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Just don’t tell Bill Gates

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Friday, March 26, 2021

Sometimes this happens to our users:

My child installed a virus along with a game.

From a help request submitted to Doctor Web's Technical Support Service

Most likely, of course, the problem was not in the game (although, an enormous diversity of trojans in the guise of games exists on Google Play) but in cracks or a program activator. It is no secret that many users consider it normal to use them and are irritated that we block them.

I have a license for three PCs, but on two of them I do not have a license for W10, MO2013—so I use an activator (yes, I am a little bit of a pirate. But please don't tell Bill Gates).

Dr.Web KATANA has started blocking the actions of the activator.

You understand that ordinary users from Ukraine, Russia and CIS countries can’t do without pirated software, don’t you? Since it’s impossible to buy licenses for all the operating systems, utilities, games, programs, etc. that we use.

From a help request submitted to Doctor Web's Technical Support Service

Sometimes the question arises: can the anti-virus be disabled when a crack is being installed? Imagine, we even get such questions as that!

And some believe that we block activators not because they can be malicious, but for a different reason:

Many anti-virus products block not only viruses and software that can really threaten a user's security but also pirated keys, cracks, etc., only because the developers of a company like EA Sports "asked" a certain anti-virus company to block cracks and keys in order to retain their profits and force users to buy their games legally. While, in fact, they are harmless for users and their PCs.

Here is yet another myth about "good hackers" doing useful things for users of pirated programs. What's the reality?

An anti-virus responds to malicious activity, which predictably occurs when programs designed to crack a system’s anti-copy protection are used.

The logs show that the activator tries to inject itself into other processes, something legitimate programs hardly ever do, but for malicious applications, such activity is very frequent.

And here is the reply from our technical support specialist

This means that some program is injecting itself into the running process and changing its behaviour. Of course, such a program is not signed by the key of a trusted developer. What else can the anti-virus do? It responds without any requests from any side. Of course, you can disable such control. But then there will be no one to stop a real malicious program, which will also modify the running process.

- How can one distinguish the crack, the keygen using the signature of other anti-virus software on Virus Total, from real malware, which is often attached to them?

- Check the program's activity.

- Thanks, but I still need my computer.

- In general, only a detailed manual analysis can help.


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The Anti-virus Times recommends

This week, 5 new games were released—their protection was easily bypassed by pirates, and they have already leaked them on the Internet.


Be vigilant and don't install programs if your system is not protected by an anti-virus. If an application demands that you disable your anti-virus, assuring you that it is harmless, submit your request to our technical support and send this program to us for checking.

If you need to see what the crack can do, put your name in the queue for Dr.Web vxCube inspection.


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