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December 30, 2019

Viruses, the arch-nemesis of humanity since
it’s very inception, from it making you seriously ill, to deleting your porn collection,
Viruses have always been mankind’s bain. But while us gamers have been relatively unscathed
when it comes to these infectious ignoramuses (well, unless you’re been pirating stuff),
some have secretly fallen through the cracks without our knowledge. Now, when I say gaming viruses, I’m not
talking infections like the T-Virus in Resident Evil, or the Cordycept virus in The Last of
Us, but bonafide, fudge your computer up viruses! So this episode I reveal these PC Pathogens,
these software sicknesses and these microcomputer microorganisms (well, alright I’m stretching it
a bit with that one) as I say… But Hello You, I’m Guru Larry and I welcome
you to Fact Hunt: Five Games You Never Knew Contained Actual Viruses and Malware. We’ll start this episode off with something
you might not be expecting… A console game with a virus! Now you’re probably thinking, “Consoles
can’t get viruses Larry you handsome sexy man you”, and you’d be right! On both parts! However, what Sega loved to do with their
CD based games at the time was bundle a load of desktop wallpapers for your computer if
you put the disc in your PC. The Japanese Dreamcast game, Atelier
Marie and Elie came with a free screensaver for your computer, which if installed would infect
your machine with the Kris virus, a right nasty little bugger at the time that
would not only wipe your BIOS, but also infect random files if you were tempted to put the
hard drive into another PC. How it got on the disc is up to speculation,
but at an educated guess, the game was developed on an infected machine, which in turn spread
to the gold copy while it was being burned, The developers, Kool Kizz were deeply apologetic
and issued a full recall. Though unfortunately, there are still a few
infected copies floating out there, so buyer beware On the plus side this virus is well over 20
years old now, so if you were stupid enough to put the game into your computer, all modern
anti-viruses would detect it within seconds. But if this was 1999, you could kiss your
PC goodbye! Shall we play a game? Well hopefully not this one, as MGM Interactive’s
strategy game based on everyone’s favourite Matthew Broderick movie that isn’t Ferris
Brueler, is rife with computer damaging software. The age old method of “if you want to rip
off a popular video game, slap a license over the top and no one will notice”, is exactly
the tactic what MGM did to disguise the fact they were making a Command and Conqueror knock-off
back in 1998. Unfortunately, all their development time
went into plagiarising and not bothering to check if they had any viruses on the disc. You see, WarGames is infected with the Marburg
virus, which, despite being named after a deadly human virus spread by monkeys, is actually
a devious little worm that wipes the database of antivirus programs to avoid detection,
then infects .EXE and screensaver files, flooding the screen with Red X’s. MGM were obviously embarrassed when websites
began reporting the issue, and emailed everyone who registered the game virus-free copy, as
well as a free copy of Norton Antivirus. As a side note, MGM weren’t the only culprits
lazy enough not to check their software, the July 1998 cover disc to PC Gamer magazine (UK)
also contained the Marburg virus, Which ironically, is probably where MGM got it from! Bloody games journalism corrupts everything!!! Ah, you remember Minecraft don’t you? It was that hip virtual Lego building game
all the kiddies played before Fortnite existed, as well as people now in their early ‘30s
who have carved themselves creatively unescapable Let’s Play channels focused on it. While it’s been released on every system
imaginable, the PC version of everyone’s favourite software spelunker is by far the
most customizable, and that’s unfortunately where the problems arise. Back in April 2018, nearly 50,000 computers
were infected with a malware virus by anyone who downloaded skins from the official Minecraft
domain, it appeared as a simple .PNG file when downloaded, but when opened would reformat
the entire hard drive, while also erasing any back up files on other connected drives. Worst of all, if your anti-virus failed to
catch it, only a total reinstall of windows would completely remove the Malware. As horrific as the malware sounds, shockingly
it was an amateurish attempt created from online tutorials on how to create viruses
using notepad. So it’s amazing something so simple could
have slipped under both Microsoft’s and Mojang’s radar. Thankfully Mojang issued a patch that removed
all unnecessary information from .PNG files intended for the game, so younglings can now
ignore the fact they once got skins for free in games, and rather pay exorbitant prices
for them in Fortnite nowadays instead. Of course, I still need to fill up my completely
obscure game no one has ever heard of quota, and this episode’s entry, is the 2009 bullet
hell shoot ‘em up, Touhou Seirensen, or Unidentified Fantastic Object for you English speaking
