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Is ESET detecting cracks for games as viruses?


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Please copy the appropriate record from your threat log and paste it here so that we know what detection was actually triggered.

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Cracks are usually viruses I wouldn't ever use any crack on my PC, be it a program or a game, but it's your choice.

 

Why not just grab the demo of the game and then buy it if you like it?

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Cracks are programs that modify another program. Security programs see that as a virus. The only way to use them is to shut down your security programs, but then you open yourself to getting screwed. In this day and age, cracks are a gamble.

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Why not just grab the demo of the game and then buy it if you like it?

Well... he already did. (at least the "demo part") The thing (or one thing) he want to use a crack for is ESS. :mellow:

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:wacko:  Not much I can add

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Cracks are programs that modify another program. Security programs see that as a virus. The only way to use them is to shut down your security programs, but then you open yourself to getting screwed. In this day and age, cracks are a gamble.

No, the process of modification is not malicious. The code is malicious. This rule is valid for ESET, and for other companies, at least the major antivirus software vendors.

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Crack are not usually viruses esp if you got it inside the actual complete game you grabbed .ISO and get the crack not grab a standalone crack from some site you Googled..

 

The legit games .EXS is modded so it will be seen as a False Positive, common sense says to send to ESET for whitelisting and if you trust the source in meantime make an exception in settings.

 

If you cannot do either buy the games legit.

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Cracks are programs that modify another program. Security programs see that as a virus.

No, most "game cracks" (i.e. on gamecopyworld) are just game.exe or game.dll files without the embedded copy protection program. After game installation the original files have to be replaced with the "cracked" files.

In some cases, where the "crackers" don't have access to an unprotected file or are unable to remove the protection program from the file, they insert additional program code in the file that tricks out copy protection.

Such files are often detected as "potentially unsafe applications" - not enabled in ESET default configuration.

If detected as trojan or virus it needs to be further analyzed if the detection is correct or if it is a false positive.

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Some of User's statements are incorrect ;) but in general he is right and  it is expected to see cracks/keygens/patchers detected by ESET as unsafe applications.

If something is detected as a trojan or virus, is probably NOT a crack/keygen but malware/virus

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Some of User's statements are incorrect ;)

Can you explain what is incorrect?

 

If something is detected as a trojan or virus, is probably NOT a crack/keygen but malware/virus

The .exe file inside this No-DVD/Fixed EXE .zip from gamecopyworld is detected as trojan from ESET although gamecopyworld claims that all their game fixes are virus/trojan free.

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OK, I probably misunderstood you:

In some cases, where the "crackers" don't have access to an unprotected file

When I read it first time I believed you think it is possible to make reversing w/o access to the code, but it seems that you were talking about proper unpacking ;)

 

PS. submit incorrectly detected file to the ESET viruslab

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