Removal guide for apps that promote pages like PUBG hack scam
What is PUBG hack scam?
PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is an online multiplayer game, players can earn Battle Points (BP) or Unknown Cash (UC) by completing missions, matches, etc., and use them to change avatar's appearance (buy skins, outfits) or purchase other items from the PUBG shop. This scam website offers to get free PUBG currency (BP and UC) in exchange for certain information. It is strongly recommended not to enter any details on this or any other similar scam page, it can be misused for malicious purposes.
Research shows that this scam website offers to get a certain amounts of PUBG currency for signing up on questionable websites, downloading questionable applications, providing personal information. The amount of PUBG game currency that users supposed to receive depends on what they will chose to do in exchange for it. It is possible that this website may open shady pages asking for sensitive information like login credentials (email address, username, telephone number, password), or even credit card details. Also, it may offer to download some supposedly legitimate and useful application and would download some browser hijacker, adware, or other potentially unwanted application (PUA). In one way or another, it is strongly recommended not to download anything from or through this website, or enter information on it or pages that are promoted by it. It is worthwhile to mention that this is not the only website that offers cheats or hacks on competitive online games.
|Name||PUBG game currency hack scam|
|Threat Type||Phishing, Scam, Social Engineering, Fraud|
|Fake Claim||Free PUBG game currency offered in exchange for various information, downloads of some PUAs|
|Detection Names (hacks-games[.]xyz)||Forcepoint ThreatSeeker (Suspicious), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)|
|Symptoms||Scam offers, fake error messages, fake system warnings, pop-up errors, hoax computer scan.|
|Distribution methods||Compromised websites, rogue online pop-up ads, potentially unwanted applications.|
|Damage||Loss of sensitive private information, monetary loss, identity theft, possible malware infections.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
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More examples of websites that have something in common with this scam page are "Social Network Hacks", "Instagram Password Hack" and "Double Your Bitcoins". Using cheats, hacks provided by such pages is incredibly risky. Users who trust websites of this kind risk to suffer monetary loss, become victims of identity scam, lose access to personal accounts and/or experience other problems. It is worthwhile to mention that quite often websites of this kind are promoted/get opened by potentially unwanted applications that users install on browsers and/or computers unknowingly.
How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?
In most cases users download and/or install PUAs by clicking deceptive advertisements that are designed download and/or install them by running certain scripts, or through download and/or installation setups of other programs. In the second case it happens when developers include PUAs in setups as additional offers. This distribution method is known as "bundling". Typically, users can decline offers to download and/or install additionally included apps in "Advanced", "Custom", "Manual", or other settings of setups. However, not all users check and change those settings when they download and/or install programs. By leaving them unchanged they agree with offers to download and/or install PUAs too.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
It is recommended to download programs, files from official websites and via direct links. Other sources, tools are often used to distribute unwanted, potentially malicious programs. For example, third party downloaders, installers, unofficial websites, Peer-to-Peer networks (like torrent clients, eMule), etc. Also, it is important to check setups for "Custom", "Advanced" and other settings and see if they can be used to decline offers to download and/or install unwanted apps. Ads that appear on questionable pages can open other websites of this kind or even cause downloads, installations of unwanted software. Therefore, such ads should not be clicked. If some unwanted, unknown or suspicious extensions, add-ons or plug-ins are already installed on a web browser, then they should be removed from it right away. The same should be done with software of this kind that is installed on the operating system. If your computer is already infected with PUAs, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate them.
PUBG hack scam asks to verify player's account (GIF):
PUBG hack scam asks to provide mobile number (GIF):
PUBG hack scam asks to download some questionable application (GIF):
PUBG hack scam asks to sign up on some shady website (GIF):
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- What is "PUBG Hack"?
- STEP 1. Uninstall deceptive applications using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove rogue extensions from Google Chrome.
- STEP 3. Remove potentially unwanted plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 4. Remove rogue extensions from Safari.
- STEP 5. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
- STEP 6. Remove adware from Internet Explorer.
Removal of potentially unwanted applications:
Windows 7 users:
Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.
Windows XP users:
Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.
Windows 10 and Windows 8 users:
Right-click in the lower left corner of the screen, in the Quick Access Menu select Control Panel. In the opened window choose Programs and Features.
Mac OSX users:
Click Finder, in the opened screen select Applications. Drag the app from the Applications folder to the Trash (located in your Dock), then right click the Trash icon and select Empty Trash.
In the uninstall programs window, look for any suspicious/recently-installed applications, select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted application, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove rogue extensions from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "More tools" and click "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and remove them.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the pubg game currency hack scam, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Settings. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Advanced… link.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious plugins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions", in the opened window remove all recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.
Computer users who have problems with pubg game currency hack scam removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.
Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, in the opened menu, click Help.
Select Troubleshooting Information.
In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.
Remove malicious extensions from Safari:
Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....
In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...
In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.
Remove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:
Click the Edge menu icon (at the upper-right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and click "Remove" below their names.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the pubg game currency hack scam, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.
In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.
Select Restore settings to their default values. In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Microsoft Edge settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
- If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.
Remove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:
Click the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for any recently-installed suspicious browser extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the pubg game currency hack scam, reset your Internet Explorer settings to default.
Windows XP users: Click Start, click Run, in the opened window type inetcpl.cpl In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.
Windows Vista and Windows 7 users: Click the Windows logo, in the start search box type inetcpl.cpl and click enter. In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.
Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.
In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.
Click the Reset button.
Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Commonly, adware or potentially unwanted applications infiltrate Internet browsers through free software downloads. Note that the safest source for downloading free software is via developers' websites only. To avoid installation of adware, be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. When installing previously-downloaded free programs, choose the custom or advanced installation options – this step will reveal any potentially unwanted applications listed for installation together with your chosen free program.
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