Microsoft Office Activation Wizard Scam

Also Known As: Microsoft Office Activation Wizard virus
Type: Adware
Distribution: Low
Damage level: <strong>Medium</strong>

Description Removal Prevention

Microsoft Office Activation Wizard removal instructions

What is Microsoft Office Activation Wizard?

"Microsoft Office Activation Wizard" is a deceptive pop-up claiming that the user's MS Office activation has expired. This pop-up often infiltrates the system during installation of potentially unwanted programs (PUPs), which generate intrusive online advertisements, cause unwanted redirects, and continually record information relating to users' Internet browsing activity.

Microsoft Office Activation Wizard adware

The "Microsoft Office Activation Wizard" pop-up overlays all computer applications. It contains a message stating that the MS Office activation has expired and that the victim has two choices: 1) activate via the Internet, or; 2) call tech support via the telephone number provided (1 800 935 6918). In fact, activation via the Internet does not work and, thus, victims are forced to call tech support. Be aware that this pop-up is fake - criminals attempt to trick victims into calling and paying for services that are not needed. Fortunately, the "Microsoft Office Activation Wizard" executable has a hard-coded activation code ("THTY4-89LK6-RTI23-XZTOP-05ERY"), which you can use to "activate" your MS Office and, therefore, remove the pop-up. PUPs employ a 'virtual layer' to generate pop-up, banner, coupon, and other similar advertisements. The virtual layer enables placement of third party graphical content on any site. Therefore, displayed ads often conceal underlying content. These bogus programs are also likely to redirect users to various websites (usually fake Internet search engines) without their consent. Content-concealing ads and unwanted redirects significantly diminish the Internet browsing activity. In addition, PUPs continually monitor users' Internet browsing activity by recording various data that might be personally identifiable (including, for example, geo-locations, Internet service provider (ISP), Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries, etc.) The data is shared with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) who misuse private details to generate revenue. Thus, the presence of information-tracking apps on your system might lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. Potentially unwanted programs must be uninstalled immediately.

"Microsoft Office Activation Wizard" shares many similarities with dozens of other fake pop-ups/errors such as You Have A ZEUS Virus, Your PC Ran Into A Problem, Your Windows Computer Has Been Blocked, and Windows Firewall Security Damaged. All claim that the system is infected, missing files, or damaged in other similar ways. These errors are designed only to scare and trick victims into paying for unneeded services. They are not genuine and you should never believe them.

How did adware install on my computer?

As mentioned above, "Microsoft Office Activation Wizard" is distributed with potentially unwanted programs that infiltrate systems without users' consent. This marketing method is called "bundling" - stealth installation of third party apps with regular software/apps. Developers know that users often rush the download/installation processes and skip most steps. Therefore, they conceal bundled programs in the "Custom/Advanced" settings' section of the download or installation processes. Skipping this section often leads to inadvertent installation of rogue programs.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

There are two simple steps you should take to prevent this situation. Firstly, never rush when downloading and installing software. Select the "Custom/Advanced" settings and closely analyze each step. Secondly, decline offers to download/install additional applications and cancel those already included.

Text presented within "Microsoft Office Activation Wizard" pop-up:

Microsoft Office Activation Wizard
Microsoft Office Home and Student 2016
Activation Wizard
Thank you for installing Microsoft Office Home and Student 2016. Activation is required to authenticate this copy of Microsoft Office. This wizard will guide you through the Activation process. How to you want to activate your software?
* I want to activate the software over the Internet (recommended)
* I want to activate the software by telephone. (Toll-Free: 1 800 935 6918)
If you chose not to active at this time, you may run the software for 29 more days before the product becomes unlicensed. Click Help for more information.

Pop-up window displayed after choosing to activate MS Officia via the Internet:

Microsoft Office Activation Wizard Enter Key pop-up

Text presented within this pop-up:

Enter your product key
Your product key is 25 characters and is typically found in your product packaging Toll-Free: 1 800 935 6918
See product key examples
Sign in with an active account instead
Attempt to automatically activate my product online.

