Riskware.Mimikatz is Malwarebytes' detection name for an open-source application that allows users to view and save authentication credentials.
Type and source of the 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.
Programs might be termed as “riskware” because they:
- Violate the terms of service (ToS) of other software or a user platform.
- Block another application or software from being updated and patched.
- Might be illegal to use in the users’ country.
- Could be used as a backdoor for other malware.
- Are indicative of the presence of other malware.
Riskware.Mimikatz is a security assessment tool that can be used to steal credentials and escalate privileges. So, it's presence could be indicative of an ongoing cyberattack.
Malwarebytes blocks Riskware.Mimikatz
Malwarebytes can detect and remove Riskware.Mimikatz without further user interaction.
- Please download Malwarebytes to your desktop.
- Double-click MBSetup.exe and follow the prompts to install the program.
- When your Malwarebytes for Windows installation completes, the program opens to the Welcome to Malwarebytes screen.
- Click on the Get started button.
- Click Scan to start a Threat Scan.
- Click Quarantine to remove the found threats.
- Reboot the system if prompted to complete the removal process.
How to remove Riskware.Mimikatz with the Malwarebytes Nebula console
You can use the Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Nebula console to scan endpoints.
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.
Add an exclusion
Should users wish to keep this program and exclude it from being detected in future scans, they can add the program to the exclusions list. Here’s how to do it.
- Open Malwarebytes for Windows.
- Click the Detection History
- Click the Allow List
- To add an item to the Allow List, click Add.
- Select the exclusion type Allow a file or folder and use the Select a folder button to select the main folder for the software that you wish to keep.
- Repeat this for any secondary files or folder(s) that belong to the software.
If you want to allow the program to connect to the Internet, for example to fetch updates, also add an exclusion of the type Allow an application to connect to the internet
and use the Browse
button to select the file you wish to grant access.