News about websites and apps that mine for cryptocurrencies without our knowledge have increased tremendously in recent times.
To work around this, many crypto miners combine their computing resources together into “mining pools”.
Incidents of malware containing crypto-mining tools have surged six-fold this year, according to IBM Managed Security Services.
Whoismining is a search engine that tells you if certain websites are secretly mining virtual currencies.
The practice is more common than you’d think, and is done using scripts that load when you enter the websites that have them.
After analyzing the website’s HTML code, you’ll see a message indicating whether or not it mines.
In the case of a negative result, the text will be green to indicate that it’s a safe page, but if it’s positive on the other hand, you’ll see a yellow text that will tell you the type of script that’s being used to obtain virtual currencies without your knowledge.
Additionally, if you have everything closed but CPU usage is still super high, then you may have a crypto mining malware problem.
If one of these hits you, you should open up Task Manager and identify the process that is eating up all those compute cycles and terminate it from your resource monitor.