Top Software to Protect Yourself from Malcious Downloads

Have you ever seen someone on Discord send you a file that seems interesting? Maybe you’ve seen a cool game cheat on YouTube that looks interesting. Often times, you’ll need to download the file in order to use it. Even if it’s just a “plain” .txt file. Be careful! They could be legit software disguised as malware, aka trojans. There are a number of ways to protect yourself from potentially malicious downloads.

Anti-viruses can be helpful, but they often falsely flag software that is created by the common community member. You could download software to secure your computer, use other software to identify malware or look for red flags. A huge bonus is the listed software is free.

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Trojans Supposedly Detected

Even though a piece of software is 100% safe and does nothing, it may be flagged as a trojan by anti-malware programs. This is especially the case with cheat based programs. Such flags are called false positives and occur for many reasons.

*Some developers obfuscate their code to make it time consuming to reverse engineer the program. Typically, the idea is that when slowing something down enough, the attacker may get annoyed and not bother finishing the task of reverse engineering. The problem with this is it also makes it difficult for anti-malware programs to analyze the code. On that note, the anti-malware program may just default to marking it as malicious.

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Why Exploits Break When A Game Updates

Exploits break for a number of reasons. It could be at the creators fault, your computer may have something blocking it, or the game made some breaking changes. Focusing on exploit breaking changes, this is most common when the game updates.

Most exploits are DLL based, aka internal. Exploits are just a set of instructions just like any other program is. Programs expect data to be at a certain location. Since exploits manipulate software separate from itself(the game), it becomes more sensitive and complicated to find and handle the data. Lets imaging that in v1.0.0 of a game, the health value is stored at location X. Your exploit then change the value of X appropriately. When the game updates to v1.0.1, the health value may have been moved. If the exploit is still programmed to change the value of X, the game may crash because the health location was moved to another location. The exploit creator would then have to find the health value location and update their exploit appropriately. Only upon getting the exploit update will you be able to start changing your health again.

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Game Exploits and Safety

Note: A game cheater is an exploiter, not a hacker. They’re just manipulating content which is hidden, but accessible. A hacker would be someone stealing your password and logging into your accounts.

Thanks to all the new websites and YouTubers coming up, finding cheaters in game has become extremely common. For some games, it can be a surprise to not have a cheater in the session. Its especially easy to obtain cheat tools, but should you? Its not like you should rely on anti-virus programs for help on exploits.

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