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Does pirated Windows 7 have virus?


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#1 finance professional

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Posted 23 February 2014 - 06:21 AM

Now I don't encourage piracy or want to indicated that I support it through this thread.  But as a non guy I keep reading that pirated windows downloaded through net has lots of virus in it and they cant be removed.  So just wanted to get the feedback of more knowledgeable members here.

 

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Posted 23 February 2014 - 06:56 AM

That depends on exactly what file you are getting, might have malware, might not. You never know...


I prefer Linux. Windows 10 is just to invasive for me.


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Posted 23 February 2014 - 10:34 AM

Well..."the common sense test" would indicate that repetive mention of the same theme...probably has some degree of validity, IMO.

 

In evaluating the source of such...I would not include forum members where piracy is against forum rules.  Nor would I include forum members who illegally download/install software all the time.

 

The Google Sources speak for themselves, IMO.  None of the ones I would base an opinion on...have any reason to falsify the info presented.

 

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Posted 23 February 2014 - 06:39 PM

Using any pirated software is not only considered illegal activity but it is a serious security risk which can turn a computer into a malware honeypot or zombie.
 

Of six counterfeit Microsoft Office disks tested, they found that five were infected with malware. Of the twelve counterfeit Windows disks tested, they found that six could not install and run, and so could not be tested. They were duds!

Of the six counterfeit Windows disks that could run and be tested successfully:
* Two were infected with malware;
* 100% of the six copies had Windows Update disabled;
* 100% of the six copies had the Windows Firewall rules changed.

In total of the twelve counterfeit software copies that could be installed successfully (six Office and six Windows) and tested:
* Seven copies (58%) were infected with malware
* A total of 20 instances of six different types of malware code found

The Hidden Risks of Using Pirated Software

* IDC study on The Dangers of Counterfeit Software
* IDC White paper: The Dangersous World of Counterfeit and Pirated Software
* Software Piracy on the Internet: A Threat To Your Securiy
* File Sharing, Piracy, and Malware
* Pirated software carries malware payload that can cost billions


Using these types of programs or the websites visited to get them is almost a guaranteed way to get yourself infected!!
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Posted 23 February 2014 - 10:01 PM

Not encouraging piracy here, but living in a country where buying a copy of windows costs more than some computers, i can tell you that not all pirated copies of windows carry malware of some sort, most copies are just that, copies of an original disk, that comes wth the instruction to stay off the internet as to avoid validation and then using a crack of some sort.

 

Other ones aren't just copies but they also come with a modified version that works out of the box, now tht's where you have to be carefull, since they could actually come implanted with malware, either way, pirated copies of windows aren't such a good idea because of the security updates, you can actually download some with a pirated version of windows, but it's not recommended because of the software validation updates.

 

Also hamluis, don't wanna start a discussion here, but googling "malware via pirated software" will lead you to believe all the pirated software has malware, just how googling "virus in computer" will lead you to believe all the computers have viruses.


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Posted 24 February 2014 - 06:45 AM

The information I provided doesn't indicate all pirated software comes with malware. However, it does indicate there is a good chance it will come with some type of malware. And if it doesn't....just visiting those types of sites is almost a guaranteed way to get yourself infected
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Posted 25 February 2014 - 01:19 AM

I thank you all for your perspectives.  But I was curious to know that once the pirated OS is installed, wont the antivirus detect those infections?



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Posted 25 February 2014 - 08:08 AM

It depends on the type and kind of virus on it. Rootkits are hard to detect and if Windows files are compromised from the get-go you will never be able to do a clean install. It may not even let you install an antivirus program. If you're that strapped (and yes I know MS is expensive) try switching to Linux. I've been dual booting Win7 and ElementaryOS on my laptop and I have to say I use Elementary 80% of the time. Considering the constant problems I still have with Windows I'm considering dumping it completely off all my systems.



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Posted 25 February 2014 - 08:15 AM

Its not only the malware....there are security tools which can detect the presence of cracks, keygens and pirated software.
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Posted 19 April 2014 - 02:41 PM

i wanted to comment on this. People are downplaying this because they say it is a pirated copy. and now im confused and concerned. It is my understanding that this infection is on an ISO copy of Windows 7. I thought Windows 7 ISO is just an original of the disk but you still require the product keys. I have always been under the impression it is legal to download a copy of any software as long it has not been manipulated to circumvernt the products anti-piracy protection.

 

i am asking because i lmy HDD failed last week and in having to do clean install on new HDD.  I downloaded the ISO of Windows 7. Back when i was younger every game i  purchased had the product key in some random place in the packaging and it only took me losing a couple before i decided kee[ing them all in one place was best practice, So got into good habit of keeping list of all product keys i=on excel spreadsheet land saving it as a draft in my email account.

 

Now i read about this pirated copy of a  Windows 7 ISO having a virus. i only have one computer,  so went to the public libarary and downloaded the ISO from a website i googled. Dudnt think twice about legality but now im concerned. was hoping someone could clear this up for me for future reference.

 

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Posted 19 April 2014 - 04:25 PM

The topic starter was asking about pirated Windows 7 downloads available from many unscrupulous sources on the Internet and the possibility of them containing malware.

Your concerns appears to be with legit Windows ISO downloads available at reputable web sites...although some consider this to be a grey area since Microsoft will not officially comment on the legality of using them.

Windows 7 Direct Download Links, Official Disk Images from Digital River

Digital River is Microsoft's service provider for e-commerce. Basically every product that Microsoft sells in their online stores worldwide is delivered via the Digital River servers. You'll find the full list of all available Windows 7 disk images here, in many languages, both with and without SP1 integrated, both 32 and 64 bit versions....

Are these illegal, cracked or pirated downloads?
Since this is an official download channel, you can be sure to receive setup files that are virus-free, secure, legitimate and untouched. Downloading the files from Digital River is absolutely legal and completely free of charge. Without a legally obtained product key however, any Windows 7 installation will only run for 30 days. Afterwards, it needs to be activated, or the evaluation timer be reset...


Official Windows 7 SP1 ISO Image Downloads

These are NOT illegal These are just the download links for Windows 7 SP1 ISO which is a retail wrap that offers a 30-day trial period. You need to activate your Windows afterwards with a genuine license activation key to continue using it. Downloading these files from Digital River is absolutely legal and completely free of charge.


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Posted 20 April 2014 - 05:06 AM

i wanted to comment on this. People are downplaying this because they say it is a pirated copy. and now im confused and concerned. It is my understanding that this infection is on an ISO copy of Windows 7. I thought Windows 7 ISO is just an original of the disk but you still require the product keys. I have always been under the impression it is legal to download a copy of any software as long it has not been manipulated to circumvernt the products anti-piracy protection.

 

i am asking because i lmy HDD failed last week and in having to do clean install on new HDD.  I downloaded the ISO of Windows 7. Back when i was younger every game i  purchased had the product key in some random place in the packaging and it only took me losing a couple before i decided kee[ing them all in one place was best practice, So got into good habit of keeping list of all product keys i=on excel spreadsheet land saving it as a draft in my email account.

 

Now i read about this pirated copy of a  Windows 7 ISO having a virus. i only have one computer,  so went to the public libarary and downloaded the ISO from a website i googled. Dudnt think twice about legality but now im concerned. was hoping someone could clear this up for me for future reference.

 

V/R

isile

 

You can calculate the cryptographic hash (SHA1) of the ISO file and look it up to see if it is a genuine Microsoft ISO.


Edited by Didier Stevens, 20 April 2014 - 05:06 AM.

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