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Remove System Activation Key Has Expired (Tech Support Scam) - Jul 2020 update

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System Activation Key Has Expired is a scam site that tricks users into giving away their User Name, Password, and other credentials

System Activation Key Has Expired imageSystem Activation Key Has Expired is a scam pop-up which might trick you into believing that your computer is infected and you need to contact the so-called technical support.

System Activation Key Has Expired is a full-page notification claiming that the computer has been locked due to the expiration of the Activation key. The massage can show up on any web browser and lock the screen, thus pushing users to provide the required details or calling a supposed Tech-Support-Number. 

This intrusive Tech-Support-Scam page uses social engineering strategy to convince gullible users that the RDN/YahLover.worm!055BCCAC9FEC virus is running on the system and seeks to harvest passwords, messages, credit cards, and other sensitive data. 

Do not trust a word given on the  System Activation Key Has Expired pop-up because it's a genuine scam that can be delivered to people by adware via domains like security43.xyz, socioeconomically.site, originiftsnormalpro.xyz, and others. While earlier this alert used to an alerting red window, the updated version that has been spotted in the midsummer of 2020 manifests as a blue screen of death, except that it does not locks the screen, but rather freezes the web browser. 

Name System Activation Key Has Expired
Type Scam
Danger level Medium
Caused by Adware
Telephone number 1 888 648 1549; 1 877 670 2749; 0 800 090 3289;
Distribution Bundling method, P2P networks, spam emails
Removal Cybersecurity researchers suggest you to get rid of System Activation Key Has Expired with a robust malware removal software
Fixing the damage After the elimination of malware, it's a must to restore the web browser's default settings and then optimize the machine's performance using Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego

People encounter System Activation Key Has Expired alert if their computers are infected with a potentially unwanted program (PUP) called adware[1]. This application is designed to deliver scam notifications to lure people into believing that their systems are infected with malware, and personal data is at risk.

System Activation Key Has Expired scam says that the following information is stolen by hackers:

  • Passwords;
  • Messages;
  • Credit card details.

Once the System Activation Key Has Expired appears, people are encouraged to call the technical support number 1 877 670 2749. However, this message is fake, and users should never contact the supposed certified technicians. This is because the indicated number would only connect you with the scammers.

If you fall for System Activation Key Has Expired alert and call a given number, cybercriminals might demand you to let them access your computer remotely or purchase highly expensive so-called security software to protect your data. Unfortunately, they aim to infiltrate your system with more malicious programs to force you to continue paying for their fake services[2].

System Activation Key Has Expired illustrationSystem Activation Key Has Expired is a scam which is delivered by an adware program that is installed on your PC.

Therefore, never believe such fraudulent messages and remove System Activation Key Has Expired virus as quickly as possible. The best decision would be to install a professional and reliable antivirus that would eliminate all potentially unwanted programs that might deliver scam alerts for you. 

We highly recommend using Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego for System Activation Key Has Expired removal. Although, you can uninstall the adware from your computer manually as well. For that, please check the elimination instructions presented at the end of this article or get help from a specialist.

A renewed version of System Activation Key Has Expired scam spotted in the midsummer of 2020

Cybersecurity experts have recently found an intrusive type of scam sites known as socioeconomically.site. Although this domain is not infected using malicious scripts, it has been programmed in a tricky manner. Once the visitor access the site, the website gets frozen and the mouse pointer randomly vanishes. In order to see the mouse pointer and navigate to the Close button, the user has to press ESC button all the time. Such behavior can trigger user's resettlement and push into believing that there's something wrong happening on the system. 

The fake System Activation Key Has Expired BSODThe latest System Activation Key Has Expired BSOD locks the screen while browsing and the visitor has to press ESC button all the time to regain the vanished cursor

Upon accessing the malicious socioeconomically.site phishing site, the user is presented with a rogue alert, which says: 

Do not close this Window or restart your compuret. We're just collecting some error info, 
and then we'll restart for you. Restart your PC manually can harm SYSTEM boot

Yourr computer has been Locked

Call Microsoft: +1-888-405-3166

Your computer with IP address has been infected by the Trojans — Because System Activatio  KEY has expired & Your information (for example, passwords, messages, and credit cards) have been stolen. Call Microsoft +1-888-405-3166 to protect your files and identity from further damage.

Call Microsoft: +1-888-405-3166 (Toll-Free)

Automatically report details of possible security incidnets to Google. Privacy Policy. 

The longer the user clicks on the System Activation Key Has Expired virus pop-up, the more new alerts can be loaded. Our security experts confirmed that this alert scares people into thinking that the system got infected with a Zeus virus, though all the popups displayed on this site are rogue and used to make people call the given number. 

The alert renders false claims that the provided number belongs to the Microsoft technicians, which is not true. Anyone who seeks to get Microsoft support can find the credentials of the company on their official site. That's yet another catch to gain the user's trust. However, calling the +1-888-405-3166 or another number managed by criminals can have very negative consequences. Without suspecting anything malicious, you may allow attackers to connect to your machine remotely, inject spyware, steal credentials, and initiate other cyber attacks. That's why it's important to ignore scam alerts and remove System Activation Key Has Expired virus without a delay. 

