Ethereum Mining Fix for Nvidia GPU is Malware

Daniel Attoe
Daniel Attoe

Updated · Feb 25, 2022

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The purported unlocker for Nvidia’s Lite Hash Rate limiter turns out to be fake and a malware installer.

Not a Fix as Claimed

Nvidia RTX LHR v2 Unlocker, a tool that claimed to remove the limit Nvidia placed on its RTX graphics cards, is a hoax. 

Members of online Ethereum mining communities discovered that the software including malware that infects the Windows service powershell.exe. The Red Panda Mining YouTube channel exposed the utility tool in a video, showing that it installed malware on host computers.

In 2021, Nvidia released light hash rate (LHR) graphics cards to limit cryptocurrency mining on its GeForce GPU brand. The plan was to stop crypto miners from buying up all the stock before gamers could get them. Nvidia GeForce RTX 3000 graphics cards are commonly used for Ethereum mining. 

Since then, developers have released various software tools purporting to make the graphics cards powerful enough for mining. However, none of them have managed to fully remove the performance cap placed by Nvidia. 

The Nvidia RTX LHR v2 Unlocker was uploaded by a developer called SergeyDev promised to get around the limiter. The third-party graphics driver claimed it could get the GPUs back to full mining strength by modifying their BIOS.

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Daniel Attoe

Daniel Attoe

Daniel is an Economics grad who fell in love with tech. His love for books and reading pushed him into picking up the pen - and keyboard. Also a data analyst, he's taking that leap into data science and machine learning. When not writing or studying, chances are that you'll catch him watching football or face-deep in an epic fantasy novel.

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