Remove PUBG Ransomware - Restore .PUBG Files

Remove PUBG Ransomware – Restore .PUBG Files

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This article will help you remove PUBG ransomware efficiently. Follow the ransomware removal instructions provided at the end of the article.

PUBG is a cryptovirus that encrypts your files on your Desktop and demands money as a ransom to get them restored back to normal. The PUBG virus will append the .PUBG extension to each encrypted file and demand that you play the game “Player Unknown Battlegrounds” for you to decrypt them. Continue to read the article and see how you can recover your files.

Threat Summary

NamePUBG Ransomware
TypeRansomware, Cryptovirus
Short DescriptionThe ransomware encrypts files on your computer machine and demands that you play a game to recover them.
SymptomsThe ransomware will encrypt some of your files. All locked files will have the .PUBG extension appended to them.
Distribution MethodSpam Emails, Email Attachments
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Data Recovery ToolWindows Data Recovery by Stellar Phoenix Notice! This product scans your drive sectors to recover lost files and it may not recover 100% of the encrypted files, but only few of them, depending on the situation and whether or not you have reformatted your drive.

PUBG Ransomware – Ways of Infection

PUBG ransomware might spread its infection in various ways. A payload dropper which initiates the malicious script for this ransomware is being spread around the World Wide Web, and researchers have gotten their hands on a malware sample. If that file lands on your computer system and you execute it in any way – your computer system will become infected. You can see the detections of such a file on the VirusTotal service shown below:

PUBG ransomware might also distribute its payload file on social media and file-sharing services. Freeware which is found on the Web can be presented as helpful, could also be hiding the malicious script for the cryptovirus. Refrain from opening files right after you have downloaded them. You should first scan them with a security tool, while also checking their size and signatures for anything that seems out of the ordinary. You should read the tips for preventing ransomware found in the forum section.

PUBG Ransomware – In-Depth Description

PUBG is a virus that encrypts your files and shows a window with instructions on the screen of your computer system. The extortionists want you to play a game for the alleged restoration of your files.

That cryptovirus is similar to the RensenWare Ransomware Virus which also required that you play a certain game in hopes of getting your files back.

PUBG ransomware could make entries in the Windows Registry to achieve persistence, and could launch or repress processes in a Windows environment. Such entries are typically designed in a way to launch the virus automatically with each start of the Windows operating system.

After encryption the PUBG virus shows the following screen:

That ransom message states the following:

PUBG Ransomware
Your files, images, musics, documents are Encrypted!

Your files is encrypted by PUBG Ransomware!
but don’t worry! It is not hard to unlock it.
I don’t want money!
Just play PUBG 7 Heurs!
Or Restore code is [ s2acxx56a2sae5fjh5k2gb5s2e ] RESTORE CODE: You Played : 0 Sec…
STATUS: Wait For Game…

The note of the PUBG ransomware states that your files are encrypted and that you need to play the game “Player Unknown Battlegrounds” for seven hours to unlock your files. The ransomware author states that he does not want money. The ransomware detects if you played the game or not, by monitoring the run processes and especially one process called “TslGame.exe”. If you just run any executable process with the same name, the program will detect that and actually unlock your file data. Below you can see the message that the ransomware pops up when files are unlocked:

Interestingly enough, the data will get unlocked immediately and not around a 7-hour play mark.

PUBG Ransomware – Encryption Process

What is known for the encryption process of the PUBG ransomware is that every file that gets encrypted will receive the .PUBG extension. The extension will be placed as a secondary extension, without changing the original extension of files. Files which are located in the Desktop folder and any subdirectories will get encrypted.

The ransomware has an unlock code, which effectively returns all of your files back to normal if its typed into the “RESTORE CODE field. The code is listed down here below:


The PUBG cryptovirus could be set to erase all the Shadow Volume Copies from the Windows operating system with the help of the following command:

→vssadmin.exe delete shadows /all /Quiet

If your computer device was infected with this ransomware and your files were locked, know that your system might have leftover files of the ransomware or some other malware or both. It is always a good idea to scan your computer with a security program to make sure it is clean and that your computer is better protected against similar threats. Read below how you can prevent further access of the ransomware and to protect your personal computer in the future.

Remove PUBG Ransomware and Restore .PUBG Files

If your computer got infected with the PUBG ransomware virus, you should have a bit of experience in removing malware. You should get rid of this ransomware as quickly as possible before it can have the chance to spread further and infect other computers. You should remove the ransomware and follow the step-by-step instructions guide provided below.


Berta Bilbao

Berta is a dedicated malware researcher, dreaming for a more secure cyber space. Her fascination with IT security began a few years ago when a malware locked her out of her own computer.

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