FU is still in progress and I have no way of knowing when it started, which may be what is stressing me out the most right now. So come with me on a journey of regret while my fourth malware scanner of the night sits at 64% and my friends have gone to bed. So the story, I guess, would begin back when I first started university, about five years ago. I got into art school for visual communication and planned on becoming an animator. To celebrate and to support me, my dad bought me a kick ass lenovo gaming laptop with the power of a billion suns (as you may come to guess, I am not tech savvy. Definitely not tech savvy enough to own this laptop) capable of running several adobe programs at once, with a RAM wide enough to put my mother's behind to shame, with an internal disk memory as big as the disappointment in my father's eyes. College begins, websites for illicit procuration of expensive programs exist, my naive young sunshine self doesn't even know what a VPN is, and for some reason which is is causing me an enormous amount of self-hatred right now, owning a top of the range gaming laptop with amazing everything doesn't seem like a good enough reason for me to pay for an antivirus, so I go with the free software, the ffp1 option, the least-amount-of-having-to-think-about-it choice, because I would totally NOT regret that later, perhaps five years later, at 3 AM - ironically while trying to animate for the first time ever. I continue my happy little life with my absolute beast of a laptop but shit happens and I never actually go into animation, I go into printmaking, which is the most analog of art forms possibly ever, so between having a huge amount of studio work, thesis research and just life stuff, my laptop spends the prime of his life as a glorified facebook machine, a particularly large and lovely screen to watch parks and rec on perhaps. Or so I think... Now I may have noticed performance issues at various points, in fact now that I think about it I moved away from using photoshop a long time ago, and when I think about it further I even got a new wacom tablet last winter, because of the unbearable lag... the shame covers me like a wet blanket. What a fucking idiot. No refrigerator-buzz noises, wheezing fans or uncomfortably hot undersides were enough to make me go "hey, perhaps my free antivirus is a piece of rubbish, and it would be worth ten minutes of my time to run a slightly deeper scan than just the automatic stuff that I even only run when it gets absolutely forced on me". No. I had to just plow on, forgetting that my computer ever ran quietly at all, or that it once harnessed the power of a billion suns, that crashes and reboots and long waiting times are not supposed to happen. Around October 2019 I got annoyed enough to look into how to even use a split drive computer for the first time, and I moved all my bulky user folders to a different drive, and patted myself on the shoulder real good for being such a computer wizard. Hell I even cleaned my registry! But let's get to the point... amongst many minor technological issues for which my solution is to ignore until I forget, is the fact that my phones memory is full because i am constantly photographing everything with it, but for some reason my laptop stopped recognising my phone as a device. So I started poking around yesterday, and when I tried to update windows I got an error code saying that one or more updates failed. You know that scene in Spirited Away when San pulls on a tiny string in the side of the super stinky bath house guest and a huge stream of pollution comes roaring out? Yeah. Somewhere at the horizon of my mind the thought passed by that it was weird that I hadn't been getting push notifications about windows updates. I looked for my antivirus, and lo and behold, it is gone. I googled some stupid shit like "why has my antivirus disappeared ", get some stupid first-result answer, and leave it at that. Today as I am following my first animation course online (well done me, yay) as I stare at the endless unjustified blue loading circle next to my cursor my idle mind wanders to my nonexistent antivirus, and i figure i should download a new one. So i do, and i run a scan, and it gives me a warning for one problematic file: Win64: Malware-Gen Trojan. Eek, I think, I have only an extremely vague notion of what that is but I'm sure it's no fun. So I find a lovely step by step guide with pictures made for idiots like me which walks me through the installation of a whole parade of malware scans, and the first one finds 22 malware files, of which 5 Trojans, PUMs to disable my firewall, security centre and antivirus, and 15 PUPs including stuff that apparently had to be manually installed by the user even though I've never seen it before, and one lovely shitty cherry on top, the bitcoin miner. After removing all those I run the next scan, it comes up with loads of new issues. Then I download and run a third scanner, still more problematic files found. And finally one in a file location that gives me some indication as when this started happening: in year 1 of college when I very briefly dipped my toes into a bunch of fancy programs and then never opened them again for not having had the time or energy. So there we have it folks, my beast processors have been mining bitcoin for someone for what may have been five years while I watched porn and browsed reddit, and now that i actually sat down to do what this laptop was bought to do, instead i am spending entire days ridding it of a wonderful garden of malware that someone has planted and tended. Karma, bitch. And the worst thing is that I will never know exactly what they did, if they were after more than my bitcoin potential, whether they have been accessing other stuff. Tomorrow I'm changing all my passwords and pins, growing a moustache, and moving to Florida. The morale of this story is: live up to the gifts you receive. TL;DR: I was gifted a brand new gaming laptop to become an animator. I downloaded a bunch of programs, never used them, maintained nonexistent safety practices and was an unknowing bitcoin mine for possibly five years.
