Hack-Tool:W32/KMSActivator

Classification

PUA

Hack-Tool

W32

Application.Hacktool.KMSActivator.[variant]

Summary

An activator program that is used to activate installations of the Windows operating system.

Removal

Automatic action

Based on the settings of your F-Secure security product, it will either prompt you for a desired action, allow the file to run, block it from running, or move it to the quarantine where it cannot harm your device.

Suspect a file is incorrectly detected (a False Positive)?

A False Positive is when a file is incorrectly detected as harmful, usually because its code or behavior resembles known harmful programs. A False Positive will usually be fixed in a subsequent database update without any action needed on your part. If you wish, you may also:

  • Check for the latest database updates

    First check if your F-Secure security program is using the latest detection database updates, then try scanning the file again.

  • Submit a sample

    After checking, if you still believe the file is incorrectly detected, you can submit a sample of it for re-analysis.

    NOTE If the file was moved to quarantine, you need to collect the file from quarantine before you can submit it.

  • Exclude a file from further scanning

    If you are certain that the file is safe and want to continue using it, you can exclude it from further scanning by the F-Secure security product.

    Note You need administrative rights to change the settings.

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User Guide

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Submit a sample

Submit a file or URL for further analysis.

Technical Details

There are a number of well-known activator programs, including KMSActivator, KMSAuto and KMSpico. These utility programs are used to activate installations of the Windows operating system, often to remove the trial or grace period limitations.

The activator programs work by circumventing the standard activation process, which normally involves the installation connecting to Microsoft's own servers. Instead, the activator programs create an emulated Key Management Service (KMS) server on the local network, then redirects the installation to that server for activation.

Legal and security concerns

The legality of using a hack-tool can vary widely depending on the laws of the country where it is used and specific details of how it is used. There have also been reports of activator programs being bundled with other unwanted or harmful programs.