Have you ever heard the saying "If it's too good to be true, then it probably is." If so, then it applies perfectly to programs that claim they can help you cheat in Fortnite or earn free V-Bucks.
With the immense popularity of Fortnite also comes an increased amount of people who try to take advantage by releasing malware disguised as game cheats, hacks, and other utilities. These tools are designed to make you think you are getting something for nothing, but instead it's actually the attackers who are getting your account information for free or installing other malware onto your computer.
Below we take a look at a 5 examples of actual malware that myself or MalwareHunterTeam found that are disguised as Fortnite hacks, cheats, or other tools.
Back in July, MalwareHunterTeam told me about a Fortnite tool for French users called Generateur_de_VBucks.exe that states it can add 1,000, 7,000, or 13,000 V-Bucks to your Fortnite account. All you have to do is select the amount, enter your Epic account, login, and start enjoying all those skins you can now afford!
What the program does not tell you, though, is that when you enter your credentials and login, your account information is sent to the email@example.com address. Oh, and you don't get the V-Bucks either.
This Trojan, called Cheat Fortnite.exe, pretends to be a cheat for Fortnite, but actually quietly runs in the background and monitors your Windows Clipboard for cryptocurrency addresses or Steam trade offers. When it detects this type of information in your Windows Clipboard, it swaps it out with an address under their control so you send it to the attackers by mistake instead. This malware will also steal credentials from various applications on the computer. You can read more about this malware called Evrial here.
This application, called FORTNITE BOOSTER.exe, is promoted as a tool that can make you move faster in Fortnite. As you can see by the screen below, this tool creates a batch file and an autorun that causes Windows to restart every time you login.
This Fortnite Modded Client.exe touts itself as a modded Fortnite client that allows you to cheat in the game. Also found by MalwareHunterTeam, when you execute it, though, you are greeted with a lock screen from the FBI that states you have been naughty!
Just kidding, this is just malware and not the FBI. You can also enter the lock code 290274887 to get out of the screen.
While this is not necessarily a cheat, it is another example of scammers trying to take advantage of Fortnite's popularity. In this case, a program called Fortnite Downloader.exe promotes itself as a Fortnite downloader.
Those who install it get a boat load of adware and malware installed on the computer instead. This is why it's important to only download Fortnite directly from Epic's web site.
As you can see from the 5 examples above, and trust me there are a ton more out there, cheating at Fortnite will not only get you banned, but will also get you seriously infected with malware, password stealing trojans, adware, and screenlockers. If you have kids or friends who play Fortnite, you should let them know what trying to cheat could do to their computer.