Welcome back to the latest Top 10 Most Pirated Applications. Another week, another dive into the depths of the world of desktop software torrents.
This week we’re faced with a new type of release to discuss in the form of a “Microsoft Toolkit.” In the past we’ve discussed pirate releases of Microsoft products and how prevalent they are, but this is different. In this case we have the “Microsoft Toolkit,” a piece of software capable of cracking numerous Microsoft products, from Office to Windows. This is not a new thing in the piracy industry, and the demand for it is only growing. Software licensing and other preventative measures are only speedbumps to the crackers out there that aim to subvert this industry.
|Ranking||Torrent Name||Size (MB)||Age (Days)||Swarm Size|
|1||Windows 8 1 AIO 24in1 with Update x64 en US Jul2014||5,825||6||727|
|2||Pinnacle Studio Ultimate 17 6 0 332 ChingLiu||2,656||3||637|
|3||Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 x64 en us Integrated July 2014 by Maherz =TEAM OS = HKRG||4,398||5||575|
|4||Keys for ESET NOD32, Kaspersky, Avast, Dr Web, Avira July 20 2014||1||1||551|
|5||Microsoft Toolkit 2 5 2 Official Torrent||48||3||545|
|6||Keys for ESET NOD32, Kaspersky, Avast, Dr Web, Avira July 17 2014||1||4||404|
|7||Room Arranger 7 5 0 421 32bit & 64bit Multilanguage Serial AT TEAM||41||3||366|
|8||Ashampoo Burning Studio 2014 v12 0 5 20 4110 Multilanguage Serial AT TEAM||1||2||278|
|9||Windows 8 1 AIO 48in2 With Update July 2014 x86 x64 2014 murphy78||10,240||4||263|
|10||Norton AntiVirus Norton Internet Security Norton 360 21 4 0 13 Final 2014||1,653||1||246|
Toolkits like this make it as easy as pushing a button to use an entire portfolio of products illegally. By packaging pre-existing cracks together with an easy to use interface, the amount of work required to pirate the software is greatly reduced. This tool takes it one step further by automating many of the difficult steps, further lowering the barrier of entry. With licensing so effectively sidestepped, the need for a way of converting these non-compliant users into paying customers has never been greater.
Along with this new topic comes some of our traditionally popular releases including keys for Internet Security and Anti-Virus products from Kaspersky, Avast, Avira and Norton. Newcomers to the list include popular consumer products Ashampoo Burning Studio and Pinnacle Studio Ultimate.
The continued demand for newer versions of pirated software shows how dedicated these potential customers are to the product, making them the perfect target for license compliance.
Vice President, Products & Strategy at Revulytics
Victor DeMarines brings extensive security product management and marketing experience to Revulytics, where he is responsible for product strategy and direction. He is a frequent speaker and author on topics including piracy, reverse engineering and the protection of intellectual property.
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