Unity has partnered with the developer of a malware installer

UNITY has reached an agreement to merge with ironSource, which developed malware installers.

Unity is a popular engine used to create games, but developers have raised concerns about the latest news.

Hollow Knight - Team Cherry. A game made with Unity.

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Hollow Knight – Team Cherry. A game made with Unity.Photo credit: Team Cherry

Those who are savvy with computers know that malware is something you absolutely want to avoid.

These are programs that are often accidentally downloaded onto computers along with files that you want to install.

Malware has a number of negative consequences once it is on your hard drive.

These programs often cause your computers to run slowly, cause errors, or crash, and they can also collect your private information and data.

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According to PC Gamer, the way it works is that files intended to be downloaded are bundled with malware files using a program like installCore.

InstallCore, a product developed by ironSource, helps hide harmless files containing malware with names like DriverSupport or RegClean Pro from accidentally downloading by non-technical users.

A popular example is the use of installCore by someone disguising malware as a PC version of Snapchat.

InstallCore is well known in the antivirus community. Antivirus software such as Windows Defender or Malwarebytes will not allow you to download software that uses installCore.

In a blog post announcing the merger, Unity said:

“Unity announced today that it has entered into an agreement to merge with ironSource to leverage the company’s tools, platform, technology and talent to form an end-to-end platform that enables developers , easier to create, publish, run, monetize, and seamlessly extend live games and real-time 3D content.”

Developers who use Unity to build their games have expressed disappointment with this decision.

Many say that they can no longer be sure that their games are not bundled with other intrusive software.

Since 2015, ironSource has moved away from installCore and into mobile app monetization.

The company merged with Supersonic and acquired TapJoy. Both work on mobile advertising and in-game purchases.

The Wall Street Journal reports that Unity spent $4.4 billion/£3.7 billion to buy ironSource.

It’s likely that the company wants to increase profits via microtransactions and in-game purchases.

Written by Georgina Young on behalf of GOOD LUCK AND HAVE FUN.

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