Criticism of Unsolicited Cryptominer in Antivirus Software

Antivirus company Avira has come under fire for adding a cryptominer to its own antivirus software. NortonLifeLock also received a lot of criticism for the addition of a cryptominer.

Avira Crypto is alone available in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom and uses the computing power of the computer to mine cryptocurrencies. Even though the miner is turned off by default, users accuse Avira of “greed”.

It is true that users are paid for ‘borrowing’ computing power, but Avira charges a fee for this, namely fifteen percent of the mined cryptocurrencies. In addition, users pay for the energy costs as the PC has to stomp on calculations day and night.

Avira was acquired by NortonLifeLock at the end of 2020 for $360 million.


Source: Nieuws – Emerce by www.emerce.nl.

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