fellows. Now, this is an interesting tale of Malware
that was originally intended to be a joke, but ended up getting completely out of hand. One slow evening, a South Korean undergrad
decided to create the malware, Rensonware out of sheer boredom. What this program does is essentially ransomware,
except I this case it locks all the software on your PC until you score over 20 million
points on Touhou Seirensen’s Lunatic difficulty mode. Something borderline impossible on the game’s
easy setting, let alone its hardest difficulty. So he uploaded it to GitHub as a laugh, then
went to bed. When he woke up, he discovered it had infected
countless computers, to the point he even managed to infect himself. Even funnier was he was nowhere near skilled
enough at the game to unlock the damage he had done. Luckily he had another PC and immediately
created a program to neutralize rensomware’s effects and uploaded it to GitHub with an
apology. But having to score 0.2 billion points in
a rock hard game to unlock your computer, hey? Good job DarksydePhil never got infected,
we’d never hear from him again. Then again… (Childish whining from a sad, little man) I’m saving this one until last, mainly because
while the other viruses on this list are mostly likely included in the game by accident or
innocently for “teh lulz”, this final entry is purely out of malice. Now we’re all aware of the neurotic levels
some publishers will go to combat piracy, often to the detriment of totally legitimate
customers. Things such as only being allowed to install
a game thrice, constantly having to re-validate your purchase every few days, and infamous
of all, always online Digital Rights Management, (or DRM) have endlessly irked us, thankfully, no one has ever been stupid
enough to use malware as copy protection. Well… that was until Flight Sim Labs reared
their ugly heads. They may be an unfamiliar publisher for a
lot of you, but Flight Sim Labs develop a lot of plane models for Microsoft’s Flight
Simulator. So with such a niche clientele, you can guess
that some of their models are pretty expensive. Triple digit figures a lot of the time. So you can imagine some people aren’t too
happy spending large sums for what is essentially a glorified skin. So to combat this, Flight Sims Lab did something, well…
ultra-scummy, they disguised malware as DRM in a $100 plane model, which infected every
single users’ computer with it, What did this malware do? Well, It took the user’s name and passwords logged
into Google Chrome, giving Flight Sim Labs access to any website associated with said
user. Now, you’re probably thinking, “oh, boo
hoo, pirates got what they deserved”, however, despite being highly illegal already, there’s
no stopping the company from accessing a user’s details, whether they legitimately bought
the model or not. Of course, Flight Sim Labs claimed they didn’t. But, the damage had been done, the backlash
was immense, Flight Sim Labs tried to backtrack on the malware, removing it in a patch, but
replacing it with a bug that faked admin privileges on a windows PC, inserting code that now crashed
the game for anyone with an illegitimate copy. Also, highly illegal! So, you can imagine the backlash got even worse,
how did Flight Sim Labs address this situation? Did they remove the patch and make the model
DRM free? Did they come clean and apologise? (chuckles) Nooo, that’s nowhere near juicy enough for a Fact Hunt episode. No, they decided to threaten legal action
against Reddit and multiple Microsoft Flight Sim forums, inciting libel against anyone
who left negative comments about their software and their company. Now, this is where the story blows completely out
of proportion, tired of their computers being hacked for private information and forced
censorship, one reddit user decided enough was enough and hacked Flight Sim Labs’
website posting an open letter to the company on the main page and doxxing the heads and
employees. Flight Sim Labs twisted the attack to be one
on their customer’s private information, which is ironic considering them doing that
exact thing was what started this whole debacle. While Reddit condoned the attack, there was
no actual evidence on a hack ever happening, with speculation that Flight Sim Labs themselves
orchestrated the whole attack for sympathy. So, with the whole ordeal getting out of hand,
Flight Sim Labs took to damage control, admitting they had inserted Malware into the software, but
claiming it was to solely to search for one specific pirate, though how they would recognise one
cracker from information obtained by all of their customers is anyone’s guess. And this is where the drama peters out. While the software longer contains Malware,
as of the making of this video, it still contains the windows admin hacking code. But the final sting in the tail is, Flight
Sim Labs website is encoded in poorly programmed Base 64 software. So, it’s only by absolute pure luck no legitimate
hackers stole the code, they themselves had illegally obtained. What a completely messed up story… kinda
put’s loot boxes into perspective, doesn’t it?


