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With this extension you can keep your CPU safe from websites that want to mine cryptocurrencies with it

26 mayo, 2021

As cryptocurrencies rise, fall and rise again, they are on everyone’s lips. Their popularity does not stop increasing, they are talked about more and more frequently in the traditional media and day after day more people want get on the profitable and flourishing cryptocurrency. It is what it is.

For this reason, and because of the lucrative business they represent, malicious initiatives have not stopped emerging that seek to take advantage of common users to enrich themselves with currencies such as Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple and mainly Monero. We talk about the scripts mining and what they do: hijack part of your CPU resources to generate cryptocurrencies.

There’s a solution? Yes, there is, and here we are going to talk about one of them: minerBlock, an extension available for the Chrome and Opera browsers, which can also be used in Vivaldi.

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Keep eager miners away from your team with MinerBlock

MinerBlock in action with the Movistar Spain website in the incident a few weeks ago. MinerBlock in action with the Movistar Spain website in the incident a few weeks ago.

The mining codes have appeared, by wish or not of the administrators, on websites such as The Pirate Bay, Movistar Spain or Week. Every time you visit a website with one of these scripts you will notice how the activity increases of your team. The reason? They are using the power of your machine to mine cryptocurrencies for their own benefit. These are what this extension prevents.

Block both online ‘scripts’ and miners running through ‘proxies’

It does in two different ways, to make sure you better combat these malicious practices in most cases.

On the one hand, it blocks requests or scripts loaded by comparing the calls that are made in the code with a blacklist; the same approach that most ad blockers and other miner blockers take. And on the other, autonomously detects, without the need for lists, behaviors potentially identifiable with those of a mining code. When he discovers them, he immediately kills him script that contains it ensuring that no one takes advantage of our machine.

This double attack, according to its developer, makes the extension “capable of blocking both scripts online like miners running through proxies“.

Using both this extension and NoCoin, also recommended, will ensure you with enough security be safe from unwanted mine. Although if you suspect that your resources are being taken advantage of and these extensions do not detect anything, you can follow these recommendations to find out what happens.

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