The IdleBuddy is a potentially unwanted program (PUP) from the CPU Miner category. It makes changes to PC system settings and configures itself so as to launch automatically each time the computer is turned on. Computer specialists determined that immediately after launch, the IdleBuddy starts to mine digital currency using all possible computer resources without the user’s permission. As a result, the computer starts to work slowly, the CPU and GPU temperature rises sharply that can bring them to damage.
Thus, the IdleBuddy Miner is quite dangerous. So, we suggest you remove it from your personal computer without a wait. Follow the guidance presented below to remove IdleBuddy from Windows 10 and other versions of Microsoft Windows OS.
Remove IdleBuddy Miner
In the steps below, we will try to cover the Windows 10 (8, 7, XP) and provide general help to delete IdleBuddy Miner. You may find some minor differences in your MS Windows install. No matter, you should be okay if you follow the steps outlined below: remove all suspicious and unknown software, remove malicious scheduled tasks, run free malware removal utilities. Read it once, after doing so, please print this page as you may need to shut down your internet browser or reboot your computer.
To remove IdleBuddy, execute the steps below:
- Manual IdleBuddy CPU Miner removal
- How to automatically get rid of IdleBuddy CPU Miner
- Use AdBlocker to stay safe online
- To sum up
Manual IdleBuddy CPU Miner removal
These steps to uninstall IdleBuddy CPU Miner without any applications are presented below. Be sure to carry out the step-by-step guide completely to fully get rid of the IdleBuddy CPU Miner that can use your personal computer to mine digital currency.
Remove potentially unwanted applications using MS Windows Control Panel
We recommend that you begin the computer cleaning process by checking the list of installed applications and remove all unknown or questionable software. This is a very important step, as mentioned above, very often the malicious apps such as CPU Miner and browser hijackers may be bundled with free software. Remove the unwanted applications can remove the undesired advertisements or web-browser redirect.
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Next, press “Uninstall a program”
It will open a list of all programs installed on your PC. Scroll through the all list, and uninstall any suspicious and unknown apps. To quickly find the latest installed programs, we recommend sort applications by date in the Control panel.
Delete unwanted Scheduled Tasks
Once installed, the IdleBuddy can add a task in to the Windows Task Scheduler Library. Due to this, every time when you launch your personal computer, it will start a process of mining. So, you need to check the Task Scheduler Library and remove all tasks that have been created by the IdleBuddy.
Press Windows and R keys on the keyboard at the same time. This opens a prompt that titled with Run. In the text field, type “taskschd.msc” (without the quotes) and press OK. Task Scheduler window opens. In the left-hand side, press “Task Scheduler Library”, as displayed in the following example.
In the middle part you will see a list of installed tasks. Please select the first task, its properties will be show just below automatically. Next, click the Actions tab. Pay attention to that it launches on your computer. Found something suspicious, then remove this task. If you are not sure that executes the task, check it through a search engine. If it is a component of the adware, then this task also should be removed.
Having defined the task that you want to get rid of, then press on it with the right mouse button and select Delete as shown below.
Repeat this step, if you have found a few tasks that have been created by the IdleBuddy. Once is done, close the Task Scheduler window.
How to automatically get rid of IdleBuddy CPU Miner
Manual removal is not always as effective as you might think. Often, even the most experienced users can not completely remove IdleBuddy CPU Miner that uses your CPU to mine digital currency. So, we suggest to scan your personal computer for any remaining malicious components with free malware removal applications below.
Automatically remove IdleBuddy CPU Miner with Zemana Anti-malware
We recommend using the Zemana Anti-malware. You can download and install Zemana Anti-malware to scan for and delete IdleBuddy CPU Miner from the Windows 10 (8, 7, XP). When installed and updated, this remover will automatically check and detect all threats present on your computer.
Download Zemana Free on your MS Windows Desktop by clicking on the link below.
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Once downloading is finished, close all applications and windows on your computer. Open a directory in which you saved it. Double-click on the icon that’s called Zemana.AntiMalware.Setup as displayed in the figure below.
When the setup begins, you will see the “Setup wizard” that will help you install Zemana Anti-Malware on your personal computer.
Once setup is finished, you will see window as displayed in the figure below.
Now click the “Scan” button to start checking your PC system for the IdleBuddy Miner that can use your machine to mine digital currency. This process can take quite a while, so please be patient. During the scan Zemana will scan for threats exist on your personal computer.