  • Reply Jose Ramirez September 17, 2019 at 6:17 am

    You actually triggered my ocd. Lol

  • Reply mew SP_on23567 September 17, 2019 at 7:11 am

    holy sh!+ larry. you friggin genius. you totally got me with that blue screen error logo. good show man.

  • Reply Leo17453 September 18, 2019 at 1:15 am

    Someone’s been watching memology 101

  • Reply ScarfFox and Friends September 19, 2019 at 8:47 am

    No joke, i had to actually argue with someone that Touhou was not going to feature a playable character in Smash Ultimate.?

  • Reply Wired_Lain September 19, 2019 at 5:11 pm

    The way you pronounce "touhou" pains me XD toe-hoo

  • Reply Asuka Shikinami Langley September 21, 2019 at 9:52 pm

    >completely obscure game nobody has ever heard of

  • Reply 23GreyFox September 22, 2019 at 7:15 am

    No, not my porn collection. I needed years for it.

  • Reply ZX 1993 September 23, 2019 at 10:15 am

    Clever. Making it seem like something happened to the viewer's PC. Also I agree with the handsome part. To add to that he also has a nice voice and a dazzling smile.

  • Reply ARC the Clarinet Master September 24, 2019 at 10:02 am

    1:37 Now, wait a minute – what about modern gaming consoles, that have Internet access? Can't they get viruses?

  • Reply Striker667 September 26, 2019 at 12:35 pm

    So wow.. guess I'm lucky Wargames didn't infect my PC back in the day.. Edit: Hahahaha a DSP callout!.. Well played good sir!

  • Reply FBI Zorua September 27, 2019 at 11:04 pm

    1:10 ………………

    Ha Im on a phone >:3

  • Reply ScoobySnacks September 28, 2019 at 8:37 pm


  • Reply aziz opba September 29, 2019 at 7:05 pm

    1:18 you made it

  • Reply Mewwyy September 30, 2019 at 12:45 pm

    He forgot Fortnite. If you install it, you get a rare virus called "Virgin".

  • Reply Victor Wilson October 3, 2019 at 7:01 am

    Do you pronounce Touhou so that it rhymes like the spanish name Rojo? That's how I've been pronouncing the game.

  • Reply NateLB October 6, 2019 at 9:47 pm

    I've never understood stuff like the Minecraft file, most people that develope malware, spyware, and other viruses usually have a clear motive, making money, this asshole just decided "lol let's just fuck people over for no reason"

  • Reply Bellie Beltran October 7, 2019 at 7:20 am

    I was watching this in our school's Computer Room…the prank seriously made me panic for a moment.

  • Reply Adix Xd October 8, 2019 at 4:47 pm

    1:14 no!

  • Reply Stamos Sarris October 11, 2019 at 5:33 pm

    but touhou was first shown to me by searchin for animes and youtube was like HEY WANNA CHECK OUT TOUHOU and i say yeah but little did it knew i ve played the game before so not such an unknown game (i played all of em and ive never heared of this virus)

  • Reply . JJ1013 October 13, 2019 at 6:37 pm

    Um… Howdy?! doesn't exist?!

