Must read if you download torrents and free software!


#1

Hi guys. You might have read my post in which I pleaded for help to remove a deadly virus that FORMATTED MY 80 GB Hard disk. After loosing all my data I started to look for the cause of that bloody virus. Here is what I've found out. According to a research conducted by IDC (posted on Microsoft website):

• 25 percent of the Web sites we accessed offering counterfeit product keys, pirated software, key generators or crack tools attempted to install either malicious software or potentially unwanted software. A significant number of these Web sites attempted to install malicious or unwanted code.

• 11 percent of the key generators and crack tools downloaded from Web sites contained either malicious or potentially unwanted software.

• 59 percent of the key generators and crack tools downloaded from peer-to-peer networks contained either malicious software or potentially unwanted software. A significant amount of malicious or unwanted code was present in the key generators and crack tools.

• The cost of recovering from an incident of malicious software on a single workstation could exceed one thousand dollars (USD). The cost of lost or compromised data could exceed tens of thousands of dollars (USD) per incident. Thus, the cost savings of using pirated software could be eradicated with a single security breach.

• The malicious and unwanted code found is indicative of the shift noted by security professionals in attackers' motivations. Attacks have evolved from hacking for fun to seeking confidential information assets and other malisiouc intent. By offering pirated software, crack tools, and key generators, attackers could lure potential victims.

• There are several methods for obtaining and using counterfeit software, including acquiring counterfeit product keys, obtaining "key generator" programs, and using crack tools to bypass licensing and activation mechanisms. IDC investigated the security risks of visiting the Web sites and peer-to-peer networks that use these methods to distribute counterfeit software.

• Simple Web searches often led to Web sites that offered pirated software, key generators, crack tools, and so on.

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NOW you see that torrents (which is a form of peer to peer networking) is just a puddle of malware. So torrents and pirated free software should be avoided.

But I also appericiate the fact that the leagal way of obtaining software is just too damn EXPENSIVE!! Imagine the cost of even the most commonest software. You might have to SELL YOUR MOTORBIKE to obtain a leagal copy of ADOBE PHOTOSHOP!!(it costs 999 US dollars. That is 63936 PKR!!!)

So here are some tips to aviod the tojans and malware in the torrents:

1) First install a relyable ANTI-Virus Software, and a Spyware remover.

2) After downloading a program, make a copy of its directory.

3) Now scan one of the copy for viruses using the anti-virus. It will detect trojans if the setup file has any. The anti virus will then confiscate the setup file.

4) Try to "Clean" the infected files. If the antivirus does not clean the files then restore the files (in case they are quarentined).

5) Now start the setup and install the software. But remember DO NOT RUN THE PROGRAMM!

6) Now go to the directory in which the software is installed and perform a virus scan. Most probably the infected files will now be seprated from the programs crutial files. The anti virus will quarentine them.

7) Now run the program. It is now safe. But if the program does not run, it means the some of the crutial files are infected. You can restore the files from the Quarentine and still use the program, but take my advice: Please do not run such software!!

If you still want to use the program, make sure to keep a back up of your iretriveable data for example digital Pics of any personal events and home made videos etc. in another physical Drive not in other partition of the same drive.

P.S

Thanx "executionist" your link was very helpful.


#2

how does this have anythin do to with torrents

no matter from where u download an executable file u cant tell whats in it a virus or a legimitate program

i wud say common senseis the best defense even if u do have a antivirus yet u still click on an executable file u will most definatly be infected


#3

this is #$%# stuff from microsoft


#4

Don't download infected files in the first place. If this means you end up downloading a lot less, than so be it.


#5

That's Microsoft trying to scare you. ;)

Don't download from random ddl sites. Download your stuff only from trusted forums and torrent sites. And always read comments before downloading a file because if the file is infected or accompanies a trojan/virus, you'll know about it before its too late.


#6

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Don’t download from random ddl sites. Download your stuff only from trusted forums and torrent sites. And always read comments before downloading a file because if the file is infected or accompanies a trojan/virus, you’ll know about it before its too late.
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imagine Microsoft writing this on their site ;)


#7

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how does this have anythin do to with torrents

no matter from where u download an executable file u cant tell whats in it a virus or a legimitate program

i wud say common senseis the best defense even if u do have a antivirus yet u still click on an executable file u will most definatly be infected

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Plz read carefuly. 59 percent of peer to peer downloads contain malware. Torrents are a form of peer to peer networks.

