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Permanently Remove Obfuscator.XZ From Your PC

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.

NameWin32/Obfuscator.XZ
TypeObfuscator
Short DescriptionConceals files, primarily executables.
SymptomsThe user may witness detection by Windows Defender.
Distribution MethodVia Torrent Websites or other third-party sites as well as spam mail attachments.
Detection ToolDownload Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected by malware
User Experience Join our forum to discuss Win32/Obfuscator.XZ.

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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:

  • Encryption
  • Compression
  • Anti-Debugging
  • Anti-Emulation

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:

1. Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Win32/Obfuscator.XZ

1. Boot Your PC Into Safe Mode

1. For Windows 7,XP and Vista. 2. For Windows 8, 8.1 and 10.

For Windows XP, Vista, 7 systems:

1. Remove all CDs and DVDs, and then Restart your PC from the “Start” menu.
2. Select one of the two options provided below:

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.

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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.

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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

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While your computer is in Safe Mode, the words “Safe Mode” will appear in all four corners of your screen.

Step 1: Open the Start Menu

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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.

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Step 4: You will see the Troubleshoot menu. From this menu you can choose Advanced Options.

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Step 5: After the Advanced Options menu appears, click on Startup Settings.

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Step 6: Click on Restart.
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Step 7: A menu will appear upon reboot. You should choose Safe Mode by pressing its corresponding number and the machine will restart.

2. Remove Win32/Obfuscator.XZ with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

2. Remove Win32/Obfuscator.XZ with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

1. Install SpyHunter to scan for and remove Win32/Obfuscator.XZ.2. Scan with SpyHunter to Detect and Remove Win32/Obfuscator.XZ.
Step 1:Click on the “Download” button to proceed to SpyHunter’s download page.

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It is highly recommended to run a scan before purchasing the full version of the software to make sure that the current version of the malware can be detected by SpyHunter.

Step 2: Guide yourself by the download instructions provided for each browser.
Step 3: After you have installed SpyHunter, wait for it to automatically update.

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Step1: After the update process has finished, click on the ‘Scan Computer Now’ button.
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Step2: After SpyHunter has finished scanning your PC for any Win32/Obfuscator.XZ files, click on the ‘Fix Threats’ button to remove them automatically and permanently.
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Step3: Once the intrusions on your PC have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart it.

3. Remove Win32/Obfuscator.XZ with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware.

3. Remove Win32/Obfuscator.XZ with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

1. Install Malwarebytes Anti-Malware to scan for and remove Win32/Obfuscator.XZ. 2. Scan your PC with MalwareBytes to remove all Win32/Obfuscator.XZ associated files automatically.
Step 1: Download Malwarebytes by clicking here.
Step 2: A pop-up window will appear. Click on the ‘Save File’ button. If it does not, click on the Download button and save it afterwards.
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Step 3: After you have downloaded the setup, simply open it.
Step 4: The installer should appear. Click on the ‘Next’ button.
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Step 5: Check the ‘I accept the agreement’ check circle if not checked if you accept it and click the ‘Next’ button once again.
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Step 6: Review and click on ‘Next’ on the following 4 steps that will appear afterwards and after that click on the ‘Install’ button.
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Step 7: After the installation process has completed click on the ‘Finish’ button and check the ‘Launch MalwareBytes AntiMalware’ check box.
Step 1: Launch MalwareBytes if you havent launched it after install.
Step 2: Wait for the software to update and then click on the blue ‘Scan Now’ button. If it doesnt start updating automatically, click on the blue ‘Update Now’ highlighted text.
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Step 3: At this point, after clicking the ‘Scan Now’ button, the system should start scanning your PC. It may take a while but be patient – it is worth it.
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Step 4: After the scan has been complete and all of the threats have been identified, click on the ‘Remove Selected’ button to detelete them permanently.
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Step 5: Once the scan has completed, MalwareBytes will prompt you to restart your computer. It is recommended to save all your data you are working on before restarting.

