If you do not take into account that it is undesirable to use pirated software or download any files from unverified sources, there are still risks that some users do not even know about.
Script viruses, ransomware plugins that slow down "Custom Attributes", self-executing DLLs and this is not a complete list of what can happen to your 3Ds Max.
All this may affect the workflow in the first place, but also attempts at industrial espionage, undermining work within the company by competitors, or taking over a workstation to create a "Bot-Net" should not be ruled out.
From my experience, I can say that no one cares about the security of 3Ds Max. And this is a huge window of opportunity for hackers. It's simple, not a single computer antivirus reacts and cannot catch such threats, since they are executed in the 3Ds Max environment.
ESET Research, page 7
Some technical information about my virus research under 3Ds Max.
Viruses in 3Ds Max
A small list of what I don't like about Autodesk Security Tools:
This is a complete mockery of users! No one will make such updates. Namely, updates provide timely security, this is the key to stable operation. Well, how could this be done?
- Low signatures for viruses and threats, such as no signatures for adware or non-standard viruses or anomalous code.
- Userability. Any change to the Security Tools settings will cause 3Ds Max to restart. How is that at all? Who came up with this, who will use it?
- Updates... To update, you need to follow the link to the official website, register, download the installer, close 3Ds Max, then install, open 3Ds Max, open your project. ..
And a few more unpleasant moments with Autodesk Security Tools:
In this way, it seems like Autodesk is for security, but on the other hand, it is done so crookedly that users will simply be exposed to threats due to poor UI / UX. But still, the Autodesk 3Ds Max program itself is convenient and is unlikely to be abandoned in favor of the same Blender. Thanks to a large community, all these shortcomings are corrected. For example, Prune Scene is rid of all these shortcomings, has a minimalistic interface, many virus signatures, fast updates, convenient seamless installation, and most importantly, updates are released as quickly as possible, because users help in the search for new viruses and this reaction is instantaneous. Autodesk, with their bureaucracy, long development, and slow deployment, just can't keep up with the current situation. While the update is in progress, a large number of computers will already be at risk.
- DotNet code locks are too tight, because of which half of the scripts may simply not work. Well, if you are already doing such a check, is it really difficult to give the user the opportunity to choose whether or not he wants to run this or that script. And to turn off this option temporarily.... you need to restart 3Ds Max again.
- Why did normal protection appear in 2022? And where is the protection for other versions of 3Ds Max? Why is there no protection for 2012 - 2016 versions, or other popular versions? Why are users abandoned like this? But because it is difficult to support so many versions? This is all about elementary disrespect for users, this is all about their values and strategy for making money, transferring users to more and more new versions. Let's see, maybe by 2030 they will make a user-friendly interface... or maybe there will be a convenient update...?
Are you ready to question your reputation? Are you willing to risk your safety?
Give yourself the answer to these questions and maybe don't put it off until tomorrow.
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