VirTool:Win32/Obfuscator.XZ is a detection of an obfuscation threat in Windows Defender. The detection by default means that the questionable application uses various tools all together to mask its true purpose on the user PC. Furthermore Obfuscator.XZ is reported to be used mostly when licensed programs are present, meaning that it may be concealing crack fixes or keygens of illegally downloaded games or other paid software.
|Short Description||Conceals files, primarily executables.|
|Symptoms||The user may witness detection by Windows Defender.|
|Distribution Method||Via Torrent Websites or other third-party sites as well as spam mail attachments.|
|Detection Tool||Download Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected by Win32/Obfuscator.XZ|
|User Experience||Join our forum to discuss Win32/Obfuscator.XZ.|
Obfuscator.XZ – How Did I Get It
One way to see the Obfuscator.XZ detection is by downloading a game or another program together with a patch to make it run without its official disk or license key. Most users become confused when they see the obfuscator since they believe it is a virus. The bottom line is that the program that is concealed by the .XZ variant of this Obfuscator may or may not be any executable, varying from simple crack fixes to malicious file carrying the payload of a malware kit.
However since the user may have downloaded malware onto his PC, the methods of distribution may range from simple click on a malicious email attachment to a targeted cyber-attack to the particular device.
Obfuscator.XZ In Detail
This software uses a successful implementation of the following methods of concealment:
This combination allows it to hide its true identity behind the Obfuscator detection.
The Obfuscator that you may have detected most likely might mask keygens and cracks for different software. However, some malware writers may use this software to mask their threats and disguise it as an activator. This is a very effective infection technique because users on torrent sites have no actual mean of knowing what is the executable they downloaded. This is why it is vital to scan any executable downloaded from a website with a low trust rating. You may also contact the game or other software`s developer or provider for professional assistance in case you have detected it, and your game is legitimate.
Removing Obfuscator.XZ Completely
If you want to remove this software completely, a simple antivirus may not be able to assist you. In fact, users have reported on several different security forums to have difficulty removing the detection, seeing an error code “0x800700df”. This is why for this removal we have divided the removal instructions based on two most likely scenarios.
Scenario #1: The obfuscator is combined with a crack, patch or a keygen (non-malware).
If you believe that this detection is due to simply having an activator that is being detected as a virus, you may allow it. However, bear in mind that you should know the consequences of using unlicensed software.
Since a simple click on the “Allow” button of your Anti-malware may result in the file being detected again, you should follow these steps:
Step 1: Open your security software, if you have one.
Step 2: Go to its Options (Preferences or Settings).
Step 3: Look for Exceptions, Allowed Objects/Programs or Exclusions.
Step 4: Locate a button to help you add a new exclusion and then navigate and choose the detected file that has been obfuscated.
NOTE: When your antivirus detects an obfuscator it should provide information on where is it specifically.
Scenario #2: In case the obfuscator is concealing malware.
If you believe you have malware on your computer concealed by the obfuscator you should immediately disconnect from the Internet and follow these instructions: