Novo Optimizer Gpu Miner is a digital currency miner that can infect your PC secretly and use its GPU to mine or whatever digital currency its command and control server instructs it to mine. We have classified it as a Trojan because of the way it infects your PC and uses its resources to serve the agenda of its developers. When you run this program for the first time, this Trojan will present itself as PC optimization program but will optimize nothing. If anything, it will make your PC slower and can potentially damage it. Needless to say, you have to remove this Trojan if you want to use your computer normally as this program will slow it down significantly as it will allocate its processing power of the GPU to mine coins.
If your PC were to become infected with Novo Optimizer Gpu Miner, then it will start mining digital currency almost immediately. Still, it will check to see if your GPU is compatible. If it is compatible, then it will launch the miner that will connect to a remote digital currency pool and mine a specified coin. Its developers stand to make a lot of money from this, but all you will get is a slower PC and potentially higher electricity bills.
We want to inform you that, when Novo Optimizer Gpu Miner is active, it will use your GPU at 100 %. If your PC has insufficient cooling, then the temperature inside the case (if it is a desktop PC) or inside the laptop will increase, and that can result in the GPU overheating eventually breaking. If you have a top of the line GPU that is prone to overheating or you live in warm climate, then your GPU is a risk of overheating. This miner was set to launch on each system startup, so it will mine digital currency all of the time. Apart from overheating the GPU, your whole PC can become slower, on the whole, so keeping this program in not a good idea.
Our research has shown that this Trojan is installed an application that poses as a PC optimization tool. Of course, it does not optimize anything, but you can find its uninstaller in Control Panel. However, the uninstaller does not remove all of the files, so you have to delete them manually. Files associated with this Trojan are stored in %PROGRAMFILES(x86)% or %PROGRAMFILES%, %WINDIR%\System32\Tasks, and %WINDIR%\Tasks\Novo. Now let us discuss how this application functions.
We have found that Novo Optimizer Gpu Miner is being distributed with the help of bundled software installers. Freeware hosting websites that distribute third-party software can bundle this Trojan with certain programs, and the installers can be set to install it on your PC secretly. Indeed, the installation wizard does not disclose or allow you to uncheck its installation and inject it into your computer secretly. Hence, this program is distributed using malicious methods.
In closing, Novo Optimizer Gpu Miner is just another digital currency miner set to infect your computer by stealth and use its GPU to mine digital currency. Its creators can make much money as a result, but you do not stand to get any of the profits. All you get is a slower PC and the risk of your GPU overheating and breaking. Therefore, we recommend that you remove this application manually using the instructions supplied below.
|#||File Name||File Size (Bytes)||File Hash|
|1||ssleay32.dll||247808 bytes||MD5: 238e6213f4fb78bd9dcfc098af21d709|
|2||libeay32.dll||1410560 bytes||MD5: 1e8213defba119cae92a09c979790610|
|3||uninstall.exe||51474 bytes||MD5: b09a6b8da5e3c11dcd849f537e5362e6|
|4||novo_optimizer.exe||10463744 bytes||MD5: f3aea4494b4b2846b4389299d9f25598|
|#||Process Name||Process Filename||Main module size|