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REMOVE CRYPTO ?!?

I have been searching on google on how to remove this CRYPTO MINER and all articles point to removing NCrypt.exe but that exe does not exist in the Engine folder, question is did Norton change the name to something else to prevent users removing this CRYPTO nonsense?

They have now added a START CRYPTO option right under the OPEN NORTON menu option which you could accidentally click!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I have been using Norton since 1999 and unless I can find a solution to this intrusion and security vulnerability on my System I will need to look elsewhere for my anti virus software...

Any help would be appreciated thanks

Ryan

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Re: REMOVE CRYPTO ?!?

Hello all, just getting around to this post. I see 4 things that are being discussed, and will respond to each, however the OP is asking about the tray item first. And it does appear we have an issue with showing the tray item when Norton Crypto is not enabled. This as someone points out is cosmetic and would still require and opt in before any Norton Crypto mining.

1) tray shows "start crypto miner" (will be resolved in our next update)
2) opt in banner, this will show any time a GPU has the ability to mine, this is a setting however to remove the banner, go to "settings (gear at the bottom of the main dashboard)" and select Norton Crypto, in there select "Hide Crypto on the My Norton dashboard"
3) NCrypt.exe (the actual miner) is only installed when you OPT IN to the feature, it will not be present unless that action is take by the user
4) GPU check will happen at each boot, its responsiblity is checking your current GPU against a list of valid GPUs for mining, it's only use is to show the Norton Crypto banner or not

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Kudos0

Re: REMOVE CRYPTO ?!?

If you're seeing Norton Crypto banner in your My Norton window. 
If your device meets system requirements and you're not finding NCrypt.exe. 
Maybe, you've not accepted the terms of mining and started it, as it is an opt-in feature.  Maybe, you've not turned Norton Crypto on.  Norton Crypto is opted-out by default.   Norton Crypto is an opt-in feature.    

Matt_Boucher:
you can remove the NCrypt.exe file from your computer here are the steps:

1) go to N360 dashboard and open device security 
2) next click on "settings"
3) next disable "Norton Tamper Protection" (this will ask for a time frame, select 15 min)
4) navigate to /Program Files/Norton Security/engine/(product version)

There you will find NCrypt.exe and you can delete. Norton Tamper Protection will turn back on in 15 min or you can do it manually.

To be perfectly clear, this is off by default and will only be run when enabled by a user

https://community.norton.com/en/comment/8519375#comment-8519375 

Matt_Boucher:
The Norton Crypto miner is only run when you choose to enable the feature. You can stop it at any time. 

https://community.norton.com/en/comment/8515781#comment-8515781 

Matt_Boucher:
If you don't see the green tile at the top of your Norton 360 dashboard, then your GPU is not viable to mine and therefore does not even show the option to "opt-in." You are opted-out by default regardless of whether you have a GPU capable of mining or not.

https://community.norton.com/en/comment/8519476#comment-8519476 

FAQ: Norton Crypto
What is Norton Crypto? ›

Norton Crypto is a feature made available in Norton 360 which you can utilize for mining cryptocurrency when your PC is idle. Currently, Norton Crypto’s availability is limited to users with devices that meet the required system requirements.

Will Norton 360 mine my device without my permission? ›

No. In addition to having a device that meets system requirements, you must also turn on Norton Crypto on your device. If you have turned on Norton Crypto, but you no longer want to use the feature, you can disable it through your Norton Crypto dashboard.
[...]

https://support.norton.com/sp/en/us/home/current/solutions/v138473899 

Learn more about Norton Crypto
[...]
Turn on Norton Crypto ›
Transfer your cryptocurrency earnings ›
Pause or turn off Norton Crypto ›
Hide the Norton Crypto banner in the My Norton window ›

Follow the instructions below if you do not want to see the Norton Crypto banner in the My Norton window.

You can hide the Crypto banner only if you have not enrolled for Norton Crypto. If you have already enrolled for Norton Crypto, you cannot hide the banner. In this case, you use the Norton Crypto banner to view the mining status and to access your mining dashboard.