As the scanning ends, you may check all items detected on your machine. You may remove items (move to Quarantine) by simply click “Next” button.
The Zemana Free will remove IdleBuddy CPU Miner and add threats to the Quarantine.
Use HitmanPro to delete IdleBuddy CPU Miner
If Zemana Anti Malware cannot get rid of this CPU Miner, then we advises to run the Hitman Pro. HitmanPro is a free removal utility for browser hijackers, PUPs, toolbars and CPU Miners. It is specially designed to work as a second scanner for your personal computer.
Visit the page linked below to download Hitman Pro. Save it to your Desktop.
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When the download is done, open the file location and double-click the Hitman Pro icon. It will start the HitmanPro tool. If the User Account Control dialog box will ask you want to start the application, press Yes button to continue.
Next, press “Next” to perform a system scan with this utility for the IdleBuddy Miner that uses your precious CPU and CPU resources to generate crypto currency without your consent. This procedure can take quite a while, so please be patient. When a malicious software, adware or potentially unwanted programs are found, the number of the security threats will change accordingly. Wait until the the checking is done.
Once the system scan is finished, Hitman Pro will show a scan report as shown on the screen below.
Review the report and then press “Next” button. It will open a dialog box, click the “Activate free license” button. The Hitman Pro will begin to delete IdleBuddy CPU Miner which can use your machine to mine digital money. After the cleaning procedure is finished, the utility may ask you to restart your system.
How to remove IdleBuddy with Malwarebytes
We suggest using the Malwarebytes Free. You can download and install Malwarebytes to search for adware and thereby get rid of IdleBuddy CPU Miner from your computer. When installed and updated, the free malware remover will automatically scan and detect all threats present on the machine.
- Installing the MalwareBytes Anti-Malware (MBAM) is simple. First you’ll need to download MalwareBytes Anti-Malware (MBAM) from the following link. Save it to your Desktop.
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- After the downloading process is finished, close all apps and windows on your computer. Open a folder in which you saved it. Double-click on the icon that’s named mb3-setup.
- Further, click Next button and follow the prompts.
- Once installation is finished, press the “Scan Now” button to find IdleBuddy CPU Miner that uses your CPU’s resources to generate digital money. Depending on your PC, the scan may take anywhere from a few minutes to close to an hour. During the scan MalwareBytes AntiMalware will search for threats exist on your computer.
- When MalwareBytes Free completes the scan, MalwareBytes Anti-Malware (MBAM) will show a screen which contains a list of malware that has been found. When you’re ready, click “Quarantine Selected”. When that process is complete, you can be prompted to reboot your personal computer.
The following video offers a steps on how to get rid of hijackers, ‘ad supported’ software and other malware with MalwareBytes Anti Malware (MBAM).
Use AdBlocker to stay safe online
If you want to delete undesired ads, internet browser redirects and pop-ups, then install an ad blocker program such as AdGuard. It can block unwanted advertisements, popups and stop web sites from tracking your online activities when using the Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Microsoft Edge. So, if you like browse the Internet, but you do not like annoying ads and want to protect your PC system from harmful pages, then the AdGuard is your best choice.
- Please go to the link below to download the latest version of AdGuard for MS Windows. Save it on your Desktop.
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- Once the downloading process is complete, start the downloaded file. You will see the “Setup Wizard” program window. Follow the prompts.
- After the installation is finished, click “Skip” to close the installation program and use the default settings, or press “Get Started” to see an quick tutorial that will assist you get to know AdGuard better.
- In most cases, the default settings are enough and you do not need to change anything. Each time, when you start your computer, AdGuard will start automatically and stop unwanted advertisements, as well as other harmful or misleading websites. For an overview of all the features of the application, or to change its settings you can simply double-click on the icon named AdGuard, that can be found on your desktop.
To sum up
Now your system should be free of the IdleBuddy CPU Miner that can mine digital currency using CPU. We suggest that you keep AdGuard (to help you block unwanted advertisements and intrusive malicious sites) and Zemana (to periodically scan your personal computer for new malicious software, browser hijackers and ad-supported software). Make sure that you have all the Critical Updates recommended for MS Windows OS. Without regular updates you WILL NOT be protected when new hijacker infections, harmful apps and adware are released.
If you are still having problems while trying to get rid of IdleBuddy Miner from your computer, then ask for help in our Spyware/Malware removal forum.