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#1 kevtrc

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Posted 14 March 2018 - 01:06 PM

Last day i downloaded a lot of cracked games from torrentz but i dont know if this is the reason.
After a few days i'm unable to connect to the internet anymore.
 
The browser said "There is something wrong with the proxy server or the address is incorrect"
 
I ran diagnostics and it said "The remote device or resource wont accept the connection"
 
I read few instructions online and tried accessing LAN settings but it was greyed out,so couldnt do that (basically it prevented me from changing any proxy setting)
 
Then i had to reset my pc uninstalling everything to get connected again.
 
Now i'm planning on installing those games again, What can i do to prevent this from happening again.
 
I only have a free antivirus(AVAST) and cant afford to buy any software.
 
PLEASE DO HELP ME OUT !!!

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Posted 14 March 2018 - 02:54 PM

Now i'm planning on installing those games again, What can i do to prevent this from happening again.

 

Don't do this.



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Posted 14 March 2018 - 03:22 PM

The practice of using keygens, cracks/cracking tools, warez, torrents or any pirated software is not only considered illegal activity in many countries but it is a security risk (unsafe practice) which can make your system susceptible to a smörgåsbord of malware infections, remote attacks, exposure of personal information, and identity theft. Please read this topic...

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.

No amount of security software is going to defend against today's sophisticated malware writers for those who do not practice safe computing and stay informed. It has been proven time and again that the user is a more substantial factor (weakest link) in security than the architecture of the operating system or installed protection software.


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Posted 14 March 2018 - 06:33 PM

It's been said above but it can't be stressed enough - these cracked programs are riddled with malware. Think about the programming skills someone has to crack a game or program. They can easily put some malware code in there also. This can happen in pretty much any torrent you download. There is a thing called an alternate data stream that files have. It's very easy to put some malware into a pdf for example. So if something as simple as a small pdf file can have hidden malware, think about what a 3-4GB cracked game or program can have. 

 

If you want to download these things you need to learn about using virtual machines and a sandboxed environment. However, there was a topic on here the other day in which someone said that malware was able to leak out of a virtual machine and infect his machine. 

 

You can scan files and games you have downloaded for malware but it could be sophisticated malware. You basically have to assume that these games contain hidden malware.

 

I know these games cost money but think about the likely scenario that you install these games and start them up and then your computer freezes and shows you a BTC wallet and tells you your machine is encryped. Now you have a ransomware attack which will cost you a lot more to fix.






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