  1. Open your Norton device security product.
  2. In the My Norton window, in the center pane, click the settings  icon > Norton Crypto.
  3. In the Norton Crypto settings window, turn off the Hide Crypto on my Norton dashboard switch.

https://support.norton.com/sp/en/us/home/current/solutions/v138388461

Norton Crypto Terms of Service
https://community.norton.com/en/comment/8519743#comment-8519743

Kudos0

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I want the whole crypto malware nonsense feature removed, it is not a case of not turning it on for the first time I WANT IT GONE. Do you realise the potential it brings to damaging peoples Computers when a clever coder finds a way of activating peoples crypto via Norton into hyperdrive, did norton CEO's think about that before thinking of new ways to line their pockets!!!!

Kudos0

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risey:

I want the whole crypto malware nonsense feature removed, it is not a case of not turning it on for the first time I WANT IT GONE.  

I hear you. 


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Kudos0

Re: REMOVE CRYPTO ?!?

risey:
I have been using Norton since 1999 and unless I can find a solution to this intrusion and security vulnerability on my System I will need to look elsewhere for my anti virus software...

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Kudos0

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Hello risey. Unfortunately, Crypto cannot be removed without totally removing the Norton installation. You CAN, as I have done, temp disable Norton tamper protection, find the file shown below "NCrypt.exe" in your system file directory. Rename it to something other than its present name and save it. Reboot the device. I've actually deleted the file and it hasn't returned. This will keep Crypto from even checking the device for mining capability and not allow Crypto to run. The only con is the next NGC ( major version update ) may rename the file to its original name, or download it again, thereby reenabling it. 

SA

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Kudos0

Re: REMOVE CRYPTO ?!?

There is no such file in the directory, if u read my post I give reference to this point and also ask if Norton had renamed this malware exe crap. That is why I am here, but obviously everyone is as clueless as I am... 

Kudos0

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risey:

There is no such file in the directory, if u read my post I give reference to this point and also ask if Norton had renamed this malware exe crap. That is why I am here, but obviously everyone is as clueless as I am... 

@risey  What are you clueless about? 
You probably do not have NCrypt.exe because you did not agree to Norton Crypto terms. 

You probably see the Norton Crypto banner because your device satisfies Norton Crypto system requirements

I don't have the Norton Crypto banner nor NCrypt.exe. 
My device does not satisfy Norton Crypto system requirements. 

Did you recently install Norton or upgrade your machine/get a new machine. 
Curious, why you're seeing Norton Crypto banner, just now. 
You can get a refund if you're with Norton less than 60 days. 

Did you agree to Norton Crypto terms? 
Can you hide the Norton Crypto banner?

https://community.norton.com/en/comment/8531867#comment-8531867

Yes...You want the whole crypto malware nonsense feature removed, YOU WANT IT GONE. 

If you did not agree to Norton Crypto terms.  Your Norton 360 does not include Norton Crypto feature/NCrypt.exe. 
Believe me or not. 

I cannot remove Norton Crypto feature/NCrypt.exe because my Norton 360 does not include Norton Crypto feature. 
Believe me or not. 

Kudos0

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All:: The screenshot I posted had the file in the Norton, engine directory as a CLEAN INSTALL on my Windows 11 machine. It DOES NOT have a compatible GPU and there wasn't ever an "opt-in" agreement or authorized check by me. It was present right from the start and shown in Norton history as having checked for a compatible GPU for mining. I believe riding your computer of Crypt was the original intent of your posting. Deleting NCrypt.exe fixed the issue for me. Conversely. Norton may have changed the way Crypto is used/inserted within the Norton Suite since I installed. Never the less the GPU checks have not repeated themselves nor presented any opt-in request to check the GPU again. The file NCrypt.exe has NOT reappeared. For the OP, no one is clueless about Crypto sir, we wouldn't be assisting others with what those of us have found works if we were. Realistically, the only way to fully rid your system of Crypto ever appearing, guaranteed, is not using Norton software. I stated that in my first post also.

SA

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Kudos0

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SoulAsylum:

 Deleting NCrypt.exe fixed the issue for me. Conversely. Norton may have changed the way Crypto is used/inserted within the Norton Suite since I installed. The file NCrypt.exe has NOT reappeared.

