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Pirated Software: It's not worth it

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avatar Dr_Steve
Level 36 : Artisan Robot
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TLDR: You don't usually get any support if it's unlicensed, and it can be malware.

I know it, you've probably seen "Free Minecraft codes" or other sorts of pirated software/hacks/cracks/keygens; and you may have thought of doing it; don't!  Why? Well, it could be malware, and that can harm your data! In addition, you won't usually get support that easy because they want you to buy the program.

You are better off buying the full version of generally any program because you will get support and you will not risk getting any malware;

also, you should also follow the same concept in real life; for example, you don't steal a PC from the store, or your friend, etc. , even if you are poor or don't want to pay for it. Instead, you buy it, or ask the other owner for permission to use it!

In addition to that, you should not pay for any antiviruses that constantly annoy you about file/web site infections because those are usually rogues (usually, malware that disguises as an AV program) and if you use your real personal information, you might get lots of spam or something even worse, or even identity theft!
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  • TastyYoghurt
  • Level 35
  • Artisan Explorer
  • October 10, 2015, 6:02 am
You know, this isn't actually true. If you are careful and not extremely stupid, you won't catch any malware when pirating, and the support is rarely worth hundreds of dollars you will have to pay. You can go for years without needing the support at all.

If you want to say: "you should pay because we need to support the software creators", that's fine. But if you say: "piracy isn't worth it and it's in your personal best interest to pay" this is completely false.
  • Cosmopath
  • Level 20
  • Expert Scribe
  • October 10, 2015, 8:13 am
Completely agree with this. Sometimes if a company makes a stupid, money-grabbing choice in marketing their games (COUGHubisoftCOUGH) I will purposely pirate the game just to avoid giving the greedy devs any money.

However, as OP said, there's quite a large amount of various malware included (I've found a lot of injection and Artemis trojans in my tests). So you do have to be careful. 

I personally don't pirate/torrent very often. When I do, I test the file on my virus-testing laptop to see if anything gets detected (yes I have a laptop just for this thing, I'm a computer security analyst).
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