Bitcoin Collector stands for a malicious utility advertised as an application for generating the amount from $15 to $45 Bitcoins every day. The developers of the utility mention that there is no price for using it, plus earning Bitcoins will be done in an automatic way. To perform the aforesaid function, the program must work as a cryptocurrency-generating tool. Unfortunately, the real mission of Bitcoin Collector is to spread malware. According to the research, Bitcoin Collector distributes india2lock ransomware, as well as Baldr trojan. These are two serious computer infections representing an extremely high risk for PC safety. Therefore, our strong recommendation is that you stay away from downloading and installing Bitcoin Collector.
Bitcoin Collector quicklinks
- Damage by Bitcoin Collector
- Bitcoin Collector infiltration methods
- How to remove Bitcoin Collector
- Automatic Malware removal tools
- How to remove Bitcoin Collector using Windows Control Panel
There are several websites involved in displaying misleading suggestions to download and install Bitcoin Collector, such as ethcrypto.live and ethclick.live. The majority of anti-virus programs already identify these websites as malicious, but, unfortunately, some security programs are not always properly updated. This means that visiting the aforesaid suspicious websites may not be prevented, thus you will not be warned about the danger ahead of time. Remember that if your browser somehow brought you to one of the pages promoting Bitcoin Collector, the damage is not made yet until you install the program. Continue reading this tutorial and you will find more detailed guidelines about the damage that can be caused by Bitcoin Collector and the instructions to remove it effectively.
Damage by Bitcoin Collector
Upon successful infiltration, Bitcoin Collector stores all its important components in a specific folder called BotCollector. Opening this folder will lead you to a special executable file called BotCollector.exe. Once executed, it opens the Freebitco.in – BOT, i.e. the application that was initially advertised as a Bitcoin-generating tool. Instead, starting the above-mentioned executable immediately contaminates the system with india2lock ransomware. Sometimes the executable file alternatively installs Baldr trojan horse.
You probably already know what to expect of ransomware, including india2lock. It automatically encrypts all your important information stored on the system. You will not be able to use any of your important data, documents, and photos. They will be locked until the ransom is paid in favor of the crooks who elaborated the ransomware infection. There is no guarantee that online criminals will restore the data they encrypted. When the computer is contaminated by ransomware this often results both in financial and data losses.
Speaking of the Baldr trojan, this is a malicious application developed for the purpose of stealing important data, such as your passwords, browsing history, cookies, etc. The Baldr trojan may also steal the wallet.dat files related to Bitcoin clients and containing the data about private keys. In addition, Baldr may steal a lot of sensitive information from popular messengers, collects the data from several VPN service providers and steals other private and confidential information. This is all done in order to generate revenue in favor of the criminal standing behind the Baldr trojan. It is quite obvious that when the system is contaminated by this sort of malware users will experience leakages of personal information and considerable financial losses. Obviously, to avoid such an outcome, it is strongly advised that you stay away from downloading and installing Bitcoin Collector.
Bitcoin Collector infiltration methods
Bitcoin Collector is spread through a wide range of unreliable websites. Two of them were mentioned at the beginning of the article. Additionally, there are many other channels through which online frauds promote malware. Below please find some other leaks through which Bitcoin Collector may be injected, as well as other viruses:
- suspicious emails delivered as a result of massive spam distribution campaigns;
- fake software update alerts (Java or Adobe Flash Player update pop-ups);
- peer-to-peer networks offering cracked software downloads;
- bundling with other freeware installers.
Bitcoin Collector intrusion can be prevented when your computer is properly protected by reliable anti-virus software. Unfortunately, there are some security applications that claim to be effective, whereas in times of malware attacks they do not perform their functions as advertised. This results in the injection of Bitcoin Collector and other malicious programs.
How to remove Bitcoin Collector
Exercising caution while surfing the Internet and downloading software on the web is of crucial importance today. It is easier to prevent the installation of malware ahead of time than to search for the solution to remove it after the successful injection. You must always be very careful and not visit the websites involved in downloading cracked software. Most likely they will contain malicious programs integrated into pirated programs hosted on their resources. When you find free software that is considered to be safe, make sure you pay attention to the details provided in its installers. Read the EULAs (End User License Agreements) carefully to find out if there are other extra programs that may be contained in the bundle. This will help you to avoid the infiltration of Bitcoin Collector and other infections.
Bitcoin Collector does not provide you with the direct uninstaller. Trying to get rid of the malicious program manually is a very time-consuming undertaking that does not guarantee a complete fix of your system. We recommend that you scan your computer with Spyhunter to identify all malicious components and concealed problems and to remove them in a professional manner.
Automatic Malware removal tools
How to remove Bitcoin Collector using Windows Control PanelMany hijackers and adware like Bitcoin Collector install some of their components as regular Windows programs as well as additional software. This part of malware can be uninstalled from the Control Panel. To access it, do the following.
- Start→Control Panel (older Windows) or press Windows Key→Search and enter Control Panel and then press Enter (Windows 8, Windows 10).
- Choose Uninstall Program (if you don't see it, click in the upper right next to "View by" and select Category).
- Go through the list of programs and select entries related to Bitcoin Collector . You can click on "Name" or "Installed On" to reorder your programs and make Bitcoin Collector easier to find.
- Click the Uninstall button. If you're asked if you really want to remove the program, click Yes.
- In many cases anti-malware programs are better at detecting related parasites, thus I recommend installing Spyhunter to identify other programs that might be a part of this infection.