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I don’t disagree that pirated software downloads are a major source for infection. However, does that mean the majority of such downloads are infected? Microsoft office 2013 for mac crack free download. I’ll tell you why I ask this: I have a friend who was quite involved in the community that cracks software and packages the software and cracks together and uploads them to torrent networks.
I’ve had stuff I downloaded that was flagged (yes, I live dangerously sometimes), usually just the crack. And when I asked him about if, he said that most cracks show up as malware, but they’re really not. It’s the heuristic detection kicking in because cracks do malware-like behaviour (changing executable files). Now I realize in individual cases, it’s probably impossible to know the difference but I’ve wondered if anybody has studied just how much of the pirated programs really is malware. And I don’t mean the obvious stuff. Like when you download a program that you know is supposed to be several hundred megabytes and yet the download link says 12 MB (just to toss a number out there).
@Alfre Huger Thank you for sharing your insight, Al. I suspect the statistics might be even worse with a more general sample (not only users of Immunet). For a start, there are plenty not even having a (functional) antivirus installed, expired licenses, outdated versions, etc. I was wondering what are the reasons Immunet and most antivirus vendors convict software cracks even there is no indication of being malware. Is it because there are agreements with other vendors in the industry? A heuristic engine too aggressive?
A decision based on the observation is more likely a (known) software crack to be tainted by infection? A combination of the above?
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A completely different reason? I hope you can let us know. Interesting post.
That confirms what I’ve suspected about software cracks. When I was in grad school a decade ago, I was pretty indiscriminate about downloading cracks. I still had a few of those files hanging around on various backups. I was looking for some files recently and when I opened the folders on my current machine, there were a handful of virus/ malware files detected. My suspicion is that when I downloaded those, they were ahead of the antivirus signature files, but now they are found by regular scans.
I guess one takeaway from this is that even if the crack you download now seems clean in a virus scan, it may just be that the virus in it is not yet detected. I have done what you describe several times. It always comes out clean. AV detects the compression used in the EXE file and flags it as a virus. Just for the sake of argument. Try downloading a PC demo from (pick one from the 4K category) and it will be flagged as a virus, simply due to the EXE packer used ( called crinkler ) Then try submitting one or several of the detected files to review and I guarantee you it will come back with a clean bill of health.