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Can a antimalware software detect a spyware that steals data?

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For example, Potplayer is famous media player and I controlled it on my Malwarebytes Firewall Control. I noticed that this program requests outbound internet connection a lot. And there are many such famous software like this.  What I'm curious about is this: For example, If the Potplayer developers want to send the my txt files from my Desktop dictionary to their own server, will they be able to do that? Will Windows or antivirus software stop this?

Potplayer is just one example. Many well-known programs are like that. 

Note: I don't ask how to protect myself from this. I just wonder how this is theoretically possible.

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Yes, it is not only possible but is a common tactic of many malware threats. In general most reputable software companies are not going to do things like that because when caught that would pretty much end their business.

If you like we can do some scans and provide some information to help you better protect your computer but being able to say 100% that no once can exfiltrate data from your system to another is not feasible for anyone.

Let me know if you'd like to do some scans and review logs

Thank you @vuslatr


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