to remove it from your computer. You will also learn how 'xsocksx.exe' CPU Miner works, how it infected the PC and why it’s so popular lately.

'xsocksx.exe' is a malicious Trojan virus that uses the power of your device to mine crypto-currencies, such as Bitcoin, Monero or Ethereum. Its malice is not in the mining, but in the fact that a victim doesn’t get the funds from mining – all money are transferred right to the scammer’s accounts. The program is smart enough to figure out an optimal amount of computer’s resources that can be used for mining, and tries to consume as much as possible. Most users don’t even notice it, except the ones that play modern games or use CPU-heave programs. Suchlike fraud schemes allow scammers to earn thousands of dollars per day, if their program spreads really wide, and the only thing that keeps them afloat is the users’ idleness. If you are reading this article, we believe that you’ll get rid of 'xsocksx.exe' Trojan really soon.

 

How 'xsocksx.exe' got into the system

Trojans are called so because of their specifics regarding methods of infection. Usual viruses can crawl into the system willingly and spread themselves further on their own, but Trojans can’t do so. Trojan viruses use other programs to carry them and attract victim’s attention while they are installing and starting operation. In case of 'xsocksx.exe', that program is called Shortcut virus, and it gets in the system via bundling. It is a simple virus, which creates an illusion of file loss, and leaves only one visible element on the infected drive. That element launches an installation of 'xsocksx.exe' upon user’s click. There are also other ways of infection, but most likely you got 'xsocksx.exe' after the Shortcut virus infection. Remember something like that, huh?

To protect your computer against such threat you should follow few simple security advices. We’ll give you some, and each of them separately will help you to protect the system against any unwanted spontaneous installation of adware and viruses.

  • Don’t use the account with the administrator’s rights. Administrator has the right to install any programs and modify or remove any files, and if you will use an account without this property – you’ll need to confirm each installation and enter the password. It is a very noticeable thing – to see an installation warning when you’re not installing anything. You will just decline it and scan the system with an antivirus. Job’s done.
  • Use the proper antiviral tool that will scan all downloaded files and inform you about the potential threats, so you will be aware of danger and will treat such files differently. In most cases you won’t treat them anyhow, because the AV tool will remove them.
  • Don’t download, install or use a pirated software. Pirated copies of paid programs such as Word, Excel, different antiviruses, PhotoShop and others are very popular, and many of them have attached viruses to them. Don’t download suspicious programs and the risk of infection will significantly diminish.

Use any of these advices to prevent the further infection, and your computer will remain secure and safe for years, until scammers will invent something new, which they rarely do.

Xsocksx.exe removal instruction

Step 1. Boot into Safe mode

Safe mode

Start -> Msconfig.exe

Safe mode. Step 1

On the tab Boot select Safe boot

Safe mode. Step 2

Step 2. Check Startup folder

Start -> Msconfig.exe ->Disable unknown programs in the Startup tab

Startup

Step 3. Check hosts file

Modify hosts file, that located in C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\ .

Hosts file.Step 1

Open the file with Notepad and delete suspicious strings.

Hosts file.Step 2

It has to look like this:

Hosts file.Step 3

Step 4. Scan the system with antiviral scanner

Trojan deletion somehow differs from the other viruses, because Trojans doesn’t show as much visible activity and don’t let you track them. Still they can be found, and we’ll show you how to do it. The recipe is easy, so follow our instructions strictly and don’t forget to make a backup before starting. Unfortunately, the manual deletion is unavailable for this Trojan, as it’s too hard to find. The virus leaves his copies around the system and has other defensive mechanisms to reinstall after the deletion. The only way to get rid of it is to clean all viral files up at once, and this is only possible with help of a decent antivirus. We have the one for you: it’s called Spyhunter, and it will easily eliminate 'xsocksx.exe' from the system for you. Just hit the button below, install the antivirus and launch a scanning process.

Antivirus scanner

Why we recommend SpyHunter antimalware as removal tool

Removes virus fully: all files and even registry keys of malware will be deleted

Protects your system in the future

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Step 5. Disable Safe mode

Start -> Msconfig.exe ->Disable Safe boot in the Boot tab

Deactivate Safe mode

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