NCrypt.exe used to be with all Norton installs. 
Now, NCrypt.exe comes with accepting Norton Crypto terms. 

We heard your feedback and have committed to making some changes. Starting February 4, only customers who opt-in to using Norton Crypto will have the feature installed on their systems. Previously it was installed, but disabled by default. This change will be automatically implemented for all new customers beginning February 4 and rolled out to all existing customers the following week. We are also updating our FAQ with more information about how Norton Crypto works and the fees associated with it. 

https://community.norton.com/en/blogs/product-service-announcements/thank-you-your-feedback-norton-crypto 

Kudos0

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I am using the same machine that I built as I said there is no Ncrypt.exe to remove and yet as u can see in the screen pic this dam abomination is still in the options, Win 11, 12900k, 3090, 64g DDR5

Cheers

Kudos0

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risey:

I am using the same machine that I built as I said there is no Ncrypt.exe to remove and yet as u can see in the screen pic this dam abomination is still in the options, Win 11, 12900k, 3090, 64g DDR5

I imagine your machine supports Norton Crypto. You'll see Norton Crypto banner because your device supports Norton Crypto.
Can you hide the Norton Crypto banner?
Hide the Norton Crypto banner in the My Norton window ›
https://community.norton.com/en/comment/8531867#comment-8531867
Maybe, tray menu Crypto item will be hidden if you hide the Norton Crypto banner?
Sorry, I do not recall regarding tray menu Crypto item.   
You may have to live with tray menu Crypto item. 
Sorry, I don't recall if tray menu Crypto item is hidden when Norton Crypto banner is hidden. 

You do not have Norton Crypto feature/NCrypt.exe installed sans accepting Norton Crypto terms. 

We heard your feedback and have committed to making some changes. Starting February 4, only customers who opt-in to using Norton Crypto will have the feature installed on their systems. Previously it was installed, but disabled by default. This change will be automatically implemented for all new customers beginning February 4 and rolled out to all existing customers the following week. We are also updating our FAQ with more information about how Norton Crypto works and the fees associated with it. 

https://community.norton.com/en/blogs/product-service-announcements/thank-you-your-feedback-norton-crypto 

@risey
Please hide the Norton Crypto banner in the My Norton window › and let us know if tray menu Crypto is also hidden.  Thank you

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risey:

They have now added a START CRYPTO option right under the OPEN NORTON menu option which you could accidentally click

Are you reporting "Start Crypto Miner" with tray menu is new?  
I thought tray menu Crypto item was with machines that supported Norton Crypto. 
I thought if you had the Norton Crypto banner...you had tray menu Crypto item. 
Caveat: I've not experienced Norton Crypto my side. 

Edit: I found pic from Nov 2021 when NCrypt.exe was baked in. 

https://community.norton.com/en/comment/8514676#comment-8514676 

Kudos0

Re: REMOVE CRYPTO ?!?

risey:
They have now added a START CRYPTO option right under the OPEN NORTON menu option which you could accidentally click

@risey
~ tray menu Crypto item has been there since at least (before) April 2022 ~

Pause Norton Crypto Miner at any given point ›

  1. In the notification area of your Windows taskbar, right-click the Norton product icon and click Pause Crypto Miner.

  2. In the Pause Crypto Miner window, select a duration from the drop-down list and click Pause.

DOCID: v138388461
Operating System: Windows
Last modified: 04/08/2022 

https://support.norton.com/sp/en/us/home/current/solutions/v138388461 


I'm wondering if Norton added additional supported GPUs
Maybe, @risey is just now (recently) seeing Norton Crypto banner - tray menu Crypto item because Norton added additional supported GPUs.  

Caveat: my machines do not support Norton Crypto. 

Kudos0

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SoulAsylum:

All:: The screenshot I posted had the file in the Norton, engine directory as a CLEAN INSTALL on my Windows 11 machine. It DOES NOT have a compatible GPU and there wasn't ever an "opt-in" agreement or authorized check by me. It was present right from the start and shown in Norton history as having checked for a compatible GPU for mining. I believe riding your computer of Crypt was the original intent of your posting. Deleting NCrypt.exe fixed the issue for me. ..

