Nintendo Switch users need to watch out for this unsafe scam

Watch out for these fake emulators which will hack your personal data.

Symantec found that searching for "Nintendo Switch Emulator" on YouTube brings up a huge number of results, some of which apparently have tens of thousands of views (the most having over 76,000).

Videos showing a step-by-step process on how to download and install the emulators abound, and some of them link to external sites where players can allegedly download them. Once the software is downloaded, users are prompted to fill out a survey in order to receive an unlock code.

Symantec published a blog post last week addressing a widely reported issue: there are several websites offering Nintendo Switch emulators online. "It then asks the user to pay to fix the issues". These "emulators" are available for the both the Mac and Windows operating systems.

Yep, this is one of those scams that can affect either computer, so if you don't have internet security, don't go searching for "Nintendo Switch emulators" or "Nintendo Switch ROMs".

"For each successful conversion (a completed survey, offer, or download) the affiliate would collect a commission from the advertising network".

The Switch just launched a little under a month ago, and of course problems for new-release consoles aren't unheard of, even in the case of Nintendo, which has a reputation for making sturdier stuff than their competitors.

The emulated version of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild over at Cemu has been around only days after the game came out with the Nintendo Switch, this is why some parts of the game are still unplayable and buggy.

Downloading a fake Switch console emulator won't get you playing the Switch any faster, nor will filling out surveys that score the scammer money. But in regards to [Breath of the Wild] I think we will see small incremental improvements in nearly every future Cemu release.

Most of the programs touted in these videos are free. Although Nintendo has promised to double Switch production during the next fiscal year, finding a unit in stock online is a crapshoot and trying to score one at a brick and mortar retail establishment often means camping out the night before doors open.

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