In addition to infecting Windows 10 machines to mine cryptocurrencies, Crackonosh also disables Windows 10 updates and uninstalls security software to protect itself.
However, this can also open up Windows PCs or laptops to a whole host of other threats.
In an online post outlining their findings, Avast’s Daniel Benes said: “[We] found a new piece of malware we are calling “Crackonosh”, partly due to some possible evidence that the malware author may be Czech.
“Crackonosh is distributed along with illegal, cracked copies of popular software and finds and disables many popular antivirus programs as part of its anti-detection and anti-forensic tactics.”
The alleged free games that Avast found Crackonosh installed on were Grand Theft Auto 5, NBA 2K 19, Far Cry 5, The Sims 4, Euro Truck Simulator 2, Jurassic World Evolution, Fallout 4 Game of the Year Edition, Call of Cthulhu , PES 2018 and we are happy couple.