In what can only be described as a stupid joke (or evil genius if you’re a die hard PUBGer) some cyber-twats out in cyberspace have created a Frankensteins monster of a ransomware – play PUBG to get your files back, bitch.

For the dummies out there, ransomware is a type of virus that forces the infected host to fulfil a specific task in order to unlock their now inaccessible files. Failure to do so would condemn the poor user to a tearful reformatting and or expensive recovery of all their favourite cat videos.

PUBG ransomware

But before you ball your eyes out all over your rainbow LED brown-switch mechanical keyboard, fear not! As this particular ransomware is rather kind, only requiring you to play PUBG for 3 seconds or, if you don’t own the game, simply enter a code that the prompt provides to restore your system fully.

So what was the point you ask? Well perhaps Player Unknown himself is behind this – as the war for supremacy in the survival shooter category between PUBG and its crappy coloured knock off Fortnite (sorry, it’s true) heats up to magma-like proportions, this could well be the latest stealth marketing strategy to hit the games market.

Who knows, but what I do know is that no tedious method such as is should be required to get someone playing PUBG. I mean, honestly, it’s the most refreshing PC game out there right now.

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JD (Jim Devereaux) is a life-long gamer and creative performer and is the Chief Editor of PC Zone. In 2014, Jim produced, directed and presented (along with Greg Marshall) the award-winning TV show 'Bored Gamers', a humorous weekly programme about all types of gaming, that was broadcast nationally in the UK on Freeview. The show is now available globally on Amazon Prime Video. Jim has also been an article writer for Latest magazine, offering his light-hearted take on his various gaming adventures, as well as general commentary on the games industry.