Most of the mining software is detected as harmful by any antivirus software, especially CPU mining software. In the past, there were cases of people using such software with malicious and at times harmful intentions, so the warning the antivirus gives you is good - even if it is a false positive.
If your antivirus is flagging minerstat installer or installed version, and your intent is to use the software, whitelist the installation folder and make sure you're using official release available from our website.
For mining, different mining clients are downloaded and used - Phoenix, XMRIG, TeamRedMiner, etc. These mining clients are usually the ones that get flagged by antivirus. Mining clients are not available in the first download of the application. They get downloaded when you select them and set them in the dashboard. For first run, Phoenix miner gets downloaded unless you configure a different mining client before your first login to minerstat application for Windows.
We strongly suggest that you don't mine with personal computer, or in a home, non-secure or non-isolated network.
For more tips on how to secure your mining operations, take a look at this article
The only solution available in such cases where your system is not letting you mine due to antivirus or firewall flagging the mining client is to add exclusion to the antivirus and firewall or to disable them.
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