Could someone please clarify something for me?  The 03-Feb-2022 release notes at Norton Security 22.22.1.58 for Windows is Now Available! state that "Customers who opt-in to using Norton Crypto will have the feature installed on their systems (See announcement)".  My understanding was that if you installed Norton prior to Feb 2022 that you have to perform a clean reinstall of Norton (i.e., remove Norton by running the Norton Remove and Reinstall (NRnR) tool in advanced "Remove Only" mode as instructed at Download and Run the Norton Remove and Reinstall Tool for Windows), and after you reinstall Norton there should be no traces of Norton Crypto on your computer as long as you opt out of the Norton Crypto installation.

Assuming you meet the minimum system requirements for Norton Crypto listed the support article Learn More About Norton Crypto, if you follow that clean reinstall method (i.e., running the NRnR Tool and choosing Advanced Options | Remove Only, and declining the installation of Norton Crypto during the reinstall) what traces of Norton Crypto do you see still on your computer?  Is there just that stray NCrypt.exe file at C:\Program Files\Norton Security\Engine\{product version from last Norton reinstall}\NCrypt.exe that can be deleted while Norton Product Tamper Protection is temporarily disabled, or do you see other traces of Norton Crypto?  For example, would you still be able reach the Norton Crypto dashboard and banner from the My Norton window of the Norton user interface as described in Learn More About Norton Crypto ?

Kudos0

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Did Norton get bought out by the Lemmings or something? I mean.... come on, this Crypto Poop should be a separate application, it is a massive security threat, no doubt some clever hackers and coders down the line will figure out a way to trigger peoples crypto norton poop to turn on and overheat systems, mark my words it will happen....

Kudos0

Re: REMOVE CRYPTO ?!?

no doubt some clever hackers and coders down the line will figure out a way to trigger peoples crypto norton poop to turn on and overheat systems, mark my words it will happen....

The Norton Product Tamper protection feature protects all Norton files and processes from outside intervention. Even Windows processes cannot access Norton files and are reported in the Norton History.

Kudos0

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risey:

Did Norton get bought out by the Lemmings or something? I mean.... come on, this Crypto Poop should be a separate application, it is a massive security threat, no doubt some clever hackers and coders down the line will figure out a way to trigger peoples crypto norton poop to turn on and overheat systems, mark my words it will happen....

@risey
Norton Crypto is separate.  Until you agree to Norton Crypto terms.  You do not have Norton Crypto. You only have the cosmetic trappings (banner/tray item).  NCrypt.exe is not there.  You've observed firsthand that NCrypt.exe is not on your supported machine.  

Before February 2022.  All Norton installs had NCrypt.exe.  After February 2022.  No Norton installs have NCrypt.exe.   NCrypt.exe used to be with all Norton installs.  Now, NCrypt.exe comes with accepting Norton Crypto terms. 

Starting February 4, only customers who opt-in to using Norton Crypto will have the feature installed on their systems. Previously it was installed, but disabled by default. This change will be automatically implemented for all new customers beginning February 4 and rolled out to all existing customers the following week.

https://community.norton.com/en/blogs/product-service-announcements/thank-you-your-feedback-norton-crypto


My machines do not support Norton Crypto.  My machines had NCrypt.exe before February 2022.  My machines do not have NCrypt.exe after February 2022.  

Your machine does not have NCrypt.exe [here]. As to why you're only just now seeing Norton Crypto trappings.  I can only presume Norton added your GPU.  IDK


Please hide the Norton Crypto banner in the My Norton window › and let us know if tray menu Crypto item is also hidden.  Thank you 

Kudos0

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@risey

Starting February 4, only customers who opt-in to using Norton Crypto will have the feature installed on their systems. Previously it was installed, but disabled by default. This change will be automatically implemented for all new customers beginning February 4 and rolled out to all existing customers the following week.

https://community.norton.com/en/blogs/product-service-announcements/thank-you-your-feedback-norton-crypto

Posted 04-Jan-2022
If you do not want to use the feature that is up to you. Norton crypto is not a separate install. It’s an opt in feature that you have to enable and is NOT on by default.

