To remove HackTool:Win32/AutoKMS using Windows Defender you should first make sure that its virus definitions are updated. You can do this by checking for Windows updates from Settings. You will then need to run a full system scan to detect and remove this threat.
A hacktool is a term given to certain software that allow the illegal use of Microsoft products such as Windows and Office. It usually works by generating fake activation keys and licenses. The tool itself is not harmful however it is usually delivered with malware which can be dangerous to your computer.
Remove HackTool:Win32/AutoKMS from Windows 10
HackTool:Win32/AutoKMS is a malicious tool that allows a user to use an unregistered copy of a Microsoft software product. Using this tool can potentially lead to malware infecting your computer. Windows Defender, which is the built in antivirus software of Windows 10, can easily detect and remove this threat.
Effects of HackTool:Win32/AutoKMS on a computer
The main purpose of this tool is to make you run activated Microsoft products, especially Microsoft Office, without paying for it. Aside from this, it will also place several files and tasks that allow malicious code to be run every time Windows starts.
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The best way to remove this threat from your computer if it is infected by it is by using Windows Defender.
Time needed: 1 hour.
Detect and remove HackTool:Win32/AutoKMS
- Click the Start button.
This is located on the lower left side of the screen.
- Click Settings.
This has a gear icon which when clicked will open the Settings window.
- Click Update & Security.
This is usually the last option in the Settings window.
- Click Windows Security.
This is located in the left pane.
- Click Virus & Threat protection.
This is located in the right pane and will open the Windows Security window.
- Click Scan Options.
This is located in the right pane under the Current threats section.
- Select Full scan then click on the Scan now button.
This will check all files and programs running on your hard drive and will usually take more than an hour to complete. If a virus is found then it will be removed.
After performing the steps listed above you will successfully remove HackTool:Win32/AutoKMS using Windows Defender.
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