Malware is something that tech users have been wary of for a long time. It can cause serious problems for victims and create a lot of headaches. However, a new malware has been discovered that prevents its victims from downloading pirated content and accessing piracy websites.
Malware is shorthand for malicious software. It’s designed to harm its victims. There are many types of malware, including viruses, Trojans and spyware. It all depends on what type of malware is present in your system. The damage it causes can range from system errors to theft of your personal information (passwords, bank details, etc.).
In theory, the new vigilante malware still serves the same purpose. Anyone who wants to download pirated content and access piracy websites is going to find it a hassle.
the malware hides in pirated software and online games. The malware transmits information to an attacker-controlled server once the infected software or game is downloaded.
The vigilante malware then modifies your computer’s HOSTS file, preventing you from accessing torrent and piracy websites.
Are the changes made to the computer’s systems permanent? Brandt says no.
Vigilante Malware: Other examples
This malware was not created to combat piratery.
An article claims that vigilante malware was developed to replace the Emotet botnet’s malware payloads with GIFs or memes. The Emotet botnet is a particularly nasty malware that spreads ransomware, banking trojans, and other malicious code.
It is easy to protect your computer and devices from malware. There are many antivirus programs that can be installed on devices. Avast and Norton are only three options.
You don’t have to spend a dime to keep your devices secure. It is important to ensure that your computer software and hardware are up-to-date. Also, be cautious about clicking on suspicious links or downloading untrue content.
You can always choose to refuse to pirate content and legally stream or buy it.