Blindly searching the web for cracks & keygens is about as smart as using Limewire to search for antivirus software - something not well-advised. Undoubtedly and unfortunately, the number of crack sites with overtones of a malicious agenda heavily outweigh sites that just want to serve up the honest goods. Having said that, there actually are quite a few creditable ‘crack’ sites that won’t try to bombard you with full-screen popup ads, or commandeer your computer into a spam-loving Kraken or Srizbi Botnet army. We’ve done the hard work for you, and present a list of "clean" crack sites for all the latest warez.
Be aware that the site reviews herein only include information about each site, not the contents of the ‘cracks’ themselves. Always use a reputable antivirus and antispyware program on cracks & keygens before using them.
Our Recommendation: Due to security flaws and exploits, avoid using Internet Explorer when browsing potentially harmful websites (such as any of these on the list) - use Firefox instead. Better still, for added safety use these two Firefox add-ons: NoScript and AdBlock Plus. Sorry, but you’ll have to copy/paste the links into your Browser window - I don’t wish to be a “known associate” of most of these sites.
Recommended (Clean) Crack Sites
While these websites are deemed adware/malware free, always be sceptical of their "affiliate links" to other crack sites. Stay within each sites’ listings and avoid external links which can be dangerous. Otherwise, these sites listed below are a good resource for cracks, serials and keygens.
Malware / Spyware ? NOPopup Advertising ? NO
www.keygenguru.com — Popular site with hundreds of thousands of results.
www.crackdb.org — The site itself is safe, however; many affiliate links are on the ‘do-not-visit’ list. When searching, skip past the first results (with the prices).
Crack Sites with Advertising/Popups
These lower-risk sites won’t attempt to infect your computer with (too much) malicious code; however, you’ll pay the price with unavoidable full-page ad popups and advertising tracker cookies. Use at your own discretion.
Malware / Spyware ? NO.Popup Ads ? YES - sometimes excessively.
www.greatcracks.com — If you can handle excessive full-page ad popups, then give ‘em a whirl. Otherwise, stick to a more reputable site. Uses the "clicksor" ad network, which includes ad browser ‘cookies’.
serials.ws — You’ll find a great selection of serials, although you’ll be faced with in-browser popups and the "clicksor" cookie - however, Firefox will block the popups. Avoid any and all ‘affiliate links’ contained within, and avoid clicking on the advertisements.
keygen.ws — Full-page ‘clicksor’ popup ads welcome you at every turn.
www.easycracks.net — You’ll have to sell your soul for every ‘crack’ you get with a full-page popup ad for each. Avoid if possible.
cracksearch.ws — Same as above. Watch out for bad affiliates in the search results, although some are OK.
cracks.vg — You’ll suffer through a minimum of 2 different full-page popups (not including the ones that were blocked by Firefox) to get to each crack.
download-crack-serial.com — While both AVG and McAfee don’t recommend this site, we found no visible threats. Cracks were easy to download, with no popup ads or adware loaders (and none blocked in Firefox, either).
Malicious Crack Sites To Avoid
Avoid these websites at all costs - many contain some form of unwanted drive-by download. Some are classified as ‘database websites’ (i.e. aggregators) that link the cracks (sometimes through site searching) to more menacing sites.
newcracks.net — Newcracks offers a variety of annoyances such as third-party cookies, adware/spyware, browser exploits - not to mention a plethora of trojans in the downloads.
cracklooker.com — Cracklooker in itself isn’t a direct threat; however, they don’t host any cracks themselves, and search queries will direct users to sites that should be avoided.
astalavista.ms (or any ‘astalavista’ domain or variant thereof) — Same as above. Searching on Astalavista will display results from sites that should not be visited. Best to avoid. Other Astalavista domains are even more dangerous.
crack.ms — Browser exploits and hijacks, popups, trojans, backdoors - you name it, it’s here.
thebugs.ws — Contains some very harmful affiliate links.
needcrack.us — McAfee says, "When we browsed this site, we found direct links to an address that made unauthorized changes to our test PC." Marvelous.
cracksearchengine.net — Not a direct threat (it’s a crack meta-search site) that aggregates search queries from less reputable sites. Clicking on search results can be harmful.
anycracks.com — Makes unauthorized changes to the PC. Marked as an ‘exploit server’.
mscracks.com — The works! Ad popups, browser hijacking, trojans in the files and bad affiliate links.
keygen.in — Same as above.
Dailykeys.com — Bad affiliate links and files are purposely infected with trojans/virii.
bestserials.com — Even Google confirms that "this site may harm your computer".
crackfound.com — Ad popups and bad external links.
cracks4u.com — Affiliate links are on the bad list. Trojans and other malware are purposely added to the crack files. Avoid!
getcracks.com — Same as above.
keygen.ms — This site itself is harmless (aside from some popups); however, the actual crack files are linked on unscrupulous sites whereby an entire gamut of problems can arise.
crackhell.com — Their in-site search links to warezdownloads.com (not a good sign), and most of the affiliate links (which take up the better part of the homepage) should be avoided.
crackspider.net — Does not host any files - search results include those "Oem software" scams, or crack download links to abominable sites such as mscracks.com. Avoid.
crackzplanet (net/com) — Malicious executables are commonplace among the available cracks.
andr.net — Browser homepage hijacking and adware/popups.
asta-killer.com — Categorized as an ‘exploit server’ with active threats.
This is not an exhaustive list. There’s likely to be hundreds more that are similar.