What are the ways a PC becomes virus infected through Torrents?

Joseph November 9, 2011

What are the ways a PC becomes virus infected through Torrents? Is it through the files we download, which will affect while opening? Or is it some malwares/spywares are being installed to our system while downloading?

  1. Jay
    November 10, 2011 at 12:44 am

    The ways are almost the same as any other medium than torrents, it is the data that matters not the medium.


    torrents are just the links to data, and the data and the possibility of data being infected are the same from a direct download site or a friend's pc or pendrive.

    if you do not download software and download only  movies, music,books etc,then the possibility is less, because of no executable files.
    but if you think like this, you will never be able to download any software other than from the reputed sites.
    Sometimes software on cnet are also detected as virus.

    example: After downloading a 2gb movie, you will see a message that asks you to install a player to watch the movie.
    and you will agree as you spent your time for that 2 gb file. and will install that malware they asked you to install.
    it is not a movie, it is a fake movie,from the fake torrent, check comments as said. 

    these are just the same things that secures you from virus anywhere else,
    then what is the difference ?

    torrents share your ip address, and opens the entrance door for hackers, they can plant malware or do anything else. So if you can get the same file from a direct download site, do not use torrents. even the speed will be stable from a direct download site.
    so malware installation is possible like this. 
    read this ://www.makeuseof.com/tag/9-easy-ways-virus/

  2. Mike
    November 9, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    It depends on the malware and how "well" it was coded.

    In general you usually get an infection [only] by running some executable program which was downloaded via torrent for example the above mentioned "some movie or appname.exe", "somefile.cmd", "image name.scr" and stuff like that.

    If the malware was very well coded a simply copy-command, extraction from an archive (ZIP, RAR) or even the Windows Indexing could trigger an intrusion-code which then spreads the actual malware all over your PC.

    November 9, 2011 at 8:45 am

    Hello, most times you get infected through the files you download.  You have to make sure to scan every file before opening so that you do not get infected when opening said file.  It is very important to check for the extension of the file.  To make sure, that the extension of the file does not contain any executable file in it, you have to make sure to uncheck the hide extension for known file types.  To do so, follow next steps:

    -- click on windows key + e
    -- click on tools
    -- folder options
    -- on menu, select view
    -- uncheck hide extension for known file types
    -- click on apply
    -- click on ok

    The way it works is like this.  You download a video file with the extension .avi, if you have the hide extension for known file types checkmarked it will show you the avi extension.  If you uncheck the option, it will show you the whole name of the file and you can see that after the .avi extension there is an .exe extension.  What do you think that .exe extension is going to do?  AVI files do not need .exe files to run....This applies to music and video. 


    The first file should be ok to open because it is the real file, but what if the real extension is .exe?  That means there is an executable file that will execute when you click on the file to open it. 

    Your system can also get infected through malware, specially if said file contains keygens.  It is true, keygens allow you to use the file but who knows what else is included with it.

  4. Jeff Fabish
    November 9, 2011 at 8:38 am

    Hi Joeseph,

    You must execute the files in order for it to infect you (presuming it's malware). Scan all the files you download via P2P (and really, any other time) using your anti-virus or VirusTotal.

  5. Anonymous
    November 9, 2011 at 8:25 am

    How to Avoid Viruses in Torrents

    if you download non legit softwares then possibly you can get infected. have you set the settings to run the virus scan after each file completes in the torrent client.