Många spelutvecklare har en kluven inställning till moddar. Hemmasnickrade tillägg ger visserligen massvis av innehåll och uppskattas av fansen, men kan samtidigt orsaka en hel del oreda med bland annat fusk och skadlig kod. Det sistnämnda är något som nu även drabbar Grand Theft Auto V.


Nu upptäcks att minst två moddar till GTA V innehåller vad som misstänks vara skadlig kod. Angry Planes och Noclip installerar båda programmet Fade.exe, som startar tillsammans med Windows och sannolikt avlyssnar knapptryckningar från tangentbordet för att exempelvis stjäla inloggningsuppgifter och lösenord.

Den som använder någon av dessa moddar uppmanas att omedelbart radera den exekverbara filen och städa upp spåren efter den skadliga mjukvaran i registret. En annan nödvändig säkerhetsåtgärd är att byta lösenord på alla tjänster som använts sedan modden installerades på datorn.

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Instructions on virus removal:

If these files do not exist, do not assume you weren't affected. The virus could have deleted itself after grabbing what it needed to cover its tracks, or your anti-virus could have deleted it after it grabbed what it needed.
If you have used the mods Angry Planes and/or Noclip mod, then here is how to get rid of the virus, or check if it is still on your computer.

  1. Press Ctrl+Shift+Esc, go to processes, and end the csc.exe process.

  2. Go to your Temp folder at "C:\Users\*YOUR USER NAME*\AppData\Local\Temp"

  3. Sort the files by date added, and find .z and init..exe and delete those. Some reports say that .z might be named differently, like .x.

  4. Some people also reported an unnamed archive file (.zip or .rar) that could not be opened that looks like this: http://i.imgur.com/5an5ARa.png If this exists, delete it.

  5. Then find a recently made folder, should be named something like this: https://i.imgur.com/knF3dAB.png (I believe that this is a randomly generated name for each person hit) and should contain Fade.exe. Delete this folder.

  6. Type in regedit in your Start menu search, or regedit.exe using run.

  7. Go to the path located at the bottom of this screenshot: https://i.imgur.com/bBtk8HM.png HKEY_USERS is the first folder you expand, and the folder after it is a long string of characters, different for each person. Choose the one without "Classes" at the end. The key we are looking for is "Shell". If you are using a custom shell, remove the string after it that leads to Fade.exe. If it just contains explorer.exe and nothing after it, it should be fine to either remove it or keep it the way it is. If you have no idea what I'm talking about, just remove "Shell".

  8. In registry go to "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\" and look for "Fade" and "Leep" and delete them. "Leep" might only be related to the Noclip mod, as I did not have it.

  9. There are also reports that a malicious GTA5.exe is placed inside the x64 in the GTA V directory, probably related to the Noclip mod. Go to "C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Grand Theft Auto V\x64" and delete GTA5.exe if it exists.

  10. Of course, remove the mods from GTA V. Do not re-add them. If the server that was grabbing information comes back online, you could be affected again if you decide to keep using the mods.

  11. Consider running an anti-virus at this point, just to make sure you got all the instances.

  12. Restart your computer to make sure all instances of Fade.exe are no longer running.

  13. This is all that I currently know of for removing the virus, and I will try to update if more information is presented.

  14. With how new the information is, I have no idea if this is a complete removal.

  15. If in doubt, and you still don't feel safe, format and reinstall Windows. I reinstalled Windows myself just to be on the safe side.

Change your passwords!

If you have any doubt about being hit by the virus, don't ask if you should, just change your passwords. It's worth the hassle in the event your passwords were really stolen.

If you downloaded Angry Planes or the Noclip mod and played GTA V with them, you were most likely hit with a keylogger or other methods of password grabbing such as getting passwords saved in your browsers, and I strongly suggest changing all passwords. Do the steps above first before changing them.

Just because you don't see any of the files above, don't assume you weren't hit. The virus could have had a way of deleting itself from your computer to cover traces. I'd also suggest using something like Keepass in the future for keeping your passwords in an encrypted database, since it is very easy for something like a virus to grab saved passwords in web browsers.

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