An antivirus that can mine cryptocurrency, such is the unexpected mix of genres of this first half of 2021. NortonLifeLock, the company that publishes Norton antivirus software, has just announced the arrival of a new feature for Norton 360: the ability to mine ethereum cryptocurrency directly from the utility.
This feature has been rolled out to select beta program customers and is expected to be available to all Norton 360 users in the coming weeks. When Norton Crypto is activated, the software uses the machine’s graphics card (GPU) to mine Ethereum, which will then be transferred to a Norton cloud-hosted wallet.
“For years, many miners have had to take risks in their quest for cryptocurrency by disabling their security in order to perform mining and allowing unverified code on their machines that could steal their income or even install ransomware”NortonLifeLock explains in a statement. A way for the developer to offer his own solution rather than letting users go to third-party software.
However, the company has remained fairly discreet on the technical specifications related to Norton Crypto. Do computers mine independently? Are there minimum technical requirements? Should we expect an impact on performance? Will access to the wallet and use of mined cryptocurrencies be subject to conditions? Either way, an amount will likely be taken from all ethereums mined, making this new feature a revenue generator for the firm.