I want to get something but i dont have a credit card so i turned to the cryptocurrency option on what im trying to get and i think my best bet would be Bitcoin Cash but i dont know how to mine it, How would i mine it? Note: im using "Bitcoin.com" wallet and i dont know if its teh best one
05-29 15:34 - 'Bitcoin mining on M15 Alienware gaming laptop with Nicehash' (self.Bitcoin) by /u/nlatino34 removed from /r/Bitcoin within 249-259min
''' I have an Alienware M15 with I think a GTX 1070. I was looking to mine for Bitcoin on my Gaming laptop with Nicehash. I was reading on reddit that some people are concerned about their laptop over heating while mining. But to be fair, playing a game like GTA V can also push the GPU/CPU to the max. Now, I also know it's not okay to be gaming constantly. So, I was thinking of running the miner on my computer for only a few hours a day. And I was also planning on using my laptop in my basement which hovers at around 55 degrees Fahrenheit. The basement should act as a giant heat sink. I think that the combination of only mining for a few hours a day, plus being in my basement, should prevent my laptop from overheating. I have an additional stand up desk with a fan built into it that I can use as well, if the laptop gets to hot. What do you think? ''' Bitcoin mining on M15 Alienware gaming laptop with Nicehash Go1dfish undelete link unreddit undelete link Author: nlatino34
Is it possible to recover my Bitcoins from a CPU mining software that I uninstalled back in 2013 on my laptop ?
Hey guys, so I'm from South Africa and I remember in my first year of University, I discovered mining and that one could use their laptop to mine BTC. I didn't know what it was at the time and I would leave my laptop in my room running and mining while I went to class(for 2/3 weeks if I remember correctly). Honestly, I didn't know what I was doing at the time, I didn't know what Bitcoin really was but it seemed legit and I was convinced that it wasn't a scam. I later uninstalled the software though, but I was wondering whether one can somehow recover 'deleted' stuff from their laptops(Windows 7) I still have the laptop. I didn't know much about addresses and all of that. The only thing I knew was mining and I remember downloading a Blockchain wallet on my android phone. Hope to get a response, Regards🇿🇦🤙🏿 TLDR: I used to mine BTC on my laptop in 2013, deleted the software. Was wondering if it's possible to somehow recover it ?
Bitcoin mining virus on my laptop, mines when idle for a few minutes
I've got a gaming laptop - Acer Predator Helios 300 I recently noticed that after a few minutes left idle, the fans would spin up, and the temps would be pretty high. Whenever I moved the mouse, it stopped, and temps went back down, along with the fans. On checking it further, something was indeed using the CPU as well as the discrete Nvidia GPU when the laptop was idle. The process using it was called 'updatedg.exe'.File location as follows : - C:\Users\MYNAME\AppData\Roaming\AppContainer\Storage\microsoft.microsoftedge_8wekyb3d8bbwe\Children\001\Internet Settings\cpu There are a bunch of dlls in the same folder, as well as text files. The contents of the text files clearly show that this is all meant to crypto mine. They lay out a bunch of parameters and explanations and whatnot. https://imgur.com/a/fdmEDiH Deleting this stuff does no good as it will just return after restart, or atleast after a while. There are a couple of results from the internet about 'updatedg.exe', including a couple of reddit threads talking about the same. I haven't been able to get rid of mine. I've tried many anti-malware, adware, antivirus toolkit that have been recommended for these kinds of things. Kaspersky rootkit, MBAM, MB Adware cleaner, the ones that come in tronscript (tronscript), and a bunch of others I forgot. MBAM didn't even flag the mining stuff when I scanned it specifically. Also, when opening the file location, from the directory '001' and it's parents, the folders show as completely empty. This is the case all the way to the 'AppContainer' Folder. AppData\Roaming won't even show this AppContainer folder, even with hidden enabled. Same thing for the children directory in that file address. However, if you get to the 'Internet' folder, it shows it's subdirectories (Settings/CPU). Why is it like that ? Currently I've stopped it by creating a 'DisallowRun' entry for the executable in the registry. It seems to be working. However, I'm worried about the fact that the PC is infected... I don't want to reinstall windows if possible. If anyone has any tips or recommendations on software to run or anything else, I'd be really grateful. Also, Is there any way I can get more information about what is causing it ? EDIT: Checked task scheduler (thanks Qsypoq), found a task called 'RTKPLC' that was running the file in the location. I deleted the task.
10-17 18:24 - 'Look into monero and the upcoming changes to the hashing algorithm. If you have a laptop or pc then you could actually make a profit mining monero come the end of this month. Please remember that "if its not your key, its not...' by /u/LePfeiff removed from /r/Bitcoin within 63-73min
''' Look into monero and the upcoming changes to the hashing algorithm. If you have a laptop or pc then you could actually make a profit mining monero come the end of this month. Please remember that "if its not your key, its not your coin." This app explicitly says on the play store "you are offered in a bitcoin miner game that allows you to feel like a real crypto investor" it doesnt even claim to be real, please dont hold out hope for this app to make you money. ''' Context Link Go1dfish undelete link unreddit undelete link Author: LePfeiff
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