Malicious scam site delivers System Activation Key Has Expired

Adware: sneaks into the computer without user's permission

One of the most successful distribution technique which is highly used by cybercriminals to spread potentially unwanted programs is called bundling. Similar to other PUPs, adware enters the system in the same way — inattentive people install it during the installation of free applications.

This happens when users rush to finish the procedure and pick Quick or Recommended parameters of the installer. This way, the adware is hidden among the optional components and can enter the system without direct user's permission. For this reason, we always advise people to install software only with Advanced or Custom settings.

Uninstalling System Activation Key Has Expired virus is essential for your PC's security

It is essential to understand that System Activation Key Has Expired virus can harm your computer if you keep it on your system for long periods of time. Thus, NoVirus.uk[3] team points out that every user should get rid of it as soon as the fraudulent message pops up during the browsing sessions to protect their computers.

First, you can remove System Activation Key Has Expired by merely closing the window or tab. Although, this is just a short-term solution as the scam message will continue to pop up in the future. Likewise, there are additional measures that should be taken for a permanent elimination.

System Activation Key Has Expired removal can be completed in two ways — automatically and manually. If you want to ensure safe browsing in the future, get a reliable antivirus and run a full system scan. Otherwise, try to uninstall the adware manually with the help of the guidelines below.

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To remove System Activation Key Has Expired, follow these steps:

Erase System Activation Key Has Expired from Windows systems

If you want to stop seeing “System Activation Key Has Expired” pop-up, search and uninstall all suspicious programs from Windows as shown below.

To remove System Activation Key Has Expired from Windows 10/8  machines, please follow these steps:

  1. Enter Control Panel into Windows search box and hit Enter or click on the search result.
  2. Under Programs, select Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 1
  3. From the list, find entries related to System Activation Key Has Expired (or any other recently installed suspicious program).
  4. Right-click on the application and select Uninstall.
  5. If User Account Control shows up, click Yes.
  6. Wait till uninstallation process is complete and click OK.Uninstall from Windows 2

If you are Windows 7/XP user, proceed with the following instructions:

  1. Click on Windows Start > Control Panel located on the right pane (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).
  2. In Control Panel, select Programs > Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 7/XP
  3. Pick the unwanted application by clicking on it once.
  4. At the top, click Uninstall/Change.
  5. In the confirmation prompt, pick Yes.
  6. Click OK once the removal process is finished.

Uninstall System Activation Key Has Expired from Mac OS X system

If your macOS is displaying some infection symptoms, proceed with the following guide:

Remove System Activation Key Has Expired from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for System Activation Key Has Expired-related entries.
  3. Click on the app and drag it to Trash (or right-click and pick Move to Trash)Uninstall from Mac 1

To fully remove System Activation Key Has Expired, you need to access Application Support, LaunchAgents, and LaunchDaemons folders and delete relevant files:

  1. Select Go > Go to Folder.
  2. Enter /Library/Application Support and click Go or press Enter.
  3. In the Application Support folder, look for any dubious entries related to System Activation Key Has Expired and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the System Activation Key Has Expired-related entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

Get rid of System Activation Key Has Expired from Internet Explorer (IE)

During “System Activation Key Has Expired” virus removal you should reset IE settings which had been compromised. 

Remove dangerous add-ons:

  1. Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top-right corner of the browser
  2. Pick Manage Add-ons.
  3. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for System Activation Key Has Expired and other suspicious plugins. Click on these entries and select Disable.Remove add-ons from Internet Explorer

Change your homepage if it was altered:

  1. Open IE and click on the Gear icon.
  2. Select Internet Options.
  3. In the General tab, delete the Home page address and replace it by your preferred one (for example, Google.com).
  4. Click Apply and then select OK.Reset IE homepage

Delete temporary files:

  1. Press on the Gear icon and select Internet Options.
  2. Under Browsing history, click Delete…
  3. Select relevant fields and press Delete.Clear temporary files from Internet Explorer

Reset Internet Explorer:

  1. Click on Gear icon > Internet options and select Advanced tab.
  2. Select Reset.
  3. In the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete System Activation Key Has Expired removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Delete System Activation Key Has Expired from Microsoft Edge

Delete unwanted extensions from MS Edge:

  1. Select Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and pick Extensions.
  2. From the list, pick the System Activation Key Has Expired-related extension and click on the Gear icon.
  3. Click on Uninstall at the bottom.Remove extensions from Edge

Clear cookies and other browser data:

  1. Click on the Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and select Privacy & security.
  2. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  3. Select everything (apart from passwords, although you might want to include Media licenses as well, if applicable) and click on Clear.Clear Edge browsing data

Reset MS Edge if that above steps did not work:

  1. Press on Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager.
  2. Click on More details arrow at the bottom of the window.
  3. Select Details tab.
  4. Now scroll down and locate every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right-click on each of them and select End Task to stop MS Edge from running.Reset MS Edge

If this solution failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method. Note that you need to backup your data before proceeding.

