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How safe are game downloads off of bittorrent sites?

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Hiroshi Awazu, Mar 8, 2011.

  1. Hiroshi Awazu

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    Because i do not know.Im just curious.
     
  2. Nick Deeley

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    Generally, not safe. Especially if they're illegal downloads.

    Chances are they'll be hacked to pieces and either not work properly, or include some other stuff that could have bad consequences for your computer.

    If its a trusted bittorent site that has genuine content (ie. not illegal, good reviews on the site etc..), or a site that has free content and is offering a bittorent to download the content, then I would use it to download, BUT, I would still check for viruses etc...
     
  3. Chris Butcher

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    + 1 on what Nick said. I know that CTDP decided to distribute one of their mods via torrents, but as a general rule, most torrent downloads of games are illegal pirate copies, and 9 times out of 10 contain something malicious.
     
  4. Hiroshi Awazu

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    TBH i tried to download F1 2010 but my Norton Anti virus started working overtime after download so deleted file . Haven't tried again since.
     
  5. Chris Butcher

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    Yeah, with torrents you are likely to get some false-positives from your AV, but i stick by what I say, they are largely unsafe. Especially the more mainstream titles.
     
  6. Omer Said

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    P2P and torrent, you can't know how kind of people also connect to that huge network. So in my opinion they are never safe.
     
  7. Mohamedou Ari

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    I remember talking to someone about this and they said that the bad torrents are full of crapware as a ploy by software companies to get users to legally purchase.

    I'm not alluding to conspiracy.
     
  8. William Elgh

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    on some torrent sites you can look att the comments if they are all happy you can trust dl but not 100% safe anyway