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Cheat Engine setup malware/PUP?

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On the download page of Cheat Engine there is also a portable install-less version. You'll find it if you read further down below the huge download link. It's no surprise it thrown alarm bells considering it is a bundled installer.

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This is not a false positive..

It is an OpenCandy installer which we do detect.

 

Other vendors also detect it.

https://www.virustotal.com/en/file/4873498fbde0c4f95eb5392a4921c4734ddd2e81e30eb2fb76ce7ed326d1d669/analysis/1435517319/

 

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PUP means "Potentially Unwanted Program" and is not "malware".

 

OpenCandy is a known distributor of bundleware.

Most of the time when users download OpenCandy installers, they end up with multiple other programs installed and don't know where they came from.

These other programs are usually trialware & often use aggressive methods to try getting the user to buy them. (such as popups from a PC cleanup program showing massive numbers of issues and user needs to buy the program to "fix" said issues.)

 

Here in the license agreement, the installer tells you it is going to recommend other 3rd party software:

 

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Here, they have a recommendation for me to install a Tuneup utility.

 

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Notice it is prechecked to install. If I was not a savvy user, I may not know enough to checkmark custom install instead so I can choose not to install the other stuff.

 

An info link on how we decide if something is a PUP or not..

https://www.malwarebytes.org/pup/

 

If you want to use it, you will need to add it to your MBAM exclusions.

 

Open MBAM> settings> malware exclusions> add file.

You can add it there.

 

Hope that helps to understand why we detect such software.

 

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