Searching the internet for cheats and hacks that might give you an unfair competitive advantage is the stuff of gaming for many gamers. They can discover short cuts in games, how to bag some extra skins and weapons or how to bust through the game space time fabric and meld your character into a part of building so opponents can’t find you.

One particular ‘cheat’, which actually takes the fun out of gaming and a dumb one because gamers don’t improve their skills, are ‘aimbots’. These bits of code automatically aim at opponents and some can even shoot automatically.

In a bid to target Valorant gamers a YouTube video has been discovered that offers an aimbot cheat for this game. But in a double cheat it provides nothing of the sort, rather it installs malware on the gamer’s PC.
  • The video’s description advises users to disable their antivirus software before downloading the cheat. To many gamers intent on getting a cheat, and without thinking about it much, it makes sense because antivirus might block the downloading of a cheat.
  • The video description contains a link which points to a website containing a file called Pluto Valrant cheat.rar.
  • If someone downloads the .RAR file, and then runs the code within the file, the computer is infected with an information-stealing Trojan horse called RedLine.
  • This malware then collects a wide array of information from infected Windows systems, including login credentials, Steam session files, cryptocurrency wallets, and more.
  • In short, anything that may be of value on your computer.
Of course it should go without saying that if you’re ever advised to disable your antivirus to download software then your alarms bells should be ringing loudly, red flags waving wildly and lights flashing blindingly.

Punishing amounts of malware

Valorant is a deeply popular game. According to Active Player it had an estimated 12 million players during each month of 2021, averaging out at roughly 900,000 players each day. It also makes it into the top 10 of PC games attacked by malware.

Gaming and gamers have always been a big target for hackers. Millions of attacks target gamers every month. Some are sophisticated, some are automated and some are dumb like unwanted applications but no less damaging.
  • Gaming malware can range from password stealers to bankers, often leading to the loss of not just credentials but money, including cryptocurrency.
  • Gaming-themed phishing schemes are highly versatile and with more gaming events taking place, cybercriminals are expanding scenarios in which they attempt to extract user data.
  • Just as Microsoft and Google offer subscription-based software and cloud storage, cybercriminals also offer pay-as-you-go malware aimed at gamers.
The threat to gamers from malware is immense. As such proven antimalware protection is a must and it doesn’t slow games down if you make the right choice. And if you’re inclination is to download cheats, and lets be real here because millions of gamers do, it protects you from malware that masquerades as cheats.