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Bitcoin miner virus removal, MWB failed to detect

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I downloaded a fairly unassuming torrent a few days ago for a major game release, and installed it as normal. 2.5 days later, I start up my PC and immediately notice on MSI Afterburner that both my GPUs are running at 99% load, when I have no games running at all.  I closed all background programs, including Steam, and looked through my task manager for suspicious processes.  Sure enough, I found a steam.exe running, and when I closed it, my GPU load dropped to zero on both cards. This was obviously a bitcoin miner.


After a quick Google search, I found that this is a pretty common practice.  The fake steam.exe hides in C:\Users\<username>\AppData\ somewhere.  I found it in ...\AppData\zombies\Reversed\.  The "Last Modified" date was the same time as I had installed the pirated game.


I deleted the folder entirely, as I did with the scheduled task in C:\Windows\System32\Tasks\ that began with "Steam-" that it had created to start itself.


However, before I did so, I scanned this folder with both MalwareBytes and Microsoft Security essentials directly using the right-click menu option, and each time they said that no malicious items had been found.  So naturally, I have a few questions.


(1) Have I done enough to remove the miner?

(2) Why did neither MWB nor MSE catch this when it was (a) loading up my GPU, or (b) when I told both programs to scan the folder in AppData?

(3) Is it possible that a keylogger was implemented in this program, or that my passwords for Steam, LastPass, etc. have been captured somehow?

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