Getting a computer virus can make you feel so helpless and can definitely cause an immense amount of stress. But, at the very least, this particular one encourages you to have fun rather than give up all your money. This computer virus forces you to play video games in order to access your files.
“PUBG Ransomware” asks infected users to play an hour of “Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds” (PUBG) and encrypts your files until you boot up and play the battle royale shooter.
Once you’re infected, the ransomware states, “Your files [are] encrypted by PUBG Ransomware! But don’t worry! It is not that hard to unlock it. I don’t want money! Just play PUBG 1Hours!”
Despite the message asking for an hour of play, users reportedly only need to play for about 30 minutes before they can get access to their desktop files. The reason behind the style of the attack is unknown, but ransomware expert Lawrence Abrams has already found some simple workarounds, like simply entering a given restore code to remove the malware entirely.
But no matter if you’re a pro or have never played PUBG, at least the ransomware just wants you to have fun instead of emptying your wallet.