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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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It seems that quite a lot of websites have recently got into crypto mining Monero (XMR) using the Javascript miner provided by Coin Hive without warning their users that there will be such a thing when you visit them. That of course cannot remain undiscovered for long time due to the increased CPU load when visiting these websites and it really is not the best thing to do and not tell your visitors… not to mention that you won’t be earning that much. You can offer them to open a separate window with the miner as a means to support your website, product or service and then everything could be fine, but not telling them and hoping that they will not find and will not get unhappy is really not fine. In fact besides the web miner that particular service also offers other interesting and useful ways to monetize your traffic with mining, namely the Proof of Work Captcha and PoW Shortlinks that you might want to check out… this post however is not about the XMR web miner.

This post is about JSEcoin that we have talked about last month as well. It is a project similar in a ways to Coin Hive, but it more than just a web-based miner for an existing crypto coin. It is a whole new crypto currency that can be mined with a dedicated web miner and that you can also embed in your website for your visitors to help support you by mining the coin. Soon after we covered the project they have shut down the function for users to try self mining as there was an influx of new users registering and trying it out, not really a surprise here. Now, a bit later the backend has been upgraded to meet the increased user demand and self mining is back and running just fine and seems more stable, though hashrate seems a bit low now.

The miner for JSEcoin does come with a built-in feature to let the users visiting a website that it is there and that some of their CPU resources will be used for mining. Unlike the XMR web miner that is pretty demanding and the hasrate is really not that high compared to a dedicated miner running on the same hardware here things are designed around the goal of using a web browser to mine the coin. Of course JSE coin is a new young project and still needs some time to develop and start bringing actual returns should you decide to sell any mined coins, it is riskier at this point, but can also be more rewarding in the long term. So if you are interested in the concept of web mining, then you should most definitely check this project out and give it a try as it is looking really promising even at this early stage of development.

For more information about the project JSEcoin and to give mining a try yourself…


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