  1. Find the following folder on your computer: C:\\Users\\%username%\\AppData\\Local\\Packages\\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  2. Press Ctrl + A on your keyboard to select all folders.
  3. Right-click on them and pick DeleteAdvanced MS Edge reset 1
  4. Now right-click on the Start button and pick Windows PowerShell (Admin).
  5. When the new window opens, copy and paste the following command, and then press Enter:

    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\\AppXManifest.xml” -VerboseAdvanced MS Edge reset 2

Instructions for Chromium-based Edge

Delete extensions from MS Edge (Chromium):

  1. Open Edge and click select Settings > Extensions.
  2. Delete unwanted extensions by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chromium Edge

Clear cache and site data:

  1. Click on Menu and go to Settings.
  2. Select Privacy and services.
  3. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  4. Under Time range, pick All time.
  5. Select Clear now.Clear browser data from Chroum Edge

Reset Chromium-based MS Edge:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. On the left side, pick Reset settings.
  3. Select Restore settings to their default values.
  4. Confirm with Reset.Reset Chromium Edge

Eliminate System Activation Key Has Expired from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Unwanted ads rely on add-ons, plug-ins, and extensions. Thus, you can get rid of the adware by deleting untrustworthy entries from Mozilla.

Remove dangerous extensions:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click on the Menu (three horizontal lines at the top-right of the window).
  2. Select Add-ons.
  3. In here, select plugins that are related to System Activation Key Has Expired and click Remove.Remove extensions from Firefox

Clear cookies and site data:

  1. Click Menu and pick Options.
  2. Go to Privacy & Security section.
  3. Scroll down to locate Cookies and Site Data.
  4. Click on Clear Data…
  5. Select Cookies and Site Data, as well as Cached Web Content and press Clear.Clear cookies and site data from Firefox

In case System Activation Key Has Expired did not get removed after following the instructions above, reset Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click the Menu.
  2. Go to Help and then choose Troubleshooting Information.Reset Firefox 1
  3. Under Give Firefox a tune up section, click on Refresh Firefox…
  4. Once the pop-up shows up, confirm the action by pressing on Refresh Firefox – this should complete System Activation Key Has Expired removal.Reset Firefox 2

Remove System Activation Key Has Expired from Google Chrome

Delete malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

  1. Open Google Chrome, click on the Menu (three vertical dots at the top-right corner) and select More tools > Extensions.
  2. In the newly opened window, you will see all the installed extensions. Uninstall all the suspicious plugins that might be related to System Activation Key Has Expired by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chrome

Clear cache and web data from Chrome:

  1. Click on Menu and pick Settings.
  2. Under Privacy and security, select Clear browsing data.
  3. Select Browsing history, Cookies and other site data, as well as Cached images and files.
  4. Click Clear data.Clear cache and web data from Chrome

If the above-methods did not help you, reset Google Chrome to eliminate all the System Activation Key Has Expired-components:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. In the Settings, scroll down and click Advanced.
  3. Scroll down and locate Reset and clean up section.
  4. Now click Restore settings to their original defaults.
  5. Confirm with Reset settings to complete System Activation Key Has Expired removal.Reset Chrome 2

Erase System Activation Key Has Expired from Safari

Remove unwanted extensions from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. In the new window, pick Extensions.
  3. Select the unwanted extension related to System Activation Key Has Expired and select Uninstall.Remove extensions from Safari

Clear cookies and other website data from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Clear History…
  2. From the drop-down menu under Clear, pick all history.
  3. Confirm with Clear History.Clear cookies and website data from Safari

Reset Safari if the above-mentioned steps did not help you:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. Go to Advanced tab.
  3. Tick the Show Develop menu in menu bar.
  4. From the menu bar, click Develop, and then select Empty Caches.Reset Safari

Access your website securely from any location

When you work on the domain, site, blog, or different project that requires constant management, content creation, or coding, you may need to connect to the server and content management service more often. It is a hassle when your website is protected from suspicious connections and unauthorized IP addresses.

The best solution for creating a tighter network could be a dedicated/fixed IP address. If you make your IP address static and set to your device, you can connect to the CMS from any location and do not create any additional issues for server or network manager that need to monitor connections and activities. This is how you bypass some of the authentications factors and can remotely use your banking accounts without triggering suspicious with each login. 

VPN software providers like Private Internet Access can help you with such settings and offer the option to control the online reputation and manage projects easily from any part of the world. It is better to clock the access to your website from different IP addresses. So you can keep the project safe and secure when you have the dedicated IP address VPN and protected access to the content management system.

Backup files for the later use, in case of the malware attack

Computer users can suffer from data losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Ransomware can encrypt and hold files hostage, while unforeseen power cuts might cause a loss of important documents. If you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work. It is also equally important to update backups on a regular basis so that the newest information remains intact – you can set this process to be performed automatically.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware strikes out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the data restoration process.

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