Yet another major antivirus is now bundled with a cryptominer


Fresh off a controversy over Norton 360, Norton subsidiary Avira is also adding a mining feature for Ether to its antivirus product. 

The company says the feature, which is opt-in (and disabled by default), is designed to “mine cryptocurrency more safely and easily” by turning over idle processing power. Of course, the safety and ease comes with considerable fees, cutting into already-slim profits. 

The basic premise is that your PC – and specifically its GPU – could be put to better use when you’re doing something else, like mining for Ethereum’s Ether coin. 

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But there’s a catch 

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