Newbie question on torrents (not sure if this is the right forum.)

Discussion in 'Application Software' started by sfscott, Oct 15, 2010.

  1. sfscott

    sfscott MDL Novice

    Oct 15, 2010
    I'm new to MDL and see a lot of torrents for pre-release software. Leaving aside the illegality of using unlicensed software, I have a general question on applications and files that people download from torrents linked to MDL.

    Is there a history or experience with the "sponsor" of a torrent download adding malicious code or other gotchas before it's set up to download?

    For example, there are a lot of links to beta and RTM MS Office for Mac. If one were to load the software to play around, has there been a risk of infecting one's computer, or am I unclear on how these apps are downloaded?

    Also, I am curious about how activation keys work in this environment. Won't many users using the same key obtained from Internet postings basically flag illegal usage to the software manufacturer?

    Again, more intellectual curiousity than anything else.
  2. Matrix Leader

    Matrix Leader MDL Addicted

    Dec 8, 2009
    I cannot reply to this thread as I dont want to be banned, sorry :( Rules are strict here
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  3. bseos

    bseos MDL Member

    Dec 5, 2007
  4. urie

    urie Moderator
    Staff Member

    May 21, 2007
    You already did reply :eek: and when was the discussion of torrents prohibited you are not posting links.
  5. SupremeSabre

    SupremeSabre MDL Junior Member

    Oct 22, 2010
    may i borrow your thread and add a question pertaining to security

    How do you differentiate between a non-malicious keygen vs one that has an evil keylogger attached to it?? Since both would yield positive from antivirus softwares??