Norton 360 Installs A Crypto Miner When You Install The Product…. WTF??

Norton 360, one of the most popular antivirus products on the market today, has been caught installing a cryptocurrency mining program on its customers’ computers reports security researcher Brian Krebs:

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?”

So the product installs a crypto miner and takes a commission? That’s beyond low. An antivirus program should be trying to find and kill crypto miners. Not install them. And the fact that it is opt-in is irrelevant. Norton should be ashamed. The best way to deal with this is for everyone not to ever by another Norton product as that will send a strong message that this is unacceptable.

One Response to “Norton 360 Installs A Crypto Miner When You Install The Product…. WTF??”

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