how to stop malware running on my droplet which is utilising all the cpu.

I have a droplet running ubuntu 16.04 with apache and mysql. I have hosted a wordpress website on this server which was running fine. But week ago mysql was stopped working automatically. which when I later examine and found that a process running on my droplet using all the cpu. This process is which is using 98% of cpu, because of which apache and mysql stopped working. When i kill the process it starts again. I can’t find any solution to kill this process permanently or secure my site from such attacks. It looks like it is a crypto mining malware which is using all resources to mine crypto currency. How should I stop and block this process. Please help.

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Hello there,

You can install malware detection software like Linux Malware Detect, also known as Maldet or LMD. It will help you to locate any malicious files on your droplet.

If you’re interested in securing your droplet (everyone should be in general) you can double-check our tutorial - An Introduction to Securing your Linux VPS.

The article will cover the basic and some more advanced steps in website and server security.

You can check the article here:

Also, make sure to check your Apache or Nginx access logs for any strange POST requests

Hope that this helps!


Your server has been compromised. Based on the info you’ve provided so far, it’s unclear whether this is user or root level breach. I recommend using a safe backup and restore it to a new droplet. You can go in and work on cleaning the server from malware but that effort could be moot if the attacker has firm control over the server.