Posted: April 2, 2013

Crack/Activator Description

Crack/Activator is a heuristic detection for an illegal tool that is used to 'crack' (or break the anti-piracy protection of) various applications – usually, with specific versions of Crack/Activator being designed for specific programs. Although Crack/Activator usually is not, by itself, dangerous to your computer, software piracy-enabling tools like Crack/Activator often are distributed with many forms of malicious software that usually are installed without any symptoms of the attack's progression. To keep your computer safe and your computer-using behavior as legal as possible, malware researchers recommend avoiding any deliberate contact with Crack/Activator and similar piracy utilities. You can delete Crack/Activator and any PC threats that could be installed with Crack/Activator via appropriate anti-malware products.

Why Crack/Activator May Assist in Cracking Your Computer Along with a Game

A Crack/Activator program usually is designed for a specific type of pirated application that is distributed with Crack/Activator in a bundled package, and may or may not be accompanied by additional piracy tools or PC threats that are detected by your anti-malware software. A Crack/Activator, like most illegal programs, is one of the favored means of distributing malware by secretly installing them along with the Crack/Activator. If nothing else, malware researchers recommend avoiding any usage of such 'hacker' utilities as dangers to your computer and common infection vectors for a wide range of malicious software.

Although Crack/Activator may be installed along with anything from a simple browser hijacker to a complex rootkit, Crack/Activator usually is not, by itself, dangerous and does not usually include any kind of malicious functions besides those that are directly related to its piracy 'features.' However, malware that's installed with Crack/Activator is not guaranteed to show any symptoms of an ongoing infection, and may compromise your computer's security or privacy without any visible signs of the attacks that are taking place.

Repairing the Damage that a Crack/Activator Can Do

Once you've recovered from your desire to pirate software, you should use appropriate anti-malware products to detect, not just Crack/Activator, but any other PC threats that also are highly likely to be on your PC. Some of the most common types of malicious software linked to piracy-related downloads include spyware Trojans that steal your private information, banking Trojans that hijack your bank account, browser hijackers that redirect your browser to unwanted sites and backdoor Trojans that enable criminals to take over your computer remotely.

As far as infection vectors for malware linked to Crack/Activator are concerned, malware research team can point to any of the various sources for pirated software – which, obviously, cannot be specifically identified in this article. Broad examples of sources of Crack/Activator include illicit torrenting networks, freeware sites that offer poor screening processes for their downloads and even piracy-specialized IRC channels.

Use SpyHunter to Detect and Remove PC Threats

If you are concerned that malware or PC threats similar to Crack/Activator may have infected your computer, we recommend you start an in-depth system scan with SpyHunter. SpyHunter is an advanced malware protection and remediation application that offers subscribers a comprehensive method for protecting PCs from malware, in addition to providing one-on-one technical support service.

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