is a program which is used to illegally bypass copy protection on games and commercial software
by generating a random serial number, or "cd key", that matches the software it is intended to be used with.
The practice of using cracking tools
or any pirated software
is not only considered illegal activity but it is a serious security risk
If you use those kind of programs, be forewarned
that some of the worst types of malware infections can be contracted and spread by visiting crack, keygen, warez and other pirated software sites
. In many cases, these sites are infested with a smörgåsbord of malware
. Those who attempt to get software for free can end up with a computer system so badly damaged that recovery is not possible and it cannot be repaired
. When that happens there is nothing you can do besides reformatting and reinstalling the OS.No single product is 100% foolproof
and can detect and remove all threats at any given time. The security community is in a constant state of change as new infections appear. Each vendor has its own definition of what constitutes malware and scanning your computer using different criteria will yield different results. The fact that each program has its own definition files means that some malware may be picked up by one that could be missed by another. Thus, a multi-layered defense using several anti-spyware products (including an effective firewall) to supplement your anti-virus combined
with common sense and safe surfing habits provides the most complete protection.