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13 February 2007
Risk Impact:
File Names:
Systems Affected:
Microsoft IIS, Windows


Hacktool.FxScanner is a utility program that gives a remote attacker the option of scanning a range of IP addresses for servers that are vulnerable to specific types of exploits.


The files are detected as Hacktool.FxScanner.

Antivirus Protection Dates

  • Initial Rapid Release version 02 October 2014 revision 022
  • Latest Rapid Release version 07 May 2019 revision 006
  • Initial Daily Certified version 06 January 2004
  • Latest Daily Certified version 07 May 2019 revision 008
  • Initial Weekly Certified release date 07 January 2004
Click here for a more detailed description of Rapid Release and Daily Certified virus definitions.

Hacktool.FxScanner allows an attacker to probe a range of IP addresses, to determine whether a computer whose address is in that range is vulnerable to specific types of exploits.

The currently tested exploits in Hacktool.FxScanner is IIS Web Directory Traversal Exploit .

Hacktool.FxScanner can also check whether an FTP server in a specific IP range allows for uploading and downloading of files using anonymous access.

The following instructions pertain to all Symantec antivirus products that support Security Risk detection.
  1. Update the definitions.
  2. Run a full system scan and delete all the files detected as Hacktool.FxScanner.
For specific details on each of these steps, read the following instructions.

1. Updating the definitions
To obtain the most recent definitions, start your Symantec program and run LiveUpdate.

2. Scanning for and deleting the files
  1. Start your Symantec antivirus program and run a full system scan..
  2. If any files are detected as Hacktool.FxScanner, click Delete.

    Note: If your Symantec antivirus product reports that it cannot delete a detected file, write down the path and file name. Then use Windows Explorer to locate and delete the file.