[dropcap]H[/dropcap]ow To Block Cryptocurrency Mining In Your Web Browser: Bitcoin mining malware is rising in popularity at an aggressive rate. Here’s how you can spot a website which is using your web browser to mine crypto-coins. You can use this technique to see if a particular website is slaving your processor and earning money.
How To Block Cryptocurrency Mining In Your Web Browser
The Pirate Bay team itself later confirmed that they were indeed testing a new method to generate money. Users will feel a sudden slowness in their computer whenever they visit a site that mines digital currencies.
Let me tell you, this practice is nothing new, but the Pirate Bay was the first popular torrent site that was seen using a digital currency miner. What makes this thing worse? Well, this new technique to generate revenue can be used by any website owner without users permission.
Bitcoin mining malware is rising in popularity at an aggressive rate. Here’s how you can spot a website which is using your web browser to mine crypto-coins
If you ever visited a website and felt a sudden slowness in your computer? There could be possible chances that your web browser is running a script to mine cryptocurrencies.
The best way to spot the miner is by checking the CPU usage. You can use this technique to see if a particular website is slaving your processor and earning money. Look for those huge spikes in your CPU usage.
#1 Testing Your Browser
First of all, you need to test your browser that it is vulnerable to this or not so here we have one online testing tool by which you can easily test your browser. We have one tool that is a Cryptojacking test. Cryptojacking, also known as cryptocurrency mining, works the following way: some websites run hidden cryptocurrency mining scripts in your browser without letting you know. They do it to mine cryptocurrencies by using your computer’s CPU to earn money for someone else. And that alters your computer processing.
-> Open the website in your browser and there you will see the Run option there that will start the test to check the browser if it is vulnerable to this or not.
-> Now scanning process will get started and this tool will analyze lots of things that can lead to your browser to be vulnerable to these attacks.
-> Tool with start testing your browser and soon you will have the results.
Protecting Your Browser From This:
To block this in your browser you can use the extension No Coin extension that will stop the coin mining in your browser. No Coin provides you a safe and reliable way to block miners from using your CPU and power without your consent. So simply add this extension to your browser and you will be quite safe for this.
Except you can try updating your browser to the latest version and also using the Opera browser that suggested in the above testing website.
How To Block Crypto Currency Miner?
1) Blocking It Manually
The manual process to block cryptocurrency miner on your computer exists. This way, you can actually block particular domains that you find harmful or irritating.
For that, you need to visit this article on to know how to block websites on Windows computer.
If you are using Linux computer, you need to open the host file by running following command and add 0.0.0.0 coin-hive.com at the end. Enter these command
sudo nano /private/etc/hosts
Now on windows operating system, you need to navigate to C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc and edit the host file to add 0.0.0.0 coin-hive.com at the end.
#2 Using No Coin Extension
[appbox chromewebstore no-coin/gojamcfopckidlocpkbelmpjcgmbgjcl?]
This free extension is the safest way to control how a website is interacting with your web browser. Whenever you visit a website which has installed a miner, the extension will detect and show you. This extension allows users to blacklist and whitelist a website for a period of time.
#3 Using minerBlock Extension
[appbox chromewebstore minerblock/emikbbbebcdfohonlaifafnoanocnebl?]
This is another extension that allows users to block cryptocurrency miners in the web browser. This extension can automatically block miners for you.
#4 Using Ad Blocker
[appbox chromewebstore adblock/gighmmpiobklfepjocnamgkkbiglidom?]
Adblock is indeed a great extension for blocking ads. However, you can also block a script using Adblocker. Install the Ad Blocker extension and then go to Customize > Block an ad by its URL. Then add the following URL in the text box
#5 Using NoScripts
[appbox firefoxaddon noscript]
This extension will make you safe from digital miners. However, make sure to check your CPU usage whenever you feel a sudden slowness in your computer. So, what do you think about this? Share your views in the comment box below.