Crack tools are often detected as malware or viruses due to their purpose of modifying programs and files to prevent them from working as intended. This includes deleting verification files, modifying the registry, and other activities that raise a red flag for antivirus software. Additionally, crack sites may contain pop-ups or redirects that lead to dangerous sites, exposing users to adware infections or even ransomware. In some cases, the crack file itself may be infected.
For example, if we look closely at the first archivo.exe, it is a malware with the 888 RAT icon, which is a popular RAT. Even if the antivirus does not detect it as a virus, users may still whitelist the file to run the crack, which is a false positive.
Decrypted softwaremay also infect your device or make it more vulnerable to future infections. Two of the most common approaches to implementing cracks are highly suspicious actions that could cause AV software to think that crack is a virus.
It is not uncommon for known harmless crack signatures to be permanently blacklisted by antivirus software, even if those cracks do not infect your devices and do not collect personal information. Moreover, there is no such thing as “safe to use” decryption software unless you know and trust the source. Older versions of software are particularly vulnerable to malware exploiting vulnerabilities in decrypted software. Security software may also detect cracks without analyzing suspicious features or behavior. Finally, downloading decrypted software onto a work computer can introduce malware throughout the enterprise network. For example, Xbox Live fans should be wary of testing their luck with cracked games.