  • Reply Sweaty Mane October 15, 2019 at 3:24 am

    the Interstate 76 soundtrack is god-tier

  • Reply ArcticRayn October 16, 2019 at 12:16 am

    Don't watch this in fullscreen. I almost panicked for a second @1:10

  • Reply Jaden D. October 16, 2019 at 11:43 pm

    1:11 I was watching this on my PlayStation. And I still fell for that!
    (Until I actually read it that is.)

  • Reply Blue Berd October 19, 2019 at 12:02 am

    1:09 Mobile Users: Am I A Joke To You?

  • Reply vicimgd October 19, 2019 at 1:17 am

    11:15 I think you meant "condemned"

  • Reply Jason Juneau October 21, 2019 at 7:19 am

    These lowlifes should find something better to do with their knowledge and time instead of fucking up other people's shit.

  • Reply Connor Dexter 99 Gaming October 22, 2019 at 1:54 pm

    It’s mojang not moyang ?

  • Reply !? October 22, 2019 at 11:51 pm

    I've had my porn collection deleted sevral times due to getting a virus on my pc.

  • Reply Andrés Eduardo Clavasquin Regalado October 23, 2019 at 8:31 pm

    Wtf!! Minecraft?!!!

  • Reply The Random October 24, 2019 at 1:36 am

    1:11 jokes on you im strait

  • Reply NinjaKIngAce October 24, 2019 at 5:07 am

    I got an antivirus ad on this video XD

  • Reply Adam October 24, 2019 at 2:43 pm

    Larry: Minecraft was the game kids used to play until Fortnite came along!
    visible confusion, then realises this was made before Minecraft was on the revive
    Me: Yeah, that was true…

  • Reply Chii Motozoa October 29, 2019 at 7:26 am

    Love Touhou. Luckily didn’t get virus.

  • Reply Dudu Maroja October 29, 2019 at 3:59 pm

    The last of us is fungi not virus

  • Reply The Great Hadoken October 29, 2019 at 7:53 pm

    Larry you twat, I thought that BSoD was for real. You can have a like just for that.

  • Reply UltraDoom October 30, 2019 at 1:34 am

    If I remember Microsoft's flight simulator's viruses effected airplanes in real life

  • Reply Trent Adam October 31, 2019 at 6:00 am

    Nobody KNEW about these games at all lol

  • Reply Daniel Peters October 31, 2019 at 9:17 am

    Awkward moment when you thought windows crashed on your iPhone

  • Reply Sabarieswar Vimal October 31, 2019 at 12:23 pm

    I still play minecraft

  • Reply computer tutorials12 October 31, 2019 at 7:35 pm

    1:05 I'll never forgive you for that.

  • Reply Ivan Dani75 November 1, 2019 at 6:34 pm

    When you said Fortnite is better than Minecraft, I had to dislike. Sorry dude.

  • Reply a2pha November 2, 2019 at 12:43 am

    12:50 I'm sorry but right here it looks like Bonzi Buddy.

  • Reply Pokemon German November 2, 2019 at 10:59 pm

    touhou an obscure game no one has heard about? even my friends that are neither weebs nor gamer have at least heard about it

  • Reply Tsukiyomaru Zero November 3, 2019 at 1:14 am

    Epic Games Launcher is a virus.

  • Reply PotatoRune November 3, 2019 at 2:46 pm

    I remember that Roblox used to have some sort of malware in it. I know because my older sister used to have that infected version of Roblox. Not only did it cause some intense lag, but it also forced Startup Repair to try and fix her laptop. Keep in mind that Startup Repair sucks and doesn't do literally anything.

  • Reply THEeggster November 4, 2019 at 6:15 am

    Where’s every “this game will make you cum in 5 minutes” games?

  • Reply Chris Gillis November 4, 2019 at 7:53 am

    I really enjoy your voice and I don't know why???

