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P2P programs, cracks, keygens in FRST logs and other reports.
« Reply #1 on: August 30, 2008, 10:12:43 PM »
Our position on this issue:
We are trying to be sensible on this.... we know that most people will probably use some form of P2P program.
But we do have to state that it is our recommendation that you remove these programs from your system.

Please note that as long as you're using any form of Peer-to-Peer networking (Morpheus, Ares, Limewire, etc.) and downloading files from non-documented sources, you can expect infestations of malware to occur.
Once upon a time, P2P file sharing was fairly safe. That is no longer true.

P2P programs form a direct conduit on to your computer. Their security measures can be easily circumvented and malware writers are increasingly exploiting them to spread their wares on to your computer. Further to that, if the P2P program is not configured correctly, your computer will be sharing more files than you realise. There have been cases where people's passwords, address books and other personal, private, and financial details have been exposed to a file sharing network by a badly configured P2P program.

This article from InfoWorld illustrates the dangers of a poorly configured P2P program.
http://www.vista-xp.co.uk/forums/redire ... eft_1.html

Many P2P programs come bundled with other unwanted programs but even P2P programs free of any bundled software are not safe to use.

When you use P2P programs you are downloading software from an unknown source directly on to your computer, bypassing your firewall and antivirus software. It should come as no surprise that many of these downloads are targeted to carry infections.

Regardless of the program used, the practice of file-sharing is very unsafe for the health of your PC.
The removal of these programs for your 1st log reading are entirely up to you.... but we hope that you follow our recommendation.

This said...
If we see any evidance of illegal downloads...(keygens, crack programs etc) you will be asked to remove them or the 'Helper' may remove them with a fix before any further help is given.
Also remember that even if you do remove them.... the 'Helper' is still well within their rights to refuse to help further.
We can't be seen to help with illegal actions.... and we won't.

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If you have malware cleaned from your system by one of our Malware Analysis & Removal Team/Malware Hunters and then later return with more infections....and these P2P programs are still installed, you maybe refused help.
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