Remove unwanted apps promoting PUBG Hack scam

Also Known As: PUBG game currency hack scam
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

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.

PUBG Hack scam

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.

Threat Summary:
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
Related Domain hacks-games[.]xyz
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.
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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 website appearance

PUBG hack scam asks to provide mobile number (GIF):

pubg hack scam website appearance

 PUBG hack scam asks to download some questionable application (GIF):

pubg hack scam website appearance

PUBG hack scam asks to sign up on some shady website (GIF):

pubg hack scam website appearance

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Quick menu:

Removal of potentially unwanted applications:

Windows 7 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 7

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:

Accessing Add or Remove Programs in Windows XP

Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.

Windows 10 and Windows 8 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 8

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:

Uninstall app in OSX (Mac)

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.

PUAs uninstall via Control Panel

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:

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing rogue extensions from Google Chrome step 1

Click the Chrome menu icon Google 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.

Removing rogue extensions from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

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 Google 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.

Google Chrome settings reset step 1

After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 2

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 3

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove malicious plugins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing rogue extensions from Mozilla Firefox step 1

Click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (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.

Removing rogue extensions from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

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, firefox menu icon in the opened menu, click Help.

Accessing settings (Reset Firefox to default settings step 1)

Select Troubleshooting Information.

Accessing Troubleshooting Information (Reset Firefox to default settings step 2)

In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.

Clicking on Refresh Firefox button (Reset Firefox to default settings step 3)

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.

Confirm your want to reset Firefox settings to default (Reset Firefox to default settings step 4)

safari browser logoRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

removing adware from safari step 1 - accessing preferences

Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....

removing adware from safari step 2 - removing extensions

In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.

Optional method:

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...

resetting safari step 1

In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.

resetting safari step 2

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) logoRemove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:

Removing adware from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) 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.

Removing adware from Microsoft Edge step 2

Optional method:

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 Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 1

In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 2

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.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 3

  • If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing rogue extensions from Internet Explorer step 1

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options 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".

Removing rogue extensions from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

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.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows XP

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.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 7

Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.

Reseting Internet Explorer settings to default in Windows 8 - accessing

In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - Internet options advanced tab

Click the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - click the Reset button in the Internet options advanced tab

Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - confirm settings reset to default by clicking the reset button

Summary:

declining installation of adware while downloading free software sampleCommonly, 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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About the author:

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Malware activity

Global malware activity level today:

Medium threat activity

Increased attack rate of infections detected within the last 24 hours.

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