  • Reply SilvarusLupus November 4, 2019 at 11:26 pm

    tfw Larry uses a Doujin comic as the over for UFO and not the actual box art (that's a p good doujin btw)

  • Reply Technicolor Mischief-Maker November 4, 2019 at 11:52 pm

    I love how a solid third of the comments here are just debates on whether or not touhou is obscure lol

  • Reply Not Pyro from TF2 November 5, 2019 at 12:16 am

    > touhou

    > Completely unknown

  • Reply Raymond Whiting November 5, 2019 at 2:01 pm

    Love your voice.

  • Reply TheBlueIncineroar November 7, 2019 at 7:25 pm

    Terry before terry was popular

  • Reply alex pratt November 8, 2019 at 3:58 pm

    I need my lien collection ?

  • Reply alex pratt November 8, 2019 at 4:09 pm

    Kudos to the guy who hacked their website

  • Reply cyberjack-CJ November 9, 2019 at 3:28 am

    PC magazine also came with free tails of software from "winSoftware" that was famous for making viruses / malware and trojans

  • Reply Julian YT5884 November 10, 2019 at 5:25 pm

    "Moyang" Lmao.

  • Reply holeheadmole November 11, 2019 at 4:42 am

    POW right in the tower

  • Reply Totally November 13, 2019 at 9:23 pm

    Touhou is great <~<

  • Reply rsplayer2006 November 17, 2019 at 12:16 am

    Why did my phone blue screen?

  • Reply plushie November 17, 2019 at 1:02 am

    >mentions touhou, implies its obscure
    >ohhhh only if you knew.exe

  • Reply K REAL [yes it is] BETA 創造的な November 17, 2019 at 1:42 am

    I swear he said “Voirus.”

  • Reply Gabriel November 18, 2019 at 6:37 pm

    0:31 What's that game? Looks interesting.

  • Reply Ghargus November 18, 2019 at 8:33 pm

    pfft what children. legal action on bad reviews are they for real? these game companies are getting pretty bold.

  • Reply vampirebatlord4ever November 19, 2019 at 1:11 am

    gotta ask, what is the game played at 0:49 mark? 😮 it looks fun as heck 😀

  • Reply Mannard Mann November 19, 2019 at 3:49 pm

    Norton and Mcafee are rubbish… just as bad as a virus

  • Reply Zak Kaufman November 19, 2019 at 9:25 pm

    Of the two
    I'd rather play Minecraft

  • Reply james hoffner November 20, 2019 at 12:56 am

    It's odd how the ad before the vid was for an anti virus :-

  • Reply Koisj November 20, 2019 at 7:37 pm


    You got me

  • Reply nikiboo32 November 20, 2019 at 9:39 pm

    aww u got me thinking dsp played a touhou game

  • Reply Raleigh Peralez November 21, 2019 at 3:05 am

    >games nobody's ever heard of


    you know, that little unknown series that's got a full manga catalog, an anime, multiple fan videos, and one of the most well known songs in gaming in UN owen was her.

  • Reply Kyan Kyan November 21, 2019 at 12:10 pm

    haha flightsimlabs i use firefox

  • Reply Agsma, Just Agsma November 21, 2019 at 4:38 pm

    Damn it, so close to be the magical viewer Nº 1 million – 1.
    [one refresh later]
    Oh well, congrats, Larry Boy.

  • Reply GIR Grumpy Orange November 21, 2019 at 5:43 pm

    Bravo! Nice blue screen at the beginning. ?

  • Reply CheekiPapi November 21, 2019 at 8:57 pm

    The song in the beginning is the intro to the video game interstate 76

  • Reply ChoosenOneStudios November 22, 2019 at 2:29 am

    Puts lootboxes into perspective?

    What kind of garbage take is that?

  • Reply Kittzy Girl November 23, 2019 at 5:11 am

    You forgot a don't go on it!!! It lures you in with free games and slowly injects a virus!

