As introduced a few months ago, Norton 360, famous for its anti-virus software, has officially integrated the virtual currency mining feature, helping people earn extra income. Norton has a cool feature included in its Norton 360 antivirus subscription which is a cryptocurrency miner. It’s not enabled by default, but it’s installed as part of the antivirus package whether you like it or not.
Norton Crypto is included in the packages of Norton 360. The cryptocurrency that the mining software is Ethereum for, and Norton creates a digital wallet for each user before mining begins. Norton says the digital key for the wallet is only available to the user, encrypted and stored in the cloud. Users can transfer funds in their digital wallet to Coinbase to make withdrawals.
Norton Crypto System Requirements
- Graphics card – Nvidia card with at least 6 GB of memory
- Processor – 1 GHz
- RAM – 2 GB (minimum 512 MB RAM required for Recovery Tool)
- Hard disk space – 300 MB of available hard drive space
- Operating System: Windows 7 SP1 or later, Windows 8 and Windows 10
The requirements for RAM, Hard Drive and Processor are quite low, but the requirements for the graphics card are quite high. So this should theoretically not affect the majority of users, but if you have a 6GB graphics card, then you should be able to mine cryptocurrencies.
Norton also says that Norton Crypto is currently only available in the US and that it is a tweaked release (A/B testing).
Norton 360 has started allowing users to mine virtual currency
The crypto mining feature was launched in July 2021 for some users, but recently the company has started rolling out the feature more widely. Some users are annoyed that the mining software is automatically installed as part of Norton 360 and the software wants users to mine cryptocurrencies via a prompt that says “Turn idle time of PC into cash” as shown in the image above.
Thankfully, you must enable the feature and meet Norton’s strict system requirements (NVIDIA graphics card with at least 6GB of memory). However, there doesn’t seem to be a way to completely uninstall this cryptocurrency mining software, which has left some users feeling quite annoyed.
Norton says it created the cryptocurrency mining software because it “allows customers to mine Ethereum, a popular cryptocurrency, more securely during their PC free time. Your computer will work in a “group” of Norton Crypto miners, providing greater efficiency and allowing all users to share the rewards.” Basically, Norton believes that this is a more secure way of mining Ethereum than other methods.
Of course, Norton does not provide this mining service without reason. The company charges a pretty hefty fee of 15% and an additional fee to move your crypto to another wallet, so the company can make a decent amount of money from its miner.
Although there is no harm to the computer, but perhaps the user will not be very happy when he installs PC protection software but “promotions” to install other software without the user’s permission. With that said, as long as it’s not enabled by default and Norton notices it in advance, the company isn’t technically doing anything infringing.