According to a Microsoft study, four out of five PCs that previously installed illegal software were infected with malware.
Microsoft conducted its own investigation by purchasing 166 new PCs, which were sold in nine Asian countries at a much lower price than the market price or provide free software bundles.
As a result, 83% of PCs had illegal software installed and 84% of PCs with illegal software found malware such as Trojan horses and viruses.
One of the practices in installing illegal software on new PCs is to disable security features such as computer vaccines and Windows Defender.
This is to implement hacking tools necessary to activate illegal software.
In addition to exposing users to various malware and other cyber threats, users often fail to recognize that their PCs are unprotected.
This not only can result in the loss of important information, such as personal documents and financial information, but can also degrade PC performance.
Microsoft recommends checking to see if the site is a proven location and if there is genuine software installed before purchasing the PC.
The survey was conducted in South Korea, as well as in India, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.