Stop Websites from Mining Cryptocurrencies on Desktop (or Laptop) Computers
On desktop (or laptop) computers, you can use browser extensions to block cryptocurrency mining by websites. The best way to do that is to use anything other than the default browsers on either Windows or Mac, because neither Safari nor Edge or IE have the sort of powerful add-on eco-system found with Firefox, Chrome or even Opera. That being the case, we’ll use Google Chrome for today’s demo.
- Download the open source No Coin extension from the Chrome Web Store by clicking on the blue ‘Add to Chrome’ button on the top right.
- You’ll immediately get a notification saying that the extension has been successfully added to Chrome.
That’s it! The extension will come pre-configured and will start working right out the box, so you need not worry about changing the default settings. You are now safe from malicious crypto miners as long as you use Chrome to surf the web on your PC.
Note: As mentioned already, No Coin is available for Firefox, Chrome and Opera. While we’ve demoed using Google Chrome, you can download the No Coin extension for Firefox from Mozilla’s add-on store by clicking through this link, while Opera users can get it from here.
If You Must Use Safari, Internet Explorer or Edge
In case you absolutely have to use Safari, Internet Explorer or Edge on your device, you should install a privacy-orientated browser extension like Ghostery that’s available on Internet Explorer, Edge, Safari, Opera, Chrome and Firefox.
Stop Websites from Mining Cryptocurrencies on Android Smartphones and Tablets
- Fire up Google Chrome and tap on the menu option (three dots on the top right) and select Settings.
Option 2: Install Browser Extension (Firefox only)
Google Chrome does not support extensions on mobile, so you’ll simply have to use Firefox to stop websites from mining cryptocurrencies on your Android device.
- Download Firefox from the Play Store if you don’t already have it on your device. Now fire it up and navigate to the No Coin listing page on the Firefox Add-ons site.
- Now tap on the blue Add to Firefox button to download the software. You might have to give a permission for the installation process to complete.
That’s pretty much it, guys! The add-on works out-of-the-box without any manual inputs. In case you want to uninstall it, tap on the menu button > Add-ons > No Coin and select the Uninstall option at the bottom.
Stop Websites from Mining Cryptocurrencies on iOS Devices (iPhones and iPads)
- Go to Settings, scroll down a bit and, tap on Safari.
Option 2: Install Content Blocker
- Download and install 1Blocker (free, with in-app purchases) on your iPhone/iPad. Now go over to Settings > Safari > Content Blockers.
- Activate 1Blocker by tapping on the toggle switch, otherwise the software won’t work.
Now open 1Blocker and enable Block Trackers. But for that, you’ll need to turn off the default ‘Block Ads’ settings because you can only enable one category with the free version. You can, of course, pay $4.99 to get the full version that will allow you to enable all categories at once.
Once you enable the ‘Block Trackers’ category, you can use the app on its default settings because all the known sites running crypto mining code are blocked by default.
Stop Websites From Running Malicious Crypto Mining Code on Your Device
Websites, like any other business, need to make profits, so trying to find innovative new revenue streams is completely understandable. However, surreptitiously running cryptocurrentcy mining codes on the devices of unsuspecting visitors is definitely not the way to go. So if you don’t want to be an unwitting victim of these dodgy sites, try out the aforementioned methods on your device to make sure nobody other than you gets to use your device for cryptocurrency mining.