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Short bio

RiskWare.HackTool is Malwarebytes’ detection name for, sometimes legitimate, tools that are often used in the first stages of a ransomware attack. For example to gather information about the network.

Type and source of infection

Riskware, in general, is a detection for items that are not strictly malicious, but pose some sort of risk for the user in another way. The use of hacktools, however, may be illegal in some countries, even if your intentions are benign.


Malwarebytes protects against RiskWare.HackTool by using real-time protection.

Malwarebytes blocks RiskWare.HackTool
Malwarebytes blocks RiskWrae.HackTool

Home remediation

Malwarebytes can detect and remove RiskWare.HackTool without further user interaction.

  1. Please download Malwarebytes to your desktop.
  2. Double-click MBSetup.exe and follow the prompts to install the program.
  3. When your Malwarebytes for Windows installation completes, the program opens to the Welcome to Malwarebytes screen.
  4. Click on the Get started button.
  5. Click Scan to start a Threat Scan.
  6. Click Quarantine to remove the found threats.
  7. Reboot the system if prompted to complete the removal process.

Business remediation

How to remove RiskWare.HackTool with the Malwarebytes Nebula console

You can use the Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Nebula console to scan endpoints.

endpoint menu

Nebula endpoint tasks menu

Choose the Scan + Quarantine option. Afterwards you can check the Detections page to see which threats were found.On the Quarantine page you can see which threats were quarantined and restore them if necessary.