This page aims to help you remove Windows Activation Pro “Virus”. These Windows Activation Pro removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows. You’ll recognize this by the message “your computer is suspected of malicious software” and getting asked to call 18444598882 for support.
Have you seen a message on your desktop someone claiming he’s from Microsoft, who then claims you have a problem with your computer and need to fix it by calling a tech support number? Have you been greeted by a pop window virus saying you need to activate Windows by supplying an activation key? If so, then this article is for you. It is likely you’ve been targeted by the Windows Activation pro scam. We’ll try our best to explain how it works and what is the best way to remove it from your system.
Who is behind Windows Acivation Pro “Virus”?
Windows Activation Pro is a scam that refers to a tech support phone number 18444598882. The number is located in America, but the people who pick up the phone will have distinct foreign accent, usually Asian (Indian or Chinese). In fact most tech support scams like this are set up entirely overseas, out of reach for the authorities.
- Please note that the tech support number will probably change immediately after it is shut down by the authorities. Currently the number is 18444598882, but whatever the number may be changed to its the same scam!
These people are not hackers, but they use the services of hackers to distribute the scam message between computers .A hacker is a person who violates computer security for the singular purpose of personal gain. They have no interest in the laws of countries and generally do not care about ethics. They form the stereotype of a typical hacker displayed in culture and media, whom the public fear the most. They are skilled in the art of deception and social engineering and are capable of utilizing them to great extent to trick their victims.
This is not actually as dangerous as a virus or ransomware either. Computer viruses are self-replicating pieces of code and they will target your system directly. The tech scam merely uses virus penetration methods to enter your PC – from that point on it relies entirely on the user’s gullibility to turn profit. Windows Activan Pro “Virus” may appear to be a malicious application, but in the end it’s just a plain old tech scam. A Ransomware virus, in comparison, would put you in a much more difficult position.
How does the Windows Activation Pro work? What should I do?
The people behind the Windows activation Pro scam are after the personal data and money of their victims. They rely on social engineering and confidence tricks to achieve their goals. They start by either calling you or displaying a message on your computer screen that usually cannot be closed without the help of the task manager. They claim to be a legitimate source, a third party with names such as “Microsoft” or “Windows Technical Support”. Please note that many similar tech scams do exist and the people behind them are complete fakes – a reputable company like Microsoft will never ask about your cd-key or product key, neither will they ask you to call in a number by displaying it in a pop-up ad.
The one you are experiencing now are a form of pop-up ads that tell you to call a number, usually “toll free”. Calling them serves you no purpose and can only charge you money to waste time talking to a fake personality, claiming they are a representative of a big company, usually Microsoft. If they are confronted however, they usually become very aggressive in order to cower you into submission, since they can’t actually prove their legitimacy.
In addition to that, they request you provide your product key to supposedly activate your copy of Windows. Most commonly, they will tell you that your copy is illegal/expired/corrupt and needs immediate attention. Sometimes they display error codes or messages that may seem to relate to the problem, but in actuality have nothing to do with your computer. None of these claims are legitimate and are only attempts at using social engineering to trick you into giving them your personal information.
What you should be doing in this scenario, is to completely ignore any demands from the scammers, or better yet don’t touch the phone at all, because toll-free usually translates into toll-extra. Its possible they may ask you about bank account information, to “charge” you for their “helpful services”. They may claim they can fix your non existing problem if you provide them payment, but in reality no one from a software company will ask you money in this manner. If you provide the product key they usually ask, this will only be sent to a remote server and claimed by the scammers. It will not activate anything, despite what they might try to tell you. If you are provided instructions to do a certain action on your computer, such as accessing Window’s Event Viewer to falsely prove to you that you have an error message or typing suspicious-looking commands in the command prompt, then do note that nothing they may show you is any sort of evidence towards a “potential” problem of yours.
Once you have learned what you should be avoiding, next course of action for you is to begin removing the Windows Activation virus.For this please proceed to your removal guide below.
|Name||Windows Activation Pro|
|Type|| Tech Scam
|Danger Level||High (Getting PC advice from people that intend to rob you can be disastrous)
|Symptoms||An error scam message will cover your screen and invite you to call a tech support number.|
|Distribution Method||Packaged in the installers of certain programs, torrents and spam email attachments.|
|Detection Tool||Windows Activation Pro may be difficult to track down. Use SpyHunter – a professional parasite scanner – to make sure you find all files related to the infection.|
Windows Activation Pro “Virus” Removal
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- Firstly, its very possible that the pop-up message cannot be closed by traditional means.If this is the case do the following:
- Hold control and escape on your keyboard, this should reveal the task bar at the bottom of your screen.
- Then, press the right mouse button on your task bar and choose task manager in the context menu.
- Next, press the right mouse button once again, and you should be able to use the option cascade windows in the same context menu.
Once you’ve done all of this you should be able to…
Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
This is the first preparation.
To remove parasite on your own, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. If you were to do this, you need to be extremely careful, because you may damage your system.
If you want to avoid the risk, we recommend downloading SpyHunter - a professional malware removal tool - to see whether it will find malicious programs on your PC.
The first thing you absolutely must do is Reveal All Hidden Files and Folders.
- Do not skip this. Windows Activation Pro may have hidden some of its files and you need to see them.
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.
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.
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
- This step is very important, because you can catch other threats (like Ransomware and Spyware) while looking for the Adware process.
Right click on each of the virus processes separately and select Open File Location. End the process after you open the folder, then delete the directories you were sent to.
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 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 all the prior steps fail to help you or you have reason to believe your system is exposed to threats like Ransomware, we advise you to download a professional scanner and remover.
Remember to leave us a comment if you run into any trouble!