Manual removal instructions:

How to remove the APIWINDRIVER.EXE CPU Miner?

APIWINDRIVER.EXE detected as CoinMiner.APIWINDRIVER. Since cryptocurrencies are worth a lot of money nowadays, hackers are always trying to find some unique, creative ways to mine these currencies on your PC. APIWINDRIVER.EXE is included in a trojan, and its primary focus is to mine crypto coins. This is a digital currency that has become very valuable right now, and its prices are getting higher.

Technical Information:

  • Full path on a computer= %WINDIR%\\DATA\\APIWINDRIVER.EXE
Once the trojan and APIWINDRIVER.EXE are on your computer, you will automatically start mining this in the background, whether you like it or not. You will notice that this process doesn’t arrive on its own. Normally, it comes with content you get from the internet. There are some legitimate downloads that include this APIWINDRIVER.EXE process. However, they chose not to disclose it. So yes, you can end up with this process running without your knowledge. How does the APIWINDRIVER.EXE process affect your computer? What you have to keep in mind is that this is a process focused on both your graphics card and CPU. The way you identify this process is when you see your graphics card and CPU at 90% or 100% usage even if you don’t do anything major. Another way to identify this problem is when your programs take a lot of time to launch, and your computer is very slow. In case you see this, and your GPU or CPU fans are very noisy, then you have to check the processes and see if APIWINDRIVER.EXE is in there. If that’s the case, don’t panic. We are here to help you figure out how to remove it quickly.

You have 2 ways to remove APIWINDRIVER.EXE:

You have 2 ways

Remove it automatically1. Remove Automatically.
Remove it manually2. Remove Manually.

Why I recommend you to use an automatic way?

  1. You know only one virus name: "APIWINDRIVER.EXE", but usually you have infected by a bunch of viruses. The UnHackMe program detects this threat and all others.
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Here’s how to remove APIWINDRIVER.EXE virus automatically:

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So it was much easier to fix such problem automatically, wasn't it? That is why I strongly advise you to use UnHackMe for remove APIWINDRIVER.EXE redirect or other unwanted software.

How to remove APIWINDRIVER.EXE manually:

STEP 1: Check all shortcuts of your browsers on your desktop, taskbar and in the Start menu. Right click on your shortcut and change it's properties.
You can see APIWINDRIVER.EXE at the end of shortcut target (command line). Remove it and save changes.

In addition, check this command line for fake browser's trick.
For example, if a shortcut points to Google Chrome, it must have the path:
C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe.
Fake browser may be: ...\Appdata\Roaming\HPReyos\ReyosStarter3.exe.
Also the file name may be: "chromium.exe" instead of chrome.exe.

STEP 2: Investigate the list of installed programs and uninstall all unknown recently installed programs.

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STEP 3: Open Task Manager and close all processes, related to APIWINDRIVER.EXE in their description. Discover the directories where such processes start. Search for random or strange file names.

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STEP 4: Inspect the Windows services. Press Win+R, type in: services.msc and press OK.

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Disable the services with random names or contains APIWINDRIVER.EXE in it's name or description.

STEP 5: After that press Win+R, type in: taskschd.msc and press OK to open Windows Task Scheduler.

Remove APIWINDRIVER.EXE from scheduled task list.

Delete any task related to APIWINDRIVER.EXE. Disable unknown tasks with random names.

STEP 6: Clear the Windows registry from APIWINDRIVER.EXE virus.

Press Win+R, type in: regedit.exe and press OK.

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Find and delete all keys/values contains APIWINDRIVER.EXE.

Remove APIWINDRIVER.EXE Virus from Chrome Extensions

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STEP 10: And at the end, clear your basket, temporal files, browser's cache.

But if you miss any of these steps and only one part of virus remains - it will come back again immediately or after reboot.

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STEP 3: Carefully review the detected threats!

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