Avira Joins Norton 360 In Dropping A Crypto Miner On Your PC…. WTF?

Yesterday I posted a story about Norton 360 installing a crypto miner when you install the product. Well, they are not the only ones doing that as Avira is doing something similar. Check out their support document on the subject:

Avira Crypto allows you to use your computer’s idle time to mine the cryptocurrency Ethereum (ETH). Avira Crypto is an opt-in feature only and is not enabled without user permission. If users have turned on Avira Crypto but no longer wish to use the feature, it can be disabled through the Avira product user interface.

And just like Norton, they take a cut:

Avira Crypto is included as part of your Avira subscription. However, there are coin mining fees as well as transaction costs to transfer Ethereum. The coin mining fee is currently 15% of the crypto allocated to the miner. Transfers of cryptocurrencies may result in transaction fees (also known as “gas” fees) paid to the users of the cryptocurrency blockchain network who process the transaction. In addition, if you choose to exchange crypto for another currency, you may be required to pay fees to an exchange facilitating the transaction. Transaction fees fluctuate due to cryptocurrency market conditions and other factors. These fees are not set by Avira.

Let me say this one more time. An antivirus product should never ever install one of these as it is not only all sorts of shady, but antivirus programs should find and kill this sort of software and not drop it on your computer. And the fact that this is opt-in is irrelevant to me. So you can add Avira and Norton to the list of antivirus programs that I won’t recommend.

Now if you do want an antivirus program for your Windows 10 or Windows 11 PC, simply use the built in features from Microsoft that will protect you from threats for free. And they don’t drop crypto miners onto your PC as an added bonus.

One Response to “Avira Joins Norton 360 In Dropping A Crypto Miner On Your PC…. WTF?”

  1. Dennis Montanez Says:

    These companies are trying to keep a free version available by doing this. I’d still use Avira no matter what. Always hated Norton so would never use it. If Avira gave me a cut of the mining and I could control when it was active, I’d have NO problem continuing to trust Avira. To learn more about Crypto Predictions 2022: Where Should You Invest, read this blog https://www.dexfolio.org/blog-posts/crypto-predictions-2022-where-should-you-invest

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