No, EZ Optimizer for Cyberpunk 2077 is not a virus

No, EZ Optimizer for Cyberpunk 2077 is not a virus

Cyberpunk EZ optimizer

In recent days we told you about a tool that has become very popular as it allows those who do not have a PC of the latest generation to earn a few more FPS in Cyberpunk 2077, a title now famous for bringing even the most performing builds to their knees if pushed. at the maximum of graphic fidelity. In the last few hours, rumors have circulated that they have pointed to EZ Optimizer for Cyberpunk 2077 as a virus [called - Cyberpunk 2077 virus], however these are unfounded allegations.

A post on Reddit that went viral in the last few hours accused the developer of the EZ Optimizer tool for Cyberpunk 2077 to have hidden a virus between the lines of the program code. The very heavy accusations were supported by the fact that the developer (for objectively unsatisfactory reasons, Editor's note) did not want to publicly release the EZ Optimizer source code.

Surely it did not help that the code compiled of the executable in question has been obfuscated, according to the author to prevent it from being decompiled and its secrets being stolen, especially because (as we will see shortly) this obfuscation is not the best.

The post on Reddit was at this time deleted as it was proved that the allegations were totally unfounded. Users u / 0xE1 and u / Goz3rr were able to decompile the executable file (.exe) and check its contents. Their investigation gave a positive result, confirming the absence of any type of malicious code within the app, with the only catch occurred due to the decompilation software that caused some confusion in the code, problem immediately. Resolved .

As another user also verified, on Reddit with the nickname Cymotrichous_, it is true that there are links in the executable, however these links are opened only by pressing specific buttons in the tool correctly highlighted, which link to PayPal and YouTube. It also seems that these buttons are the ones that generate false positives in the Hybrid-Analysis analysis.

The author of the program was also accused of "stealing" the software code from an open-source mod present on the well-known Nexus Mods portal. Well, also in this case the analysis has denied the accusations: again according to the user oxE1, the two codes have practically nothing in common, neither at a purely code level nor as a style of writing.

There is no evidence that EZ Optimizer for Cyberpunk 2077 contains malicious or malicious code but in fact, community analysis proves the exact opposite. As indicated by some, the software does nothing special, simply modifying the user.ini file in the "engine \ config \ platform \ pc" folder, but it can be considered to all intents and purposes a useful tool for users with not exactly recent hardware, who want to improve performance without waiting for the official CD Projekt Red patches.