Quick menu: Quick solution to remove Microsoft Office Activation Wizard virus

Adware removal:

Windows 7 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 7

Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.

Windows XP users:

Accessing Add or Remove Programs in Windows XP

Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.

Windows 10 and Windows 8 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 8

Right-click in the lower left corner of the screen, in the Quick Access Menu select Control Panel. In the opened window choose Programs and Features.

Mac OSX users:

Uninstall app in OSX (Mac)

Click Finder, in the opened screen select Applications. Drag the app from the Applications folder to the Trash (located in your Dock), then right click the Trash icon and select Empty Trash.

Microsoft Office Activation Wizard adware uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window, look for any suspicious/recently-installed applications, select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.


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Remove adware from Internet browsers:

Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:

Internet Explorer Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Safari

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing Microsoft Office Activation Wizard ads from Internet Explorer step 1

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for any recently-installed suspicious browser extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".

Removing Microsoft Office Activation Wizard ads from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the microsoft office activation wizard , reset your Internet Explorer settings to default.

Windows XP users: Click Start, click Run, in the opened window type inetcpl.cpl In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows XP

Windows Vista and Windows 7 users: Click the Windows logo, in the start search box type inetcpl.cpl and click enter. In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 7

Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.

Reseting Internet Explorer settings to default in Windows 8 - accessing

In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - Internet options advanced tab

Click the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - click the Reset button in the Internet options advanced tab

Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - confirm settings reset to default by clicking the reset button

Internet Explorer Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Safari

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing Microsoft Office Activation Wizard  ads from Google Chrome step 1

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Tools" and click "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, select these entries and click the trash can icon.

Removing Microsoft Office Activation Wizard ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the microsoft office activation wizard , reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Tools. From the opened menu, select Extensions. In the opened window, select Settings (at the left corner of the screen). Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Show advanced settings… link.

Resetting Google Chrome setting to default - accessing settings

After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset browser settings button.

Resetting Google Chrome settings to default - advanced settings

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Resetting Google Chrome settings to default - confirm that you want to reset Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button

Internet Explorer Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Safari

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing Microsoft Office Activation Wizard ads from Mozilla Firefox step 1

Click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click "Extensions", in the opened window, remove all recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.

Removing Microsoft Office Activation Wizard ads from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with microsoft office activation wizard removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.

Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, firefox menu icon in the opened menu, click the Open Help Menu icon, firefox help menu

Resettings Mozilla Firefox settings to default - accessing settings window

Select Troubleshooting Information.

Resetting Mozilla Firefox settings to default - accessing

In the opened window, click the Reset Firefox button.

Resetting Mozilla Firefox settings to default - clicking the

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Resetting Mozilla Firefox settings to default - confirming settings reset

Internet Explorer Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Safari

safari browser logoRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

removing adware from safari step 1 - accessing preferences

Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....

removing adware from safari step 2 - removing extensions

In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.

Optional method:

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...

resetting safari step 1

In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.

resetting safari step 2

Summary:
declining installation of adware while downloading free software sample 1Microsoft Office Activation Wizard virus is an adware program that tracks user's Internet browsing and generates intrusive online advertisements. Most commonly adware or potentially unwanted applications infiltrate user's Internet browsers through free software downloads. Internet users should know that nowadays most of free software download websites are using download clients to manage their freeware download process, unfortunately some of the mentioned download clients don't properly disclose the fact that advertised browser plugins or toolbars will be installed together with the free program that users have decided to download. Download clients and installers that are used to distribute adware commonly hide the decline button that can be used to opt-out of installing the advertised potentially unwanted applications.

declining installation of adware while downloading free software sample 2

Some of the malicious free software download websites doesn't allow to download the chosen freeware if users decide to decline the installation of promoted software. Notice that the safest source for downloading free software is it's developers website. To avoid installation of adware be very attentive when downloading and installing free software.

If your download is managed by a download client be sure to decline installation of promoted browser plug-ins and toolbars. When installing the already downloaded free program choose custom or advanced installation options – this step will reveal all of the potentially unwanted applications that are being installed together with your chosen free program.

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