Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, Daniel Radcliffe

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If you needed another good reason not to watch an illegal copy of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, we've got one!

First of all, if you were searching for a pirated copy, shame on you. And second, your search results could lead you to nothing but a computer virus, one that shouting "Expelliarmus!" won't fix.

Let us explain...

Antivirus software maker PC Tools has uncovered a phishing scam lurking within BitTorrent, where massive files (like the ones containing feature-length films) are transferred via smaller chunks to make them easier for computers to handle.

According to PC Tools publicity rep Curtis Sparrer, a result claiming to have located a free download of the final Harry Potter film will actually prompt you to visit another site so that you can obtain the required password "to stop automated leeching and detection."

After you've saved what looks to be a legitimate file, the virus purveyors will have access to your hard drive. And, to add insult to injury, there's no movie.

So, just line up like a good fan and fork over $12 to $16 (IMAX!) to watch Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 in theaters, starting Friday, with a clean conscience.

Not to mention a clean laptop.

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