It means half of the torrent files are malware or more precisely viruses.

Secondly trojans are not detected that easily. At least you cannot take your security for granted. A new virus is being created every day even every hour. You can not over look the potential of this threat. Plz keep a good anti virus software and regularly update it. You dont have the faintest idea how it feels to lose data, that was gathered in 6 years ,in just a second.


#8

Use common sense when downloading software. That is all that is needed.


#9

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Plz read carefuly. 59 percent of peer to peer downloads contain malware. Torrents are a form of peer to peer networks.

It means half of the torrent files are malware or more precisely viruses.

Secondly trojans are not detected that easily. At least you cannot take your security for granted. A new virus is being created every day even every hour. You can not over look the potential of this threat. Plz keep a good anti virus software and regularly update it. You dont have the faintest idea how it feels to lose data, that was gathered in 6 years ,in just a second.

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i dont think that figure is correct on torrents mostly whats distributed is video and large files most of which are not viruses go search on the top torrent search engines it will be really hard to find viruses


#10

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torrents are a form of peer to peer networks.

It means half of the torrent files are malware or more precisely viruses.

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LuLz!

I think MS scared you. I highly doubt thats possibe, even on public sites. Even though torrents arent monitored as well on public sites compared to private, its almost impossible that 50% of the torrents would contain malware, the keygen/cracks are false-positive.

From my own observation (been in the torrent scene for over 4 years) i would say hardly 5-10% (depending on the public tracker) files are actually harmfull, which can easily be avoided if u use some common sense, i have personally never been infected by a virus from torrents atleast i dont remember so.

There is NO guarenteed way to stop viruses/spyware, the best way is to use common sense. Im not saying im perfect but now my PC hardly gets infected, even when im downloading #$%# load of torrents or downloading directly from sites even.

Why? coz after using the internet for over a decade i think u can tell in most cases if the source your about to download from is reliable or not. Most sites which host malware are easily identifiable.

If you are too paranoid about torrents, get into a good private tracker where u wouldnt have to worry about infected files, coz on any good private site a bad torrent would be deleted within a few hours.

Oh and installing an anti virus DOES NOT mean you will be virus free, i have tried MANY different anti virus programs on my lil bro’s PC (currently BitDefender with lates defs) but he always seems to get it infected within a few days of OS reinstall.

Anyways dont be scared of downloading, just be careful what and where you download from


#11

Windows is a Virus itself..

get a good internet security suite.. keep it running.. download file or torrents from gud rated sites.. not all keygen are viruses..its all about your common sense.


#12

my pc gonna get virus. uuuuuhhhhhhhhhhh i m shocked.

seriously, i think every body know every thing you just told.

but thanx anyway.


#13

#14

dude which sites u go to???? huh????

by the way i have been usin torrents for quite sum time and had any complants abt virus or trojan or etc....

but yeah i wud agree that the the site which we go 4 cracks have a lot of viruses or malwares but ruhaan is right if the site looks kinda dagdy dont download and even if u do download then before execution run a scan on it....

any wayz v r !@#$ ppl, v can never stop piracy....


#15

i dont think that scanning the crack or keygen from antivirus is a good idea b/c it'll give u a false results most of the time b/c most of the crack tools r identified as "Trojan"and or "Spyware" by almost all antivirus softwares.


#16

torrents or no torrents you can get infected anytime any place.. just use common sense keep your antivirus anti spyware updated and thats it..! during that firefox world record craze, many people ended up downloading infected 'firefox' from unverified locations, now it was'nt mozilla's fault that people were so dumb that they downloaded firefox3.exe from unverified websites instead of their server..


#17

for downloading torrents first you must have to read user comments if you satisfied then dl it, btw i only use demonoid.com no virus and no Trojans and also a private tracker complete clean site


#18

best thing is to always keep your backup, so nothing to worry about losing data.


#19

well you can get infected from any source if you are not prepared against viruses,like when recently firefox 3 was launched then many people downloaded firefox for authentic looking firefox sites (which were actually fake) and they downloaded infected firefox and their systems were compromised


#20

i think the best to avoid precious data lose is taking a backup on another hard drive and thanks God hard drives are very cheap now.