Caution: Andy OS Android Emulator contains Bitcoin Miner

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Andy OS is one of the many available Android Emulators out there for Windows and Mac. Other popular options include Bluestacks, Remix Player, KO Player which have been around for some time. Recently, a Reddit user posted that once Andy OS Emulator has been installed on your system, it might be running a silent Bitcoin Miner on your system.

What is a Bitcoin Miner?

A Bitcoin Miner, usually silent, if used without the user’s consent uses your computer’s resources including GPU and Internet Bandwidth to mine Bitcoins. In most cases, it’s so silent that you won’t notice a big drop in performance, but since it’s without consent that a company uses your system for their profit, it’s frowned upon.

Bitcoin Miners have been around for some time. Some people implement these on their websites, while others in their software so that each time someone uses their software or website, the Miner eats up your computer resources.

Does Andy OS really have a Bitcoin Miner? Proof?

YES, it does as shown by the Reddit user. He tried checking his GPU usage before and after installing the software and there were huge discrepancies. But, that could have been Andy OS itself using the resources, not the Bitcoin Miner.

Definitive Proof that Andy OS has a Bitcoin Miner

Just follow these steps and you will see it with your own eyes.

  1. Go to andyroid.net and Click on Download at the top.
  2. Go to virustotal.com and upload the 1.70 MB executable file you just downloaded and see the result for yourself.
VirusTotal result for Andy OS executable file showing multiple detections
VirusTotal result for Andy OS Executable file

First of all, the multiple detections on the executable file is fishy in itself (for an Android Emulating software) whether or not it’s a Bitcoin Miner.

Does Andyroid know and are they doing anything about it?

The Redditor claims to have posted about it on their forums. On top of being ignored, he was banned, from which it’s pretty clear Andyroid is aware of the issue and is trying to cover it up.

What to do now?

It’s a pretty easy fix if you are running Andy OS on your PC. Here are the steps to follow on a Windows Machine to remove the Bitcoin Miner or any viruses Andy OS might have had:-

  1. Uninstall Andy OS with an uninstaller like Revo Uninstaller. Also, clear all registry entries and remaining files.
  2. Restart your system and go to Task Manager to see if an updater.exe from the Andy OS is still running. If yes, right click on it and click End Process Tree.
  3. Go to C:\Program Files (x86) and delete these folders if still present:- AndyOS and Updater.
  4. As an additional step, run Malwarebytes Anti Malware and CCleaner.

Additional step – Try running a Boot Time scan with Bitdefender Live CD or something similar.

Conclusion

It’s quite a shame that popular and trustworthy (apparently) companies still go for these gimmicks. And, moreover, rather than working on fixing it, would try to cover it up. Share this with your friends and stay tuned for more.

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