Bit of a story here, so get ready for that.
Yesterday, I decided to try installing Cheat Engine again (I just wanted it so that I could better showcase my geometry dash levels, I didn’t plan on actually cheating.. Now, before you call this out as obvious malware, I know for a fact that it’s not, or at least I thought I did. Tens of thousands of people use it, and the source code is available of GitHub. Anyway, for the past few days I had been trying to install it, but widows kept not letting me finish the download because it thought it was a virus. This is understandable, simply because of the way that cheat engine works. It injects code into the memory of already running programs, which windows *really* like*.* So, yesterday, the download completed, and I was able to install the software. During the installation, I was offered some “extra software”, including MacAfee, which I declined. Afterwards, I was feeling a little nervous about the whole thing, so I scanned my computer with Avast. This didn’t pick up anything. But, since I’m paranoid, I also scanned with Malwarebytes, and this time, I got something. Three files, all in my recycle bin, all labeled “PUP.Optional.OfferCore” by Malwarebytes. When I looked in the recycle bin, there were three files simply labeled “CheatEngine7.3”. I used Malwarebytes to quarantine the files, and they disappeared. Seeing this, I immediately uninstalled Cheat Engine from my system. I have noticed virtually zero changes to the way my system works.
I’m kind of at a loss as for what to do next. Are these files dangerous? Should I use Malwarebytes to delete them? If I do, will my computer be safe to use, or do I need to reformat my SSD, or get a new one altogether?