4. Remove Win32/Obfuscator.XZ with STOPZilla AntiMalware

4. Remove Win32/Obfuscator.XZ with STOPZilla AntiMalware

1. Install STOPZilla Anti Malware to scan for and remove Win32/Obfuscator.XZ. 2. Scan your PC with STOPZilla Anti Malware to remove all Win32/Obfuscator.XZ associated files completely.
Step 1: Download STOPZilla by clicking here.
Step 2: A pop-up window will appear. Click on the ‘Save File’ button. If it does not, click on the Download button and save it afterwards.
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Step 3: After you have downloaded the setup, simply open it.
Step 4: The installer should appear. Click on the ‘Next’ button.
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Step 5: Check the ‘I accept the agreement’ check circle if not checked if you accept it and click the ‘Next’ button once again.
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Step 6: Review and click on the ‘Install’ button.
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Step 7: After the installation process has completed click on the ‘Finish’ button.
Step 1: Launch STOPZilla if you havent launched it after install.
Step 2: Wait for the software to automatically scan and then click on the ‘Repair Now’ button. If it does not scan automatically, click on the ‘Scan Now’ button.
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Step 3: After the removal of all threats and associated objects, you should Restart your PC.

5. Back up your data to secure it against infections by Win32/Obfuscator.XZ in the future

5. Back up your data to secure it against attacks in the future

Security engineers recommend that you back up your files immediately, preferably on an external memory carrier in order to be able to restore them. In order to protect yourself from Win32/Obfuscator.XZ (For Windows Users) please follow these simple steps:

1. For Windows 7 and earlier 1. For Windows 8, 8.1 and 10 1. Enabling the Windows Defense Feature (Previous Versions)

1-Click on Windows Start Menu
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2-Type Backup And Restore
3-Open it and click on Set Up Backup
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4-A window will appear asking you where to set up backup. You should have a flash drive or an external hard drive. Mark it by clicking on it with your mouse then click on Next.
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5-On the next window, the system will ask you what do you want to backup. Choose the ‘Let Me Choose’ option and then click on Next.
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6-Click on ‘Save settings and run backup’ on the next window in order to protect your files from possible attacks by Win32/Obfuscator.XZ.
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1-Press Windows button + R
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2-In the window type ‘filehistory’ and press Enter
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3-A File History window will appear. Click on ‘Configure file history settings’
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4-The configuration menu for File History will appear. Click on ‘Turn On’. After its on, click on Select Drive in order to select the backup drive. It is recommended to choose an external HDD, SSD or a USB stick whose memory capacity is corresponding to the size of the files you want to backup.
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5-Select the drive then click on ‘Ok’ in order to set up file backup and protect yourself from Win32/Obfuscator.XZ.

1- Press Windows button + R keys.
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2- A run windows should appear. In it type ‘sysdm.cpl’ and then click on Run.
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3- A System Properties windows should appear. In it choose System Protection.
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5- Click on Turn on system protection and select the size on the hard disk you want to utilize for system protection.
6- Click on Ok and you should see an indication in Protection settings that the protection from Win32/Obfuscator.XZ is on.
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Restoring a file via Windows Defense feature:
1-Right-click on the encrypted file, then choose Properties.
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2-Click on the Previous Versions tab and then mark the last version of the file.
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3-Click on Apply and Ok and the file encrypted by Win32/Obfuscator.XZ should be restored.

NOTE! Substantial notification about the Win32/Obfuscator.XZ threat: Manual removal of Win32/Obfuscator.XZ requires interference with system files and registries. Thus, it can cause damage to your PC. Even if your computer skills are not at a professional level, don’t worry. You can do the removal yourself just in 5 minutes, using a malware removal tool.
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Ventsislav Krastev

Ventsislav is a cybersecurity expert at SensorsTechForum since 2015. He has been researching, covering, helping victims with the latest malware infections plus testing and reviewing software and the newest tech developments. Having graduated Marketing as well, Ventsislav also has passion for learning new shifts and innovations in cybersecurity that become game changers. After studying Value Chain Management, Network Administration and Computer Administration of System Applications, he found his true calling within the cybersecrurity industry and is a strong believer in the education of every user towards online safety and security.

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