The nice thing about Norton Crypto is that it is effortless to use and can allow Norton 360's 50 million strong user base to get started mining Ethereum quickly.
To use Norton Crypto, users need to be from an English-speaking country, have a GPU with a minimum of 3GB memory, an NVIDIA 1050 3GB or above, a Windows PC, and join Norton's Early Adopter Program
Once they join the EAP program and update Norton 360, the My Norton screen will display a message stating, "Turn your PC's idle time into cash."
There were three issues that we saw while using Norton Crypto.
Norton Crypto is supposed to only mine while your PC is idle, yet we found that the program continued to indicate that it was mining when we launched a game (Days Gone).
With that said, Days Gone ran perfectly, so this may be a cosmetic issue and not an actual utilization problem.
The other issue we saw with Norton Crypto is that we did not earn a single penny in the 36 hours we tested the feature.
When using a mining pool, the pool takes an administrative fee from all payments. These fees typically range from 0% on new pools, looking to attract miners, to as high as 2.5-3% for larger pools.
Some of the largest Ethereum mining pools, like Spark Pool
, only take a 1% fee from payments.
On the other hand, Norton Crypto charges a monstrous 15% mining feel when paying Ethereum rewards.