Block Browser Cryptocurrency Mining Through Hosts File

A recent trend I noticed in traffic exchanges – particularly autosurfs – is sites loaded with web miners. These are scripts which utilize your computer’s CPU power to “mine” cryptocurrency. They are usually not viruses, and closing the offending site is enough to stop the mining process and the associated CPU usage spike – however, they still stall the traffic exchange’s timer and make your computer unresponsive.

Blocking browser mining is necessary for smooth TE surfing. Before we proceed, there are two points I want to make:

  • Web miners are against the rules of every TE I’m a member of, whether auto or manual. How quickly they get removed from rotation depends on the team behind that particular exchange – if they employ moderators or run automated site checking which detects malicious scripts, it’ll happen sooner. Point is, there’s no problem with TEs themselves, just a few people who are looking to exploit them.
  • If you use NoScript, like I suggest in my surfing tips, you are already protected. As web miners are essentially clever pieces of JavaScript, NoScript will happily block them just like everything else.

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Automating Autosurfs: Make Them 100% Passive

One of the main concerns people have about autosurfs is whether they’re worth their time. Certainly, if you have to “babysit” your browser and restart things manually every few hours, it becomes a chore, and low earnings when you’re just starting out don’t help you stay motivated, either. But the main benefit of autosurfing is that it can be completely passive and work even when you’re away from the computer. That’s why you should spend some time automating the whole thing. Then you can sit back and relax, and let automatic traffic exchanges do the work for you.

I have already described a way to launch “no-login” surfbars all at once by setting them as Firefox home page in the Surfing Tips section. Now I’m going to show you one of the ways to set up automatic restarting for your browser, so your PC can run autosurfs for weeks or months with no supervision whatsoever.

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How to Make Money with Autosurfs

Many people new to autosurfs join a few sites, surf them for a while, and then leave because they don’t know how to actually turn their traffic into money. Manual TEs also have a similar problem, but at least there’s numerous guides and advice available online about monetizing traffic from those (e.g. “use your credits to build a list”). With this in mind, I wrote the following post on the top 5 ways to make money by autosurfing.

Please note that only legitimate automatic traffic exchanges are listed here. So-called “investment autosurfs” are nothing more but ponzi schemes, and should be avoided. In addition, please remember not to use autosurfs with any ad networks like AdSense – build a basic splash page instead.

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Autosurfs Do Work, and Here’s Proof

You’ve probably heard people saying that autosurfs don’t work, that the traffic they send is useless, and so on. I’m going to try and convince you otherwise with this post, and I have some stats to back my words up.

I’ve run StatCounter on this page (which I promote heavily in autosurf exchanges) for a week. Here are my hit statistics:

Autosurf Visit Stats

According to StatCounter, the page in question has received 415,518 views, 283,682 (or 68.27%) of which were unique visitors. Now, StatCounter is pretty nifty as it not only counts visits, but tracks exit links (or clickouts) as well. This allows you to see which links are getting clicked the most, and calculate the overall CTR of your page if you wish. Except, since autosurfs don’t work, I won’t be getting any clickouts… Right?

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WebSurf.ru Review – an Autosurf with Custom HTTP Referers

Today I’ve added yet another autosurf to my ever-growing list of automatic traffic exchanges. This one deserves a special mention for numerous reasons. First of all, it’s a Russian site, so you’ll need some knowledge in the language (or just use Google Translate, it’s the 21st century after all). Getting traffic from all over the world and getting more unique IPs visiting your sites can be a very good thing, depending on what you promote. So don’t be afraid to use Russian, German, Spanish, etc. traffic exchanges, as you’ll be reaching a wider audience.

WebSurf offers quite a lot of advanced features, including custom timers (from 30 to 300 seconds), geotargeting (not all countries are available, only the most popular ones), and the option to show your site to 24-hour unique IPs only. But perhaps the most coveted feature is the custom HTTP referer option that WebSurf.ru has. Using this option is free (as in, you don’t have to upgrade) and you can actually add more than 1 referer site and WebSurf will cycle between them randomly. You can also hide referer altogether for “direct traffic”.

Surfing WebSurf.ru is a bit different than your usual autosurf in that it requires you to install a dedicated application, which is available in Russian and English languages. This allows the members to promote a much wider variety of sites which would normally break your usual surfbars. The software itself is very straightforward: just launch it, enter your email and password, login, and it will start rotating websites automatically. It is completely silent, doesn’t hang, and boasts some security features. Still, I run it in a sandbox (using Sandboxie) for additional security, and I suggest you do the same. Don’t forget to use an antivirus, either.