https://community.norton.com/en/comment/8519337#comment-8519337 


Posted 08-Feb-2022
1) Norton does not and will not mine crypto in the background automatically; this is an entirely opt-in solution
2) while I can't say precisely how much ETH we have mined as a pool, we have certainly given our pool users the proper share
3) the Norton Crypto miner will not run without your authorization
4) it will not install the Norton Crypto miner unless you opt-in to Norton Crypto

 https://community.norton.com/en/comment/8522169#comment-8522169


As to why you're only just now seeing Norton Crypto trappings.  I can only presume Norton added your GPU.  Sorry, IDK

Please hide the Norton Crypto banner in the My Norton window › and let us know if tray menu Crypto item is also hidden.  Thank you 

Kudos0

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I opened a case with Norton Support and they said it’s a bug and will be addressed in a future update. I too would like this garbage removed from a security product.
Kudos0

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Geek007:
I opened a case with Norton Support and they said it’s a bug and will be addressed in a future update. I too would like this garbage removed from a security product.

@Geek007
Please share ... what's "a bug"?   
Norton Crypto banner?
Norton Crypto tray item?

Kudos0

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Geek007:
I opened a case with Norton Support and they said it’s a bug and will be addressed in a future update. I too would like this garbage removed from a security product.

@risey
"it's a bug"  

Kudos0

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They said the right-click context menu is not supposed to show start crypto when crypto is disabled.  They also told me that if you accidentally click it, it won't start mining until you accept the agreement.  This link will show you if it's enabled or not:

https://my.norton.com/extspa/crypto

I'm ready to dump this product myself and use something else.

Kudos0

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Geek007:

They said the right-click context menu is not supposed to show start crypto when crypto is disabled. 

Ahhha.  Thank you. 
Does your machine support Norton Crypto? 
Do you have the My Norton - Norton Crypto banner?
So, it's the "Start Crypto Miner" tray menu item [here] that's a "bug".  
Thanks again. 

Geek007:
They also told me that if you accidentally click it, it won't start mining until you accept the agreement.  

Yes, Norton Crypto agreement acceptance is required for Norton Crypto install.  

Starting February 4, only customers who opt-in to using Norton Crypto will have the feature installed on their systems. Previously it was installed, but disabled by default. This change will be automatically implemented for all new customers beginning February 4 and rolled out to all existing customers the following week. We are also updating our FAQ with more information about how Norton Crypto works and the fees associated with it. 

https://community.norton.com/en/blogs/product-service-announcements/thank-you-your-feedback-norton-crypto 

Kudos0

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My computer supports it but I don't want to use it either - if your machine does not support it then it won't work at all.  I also do not see ncrypt.exe so it must download if you accept the agreement.  Initially I saw the same thing that bjm and SoulAsylum saw was the ncrypt.exe was present on the system and you had to disable tamper protection to delete it.  They removed ncrypt.exe but now have added the context menu.  You can disable the banner (see bjm's instructions above).  Hopefully they follow through and remove the context menu item if it's disabled.  Maybe a moderator can confirm what the tech told me - Norton chat support tends to vary depending on which tech responds.

Kudos0

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Geek007:

My computer supports it but I don't want to use it either - if your machine does not support it then it won't work at all.  I also do not see ncrypt.exe so it must download if you accept the agreement.  Initially I saw the same thing that bjm and SoulAsylum saw was the ncrypt.exe was present on the system and you had to disable tamper protection to delete it.  They removed ncrypt.exe but now have added the context menu.  You can disable the banner (see bjm's instructions above).  Hopefully they follow through and remove the context menu item if it's disabled.  

Do you have the My Norton - Norton Crypto banner? 
Do supported machine show the banner? 
Does disabling the banner - hide the banner?
Does disabling the banner - hide the Start Crypto Miner tray menu item?
Thanks again for your messages. 

Yes, Norton Crypto agreement acceptance is required for Norton Crypto install.  
https://community.norton.com/en/blogs/product-service-announcements/thank-you-your-feedback-norton-crypto

Kudos0

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Sorry meant hide banner.  Currently the bug is that the context menu shows start crypto with the feature disabled.  Hide banner I believe is a separate item from the context menu but not 100% sure.  I believe it's supposed to be hidden on the context menu until crypto is enabled.

