Are you a frequent visitor of torrent sites? You know, for downloading “Ubuntu’ on a regular basis. Well, if so, your PC might be being used for cryptomining without your consent. And it can severely impact your PC’s performance.
You can see whether this is happening by noticing a spike in CPU usage or PC slowdowns when you are on the torrent site. Here’s a sample image:
Some of the mining scripts run by torrent sites have been detected to be malware, and can put your PC at risk. The main issue here is that some of the torrent sites are running the mining software without asking the user. In some cases the “miner” runs in the form of an ad on the site, and could be blocked by using an AdBlocker. However, some of these ads do find ways to get around it, and can install malicious software on to your system.
So yeah, next time you’re looking to download “Linux”, might as well use the official website.