Norton 360, one of the most popular antivirus products on the
market today, has installed a cryptocurrency mining program on its
customers’ computers. Norton’s parent firm says the cloud-based
service that activates the program and allows customers to profit
from the scheme — in which the company keeps 15 percent of any
currencies mined — is “opt-in,” meaning users have to agree to
enable it. But many Norton users complain the mining program is
difficult to remove, and reactions from longtime customers have
ranged from unease and disbelief to, “Dude, where’s my crypto?”
Krebs also reports that Avira antivirus — which apparently has 500 million users and is owned by the same parent company as Norton — is doing the same thing.
Given how much energy it takes to mine cryptocurrencies, I suspect that few users who opt into this will net any money for themselves. It’s just a scam, like most antivirus software itself and the whole world of cryptocurrencies.
★ Monday, 10 January 2022