Kudos0

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Geek007:

Sorry meant hide banner.  Currently the bug is that the context menu shows start crypto with the feature disabled.  Hide banner I believe is a separate item from the context menu but not 100% sure.  I believe it's supposed to be hidden on the context menu until crypto is enabled.

Okay. "hide banner" Thanks. 

Hide the Norton Crypto banner in the My Norton window ›
https://community.norton.com/en/comment/8531867#comment-8531867 

Okay, supposed to be hidden on the context menu until Norton Crypto is enabled.
So, that is the "bug".
Start Crypto Miner displayed with tray menu - with Norton Crypto not enabled.

Thanks for helping users (me) that have never seen Norton Crypto their side. 

Kudos0

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It's new to me also, I spoke to several techs before someone told me this -maybe a moderator can confirm but they probably won't give any time frame.

Kudos0

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Geek007:

It's new to me also, I spoke to several techs before someone told me this -maybe a moderator can confirm but they probably won't give any time frame.

Oh okay. 
I thought when machine supports Norton Crypto then users see the My Norton - Norton Crypto banner. 
Correct me? 

We'll try to call attention:  
 

Kudos0

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That's correct - the banner will only show if your machine is capable of mining.

Kudos0

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Being in concert with the original poster, Crypto/Norton STILL runs a GPU check every startup on my Windows 11 laptop. THIS, is what we are concerned about. If we want to crypto mine its our choice to download. Not have to worry about "accidentally" clicking on some menu item only to have the feature install itself. As has been stated, Norton CAN lower their requirements for a valid GPU, doing so without any notice prior, we could then have a valid GPU and see all the trash to enable it appear. As with much of the other "features" that pester users into having a headache meltdown, Crypto more likely than not will do the same. 

Per my screenshot taken a few minutes ago, Norton STILL performs a GPU check at EVERY BOOT TIME. 

SA

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Kudos0

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At this point the only way to get rid of Norton Crypto is to get rid of Norton. Maybe they’ll be less greedy and make a better product but i doubt it. I too am annoyed this feature exists in a security product and am more annoyed they’re forcing us to have this and wasting cpu resources checking every startup.

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Re: REMOVE CRYPTO ?!?

Hello all, just getting around to this post. I see 4 things that are being discussed, and will respond to each, however the OP is asking about the tray item first. And it does appear we have an issue with showing the tray item when Norton Crypto is not enabled. This as someone points out is cosmetic and would still require and opt in before any Norton Crypto mining.

1) tray shows "start crypto miner" (will be resolved in our next update)
2) opt in banner, this will show any time a GPU has the ability to mine, this is a setting however to remove the banner, go to "settings (gear at the bottom of the main dashboard)" and select Norton Crypto, in there select "Hide Crypto on the My Norton dashboard"
3) NCrypt.exe (the actual miner) is only installed when you OPT IN to the feature, it will not be present unless that action is take by the user
4) GPU check will happen at each boot, its responsiblity is checking your current GPU against a list of valid GPUs for mining, it's only use is to show the Norton Crypto banner or not

Kudos0

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My side, this is what I don't want Norton 360 doing every boot up!! After the initial check and determination that a viable GPU is not present that supports Crypto Norton should not trigger another check at each startup. 

GPU check will happen at each boot, its responsibility is checking your current GPU against a list of valid GPUs for mining, it's only use is to show the Norton Crypto banner or not

SA

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Re: REMOVE CRYPTO ?!?

But what about those that do want the feature and decide to upgrade their GPU? The automatic check would detect the new GPU and allow the offer of the feature.

An option would be to put some manual way to rescan the system for those that make this hardware change.

Kudos0

Re: REMOVE CRYPTO ?!?

DING!! Hit that nail dead on its head lol. For laptops it is extremely hard to "upgrade" a GPU so a manual run/check is in order there. The PC world as we all know has the flexibility to remove and add a GPU basically at will.

SA

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