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: