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Could I have been infected if I use cracked softwares?


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#1 ihatevirus101

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Posted 01 December 2016 - 08:59 AM

I have used torrent websites to download cracked softwares, keygen, and patch for softwares like Adobe photoshop. I've also frequently visited unsafe websites especially the ones hosting adult contents that have popups or redirect you to some other website. This makes me wonder if I've been a victim of hidden viruses coming from these cracked softwares or from drive-by downloads. Recently I scanned an adobe patch exe file online and the results are troubling:
 
I did scan of my computer with  free version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware which detected these patches as "RiskWare.Tool.HCK", though my free version of Avast didn't detect them as threats.
 
Problem is I had already ran these cracks/patch to activate my software products so I believe merely removing the patch exe file does nothing. What made me especially concerned was this comment left on the above link I posted:
"all cracks has trojans/backdoor! virus is other thing. virus crash [the] computer, replicate dangerous files, etc. trojans and backdoor are silent! they keep your system as it is, but [silently] they [rob] data to their servers hidden! people who use cracks to install softwares [have] lots of open doors in computer!!! years passing by and letting information going to hackers!!! if you [doubt], install a software who scan ports in [computer]. do a [test]!
 
format your pc, and before installing something, scan [the] open ports in computer! after that, execute a crack and scan the ports again!!! you will check that some ports will be [opened]. yup!!! your computer is now a zombie [transferring] personal information and data (keylogger) to hackers!!!!"


So my question is could my computer have been infected with virus and the data on my computer (like pictures, videos and other documents) been downloaded by hackers silently without my attention? I did scan of my computer with Free Malwarebytes Anti-Malware which didn't detect any threats but I realize some viruses are hidden and harder to detect.






 

 



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Posted 01 December 2016 - 01:23 PM

ihatevirus101:

 

:welcome: to the Bleeping Computer "Am I infected? What do I do? Forum.

 

Your computer could indeed have been seriously compromised, not to mention your personal information, if you have been using keygens and cracks to activate software products illegally.

 

Bleeping Computer does not support the any illegal activity.

 

If you wish to be assisted further here at Bleeping Computer, you would have to uninstall all "cracked" software on your computer.

 

 

The use of Peer-to-peer (P2P) software is another favorite attack vector for malware.  It is highly recommended that you cease using P2P software and uninstall it.

 

 

We are not permitted to work with FRST logs in this Forum to determine what malware may still be affecting your computer.  It is advisable to have your FRST logs examined by a malware removal specialist in another Forum.

 

Once you have uninstalled all "cracked" programs and uninstalled or disabled your P2P software, please complete Steps :step1: and :step6: in the instructions provided in this Guide.

 

Please provide a link to this topic in your new topic in the Virus, Trojan, Spyware, and Malware Removal Logs Forum.

 

Please do not "bump" your topic.  That Forum is very busy and it can take five days, or longer, to get an initial response, though after that, response times are normally a day or two.  If you "bump" your first post, it will show "1 Reply" and the malware removal specialists will think that you are being helped by a colleague and select the next oldest topic.

 

If you don't want to uninstall the "cracked" software, then I regret that we will be unable to render you any further assistance.

 

It is your computer, so it is your call.

 

If you decide against uninstalling the cracked software, please do me the courtesy of informing me of your decision so that I am aware that you no longer require any assistance from Bleeping Computer.

 

Thank you and have a great day.

 

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Posted 01 December 2016 - 04:05 PM

I've decided to uninstall these cracked softwares. Should I now recreate the same exact thread on the Virus, Trojan, Spyware, and Malware Removal Logs Forum.?



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Posted 01 December 2016 - 06:19 PM

Expanding on garioch7's comments, you may want to read this topic...Keygens, Cracks, Warez, and Pirated Software are a Security Risk

To answer your question, if you removed all the cracked software and followed the Preparation Guide, then yes...you can start a new topic and post your logs in the Virus, Trojan, Spyware, and Malware Removal Logs forum, NOT here, for assistance by the Malware Response Team.

After you do that, please reply back in this thread with a link to the new topic.
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Posted 01 December 2016 - 06:41 PM

I've done that here: https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/633682/could-my-computer-have-been-compromised-if-i-used-cracked-softwares/



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Posted 01 December 2016 - 06:50 PM

Now that your new topic is posted, you should NOT make further changes to your computer (install/uninstall programs, use special fix tools, delete files, edit the registry, etc) unless advised by a Malware Response Team member...nor should you continue to ask for help elsewhere. Doing so can result in system changes which may not show in the information or any log(s) you already posted. Further, any modifications you make on your own may cause confusion for the member assisting you and could complicate the malware removal process or make things worst which would extend the time it takes to clean your computer.

From this point on the Malware Response Team should be the only members that you take advice from, until they have verified your system is clean.

Please be patient. It may take several days to get a response because the Malware Response Team members are very busy working logs posted before yours. They are volunteers but your topic will be reviewed and answered as soon as possible. Once you have posted your log and are waiting, please DO NOT "bump" your post or make another reply until it has been responded to by a member of the Malware Response Team. Generally the staff checks the forum for postings that have 0 replies as this makes it easier for them to identify those who have not been helped. If you post another response there will be 1 reply. A team member, looking for a new log to work may assume another Malware Response Team member is already assisting you and not open the thread to respond.

I advise checking your new topic once a day for responses as the e-mail notification system is unreliable.

If HelpBot replies to your topic, please follow Step One and CLICK the link so it will report your topic to the team members.

To avoid confusion, I am closing this topic.

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