The SppExtComObjPatcher.exe (also called AutoKMS) is an executable that is located in the C:\Windows\System32 or C:\Windows\Setup\scriptsx64 directory. This process may seem as a part of the Windows operating system and some users may find it running in the background.
In spite of technically looking like a system file, however, the SppExtComObjPatcher.exe is not an executable from Microsoft but a file that is often ran by program activators. In other words, if you are using a cracked Windows or MS Office version or you have used a software activator to unlock its full license, then this is the reason why you may detect the SppExtComObjPatcher.exe process running in your OS.
Some users may be okay with the use of pirated Microsoft software versions, but others may be victims of such software without knowing it. That’s why, the SppExtComObjPatcher.exe process should always be treated with care because is it perfectly possible that it may be part of some malware, which logs and sends collected information to people with malicious intentions.
Fortunately, most anti-virus programs can detect that the SppExtComObjPatcher.exe process is not originally part of the Windows OS and suggest actions to eliminate it. However, users should keep in mind that many crack instruments and software activators may have the ability to exclude themselves and their files from being scanned by anti-virus programs and in this way they can make room for malware-like behavior. In other instances, the users may deliberately allow the SppExtComObjPatcher.exe executable to run on their machine.
SppExtComObjPatcher.exe may get into your Windows PC in several ways:
- You have deliberately installed it. Many web users intentionally install cracked software to bypass legal applications’ licensing measures. In this way they can use a given software free of charge, but at the same time this comes at the cost of serious security risks, not to mention that it is illegal.
- You have purchased a machine with already installed Windows copy on it. Sadly, there are shady retailers that can install a cracked version of Windows on your computer and even request extra money for this which is a very unethical practice.
- SppExtComObjPatcher.exe has been mounted on the computer through some malware. Advanced malicious programs may install different files and executables inside the system they have compromised and very often they may disguise them under file names that are common and won’t drag much attention. However, there is no guarantee about the safety of SppExtComObjPatcher.exe even if the file has been installed by you.
At the same time, many users question if SppExtComObjPatcher.exe is really that dangerous, as they take into account the fact that many antivirus providers may flag the file because they don’t want to encourage pirate usage in general. While this might be true, after all, the job of security software vendors is to protect users from any potentially malicious or illegal file and so they initiate the SppExtComObjPatcher.exe removal as soon as it has been installed.
Moreover, when people use cracks and illegal software activators there may be many hazards that may be invisible. For instance, aside from executable files like the SppExtComObjPatcher.exe, Trojans are some of the threats that can sneak inside the machine with the help of such tools and they can run in the background of the system without symptoms of any kind until security software flags them. That’s why, security experts advise users to remove program cracking tools and any related components and files such as SppExtComObjPatcher.exe, Wup.exe and Cloudnet from their computer in order to avoid the risk of being compromised with malware.
How can malicious files be prevented from entering your Windows system?
Malware typically consists of multiple components and files which get placed on your system as soon as the infection is triggered. The software cracking tools also fall in the category of deceptive programs because, apart from being illegal, they can run different background processes, install additional files and components and make adjustments that may be invisible for you.
And while they may perform the intended functionality (namely to bypass the software’s license protection) they may also be able to inject malicious components into the system that secretly collect information, such as login credentials, online banking details, passwords, personal correspondence, etc. Besides, there is no way of saying if the version of a cracking tool that you are using is safe because, even if there are no questionable activities, most security applications would almost always flag it simply because it is unlawful.
The following simple security tips may also help you avoid the installation of malicious executables in your system:
- Use anti-malware software and don’t overlook its notifications.
- Apply Windows and programs security patches as soon as they are available.
- Provide strong passwords to protect your accounts.
- Whenever possible, use two-factor authentication.
- Avoid the use of cracked software and install programs only from legal and reliable developers.
- Protect your web browser with ad-blocking and real-time web surfing security extensions.
How to remove the SppExtComObjPatcher.exe file?
While there may be many discussions, reputed security researches are united under the opinion that software cracking tools and their files and components are fundamentally unsafe and it is inadvisable to keep them in your computer. Therefore, if you are using some kind of software activator or a crack tool and you have the SppExtComObjPatcher.exe file in your Windows machine, our recommendation is to remove both the tool and the file. This can easily be done with the help of a trusted anti-virus program of your choice which can not only remove the questionable components but also scan and protect your entire computer for hidden malware.
|Danger Level||High (Trojans are often used as a backdoor for Ransomware)|
|Symptoms||Disturbances in the system like sudden crashes and system errors are likely if there’a Trojan on the computer.|
|Distribution Method||Mostly through illegal sites that spread pirated software and through misleading spam email attachments.|
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If you are looking for a way to remove SppExtComObjPatcher.exe you can try this:
- Click on the Start button in the bottom left corner of your Windows OS.
- Go to Control Panel -> Programs and Features -> Uninstall a Program.
- Search for SppExtComObjPatcher.exe and any other unfamiliar programs.
- Uninstall SppExtComObjPatcher.exe as well as other suspicious programs.
Note that this might not get rid of SppExtComObjPatcher.exe completely. For more detailed removal instructions follow the guide below.
If you have a Windows virus, continue with the guide below.
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Some of the steps will likely require you to exit the page. Bookmark it for later reference.
Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which processes are dangerous.
Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:
After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders.
Note: If you are sure something is part of the infection – delete it, even if the scanner doesn’t flag it. No anti-virus program can detect all infections.
Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.
You are now in the Control Panel. Look for suspicious entries. Uninstall it/them. If you see a screen like this when you click Uninstall, choose NO:
Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:
Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.
- Remember this step – if you have reason to believe a bigger threat (like ransomware) is on your PC, check everything here.
Hold the Start Key and R – copy + paste the following and click OK:
A new file will open. If you are hacked, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. Look at the image below:
If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.
Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.
Once inside, press CTRL and F together and type the virus’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If they don’t show up this way, go manually to these directories and delete/uninstall them:
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random Directory. It could be any one of them – ask us if you can’t discern which ones are malicious.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random
If the guide doesn’t help, download the anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!