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Solved Protecting yourself from In-Browser Miners


Cliff S

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Miners are becoming an epidemic and in-browsing mining is only going to get worse. Therefore, it is important that all users protect themselves by installing antivirus software that detects when a browser connects to known mining services such as CoinHive.

Unfortunately, new services keep popping up and it has become a game of whack-a-mole for the security industry. Therefore, your installed software may not detect the URL or scripts associated with a new in-browser miner.

To add further protection, you can use an adblocker with Chrome, which will block in-browser mining scripts. For those looking for a more granular approach, you can use the CoinBlockerLists site to download lists of IP addresses and domains affiliated with in-browser mining.
Read the whole article here: Using the Chrome Task Manager to Find In-Browser Miners


Tip   Tip
The list you want to select at CoinBlockerLists site is:
Hosts| This list contains all browser mining domains - A hostslist to prevent browser mining only
Link: https://raw.githubusercontent.com/ZeroDot1/CoinBlockerLists/master/hosts_browser


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To add to hosts file you need to:

  1. First open Notepad as an administrator.
  2. Then select File, select open, and go to C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc (or copy & paste this in the address bar).
  3. At the bottom of Notepad change TextFiles(.txt) to All Files.
  4. Then select Hosts file(not hosts calendar).
  5. Then Click the Open button.
  6. On the page with the Hosts file select all and copy & Paste it into your Hosts file at the bottom.
  7. Select File & Save.
  8. Close Notepad, no restart necessary, it starts protecting you and your browser right away.
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Your Hosts file should look something like this(it is much longer of course):
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You can also download this shortcut I created that runs as admin to quickly open and edit your hosts fust download, right click, open properties, select unblock, unzip it, place it where you want, and click it.

Edit hosts file.zip
 

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Further information:

Malware can redirect Web addresses on your computer by altering your hosts file. This is referred to as the Host File Hijack.

To prevent Host file hijacks, you may navigate to it, right-click on it, select Properties and make it a Read-only file. This will lock down your Hosts file and prevent anyone or any malware from writing to it.
Hosts File in Windows 10/8/7: Location, Edit, Lock, Manage

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    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Cliff's Black & Blue Wonder
    CPU
    Intel Core i9-9900K
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus X Hero
    Memory
    32 GB Quad Kit, G.Skill Trident Z RGB Series schwarz, DDR4-3866, 18-19-19-39-2T
    Graphics Card(s)
    ZOTAC GAMING GeForce RTX 2080 Ti AMP! Extreme Edition
    Sound Card
    (1) HD Webcam C270 (2) NVIDIA High Definition Audio (3) Realtek High Definition Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    BenQ BL2711U(4K) and a hp 27vx(1080p)
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080 x 32 bits (4294967296 colors) @ 60 Hz
    Hard Drives
    C: Samsung 960 EVO NVMe M.2 SSD
    E: & O: Libraries & OneDrive-> Samsung 850 EVO 1TB
    D: Hyper-V VM's -> Samsung PM951 Client M.2 512Gb SSD
    G: System Images -> HDD Seagate Barracuda 2TB
    PSU
    Corsair HX1000i High Performance ATX Power Supply 80+ Platinum
    Case
    hanteks Enthoo Pro TG
    Cooling
    Thermaltake Floe Riing RGB TT Premium-Edition 360mm and 3 Corsair blue LED fans
    Keyboard
    Trust GTX THURA
    Mouse
    Trust GTX 148
    Internet Speed
    25+/5+ (+usually faster)
    Browser
    Edge; Chrome; IE11
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender of course & Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit as a
    Other Info
    Router: FRITZ!Box 7490
    Sound system: Philips Soundbar HTL2160 w/subwoofer

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