The detection name GameHack (as well as HackTool, GameCrack, CrackTool, and similar ones) is used by antivirus programs for files and processes that can help you cheat in games and get around software licenses.
GameHack isn’t necessarily malicious. In fact, its detection may be expected by those who are intentionally modifying their programs with special tools.
But still, GameHack software can be dangerous. For instance, pirated files and cracks often come bundled with adware and other malware that can infect the computer and cause various problems with pop-ups, redirects, and stolen information.
Gamehack Malware quicklinks
- Is GameHack dangerous?
- Not always malicious
- Bundled with malware
- How to stay safe
- How to remove GameHack
- Automatic Malware removal tools
|Threat type||Potentially unwanted program,
|How GameHack can be dangerous||It modifies other programs,
it could be infected with real malware.
|How to avoid getting infected||Use antivirus tools,
protect your files and your accounts,
stick to reliable websites.
|How to remove GameHack malware||Remove potentially unwanted and risky programs manually and with antivirus tools, like Spyhunter, Malwarebytes, and others.|
Is GameHack dangerous?
Not always malicious
GameHack, Patcher, RiskTool, etc. are detections that are usually applied to programs that:
- Help you cheat in competitive multiplayer games.
- Help you steal software.
Sometimes, they get detected by antivirus programs, as can be seen in these examples: Example 1, Example 2. They get labeled as HackTool, GameHack, Unwanted, Malicious, Trojan, RiskWare, GmePatcher, FilePatch, Generic, etc,
They are not strictly malware as they are not meant to hurt you. In fact, you probably download them intentionally. This is often very unethical, but it’s not dangerous to you as the user.
Despite that, antivirus programs continue to detect these files.
Firstly, they do it because GameHacks do behave a bit like real malware. They change how your programs work. They also try to hide from DRM and anti-cheat, just like viruses hide from antivirus programs.
Another reason could be that antivirus vendors do not want to assist pirates and cheaters. Maybe it’s because antivirus vendors don’t want to step on the toes of fellow software vendors. After all, using GameHack-type software surely breaches the Terms of Service of the programs that you’re trying to hack.
The most important reason for GameHacks being detected is that many instances of GameHack, RiskTool, RiskWare, etc. really are infected with malware. Like other potentially unwanted programs, GameHacks can cause real problems by making the computer less safe and inviting more malware on it.
Bundled with malware
While some GameHacks are paid, many programs like AutoKMS and GameHacks can be downloaded for free on the internet. However, some actors still want to profit off of them. So, they bundle unwanted software and malware.
There are also sites that impersonate real cheat services and deliver malware to their users.
If a GameHack that you download is infected with malware, it could be considered a Trojan horse. It could be hiding something really dangerous:
- Adware that takes over your web browsers and injects ads into it.
- An info stealer that reads passwords and other information saved by your web browsers and other programs.
- File-encrypting ransomware (software that locks files and asks for money to unlock them).
- Miners (software that uses your computer to mine cryptocurrencies).
- Botnets (software that uses your computer to perform DOS attacks, ad fraud, and send out spam).
Famously, one of the most popular ransomware families, Djvu, spreads in cracked software.
How to stay safe
It is risky to use cracks, GameHacks, and other illegitimate software. If you want to avoid malware, it would help to never cheat or pirate.
But that would require an extreme lifestyle change for some, and it’s just not going to happen. So, what are some smaller things that you do to improve your security?
- Don’t trust web search results to find your software. Instead, find a reliable website to download GameHacks from.
- Use a good antivirus program. Do not turn off its features or make broad exceptions. When it detects GameHack and other malware, don’t just assume false positives – read all the detection names.
- Find a community focused on staying safe. Share tips and ask for advice.
- Create backups of your files regularly.
- Use 2-factor authentication to protect all the accounts that are important to you.
How to remove GameHack
If a stealer was found on your device, then you must change your passwords once it’s gone. If adware was discovered, then you’ll need to check the settings of your web browsers and remove any suspicious browser extensions that may have been installed.
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