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Published Jun 21, 2016 | Updated Sep 15, 2017


Detected by Microsoft Defender Antivirus

Aliases: Mimikatz-DumpCreds (McAfee) Mimikatz Exploit Utility (PUA) (Sophos) Hacktool.Mimikatz (Symantec) Trojan.Generic.15297570 (F-secure) Riskware/Mimikatz (Fortinet) Exploit.Win32.Palsas (Ikarus) HackTool.Win32.Mimikatz.gen (Kaspersky) HKTL_MIMIKATZ (Trend Micro)


Windows Defender Antivirus detects and removes this threat.

Hacktools can be used to patch or "crack" some software so it will run without a valid license or genuine product key.

We recommend you don't run hacktools because they can be associated with malware or potentially unwanted software.

We often see malware on PCs where hacktools are detected. You can read more about hacktools in Volume 13 of the Security Intelligence Report.

Use the following free Microsoft software to detect and remove this threat:

You should also run a full scan. A full scan might find hidden malware.

Remove programs

You might need to manually remove this program:

Use cloud protection

Use cloud protection to help guard against the latest malware threats. It’s turned on by default for Microsoft Security Essentials and Windows Defender for Windows 10. 

Go to All settings > Update & security > Windows Defender and make sure that your Cloud-based Protection settings is turned On.

Get more help

You can also see our advanced troubleshooting page or search the Microsoft virus and malware community for more help.

If you’re using Windows XP, see our Windows XP end of support page.

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