Mineprize Review: Get Paid To Do Nothing? Eh.

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MinePrize is a company that will pay you to use your unused computer power.  Essentially, you’re going to get paid to do nothing.

I know it sounds too good to be true, but I promise you that it’s a legit opportunity; however, the only downfall is that you won’t make much.  I’m only talking a few dollars a month in exchange for your power.

Whether you’re looking for ways to make money or you want to explore MinePrize more in depth, I did the dirty work and played around with the site to see if it’s really worth your time.  As in all of my reviews, I always remain 100% honest, never promoting something that I wouldn’t use.

With that out of the way, let’s dive in and see how MinePrize may work for you.

What is MinePrize?

If you land on the official MinePrize website, they state that you can get paid money for your idle CPU power.  All you need to do is let your browser solve complex tasks and you get paid.  It sounds basic at first, and yes, confusing, but they do offer a “get more information” link, which explains the following:

I won’t get too much into detail, but the process is known as Distributed Computing.  To learn more, I recommend you check out this Wikipedia article.

All you need to have is a computer with a web browser and that’s it.  You will just have to run a test to make sure that the browser you’re using is eligible.  That can be done by clicking the button found on the main site.

For example, when I ran the test, I received the following error:

This was partly due to the fact that I had an antivirus application blocking the software.  They had asked to disable the antivirus software, but as you can imagine, I wouldn’t feel comfortable doing so.  Even though the company said it was “safe,” I was still skeptical.

Signing Up

So, if you’re comfortable in disabling your anti-virus software and running the software, all the company asks is that you create an account, providing them with an email.  In doing so, the company will provide you with a $10 sign-up bonus, equivalent to 1,000,000 points.  Yes, every 100,000 points are equal to a dollar.

Signing up is 100% free, and in doing so, you can access your dashboard immediately, which will look like something above.

Whenever you log in, you will be redirected to your main page, where you can click on a green button that says “start to work.”  This will then start the process and show you how many points you can earn in real-time.

How Much Can I Earn?

In real-time, you can earn points for renting out your computer’s computing power.  Whenever you start computing and the server receives a block of work, then you will earn points whenever your browser computes the work.

And, how much you earn can depend on a few factors, such as the “intensity” you select, how many computers you run, your CPU power and how long you let it run.  As you see in that screenshot, the higher your intensity is, the more CPU power your computer can use.  In turn, this can lead to more work.  The company recommends you turn off as much as you can so that it can maximize its power.  Your CPU power can play a huge role as well since a powerful CPU can do much more work than one that’s not.

Lastly, you can start the program on as many computers as you want.  Whenever you use another computer, just log in to ensure you get credit.  There is no limit.

In the end, MinePrize doesn’t note how much you make, but from reading reviews online, it seems you can make about one point per minute per computer.  This is just an average, however!  Even refer to the company’s official video to see how the points add up in real time.

Doing the math, you will need at least 10,000,000 points ($100) to cash, which means you will need to leave your computer running for 10,000,000 minutes.  That’s 6,944 days of non-stop running at a high intensity.

Final Thoughts

0/10In the end, skip out on MinePrize.  It’s going to take you an eternity to earn $100 and that doesn’t even factor in the electricity you’re using.  Plus, the company has a very high $100 payout ratio.  Let’s not forget you have to disable the virus software on your computer.  There’s so much wrong with this.

While the idea of making money to do nothing is appealing, it’s not worth your time.  You’re better off doing surveys or writing a few articles.  You could earn $100 so much quicker doing that.

That’s going to do it for now.

As always, if you want to comment on MinePrize, you’re more than welcome to leave a comment in the comments section below.  Thanks for stopping by!

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Tom Nathaniel

Hi! My name is Tom Nathaniel, and I created LushDollar to help share my honest thoughts on everything money. You won't find gimmicks here. It's the Internet's most honest money site after all. I graduated from Arizona State University, and I have worked in the finance industry since 2006, consulting with multiple Fortune 5000 companies.