Windows Activation Error Code 0x44596 Removal

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This page aims to help you remove Windows Activation Error Code 0x44596 for free. Our instructions also cover how any Windows Activation Error Code 0x44596 files can be recovered.

Windows Activation Error Code 0x44596 makes your computer inaccessible and pretends to be a system error

Windows Activation Error Code 0x44596 is a malicious program that displays a screen notification that strongly resembles a Windows error message. This message invades your entire viewing field and seems hard to be removed, neither by the Task Manager, nor by any key combination (like Alt+TabAlt+F4, Ctrl+Alt+Delete). Nothing appears useful when it comes to getting rid of such a message. That’s why this program is so irritating and bothering, because it prevents you from opening and using anything on your computer. Usually no Windows errors are so intrusive and annoying, as well as none of their windows are so unwilling to be closed. However, this is not a system message at all, this is a type of malware that is exploited for the extortion of money out of the naive users who have caught this virus. Windows Activation Error Code 0x44596 in fact generates an alert notification that really resembles a real one. Despite the strong resemblance, it is a simple trick to make you believe something is going wrong with your OS and to make you pay for fixing the “error”-causing problem.

What is Windows Activation Error Code 0x44596 like? How does it function?

Here, you will have to deal with a Ransomware version. However, stay calm and don’t panic! This kind of Ransomware is not like the “normal” versions – it doesn’t actually encrypt any files to make them inaccessible. It can only infect your PC and lock your screen by showing the pretending-to-be-error message which may take up your whole screen. As a result, you end up completely unable to do anything on your system, besides communicating with the error notification. This alert message that Windows Activation Error Code 0x44596 has produced could have something to do with the production key of your OS. It might have a special field where you are supposed to type in that key and check whether your copy of Windows is legitimate. Of course, then Windows Activation Error Code 0x44596 informs you that your OS is not original, your production key is fake and you need to pay for a real one. For that purpose, in the message, there are certain numbers that you need to use in order to contact the people that could “help” you fix the occurring “error”. In fact, the only people you will reach via those numbers are the people who have contaminated your machine and have been harassing you all along with this bothering message.

How to react in case of an infection with Windows Activation Error Code 0x44596?

First of all, avoid any communication with the hackers. On no condition should you call the presented numbers. All you are going to be told is that you need to complete a payment of a certain amount of money for solving this technical issue. Even if you call such a number, never agree to complete any payments. This is an illegal scheme of making you give your money to hackers without any scruples. Your OS is just fine and you just have to remove the virus in order to use it efficiently again. In order to help you achieve the purpose of deleting Windows Activation Error Code 0x44596, we have created a Removal Guide. It is accessible at the end of this article. All you have to do is read all the instructions and proceed with their implementation in a careful manner. Doing so should be enough to free your device from the effects of Windows Activation Error Code 0x44596 and to make your screen functional again.

About preventing future contamination with viruses like Windows Activation Error Code 0x44596

The safety and health of your computer should be maintained every single day. Prevention is a gradual and constant process of little steps that have big effect on protecting your PC from disturbing and dangerous malware like Windows Activation Error Code 0x44596. If you want your system clean from any cyber threats, remember that it first needs the best anti-malware tool. Purchase and install one and after that keep it always up-to-date. Secondly, it is necessary that you should be especially cautious where you go and what you do online. Anything that looks particularly suspicious or seems not trustworthy should be avoided at any cost – websites, bundles, shady letters and odd attachments. Just take your brain with you whatever you do and wherever you go on the web as it is full of dark places and you can catch even more bothering versions of Ransomware as well as other viruses from practically everywhere on the Internet.


Name Windows Activation Error Code 0x44596
Type Ransomware
Danger Level High (Ransomware are by far the worse threat you can encounter)
Symptoms A disturbing message appears on your screen, you can access your desktop.
Distribution Method The usual – contaminated e-mails, program bundles, infected torrent downloads.
Detection Tool We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.

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Windows Activation Error Code 0x44596 Removal


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Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).

You will want to open Safe Mode with Command Prompt.

When in Command Prompt -> Type explorer.exe -> Enter.


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Hold the Start Key and R –  copy + paste the following and click OK:

notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts

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:

hosts_opt (1)

If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.

Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:


Go in Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.

  • Please note that ransomware may even include a fake Manufacturer name to its process. Make sure you check out every process here is legitimate.


Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC simultaneously. Go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which ones are a virus. Google them or ask us in the comments.


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Right click on each of the virus processes separately and select Open File LocationEnd the process after you open the folder, then delete the directories you were sent to.



Type Regedit in the windows search field and press EnterOnce inside, press CTRL and F together and type the virus’s Name. 

Search for the ransomware  in your registries and delete the entries. Be extremely careful –  you can damage your system if you delete entries not related to the ransomware.

Type each of the following in the Windows Search Field:

  1. %AppData%
  2. %LocalAppData%
  3. %ProgramData%
  4. %WinDir%
  5. %Temp%

Delete everything in Temp. The rest just check out for anything recently added. Remember to leave us a comment if you run into any trouble!

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  • HowToRemove.Guide Team

    That’s great news Chrisian! Keep us posted if you have other issues.

  • Michael Smyth

    I have a similar virus but a different code, but the same problem. Couldn’t for ages access the desktop in safe mode. Eventually found out you must run safe mode from t g e cmd then exe explorer. This pushes the virus screen away and allows you to access the desktop in safe mode.

    • HowToRemove.Guide Team

      Hi Michael,
      what is the error code you have. Can you be more detailed about the IPs? Can you post some of them here so we can check them?

      • Michael Smyth

        And these are the IPs

        • HowToRemove.Guide Team

          Hi Michael,
          these IPs are legit. Our team checked them and they turned out to be harmless. Keep us posted if you need further help.

  • HowToRemove.Guide Team

    Hi Michael,
    at this point i suggest to you to download our software from one of our banners above. After that you can use the free scan feature. The scanner will locate any infected files where you have to delete them manually. Keep us posted if you need further help.

  • HowToRemove.Guide Team

    Hi Tec1,
    you have to go into Safe Mode and execute the steps in the guide in order to get rid of the Activation Error.

  • Isaiah flint

    Hey can u guys help me out

    • HowToRemove.Guide Team

      What issue are you faced with?