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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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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