The first way to acquire pirated software is through torrenting. This is similar to online shopping. You download the software as a torrent file and let a site such as Mininova decide whether you should or should not download the file. If you think youve found a cracked version, it would be worth trying the software out (preferably on a non-important app) before using it. There are also torrent sites such as H33t and The Pirate Bay that allow downloading at no cost.
Sites such as these have user ratings and reviews on apps. We also found many reviews on Apps top 10 list which can be very helpful in deciding whether to install a cracked or modified version or a paid version.
When you get to a software shop, you can check out whether the software is available in a “cracked” version, which is essentially a version with no activation codes or in other words, no paid version. This is a very safe way to download cracked software. You can also check whether the software is available on another platform, such as iOS or Android.
As always, you have to be careful about what you download. Ideally, you should only download software from trustworthy sites that run software on your computer. Before you download any apps, we recommend you download a virus scanner. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Pro is a great tool to use.
Most first-time users of any software platform are likely to be put off by the learning curve. There are, however, legitimate ways of hacking software such that it gets installed on your computer without you knowing.
The basic idea is that a malicious website installs the software silently on your computer as you browse. The website that installs the software will not ask for permissions, and it will not go out of its way to alert you to install it. All a user has to do is browse to a malicious website and click a button. In a modern OS, this should be a breeze, and you are likely to never know that a malicious website has installed a piece of software on your machine.