HackTool:Win32/Keygen is a tool used to generate special codes (keys) for a variety of illegally-installed software. Though it may sound useful at first, malware experts recommend users to avoid installing it as the tool leads to various PC threats.
|Type||Malicious Keygen Tool, Malware|
|Short Description||It is designed to generate keys for illegally-registered software.|
|Symptoms||The system is compromised via malware infiltration.|
|Distribution Method||The keygen can be presented as a useful tool, and hence, downloaded by users. It could be spread in malicious packages|
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What Is HackTool:Win32/Keygen?
HackTool:Win32/Keygen is considered malicious because its primary purpose is to generate keys for illegally-registered software.
Many users do find that tool handy because they can easily install programs that were never purchased. They, however, do not realize the following:
- These illegally-obtained programs still require essential updates without which users may experience further software issues
- Keeping HackTool:Win32/Keygen may put users at risk for performing illegal activities
- A system infected by HackTool:Win32/Keygen may be vulnerable to outer threats such as being infiltrated by remote users, for instance.
Should You Remove HackTool:Win32/Keygen
As much as HackTool:Win32/Keygen’s benefit may lure you into using it to install programs without purchasing them, you may gain bigger issues in the end. Therefore, our malware experts encourage you to avoid using HackTool:Win32/Keygen or to remove it should you already have it on your PC.
Update (as of September 9, 2015):
As we have already reported, HackTool:Win32/Keygen comes from the family of malicious Windows platform tools. New malicious activity has been recently registered, which means that cyber criminals have revived the tool once again. Since HackTool:Win32/Keygen is employed to download harmful files and severely affect the PC’s performance. What is worst about the malevolent keygen is the fact that it can grant remote access to hackers. Once such access is obtained, the system can be compromised with a series of malicious activities.
What Is Remote Access and What Does It Do?
Literally speaking, remote access is the capacity to log onto a computer network from a distant area. What is needed to perform the task is:
- A computer.
- A modem.
- Remote access software.
A difference should be made between obtaining remote control over a computer, and permitting remote access. Remote control defines the activity of taking control of another computer. Remote access, as we already discussed, means that the remote computer turns into a complete host on the network.
According to Enigma Software researchers, the hacking tool has numerous aliases:
→HackTool.Keygen.r3 (Not a Virus) [CAT-QuickHeal], Generic PUP [McAfee], Trojan ( 001946171 ) [K7GW], Win32/HackKMS.A potentially unsafe [ESET-NOD32], CRCK_AUTOKMS [TrendMicro-HouseCall], Win.Trojan.Keygen-60 [ClamAV], Keygen (PUA) [Sophos], Win32.Trojan.Agent.ET9SBN [GData], possible-Threat.Hacktool.KMS [Ikarus], Trojan/W32.Genome.128512.B [nProtect], Malware.Packer.Gen [Malwarebytes], Suspicious_Gen4.ATNVF [Norman], TrojanDownloader.Delf.lka [Jiangmin], Trojan.Agent/Gen-StartPage [SUPERAntiSpyware] and W32/Backdoor.JUQY-0910 [Commtouch].
According to Microsoft researchers, HackTool:Win32/Keygen is often distributed together with malware pieces. It can arrive in multiple ways, depending on what software it is attempting to give you keys for.
Furthermore, malware can often masquerade as HackTool:Win32/Keygen. Several malevolent online threats have been associated with the threat:
- Blacole exploit kit
Users can get ‘infected’ by Blacole by visiting a compromised website with inserted malicious JacaScript code.
Win32/Autorun has the following aliases:
→Win32.Worm.Autorun, Worm:Inf/Hamweg.gen!A, Is/autorun, Worm:inf/Autorun.gen!A, Virus:W32/Autorun, Win32.worm.autorun.vx, W32/Autorun.worm
Note that Win32/Dorkbot is a worm that contains instructions to delete files it downloads and runs after reboot. The feature is needed so that the hacker gets the option to turn it on. What is worse is that the worm is designed to delete its initial dropper executable, after it is installed on a system.
Win32/Obfuscator Also has a range of variants such as:
1. Remove/Uninstall HackTool:Win32/Keygen in Windows
Here is a method in few easy steps to remove that program. No matter if you are using Windows 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program get left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, mistakes with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it.
Select the program that you want to remove, and press “Uninstall” (fig.3).
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall HackTool:Win32/Keygen.
2. Start Your PC in Safe Mode to Remove HackTool:Win32/Keygen.
For Windows XP, Vista, 7 systems:
1. Remove all CDs and DVDs, and then Restart your PC from the “Start” menu.
– For PCs with a single operating system: Press “F8” repeatedly after the first boot screen shows up during the restart of your computer. In case the Windows logo appears on the screen, you have to repeat the same task again.
– For PCs with multiple operating systems: Тhe arrow keys will help you select the operating system you prefer to start in Safe Mode. Press “F8” just as described for a single operating system.
3. As the “Advanced Boot Options” screen appears, select the Safe Mode option you want using the arrow keys. As you make your selection, press “Enter“.
4. Log on to your computer using your administrator account
While your computer is in Safe Mode, the words “Safe Mode” will appear in all four corners of your screen.
For Windows 8, 8.1 and 10 systems:
Step 1: Open the Start Menu
Step 2: Whilst holding down Shift button, click on Power and then click on Restart.
Step 3: After reboot, the aftermentioned menu will appear. From there you should choose Troubleshoot.
Step 4: You will see the Troubleshoot menu. From this menu you can choose Advanced Options.
Step 5: After the Advanced Options menu appears, click on Startup Settings.
Step 6: Click on Restart.
Step 7: A menu will appear upon reboot. You should choose Safe Mode by pressing its corresponding number and the machine will restart.
3. Remove HackTool:Win32/Keygen automatically by downloading an advanced anti-malware program.
To clean your computer you must download an updated anti-malware program on a safe PC and then install it on the affected computer in offline mode. After that you should boot into safe mode and scan your computer to remove all HackTool:Win32/Keygen associated objects.
Spy Hunter system scanner will only detect the threat. If you want the threat to be automatically removed, you need to purchase the full version of the malware tool. Find Out More About SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool