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New Cryptojacker Shuts Down Computer When Confronted by Antivirus

Computer users are advised to be aware of a cryptojacking virus which has a novel way of protecting itself.

The virus is called WinstarNssmMiner. Based on a standard XMR mining rig, it differs from a standard cryptocurrency mining virus because when it is targeted by antivirus software it reacts by crashing the host computer to avoid confrontation.

According to Chepicap, WinstarNssmMiner is difficult to remove because the first thing it does upon entering the system is to locate protective software. When the computer crashes, the virus continues to mine behind a blue screen.

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