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We have already discussed How To Easily and Effectively Block The Coin Hive Web Miner from all websites as it is being used and abused too much lately, but the simple method we talked about using an Ad Blocker is not the only one. There is already a dedicated browser extension called No Coin that is available for Chrome, Firefox and Opera with the sole purpose to get you rid of the CoinHive mining code.

The browser extension does come with an option to whitelist a certain website temporary, so for example if it uses CoinHive’s Proof of Work Captcha or Shortlinks you can still continue to the next page, and you can still allow the miner on a certain website should you wish to do so by pausing the extension. More importantly you will not be getting your CPU resources used unwillingly and unknowingly by some random website that you end up visiting and that website running the Monero (XMR) web miner that CoinHive provided without your consent.

For now the extension is focused on the CoinHive miner, though it may be further extended to support blocking for other similar web-based miners in the future as well.

For more information about the No Coin browser extension and to try it out…

It seems that the craze running among website owners embedding the Coin Hive Web Miner for Monero (XMR) and not telling their visitors about it or letting them control the mining is growing. As a result a lot of people are noticing increased load and their computers starting to lag and getting unresponsive and having trouble locating the particular website that is causing the issue or just not that advanced to do it. The good news is that you can easily stop the miner from running without having to top using any of the websites you visit that might have embedded the code, you just need to block a specific JavaScript URL in your ad blocker software (if you are using one in your browser).

The URL in question you need to block is this one:

https://coinhive.com/lib/miner.min.js

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Something interesting and not so nice regarding Bitmain and their latest batch of Antminer S9 ASIC miners, it seems that although the company is listing prices in USD, BTC, BCC and LTC on their website it will only accept payment in BCC (Bitcoin Cash) for the batch of miners shipping November 21-30. As a maker and seller of these devices Bitmain of course has the right to sell them any way they want and accept the payment in the form they choose, but this way of essentially “forcing miners” to buy BCC to pay for the hardware (in case they do not have it) is probably not very “politically correct”. It is understandable that they want to support BCC, but is this the right way to do it or it will fire back with users going to alternative options for ASIC miners (not that there are many available unfortunately)…

The questionable text about BCC payment for the batch is under Payment and is quoted below:

Only BCC payment method is accepted in this batch, please use the exact amount mentioned in your order and complete the payment within one hour. After one hour, the order will expire and your payment may not be detected by the system automatically. If the payment is submitted but the receipt is delayed, we will make your payment “Valid” manually.


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