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Torrenting Windows 7 RC? Think Again...


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The official launch of the Windows 7 Release Candidate last May 5 was soon followed by another version of the software, only that this other version came with a malware surprise.

A file being hosted in popular torrent sites posing as a copy of the Windows 7 RC was found to be a Trojan by security researchers. The file which arrives with the file name setup.exe is detected as TROJ_DROPPER.SPX. TROJ_DROPPER.SPX drops TROJ_AGENT.NICE. Both files are detected by the Smart Protection Network.

Windows 7 Release Candidate was leaked a couple of weeks prior to the official release, and was also hosted by and downloaded from popular torrent sites. This was followed by a reported downtime in the download page for the Windows 7 Beta, which was attributed to too many download requests.

With Windows 7 showing much promise as early as now, it isn’t really surprising that cybercriminals are using the operating system to distribute malware not necessarily as a platform, but as a social engineering technique.

Those interested in obtaining a copy of the release candidate are advised to get it from the Microsoft Windows 7 website.


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That doesn’t surprise me one bit, it’s almost expected now a days :)
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True, the last sentence is the most important:

Those interested in obtaining a copy of the release candidate are advised to get it from the Microsoft Windows 7 website.


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I was in a chat room the other day and someone was asking me how they can get a copy of Windows 7 beta since MS doesn't have it to download on their site anymore, just giving keys. I told him that would probably be illegal to get it somewhere else, and I wouldn't help him with that. So, about 5 minutes later he comes back saying something like "Ha, found it on XXXXTorrent, that works for me!". I just remained quiet, cause I knew that wasn't a good idea. So then about 5 minutes after that, he came back with "Oh crap, I think it had a virus". I just started laughing hysterically at home :) . Thankfully, I remained somewhat mature and didn't publicly make fun of his ignorance. I just didn't say anything.

Thought I would share that story.

Edited by Ferrari, 13 May 2009 - 10:13 AM.

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Shame on you for not pointing him toward the RC download site. :)
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Shame on you for not pointing him toward the RC download site.

Umm, you obviously have forgotten who you are talking to. :) What is the "RC Download Site"?
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http://www.microsoft...7/download.aspx
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Had to download mine twice since the first one was corrupt. Installed it on a freshly formatted 40 gig hd I have and it is up and running with no problems.
Now just have to figure out how to get 5 drives in a IDE based system. Maybe it would be easier to buy a Bigger hd and partition it in half. One for XP Pro and one for Windows 7.
Hmmm is it possible to have 3 OS systems loaded and be able to boot to any?
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This has to suck for torrent downloader’s. Well that’s what they get for downloading torrents. That’s why you should pay for things. :)

I already have my rc, I just need 90 more mbs of ram. :)

Edited by tyler kick you fase, 15 May 2009 - 09:40 PM.

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Hey Rshaffer, there was a device I remember that allowed you to boot from one of three different HDs by pushing a button on the front of the computer. It may not even be made anymroe as I saw it like 4-5 years ago. The downside was the other two drive were invisible to the system.

Doh I feel old, make that 8 years ago.

http://www.hardocp.c...e.html?art=MTk3

or I am sure there is a way to make your own.

Edited by PedroDaGR8, 15 May 2009 - 10:04 PM.

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You can have as many OS's as you want, install each to it's own hard drive (with no other hard drives connected during installation) and then just use the BIOS boot drive selection to choose which one you want on bootup. :)

I think I did a tutorial on it using Ubuntu as a "hidden" install (because Windows doesn't read the linux hard drive format).
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grub - grand unified bootloader, i boot w2k, xp, win7 and linux, without the need to touch the bios,

and just in case - linux driver for windows

its all out there
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