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:
- Guide 1: How to Remove HackTool:Win32/Keygen from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of HackTool:Win32/Keygen from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove HackTool:Win32/Keygen from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase HackTool:Win32/Keygen from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall HackTool:Win32/Keygen from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove HackTool:Win32/Keygen from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate HackTool:Win32/Keygen from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove HackTool:Win32/Keygen from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove HackTool:Win32/Keygen
Step 2: Uninstall HackTool:Win32/Keygen and related software from Windows
Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 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 are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by HackTool:Win32/Keygen on your computer.
The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:
You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by HackTool:Win32/Keygen there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of HackTool:Win32/Keygen from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall HackTool:Win32/Keygen and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- Go to Finder.
- In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
- Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
- If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.
In case you cannot remove HackTool:Win32/Keygen via Step 1 above:
In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Scan for and remove HackTool:Win32/Keygen files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as HackTool:Win32/Keygen, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. SpyHunter for Mac offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove HackTool:Win32/Keygen from Google Chrome.
Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu
Step 2: Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"
Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Erase HackTool:Win32/Keygen from Mozilla Firefox.
Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window
Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.
Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Uninstall HackTool:Win32/Keygen from Microsoft Edge.
Step 1: Start Edge browser.
Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.
Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".
Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.
Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.
Remove HackTool:Win32/Keygen from Safari.
Step 1: Start the Safari app.
Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.
Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".
Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.
Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.
Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the HackTool:Win32/Keygen will be removed.
Eliminate HackTool:Win32/Keygen from Internet Explorer.
Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.
Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'
Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.
Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.
Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.