Using any torrent
, file sharing
, peer-to-peer (P2P)
program (i.e. Limewire, eMule, Kontiki, BitTorrent, BitComet, uTorrent, BitLord, BearShare, Azureus/Vuze, Skype, etc) or visiting such sites is a security risk which can make your system susceptible to a smörgåsbord of malware infections
, remote attacks, exposure of personal information, and identity theft. In some cases the computer could be turned into a malware honeypot
.File sharing networks are thoroughly infested with malware
according to security firm Norman ASA and many of them are unsafe to visit or use. The reason for this is that file sharing relies on its members giving and gaining unfettered access to computers across the P2P network. This practice can make you vulnerable to data and identity theft, system infection and remote access exploit
by attackers who can take control of your computer without your knowledge.
Software Cracks: A Great Way to Infect Your PC
...It is almost never safe to download executable programs from peer-to-peer file sharing networks because they are a major source of malware infections.
Even if you change the risky default settings to a safer configuration, downloading files from an anonymous source increases your exposure to infection
because the files you are downloading may actually contain a disguised threat. Users visiting such pages may see innocuous-looking banner ads containing code which can trigger pop-up ads
and malicious Flash ads
that install malware
. Many malicious worms and Trojans, such as the Storm Worm, target and spread across P2P files sharing networks because of their known vulnerabilities.
Further some file sharing programs are bundled with other free software you may download (sometimes without the knowledge or consent of the user) and can be the source of various issues and problems to include Adware
, and browser hijackers
as well as malware.
Even the safest P2P file sharing programs that do not contain bundled spyware, still expose you to risks because of the very nature of the P2P file sharing process. By default, most P2P file sharing programs are configured to automatically launch at startup. They are also configured to allow other P2P users on the same network open access to a shared directory on your computer. The best way to eliminate these risks is to avoid using P2P applications and torrent web sites
Since P2P programs are a security risk, Malwarebytes looks for them and in some cases they can trigger Malicious Website Blocking alerts.