A utility designed to access remote computers. Though legal, a hacktool can be used with malicious intent.
Once detected, the F-Secure security product will automatically disinfect the suspect file by either deleting it or renaming it.
When searching our Virus Descriptions database for a specific program (e.g., Hack-Tool:W32/Example.A), you may be directed to this page if the overview below sufficiently describes the program.
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the Type designation 'Hacktool' was previously used by F-Secure to identify a utility program that can be used, or misused, to access remote computers.
With changes in the threat landscape today, programs previously identified as 'Hacktool' have been reclassified under the Riskware Category, with the Type designation 'Hack-Tool'.
The update in naming better clarifies the program's overall security profile in the current, more complex threat landscape.