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Getting BSOD while torrenting


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#1 deb88

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Posted 11 August 2014 - 12:25 AM

Hi,

I'm new in this forum. I'm facing a problem. While downloading via bit comet, I'm getting BSOD several times. It happens randomly, within 2 to 30 minutes after starting bit comet. 3 days ago I changed some settings in my bit comet and it seemed okay. But last night I faced BSOD again. It's getting really annoying. Please help me and thanks in advance.

 

P.S.- My system specs are below:

 

CPU    --   i5 2400 @ 3.1Ghz

MOBO --   Intel DH67BL

GPU    --   ATI Radeon HD 5550

RAM    --   8 gb @ 1333 FSB

PSU     --   Corsair VS 550

AV       --   Quick Heal Internet Security

OS      --    Windows 8 pro 64 bit

 



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Posted 11 August 2014 - 01:51 AM

Try uninstalling the torrent client and see what happens. You can always reinstall it.

 

Answers to common security questions - Best Practices   .By Quietman7

 

File Sharing (P2P), Torrents, Keygens, Cracks, Warez, and Pirated Software are a Security Risk

The practice of using any torrent, file sharing, peer-to-peer (P2P) program (i.e. Limewire, eMule, Kontiki, BitTorrent, BitComet, uTorrent, BitLord, BearShare, Azureus/Vuze, Skype, etc), keygens, hacking tools, cracking tools, warez, or any pirated software is a serious security risk which can turn a computer into a malware honeypot or zombie.

:step1: File Sharing, Torrents, and Peer-to-Peer (P2P) Programs

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.

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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.  
:step2: Keygens, Cracks, Warez, and Pirated Software

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The Hidden Risks of Using Pirated Software

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



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File Sharing, Piracy, and Malware

Recent research shows that websites and programs related to software piracy are likely to be infected with malware due to the way they are distributed...over 50% of all pirated files are infected with malware that are constantly repacked to evade even the most up-to-date anti-virus programs. Software piracy acts as a gateway for cybercriminals to infect computers, leaving individuals and their personal data vulnerable to malware infection.



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...pirated software and cracks — programs designed to generate product keys or serial numbers for popular software and games — are almost always bundled with some kind of malware...downloading pirated software and software cracks is among the fastest and likeliest ways to infect your computer with something that ultimately hands control over of your PC to someone else.

Software Cracks: A Great Way to Infect Your PC

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Cracking applications are used for illegally breaking (cracking) various copy-protection and registration techniques used in commercial software. These programs may be distributed via Web sites, Usenet, and P2P networks.

TrendMicro Warning

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...warez and crack web pages are being used by cybercriminals as download sites for malware related to VIRUT and VIRUX. Searches for serial numbers, cracks, and even antivirus products like Trend Micro yield malcodes that come in the form of executables or self-extracting files...quick links in these sites also lead to malicious files. Ads and banners are also infection vectors...

Keygen and Crack Sites Distribute VIRUX and FakeAV

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...warez/piracy sites ranked the highest in downloading spyware...just opening the web page usually sets off an exploit, never mind actually downloading anything. And by the time the malware is finished downloading, often the machine is trashed and rendered useless.

University of Washington spyware study

* 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

When you use these kind of programs, be forewarned that some of the most aggressive types of malware infections can be contracted and spread by visiting crack, keygen, warez and other pirated software sites. In many cases, those sites are infested with a smörgåsbord of malware and an increasing source of system infection. 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.

Using these types of programs or the websites visited to get them is almost a guaranteed way to get yourself infected!!

Edited by NickAu1, 11 August 2014 - 01:54 AM.


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Posted 11 August 2014 - 02:34 AM

Hi,

Thanks for your suggestion. I've Quick Heal internet Security to take care of that(virus, malware etc). Actually BSOD happens only when I run bit comet, other than that it's totally fine. There's no BSOD without running bit comet. I've been using torrent for many years but never faced this problem. It's just happening for the last couple of weeks after formatting my pc.






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