Avast Threat Labs - Cryptomining behavior guidelines

Avast Antivirus protects your PC by detecting and blocking malicious behavior. To determine whether a website or software using cryptomining technology is malicious, we use a set of guidelines for acceptable behavior.

Software

By default, all cryptomining software is marked as a Tool, even when the rules below are followed. Any cryptomining software that does not follow these guidelines will be detected as malware.

General guidelines:

  • Before installation and before running the software for the first time, the software shows all relevant information and a warning with Accept and Decline buttons that follow the rules below.
  • The software has an Enable/Disable or Start/Stop button to turn mining on and off.
  • The software will not automatically start mining after installation. The user needs to start the mining themselves e.g. by clicking a button.
  • In the case of changes to the mining terms, a new text box with Accept and Decline buttons is shown.
  • The mining application must provide a visible activity indication (active/inactive) with the ability to control this state (i.e. start/stop buttons).

Rules for information and warning windows:

  • All information is fully visible, readable, and understandable.
  • Style is consistent for all information (reasonable size, logical position, color contrasting to background).
  • Accept and Decline buttons are presented in a similar style allowing the user to make a choice easily and not requiring the user to exercise any unnecessary effort to choose the decline option.

Websites

General guidelines:

  • Websites show a text box with all relevant information.
  • Websites do not mine before the site visitor grants it the right to mine by clicking on an Accept button.
  • The Accept button from text box works as a direct mining referral.
  • In case of changes in mining terms, a new text box with Accept and Decline buttons is shown.

Text box must be designed according to these rules:

  • All information is fully visible, readable and understandable.
  • Style is consistent for all information (reasonable size, logical position, color contrasting to background).
  • Accept and Decline buttons are presented in the same style and color.

Information in the text box must contain the following information:

  • Explanation of what mining is (this can be a link to more information)
  • Notice that leaving the page will immediately stop the mining
  • Notice of possible shortened battery life on the device
  • Notice of increased electricity consumption and how this can affect the site visitor’s electricity bill

Example of correct textbox:

If you have questions regarding these guidelines, please contact Avast Support.

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  • All supported operating systems

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