AMTEmu – Universal Adobe Patcher. Is AMTEmu Safe?

AMTEmu
AMTEmu
Written by Robert Bailey

AMTEmu is quite a popular “crack” that can be correctly described as a tool that is used to activate Adobe Products. Due to the fact that antivirus must be disabled to use this tool, it is very easy to inject the malware using it as the carrier. In this post, you will read about the essence of AMTEmu, as well as about its danger and usage for malevolent purposes.

What is AMTEmu?

As it was mentioned, AMTEmu is a crack tool that allows you to activate your Adobe Products without purchasing the license key. The mechanism that is used is quite complicated, and the manual performance of this operation is likely impossible, that’s why such tools are so popular nowadays. Besides the Adobe Products activation, AMTEmu may also have a function of activating the Adobe Products.

AMTEmu Adobe Protection

AMTEmu Adobe Protection

The majority of anti-malware software detects this program as a hack tool/crack; these types of hazards are about to be blocked instantly after the detection. Hence, to use AMTEmu you need to shut your antivirus down or add the application to the whitelist. Due to that fact, there is no trouble adding the virus you want through this app. And malware distributors know about this loophole, so the chance of getting infected via AMTEmu is very high.

The ease of malevolent usage of this hack tool is caused by its main functionality. It connects to the Key Management Service and sends it one of the leaked activation keys for OEM PC producers. Then the program receives the individual key for this device from the mentioned server, and the activation procedure completes. But what is the problem to change the AMTEmu configurations to force it to connect not to the Adobe server, but to the server that is controlled by malware distributors? After such manipulation, it is easy to send back a pack of viruses instead of the individual key; if the user tries to activate the system multiple times, he will get new and new viruses.

There is also a much more clumsy, but the same effective method. When downloading the AMTEmu, you don’t get the exact program – there is an executable file of the trojan virus instead of the offered app. The problem is that the anti-malware program with working on-run protection will start notifying you about the malware presence (this time – about the trojan virus), so the user who has such a good security tool will definitely stop at this point. Nonetheless, a lot of people just ignore this information and run the virus under the guise of the Adobe activation tool.

AMTEmu Interface

AMTEmu Interface

AMTEmu may also be dangerous in other way. Using the hacked Windows is a prosecuted action. And if the fact of such usage will be detected by the executive authorities, you (or your corporation) will be fined a large sum of money. Keep this fact in mind, if you have a cracked version of Windows on your home computer, and are going to develop the program, or to do any other activities which may uncover the fact of license hacking.

Which viruses may I get with the AMTEmu?

Generally, the majority of viruses you may get through the AMTEmu and similar KMS-hacking apps are trojans of different categories. Usually, it is a trojan-downloader, that will inject a lot of other viruses after getting launched, or Adrozek trojan, who has similar behavior with adware. Much more rare case is ransomware injection through the ransom-trojan – a specific type of trojan-downloader, which is able to make several system changes that make the ransomware activity much easier.

Example of ransomware activity consequences

All of these viruses deal a significant influence on the performance of the infected PC. And, besides the usability harm, this malware may also deal damage to your confidential data, especially when we talk about ransomware. It is recommended to remove this malware as soon as possible.

How can I understand that my version of AMTEmu was a counterfeit?

The signs of the false program is the absence of its efficiency. If it does not show the results it was promoted with, that’s the reason to check your PC with an antivirus program. The correct functioning of the AMTEmu is also not a guarantee that there are no viruses onboard. However, if you are going to use such questionable programs, the usage of anti-malware software must be something like washing the hands during a pandemic.

If the malware from the AMTEmu-related bundle was successfully injected into your system, you will see the common symptoms typical for trojan virus activity. System slowdown, blinking windows on the desktop, a lot of unknown apps running in the background and launched as user processes – that’s are the clearest signs of trojan presence.

How to wipe the trojans out of my PC?

Manual trojan removal is likely impossible due to the wide range of changes implemented by this type of viruses. It is better to use anti-malware software. But the Microsoft Defender1, that is present on each computer with Windows 10, has a lot of vulnerabilities, and may be easily disabled by the trojans via Group Policies editing. Moreover, a lot of users disable it manually due to the consumption of computer resources. Hence, it is not the most reliable solution.

GridinSoft Anti-Malware is a perfect solution for such a case. It has an On-Run Protection option, which allows it to detect & block the viruses before the start of their activity. And the perfect efficiency of its scans will surely help you to deal with the malware that is already present on your PC.

Install and launch GridinSoft Anti-Malware. Start the Full scan: it will check all logical disks you have in your system, so the malware will surely be found.

Gridinsoft during the scan

When the scan is over, press “Apply” to delete the detected malware.

GridinSoft Anti-Malware scan results

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Robert Bailey

Security Engineer. Interested in malware, reverse engineering, white ethical hacking. I like coding, travelling and bikes.

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