KMSPico removal instructions
What is KMSPico?
Developed by cyber criminals, KMSPico is a tool that allows users to activate their Windows Operating Systems free of charge. KMS (Key Management System) is essentially technology that allows activation of certain services via a local network. KMS allows activation without connecting to Microsoft servers and is typically used by companies that have many computers connected to a local network/server. KMSPico bypasses the entire process and simply replaces the existing key with a new one. By generating a new key, the KMSPico tool postpones Windows activation (typically for 180 days).
KMSPico is not a legitimate tool and is developed by cyber criminals, rather than the Microsoft corporation. Therefore, using this tool violates Windows Operating System terms and conditions. In addition, it is often distributed by dubious websites containing malicious content. These sites present infectious executables as KMSPico. Rather than running KMSPico features, users are often misled into downloading and running malware. In addition, KMSPico's developers encourage users to disable any installed anti-virus applications. Although they claim that the tool is virus-free, this is a dubious claim - requests to disable anti-spyware suites indicate potential distribution of malware. For these reasons, the KMSPico tool should never be used. Windows and MS Office should be activated only with genuine keys provided by Microsoft.
As mentioned above, malicious websites often proliferate malware. There are many potential infections - cryptocurrency miners, adware, browser hijackers, and other potentially unwanted programs (PUPs). Malicious cryptcurrency miners essentially misuse system resources to mine cryptocurrencies without users' consent. The presence of such applications significantly reduces system performance. For more information on dubious cryptocurrency miners, click here. Adware-type applications are essentially designed to deliver intrusive advertisements (coupons, banners, pop-ups, and and so on). To achieve this, adware developers employ tools that enable placement of third party graphical content on any site. Therefore, the ads often conceal visited website content, thereby significantly diminishing the browsing experience. In addition, intrusive advertisements often redirect to malicious websites and/or execute scripts that download/install malware. Therefore, even a single click might result in high-risk computer infections. Browser hijackers infiltrate web browsers (typically, Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox) and promote fake search engines. For instance, these hijackers assign the new tab URL, homepage, and default search engine browser settings to specific URLs. Furthermore, they reassign browser settings when attempts are made to change them. Therefore, users are unable to return browsers to their previous states and are forced to visit rogue sites. Adware, browser hijackers, and other potentially unwanted programs are also likely to gather various sensitive information. The list of collected data typically includes (but is not limited to) keystrokes, website URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries, Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, and Internet service providers (ISPs). Collected information often includes private details that criminals sell to third parties. These people generate revenue by misusing personal details. Therefore, data tracking can lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. Potentially unwanted programs should be uninstalled immediately. Some PUPs are hidden, and users are unable to remove them manually. Therefore, we strongly advise you to scan your system with a legitimate anti-virus/anti-spyware suite to remove all PUPs and any remnants.
As with KMSPico, some PUPs offer various useful features, however, they are designed only to generate revenue for the developers. Claims to provide 'useful features' are merely attempts to trick users to install or prevent them from uninstalling software. Rather than providing any real value, PUPs pose a direct threat to your privacy and Internet browsing safety.
How did potentially unwanted programs install on my computer?
KMSPico has an official download website, however, it is often distributed via malicious websites. In fact, these third party download websites only proliferate KMSPico - they either name malicious applications as KMSPico or develop unofficial downloaders/installers that "bundle" rogue software. "Bundling" is stealth installation of potentially unwanted programs together with regular software/apps. Developers hide "bundled" programs within the "Custom/Advanced" settings (or other sections) of the download/installation processes. Many users rush these procedures and skip steps. In doing so, they expose their systems to risk of various infections. KMSPico's developers request users to disable anti-virus applications and, thus, KMSPico might also "bundle" dubious programs.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
The main reasons for computer infections are poor knowledge and careless behavior. The key to safety is caution. Therefore, be cautious when browsing the Internet and downloading/installing software. Use only legitimate applications that are not developed by cyber criminals. In addition, download your software from official sources only and, preferably, using direct download links. Third party downloaders/installers are monetized using the "bundling" method - do not use these tools. Furthermore, cyber criminals invest many resources into intrusive ad design - most appear legitimate, and determining if these ads originate from a visited (legitimate) website is virtually impossible. Once clicked, however, they redirect to dubious sites (gambling, survey, pornography, and so on). Display of these ads indicates a potential computer infection. If you encounter them, immediately remove all suspicious apps/browser plug-ins and scan the entire system with a legitimate anti-virus suite.
- What is KMSPico?
- STEP 1. Uninstall deceptive applications using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove adware from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove rogue extensions from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove potentially unwanted plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove rogue extensions from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Removal of potentially unwanted programs:
Windows 7 users:
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:
Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.
Windows 10 and Windows 8 users:
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:
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.
In the uninstall programs window, look for any suspicious/recently-installed applications (e.g., "KMSPico"), 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 rogue extensions from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:
Click the "gear" 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".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the kmspico malware, 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.
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.
Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.
In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.
Click the Reset button.
Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "More tools" and click "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, select these entries and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the kmspico malware, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Settings. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Advanced… link.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (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.
Computer users who have problems with kmspico malware removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.
Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, in the opened menu, click Help.
Select Troubleshooting Information.
In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.
Remove malicious extensions from Safari:
Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....
In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...
In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.
Remove malicious add-ons from Microsoft Edge:
Click the three horizontal dots icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Look for any recently-installed suspicious extensions, right click your mouse on these entries and click "Uninstall".
Click the three horizontal dots icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), and select Settings.
In the opened tab, click the "Choose what to clear" button.
Click Show more and select everything, and then click the "Clear" button.
- If this didn't help, please follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset Microsoft Edge browser.
Commonly, adware or potentially unwanted applications infiltrate Internet browsers through free software downloads. Note that the safest source for downloading free software is via developers' websites only. To avoid installation of adware, be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. When installing previously-downloaded free programs, choose the custom or advanced installation options – this step will reveal any potentially unwanted applications listed for installation together with your chosen free program.
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove kmspico malware from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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