PCGamingWiki:Editing guide/Files

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Files background[edit]

Files is PCGamingWiki's file repository area. Files is a subsection of the Community site which runs on the IP Board forum software and is accessible via our PCGamingWiki Account. Our goal is to make mods, patchers, trainers and other useful PC gaming tools available without relying on third party hosting.

Password protection policy[edit]

Hosting files on PCGamingWiki comes with a set of risks. Any of our hosted files getting detected as malware or viruses allows for the possibility of Google delisting the entire website and domain from Google search results, and putting the platform on the malware filter list used by Chrome and Firefox by default, preventing access unless explicitly allowed by the user. This has happened to communities such as the WSGF in July 2019.[1] It is also a preventative measure taken by communities such as FearlessRevolution, which hosts trainers that get flagged as malware based on their hooking and other behavior, similarly to mods that come as packed patchers and trainers hosted on PCGamingWiki.

Therefore PCGamingWiki has taken a pre-emptive measure of password protecting files, and the policy is as follows:

When uploading mods, patchers, trainers or other tools known to be safe but falsely triggering some anti-virus software, pack the files into a 7zip archive and protect with the password pcgw and put the password in the file description. Failing to do so may prevent the files from getting approved.

Virus detected in PCGamingWiki file[edit]

If a virus is detected in one of our files, it is possible that this file is a false-positive.

VirusTotal allows a file to be scanned by a variety of anti-virus engines, which can be used to determine whether password protection is necessary.

References

  1. Google Flagging of the WSGF - Impacts & Solutions - last accessed on 2019-11-06
    "Google has decided that the files we host (exe files, patchers, etc.) are malware. Thus, they have flagged the entire WSGF as hosting and/or linking malware, which inhibits site access and search rankings."