HackTool:Win32/KonBoot is a computer threat that aims on stealing information from the compromised computer. This is a detection given by Microsoft Security Software to name this specific type of malware. Just like any other data-gathering malware, this threat was made to steal user name, password, online credentials, or any desired data as arranged on its code. Other than that, HackTool:Win32/KonBoot also records hardware and software data, installed programs, and security setup on the infected PC.

Threat behavior


Normal routine to deploy a copy of HackTool:Win32/KonBoot includes spam email messages. It is sent as a misleading letter from a known person, company, or institution. Body of the email may contain messages that intend to draw user's attention into executing attached file.

Compromised web sites that will redirect users to HackTool:Win32/KonBoot location is reported as another method used by attacker to propagate this malware. Plagiarize software, serial key-generator, and misleading online advertisements are also used to drop a copy of HackTool:Win32/KonBoot.


When executed, HackTool:Win32/KonBoot will create files under Windows folder. In addition, it will arrange a start-up process by injecting registry entries without user's notice. This threat constantly connects to a remote server in order to download more malware.

Changes are also made to Windows firewall to allow network traffic that is required for HackTool:Win32/KonBoot to send gathered data to a remote computer. Running processes that are relevant to security software will also be disabled by this threat to avoid detection and removal.


Due to the ways and means of HackTool:Win32/KonBoot to work silently, there may be no obvious symptoms. Microsoft Security Software may send an alert if it able to identify the threat at it tries to enters the system.

How can you remove HackTool:Win32/KonBoot?

To totally remove HackTool:Win32/KonBoot from the computer and get rid of relevant virus and trojan, please execute the procedures as stated on this page. Make sure that you have completely scan the system with suggested malware removal tools and virus scanners.

Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7 Instructions:

1. Open Microsoft Security Essentials by going to Windows Start > All Programs. If the tool is not yet installed on the computer, please download Microsoft Security Essentials from the link below. Save the file on your hard drive.

Complete installation guide and usage are also provided on the same link. It is essential in removing HackTool:Win32/KonBoot effectively. If Microsoft Security Essentials is already installed on the PC, please proceed with the steps below.

2. On Microsoft Security Essentials Home screen, please choose Full under Scan Options.

MSE Full Scan

3. Click on Scan Now button to start detecting HackTool:Win32/KonBoot items, viruses, and malware on the PC. Scan may take a while, please be patient and wait for the process to end.

Windows 8 / 10 Instructions:

Windows Defender is a free tool that was built help you remove HackTool:Win32/KonBoot, viruses, and other malicious items from Windows 8 or Windows 10 system. Follow these procedures to scan your computer with Windows Defender:

1. Tap or click the Search charm, search for defender, and then open Windows Defender.

If Windows Defender is not yet installed on the computer, please proceed to download page using the link below. It also contains detailed instruction to install and use the program effectively. Proper usage is required to totally remove HackTool:Win32/KonBoot


2. On the Home tab, click Full under Scan Options. Click Scan now to start scanning for presence of HackTool:Win32/KonBoot. The process may take a while to complete.


3. After the scan, delete/quarantine identified threats wether it is relevant to HackTool:Win32/KonBoot or not. You may now restart Windows to complete the virus removal process.

Double Check with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

1. Download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware from the link below. Save the file on your hard drive.

2. Once the download completes, double-click on the file MB3-SETUP.EXE to run the program.

3. Select desired installation language when it prompts you.Then, click OK.

4. Continue with the process until MalwareBytes Anti-Malware is fully installed on the computer. The program will run automatically.

5. When Malwarebytes Anti-Malware interface appears, please select Scan on sidebar menu. Then, choose Threat Scan as shown in the image below. Click on Start Scan button to begin the process. The program will check for any available update before proceeding. Do not skip this step. Virus scan may take a while, please wait for the process to finish.


6. When scanning is done, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware will display the list of identified threats. Remove all and restart the computer to finalized the scan process.

One thought on “HackTool:Win32/KonBoot

  1. John Gordon

    In my Microsoft Security essentials the malware shows up every scan which is done overnight every 24 hrs it is HackTool:Win32/KonBoot it quarantine this malware but it continues to show up every day. Why is it not eliminated completely? I also run Malwarebytes in safe mode with rootkit search turned on and it doesn’t even show up please advise.

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