Pirated Movies Might Give You Malware According to Microsoft

Pirated movies have been a real problem for several decades now and a big part of the reason why that is the case has to do with the fact that technology progressed and people were able to get their hands on movies and TV shows for a very low price, much lower than might have been the case otherwise. What’s more is that in this modern day and age pirated movies are very high in quality and are free of charge thanks to the various torrent services that are active at present.

These are things that make it very likely that people might want to look into pirating movies as often as possible even though it is an illegal activity to do but another thing that should be kept in mind is that pirated movies can often lead to your computer becoming infected with dangerous malwares that would be very difficult for you to try and get rid of at any point in time.

With the lockdowns being implemented around the world making it so that you might have to think about watching a lot more content, people are pirating movies a lot more than ever. However, according to research conducted by Microsoft Security Intelligence, scammers are taking advantage of this by putting up fake torrents that you might want to download.

Once you download this torrent, the malware that is contained within it would install a coinminer into your memory, making it so that your PC would become a mining hub for bitcoin or other types of cryptocurrency and the fact of the matter is that this is the sort of thing that can really slow your system down.

There are a number of other types of malware that pirated movies might just end up having as well, so it is important to avoid using them as much as possible. Using legitimate streaming sites might cost a little bit of money but it is worth it because of the fact that you would be able to watch your favorite shows and movies without having to worry about your system getting compromised in some way, shape or form.


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