Short bio

HackTool.FilePatch is Malwarebytes’ detection name for tools that help users to alter files.

Type and source of the infection

Hack tools are a special kind of riskware. 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. Often, the alterations made with HackTool.FilePatch are intended to gain free access to resources or use software for free that one would normally pay for. This behavior can have legal consequences in some countries and under some circumstances.

Hacktools can often be downloaded from sites of a shady nature.


Malwarebytes protects users from HackTool.FilePatch by using real-time protection.

block HackTool.FilePatch

Malwarebytes blocks HackTool.FilePatch


Malwarebytes can detect and remove HackTool.FilePatch without further user interaction.

  1. Please download Malwarebytes to your desktop.
  2. Double-click MBSetup.exe and follow the prompts to install the program.
  3. When your Malwarebytes for Windows installation completes, the program opens to the Welcome to Malwarebytes screen.
  4. Click on the Get started button.
  5. Click Scan to start a Threat Scan.
  6. Click Quarantine to remove the found threats.
  7. Reboot the system if prompted to complete the removal process.

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.

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