'Bitcoins to live' Extension
Posted: August 22, 2017
The following fields listed on the Threat Meter containing a specific value, are explained in detail below:
Threat Level: The threat level scale goes from 1 to 10 where 10 is the highest level of severity and 1 is the lowest level of severity. Each specific level is relative to the threat's consistent assessed behaviors collected from SpyHunter's risk assessment model.
Detection Count: The collective number of confirmed and suspected cases of a particular malware threat. The detection count is calculated from infected PCs retrieved from diagnostic and scan log reports generated by SpyHunter.
Volume Count: Similar to the detection count, the Volume Count is specifically based on the number of confirmed and suspected threats infecting systems on a daily basis. High volume counts usually represent a popular threat but may or may not have infected a large number of systems. High detection count threats could lay dormant and have a low volume count. Criteria for Volume Count is relative to a daily detection count.
Trend Path: The Trend Path, utilizing an up arrow, down arrow or equal symbol, represents the level of recent movement of a particular threat. Up arrows represent an increase, down arrows represent a decline and the equal symbol represent no change to a threat's recent movement.
% Impact (Last 7 Days): This demonstrates a 7-day period change in the frequency of a malware threat infecting PCs. The percentage impact correlates directly to the current Trend Path to determine a rise or decline in the percentage.
|First Seen:||August 21, 2017|
The 'Bitcoins to live' extension is a strange browser add-on, which is only compatible with Google Chrome. The only thing it offers to its users is the ability to calculate how much Bitcoins they would need to last a month. To do this, the extension asks them to enter how much dollars they spent on food, rent, and bills each month. After this requirement is complete, the 'Bitcoins to live' extension will use the current Bitcoin/USD exchange rate to calculate the amount of Bitcoins the users would need to last an entire month considering their current spending habits.
The peculiar thing is that the current version of the 'Bitcoins to live' extension does not do anything else – it does not inject ads nor does it work as a browser hijacker. However, the add-on does connect to a remote server to gather the data it needs to calculate the Bitcoin rate. Surprisingly, it does not use a popular online service for this purpose and, instead, it appears to connect to a server owned by its creator. While this is not harmful necessarily, it makes it possible for the creator to push extension updates manually, which might give the 'Bitcoins to live' extension the ability to hijack the Chrome's settings or even to insert ads in the user's Web browsing sessions.
Although having the 'Bitcoins to live' extension installed is not a security flaw necessarily, the advice is to dispose of this add-on since it does not offer anything unique.