In 2018 we all know what cryptocurrency is? We have all seen boom of Bitcoin and wished we had invested in it when we had the chance.
As the cryptocurrency got popular so did all the other things related to it. GPU prices went up like crazy, ASIC is also rising in price, Scams related to cryptocurrency also went up.
So did the ways of coming up with the new method of mining the coins. One such and bizarre method is Browser Mining
You must be wondering what the heck is browser mining?
Well To put it simply, If a website is using browser mining, They can use the resources of your device to mine cryptocurrency everytime you visit it.
There are some websites that can mine cryptocurrency after you have closed the web browser.
That results in the bigger electricity bill, 100% CPU usage, battery drainage and slow performance of your PC.
You need to block cryptocurrency browser mining happening on your device. The first time it got public attention when ThePirateBay caught using cryptocurrency miner.
In this post, we are going to learn how to easily block cryptocurrency browser mining with step by step guide.
Block Cryptocurrency Browser Mining
How to Know If You Have Been Affected?
This is really simple, to verify this you can run a scan on your PC. Some Antivirus and Antimalware are blocking such websites/scripts. Malwarebytes Antimalware premium version can block such websites. Aside from Malwarebytes Antimalware, Malware Fox can also block certain scripts or website.
If you don’t want to purchase or install Antimalware/Antivirus. Alternative you can do testing yourself.
See if visiting a certain website slows the pc down. You can monitor it by going to Task Manager or Resource Monitor.
Note – Usually when Cryptocurrency browser miner is running, you will see that CPU usage would go as high as 100%.
We opened a website known to run browser cryptocurrency miner, and you can see the CPU usage. When we closed the tab everything went to normal.
What Can you Do To Protect Yourself
Currently, there is only one popular cryptocurrency mining script known as Coin Hive. You can easily block this with these simple neat tricks.
Using “No Coin” Browser Extension
You can block any Cryptocurrency browser miner along with Coin Hive.
This extension also has the option to whitelist the particular site if you want to. Unfortunately, this extension is not available for Microsoft Edge, IE, and Apple Safari browser.
If you are using any of these browsers, you might wanna install an Antivirus/Antimalware that can help.
Block Cryptocurrency Browser Mining using Host File
Editing the host file is more of a direct approach to block cryptocurrency browser mining. One advantage is that you don’t have to install any extension and it will work with any browser.
On the negative side, you have to manually update the list in the host file.
Block Cryptocurrency Browser Mining Using Adblock Extension.
I am sure there are many people who use Adblock on their browser. You can take advantage of Adblock to actually block browser miners.
If you use Microsoft Edge or Safari, you can easily leverage this option to complete the task.
Go to Adblock Options > Customize > Block an ad by its URL
and in the Field put these two address and then click Block it
You can use your router to block such websites and keywords from running on any device in your network.
For instance, I have a Netgear router and I have blocked Coin Hive website. Just like host file method, it is a manual one. You have to identify and update the list manually.
Just go to the Admin panel of your router. ( For Netgear it is routerlogin.com)
You can find the Block sites option under Advanced > Security
Your router admin panel may be different. You can check official support website to learn more about blocking sites on the Router.
Block Cryptocurrency Browser Mining
On the other hand, if you think about it, rather than dealing with all those annoying ads and popups. Browser mining could be a good thing.
If a website is notifying their visitors and if they consent, it could be a good trade-off for ad-free service. Keeping in mind that they are not sucking the soul out of your device.
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