Windows License has Expired “Virus” Removal (Chrome/Firefox) Feb. 2019 Update

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This page aims to help you remove Windows License has Expired for free. Our Windows License has Expired “Virus” removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.

Maybe you are interested in the information about Windows License has Expired that we have provided because you have been wondering how to get rid of that program after you have done some research on its features and effects. Even if you are reading the following article out of mere curiosity and your system has not been affected by this program, please, continue. On this page you will find details about this sort of programs as well as a functional removal guide that can help you deal with the problem in case of an infection.

Characteristics and effects

If we talk about what type of software Windows License has Expired in fact represents, we should say that it is a typical Adware-based program. All Adware products are similar to one another in terms of effects and typical features. For example, their most common feature is that they produce a big number of ads that might come in many diverse forms and shapes (from pop-ups and banners to entire new browser tabs).  The reason behind such a high rate of ads productivity is that all those Adware-type programs are created with the sole purpose of generating profits for their developers. This strategy is called “PAY PER (every single) CLICK” or PPC. The creators of Adware get more and more money with each generated ad of some product, service or software that they advertise from the vendors.

Another very annoying, but typical feature of Windows License has Expired and the programs similar to it is that they are actually able to research your most common or recent browsing requests. In this way they can adjust the displayed ads to your personal preferences or searches in the hope of more purchases of the advertised products. Some users may consider such acts as too intrusive and that is why Adware is defined by some security experts as a potentially unwanted program. Some other rather questionable characteristics could include possible redirections to potentially dangerous places on the web that may contain malware like Ransomware. Despite the caution, such cases have not been reported yet. One more quite negative probable effect is that sometimes Adware may be able to slow down your entire PC because of the excessive generation of advertisements. However, this possibility depends entirely on the system resources of your machine.

Are we talking about a virus?

Do not be bothered by the possible unpleasant effects of Adware explained above. This program has not been classified as malicious or as a virus. It may appear rather annoying and intrusive when it comes to your surfing history, but that is all. People just want to sell something to you and sometimes the ads can actually be helpful and you may find what you are looking for. Windows License has Expired does not have the intention or the capabilities to crash your computer, to steal or encrypt any data on it. Neither is this Adware able to spy on you or copy and use private info like account and banking credentials. Of course, for you it may be important to remove it because it might be extremely irritating. Nevertheless, remember: it is not able to do anything really harmful to your PC.

If Windows License has Expired is not malicious, how has it become a part of your system without your knowledge?

Technically, only a few malicious programs are capable of invading your PC without your consent. And Windows License has Expired is NOT malware. The way it gets distributed may vary from torrents and suspicious emails to websites and redirecting hyperlinks. The most usual distributor of Adware are the so-called software bundles: combinations of original software and Adware-like products. Developers form them because of the potential profits they might receive from the ads and the possibility to spread their own programs for free and in this way – popularize them. This is made possible by the technique explained above – pay per click.

Usually you may not remember how exactly you have downloaded and installed any Adware program, however, it is highly likely that you have done that due to naïveté and lack of carefulness. When it comes to Adware, it is essential that you learn how to avoid installing any programs in the wrong way and allowing them to incorporate anything like Windows License has Expired into your system. The only right way when it comes to any installation process is via the advanced or detailed option that may appear with different names in the different wizards. It might be called “Advanced”, “Custom” or “Customized”. No matter what its name is, use only that one as it will give you a lot of information about the content of the bundle. Some users use some of the other possible installation options that provide a quick, typical or default installation process and in this way end up being infected with Windows License has Expired and other irritating or malicious software.

Remove it or not?

It is important that you get rid of the ads if they are annoying you. For that specific purpose, we have created our removal guide below. If you can handle the ads and consider them normal and bearable, you may not remove Windows License has Expired . It is your choice. Good luck no matter what you decide to do!


Name Windows License has Expired
Type  Adware/Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Many constantly appearing ads either inside your browser or inside an installed program.
Distribution Method Blame it mainly on the process called software bundling – the combining of Adware and other types of software.
Detection Tool Windows License has Expired  may be difficult to track down. Use SpyHunter – a professional parasite scanner – to make sure you find all files related to the infection.

Keep in mind, SpyHunter’s malware detection tool is free. To remove the infection, you’ll need to purchase the full version.
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Windows License has Expired Removal


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

This was 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.

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Reveal All Hidden Files and Folders.

  • Do not skip this  – Windows License has Expired  may have hidden some of its files.

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.

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.


Open the start menu and search for Network Connections (On Windows 10 you just write it after clicking the Windows button), press enter.

  1. Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click  Properties.
  2. The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
  3. Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.



Right click on the browser’s shortcut —> Properties.

NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but you can do this for Firefox and IE (or Edge).


Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.

ie9-10_512x512  Remove Windows License has Expired  from Internet Explorer:

Open IE, click  IE GEAR —–> Manage Add-ons.

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Find the threat —> Disable. Go to IE GEAR —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.

firefox-512 Remove Windows License has Expired  from Firefox:

Open Firefoxclick  mozilla menu  ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Windows License has Expired  from Chrome:

Close Chrome. Navigate to:

 C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:

Rename the Folder to Backup Default

Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.

  • At this point the threat is gone from Chrome, but complete the entire guide or it may reappear on a system reboot.


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


We get asked this a lot, so we are putting it here: Removing parasite manually may take hours and damage your system in the process. We recommend downloading SpyHunter to see if it can detect parasite files for you.

Right click on each of the problematic 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 Enter.

Inside, press CTRL and F together and type the threat’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—-Windows—CurrentVersion—Run– Random
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random

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