  • Reply Siver November 24, 2019 at 9:03 pm

    i figured the touhou one would be here
    also oneday….oneday someone will say touhou right

  • Reply Fusilier November 26, 2019 at 3:55 am

    That last entry about the flight simulator is absolutely insane. Forget 'internet backdrafts' and mean comments and getting their website hacked, people should have legitimately fucking gone to jail for that. Tired of game companies flat-up breaking the law to fuck people over, getting caught, and eventually being forced to walk it back… but not facing the kind of penalties you would if you, say, were caught by the cops breaking into somebody's car. There's no 'I'm sure my enemies will use this against me' there, it's just you fucking going to jail.

  • Reply QuirkyTurtle November 27, 2019 at 7:40 pm

    just stopping by to point out, as others have before, that Rensenware was never actually shipped with Touhou 10, thus making it not really applicaple. also, the sentence "something borderline impossible on the game's easy setting, let alone its hardest difficulty" is kinda silly, since lower difficulties mean a lower multiplier on score – so it's actually significantly easier to score the required amount of points on the hardest setting.

  • Reply SnowfoxYT November 28, 2019 at 1:06 pm

    Everyone: Mojang
    Larry: Moyang

  • Reply Kyle White December 7, 2019 at 4:45 am

    Is your father called ‘Ted’?

  • Reply Arve Eriksson December 7, 2019 at 10:28 am

    Cordyceps, a virus…? Ya n00b, 'tis a fungus! :-p

  • Reply RevolutionaryGhost December 8, 2019 at 5:05 am

    1:10 haha i was watching on xbox 360 ? UnExPeCtEd. Good try tho ?

  • Reply NotBright December 8, 2019 at 6:59 pm

    when he put the 'your computer ran into a problem ' screen on i nearly shat my self

  • Reply Sanae Kochiya December 10, 2019 at 1:11 pm

    wow i got screentime in this video xD

  • Reply Trixster Million December 16, 2019 at 3:04 am

    World of Warcraft contains software that notifies Blizzard, the developer, what files and windows you have open.

  • Reply Derk Money Rich December 17, 2019 at 4:05 am

    1 million views. Woohoo?

  • Reply 42188 Productions December 17, 2019 at 6:04 am

    Congrats on making it to a million view….?

  • Reply insanity wolf December 17, 2019 at 7:13 am

    Thats ok Larry, I got pissed and watched it four times in a row.

  • Reply Amber Figueiredo December 17, 2019 at 3:41 pm

    "your pc ran into a problem" hang on a second, i'm not on windows…

  • Reply Random User lol December 17, 2019 at 3:47 pm

    Did the original video get taken down?

  • Reply Sy ASPhotographic December 17, 2019 at 6:30 pm

    Love the usage of the Interstate 76 soundtrack!

  • Reply Jesse12489 December 17, 2019 at 8:17 pm

    Someone please tell me what game that is at 0:49?! I played this game at the Arcade and I can't even remember the name of it.

  • Reply Buby Anwar December 17, 2019 at 10:50 pm


  • Reply Nathan Johnson December 18, 2019 at 3:08 pm

    Cordyceps isn't a virus. It's a fungus. I'm sorry I just can't stand it when someone gets that wrong ploz forgive me.

  • Reply Fallen One December 20, 2019 at 7:02 pm

    I'll admit you're opening had me thinking.

  • Reply emmychansuper December 20, 2019 at 11:33 pm

    10 months later: Minecraft is the most viewed game on YouTube knocking down Fortnite and selling skins for GLORIUS money too!

  • Reply [PH] DANGER December 22, 2019 at 11:32 am

    1:12 nice try iam using my phone

  • Reply super myst December 24, 2019 at 7:25 pm

    The bluescreen at the beginning joke's on you I am on mobile

  • Reply Mattok 101 December 27, 2019 at 2:20 am

    This video is sponsored by (skips by ten seconds) the arch-nemesis of the humanity

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