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Unsure as to whether the programs found during my scan are in fact harmful


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November, 24th, 2021

Good evening to all,

I performed a scan this evening with Malwarebytes and the scan result was somewhat vague and did not in fact inform me if I should delete, quarantine, mail to Siberia or napalm the offending programs. I had my doubts as to whether Bit Torrent was in fact harmful, unless they surreptitiously implanted malware into their coding, as many of my friends use the programs. Is it possible, that someone with some expertise in the dissemination of programs/apps that are to be considered harmful or not. The scan result is in .txt format and is attached. I must let you know upfront the number of of programs selected were only 4 or so, so it's not like a tedious task to go through it by any means. Thanks to to whomever chooses to assist and this is my first post as a new member. Have a fantastic day to you all!

R.C. Rothman

Malwarebytes Scan Results 11-24-2021.txt

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Hello and Welcome to Malwarebytes @Rothman

The items that were detected are considered PUP (Potentially Unwanted Programs), in itself are really not harmful, its just alerting you that if found a program that is being detected by Malwarebytes as a PUP. The detected item PUP.Optional.BundleInstaller, C:\USERS\RACHEL\DOWNLOADS\BITTORRENT.EXE, is telling you when you install this program it is going to install other things, for example toolbars, search engines, and possibly hijack your browser.

That being said, Torrent software is a good way of getting your computer infected. The software in itself is not illegal by any means, but things you can download from them can certainly be illegal.

Up to you if you want to keep or remove, it it was my computer I would remove them.

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1 hour ago, Firefox said:

Hello and Welcome to Malwarebytes @Rothman

The items that were detected are considered PUP (Potentially Unwanted Programs), in itself are really not harmful, its just alerting you that if found a program that is being detected by Malwarebytes as a PUP. The detected item PUP.Optional.BundleInstaller, C:\USERS\RACHEL\DOWNLOADS\BITTORRENT.EXE, is telling you when you install this program it is going to install other things, for example toolbars, search engines, and possibly hijack your browser.

That being said, Torrent software is a good way of getting your computer infected. The software in itself is not illegal by any means, but things you can download from them can certainly be illegal.

Up to you if you want to keep or remove, it it was my computer I would remove them.

Sounds like a good idea to me. I think your advice is sound. Thanks alot :)

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File sharing involves using technology that allows internet users to share files that are housed on their individual computers. Peer-to-peer (P2P) applications, such as those used to share music files, are some of the most common forms of file-sharing technology. However, P2P applications introduce security risks that may put your information or your computer in jeopardy.  Risks of File-Sharing Technology

I hope this helps, and if there is anything else we might assist you with please let us know.

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