What is a PSP Virus and how to remove it?
I’m been seeing some queries here in my blog about a PSP virus. I have to admit that it is the first time I ever heard of such things but since I want to help people, I researched about it. Here are my findings… Is there a PSP Virus?
Yes! There is a PSP virus and it has been labeled by Synmantec (creator of Norton Antivirus) as Trojan.PSPBrick.
A trojan is a program that claims to do something good for you but instead, it does someting bad to your computer or anything you run it on. This is common on sites that offers something free like free cracks, free licensed softwares, hacks and other stuff that are usually bought from stores.
Basically, this PSPBrick Trojan virus is something you install it to your PSP then it will delete system files in the flash memory thus breaking your PSP. However, to trigger this trojan you have to execute it to make it run and destroy your PSP. So who in their right mind would run a trojan on their PSP?
This Trojan claims to do which is to bypass the security settings of Sony (perhaps to run custom firmware or homebrew games?). People want that so they will try this and then, BAM! Goodbye PSP.
Further research shows that there had been no reported victims of this trojan virus so we can safely play our games without fear of getting a virus. However, we must still be cautious of what we put in our PSP and in our PC. Let me give you some pointers.
Tips to prevent PSP Virus
Remember that data in the PSP is stored in a memory stick and it can be used as a USB. So before you connect your psp to a personal computer, better make sure that the computer is clean from viruses and it has a good antivirus program installed in it.
With this info, I really discourage connecting your psp in internet cafes as thats usually a haven for viruses, worms and trojans. There had been many cases of USBs catching viruses when used in internet cafes and the PSP (and its memory stick) would be no exception. Even if your psp won’t suffer from the virus, the next computer you connect it too will. It’s better safe than to be sorry and get punched by your friend for planting a virus in his computer.
Just like when you use your computer, be careful on what you put and install in your PSP. If it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is fake. Do your research before you press that X or O button in your PSP. To be sure, make sure to download only from reliable sources.
I hope this have taught you something new and hopefully you can apply them in your gamer life. ^_^