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Free web proxy services are attractive because internet users think they can get online privacy and security for nothing. But these proxies often have very sneaky ways of getting something in return for their services. One example is YourFreeProxy. It was discovered just a couple of weeks ago that this service from Mutual Public AKA We Build Toolbars, LLC (WBT) uses a Bitcoin Miner tool to not only gather information on users’ browsing and buying habits, but abuse users’ system resources them reap all the rewards.
YourFreeProxy Bitcoin Miner
YourFreeProxy Bitcoin mining activities are stated in their terms of service. But it may not be clear to users what they are giving up. The first burden on users is the system requirements of running such mining tools. Users can experience system slowdown and degradation. Basically, the company is using other people’s computing power to gather browsing and shopping data that benefits them. Then users get a slew of annoying and potentially dangerous ads that come out anytime, anywhere. And on top of this, the company states that any rewards gained from affiliates from these activities belong solely to the company.
All web proxy services have their ways of compensating for offering free services. Ads are common, and even data mining has been around for some time. But YourFreeProxy has been more abusive than most. Their activities have the potential to make users’ systems virtually unusable. And they are keeping all the benefits for themselves.
Discovering and Removing Web Proxy Bitcoin Miners
If you have ever used YourFreeProxy, any other service from We Build Toolbars, LLC, or another free web proxy, be warned. Check your system for any processes that are inexplicably using up your system resources. This is the first sign that you have a potentially unwanted program installed. Miners like WBT’s jhProtominer Bitcoin miner install automatically along with the YourFreeProxy software. Click here to remove it. Whether or not you are aware, a Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP) could be running on your system. If you find a PUP, don’t just uninstall it. Find out what other software it is associated with and remove that as well. If not, it could just keep coming back.
Paid VPN Service for Computer Security
Any internet user can fall victim to a number of service provider schemes like web proxy mining. Every free service needs a way to maintain the service. And today this normally comes in some form of data mining. Information is power, and using a paid VPN service like ExpressVPN puts you back in control of your sensitive and valuable data. Many free online services will promise great features for nothing, but we all know that everything comes at a cost. Gain back control over your personal computer as well by investing in a paid VPN service and antivirus software that will protect you against sneaky programs that are designed to abuse your resources.