Home Malware Programs Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUPs) Novo Optimizer GPU Miner

Novo Optimizer GPU Miner

Posted: August 25, 2017

Threat Metric

Ranking: 6,630
Threat Level: 8/10
Infected PCs: 3,225
First Seen: August 25, 2017
Last Seen: January 2, 2022
OS(es) Affected: Windows

The Novo Optimizer GPU Miner is a stealthy application, which may be distributed via freeware and fake downloads so that it can be installed without the targeted user's knowing approval. While it is undoubtedly good news that the Novo Optimizer GPU Miner is not unsafe, users should be aware that software of this sort may consume a significant amount of hardware resources to mine a crypto currency for its operator. Users who have the Novo Optimizer GPU Miner running on their computers may often not be aware that this is happening, and only find out that there's something wrong when they opt to use an application or game that also utilizes GPU resources. For example, attempting to run a modern game while the Novo Optimizer GPU Miner is mining may result in poor performance, frame rate drops, system instability and other issues.

Even if the performance is not a problem, having the Novo Optimizer GPU Miner work whenever the computer is on is likely to shorten the lifespan of the video card since it would be put under high load and, therefore, higher operating temperature constantly.

Some of the processes associated with the Novo Optimizer GPU Miner are novoone.exe, novoopt.exe, novoping.exe, npsvc.exeand windriver.exe. If you notice any of these processes running on your computer, then it is strongly recommended to use a reputable anti-malware tool to scan the system and remove the Novo Optimizer GPU Miner.

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Technical Details

File System Modifications

Tutorials: If you wish to learn how to remove malware components manually, you can read the tutorials on how to find malware, kill unwanted processes, remove malicious DLLs and delete other harmful files. Always be sure to back up your PC before making any changes.

The following files were created in the system:



dir\name.exe File name: name.exe
Size: 2.52 MB (2528423 bytes)
MD5: 588c5fa8a02e98e23bf2796bb08e6bd7
Detection count: 309
File type: Executable File
Mime Type: unknown/exe
Path: dir\
Group: Malware file
Last Updated: January 10, 2020
%PROGRAMFILES%\Novo\novoopt.exe File name: novoopt.exe
Size: 11.82 MB (11820048 bytes)
MD5: 73aee3559e87e9d9620d66e2c97d2c2a
Detection count: 244
File type: Executable File
Mime Type: unknown/exe
Path: %PROGRAMFILES%\Novo\
Group: Malware file
Last Updated: February 4, 2020
%WINDIR%\System32\novoping.exe\novoping.exe File name: novoping.exe
Size: 264.7 KB (264704 bytes)
MD5: 971b3d7acfa9c98ebdf33d385d6d3674
Detection count: 131
File type: Executable File
Mime Type: unknown/exe
Path: %WINDIR%\System32\novoping.exe\
Group: Malware file
Last Updated: December 26, 2021
%PROGRAMFILES%\Novo\npsvc.exe File name: npsvc.exe
Size: 95.76 KB (95760 bytes)
MD5: 4db4d92d4ea170ac0df0bcca2371503d
Detection count: 37
File type: Executable File
Mime Type: unknown/exe
Path: %PROGRAMFILES%\Novo\
Group: Malware file
Last Updated: March 20, 2020

More files

Registry Modifications

The following newly produced Registry Values are:

Directory%PROGRAMFILES%\Novo%PROGRAMFILES(x86)%\NovoRegexp file mask%WINDIR%\System32\novoone.exe%WINDIR%\System32\novoopt.exe%WINDIR%\System32\novoping.exe%WINDIR%\System32\npsvc.exe%WINDIR%\System32\Tasks\Novo%WINDIR%\Tasks\Novo.jobHKEY..\..\..\..{RegistryKeys}SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Schedule\TaskCache\Tree\NovoSYSTEM\ControlSet001\services\NovoOptSYSTEM\ControlSet001\services\NovoPingSYSTEM\ControlSet002\services\NovoOptSYSTEM\ControlSet002\services\NovoPingSYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\NovoOptSYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\NovoPingHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\[APPLICATION]\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall..{Uninstaller}Novo