Grand Theft Auto 5 was one of the biggest games of 2014. With both a storyline covering three different people, an online world (eventually) and even the ability to load in custom mods to change your offline experience. But what happens when those mods come with little easter eggs or rather viruses?
Firstly we have to thank the forum user aboutseven, if it wasn’t for their observational skills we might not have noticed these issues for a while now. Thanks to a keen eye aboutseven noticed that a C# compiler was hiding in the running processes on their computer. Titled “Fade.exe” the program was even using internet access! Fake.exe turns out to have actually been a keylogger, a malicious program which often copies and records what you type into your computer before sending it over the internet. This means someone could easily log into your accounts.
In this instance two mods, titled “Noclip” and “Angry Planes”, are responsible for this nasty piece of programming. Sites have been quick to distance themselves from these mods, taking the option to quickly remove them rather than face the backlash of hosting viruses. The first thing that you should do, if you have installed these mods, is remove the mods and do a virus scan. Once you have done these, change all your passwords (best to remove the keyloggers before you change your password right?).
It’s always best to do regular virus scans and be careful with what your downloading but when people are putting viruses into our sacred mods what will come of the modding community that makes PC games last for years beyond their release?
Thank you engadget for providing us with this information.