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Remove WindowsActivationUpdate virus (Removal Instructions)

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What is WindowsActivationUpdate?

WindowsActivationUpdate is a fraudulent program that seeks to deceive the computer user and make him call technical support scammers. WindowsActivationUpdate virus can silently enter your computer alongside another program as an additional component, and once it infiltrates the computer, it takes control over it. The research shows that this type of computer threat cannot initiate malicious activities on PC; however, it will try to deceive you and convince you to call a fake customer support helpline number.

As soon as it launches, it reboots victim’s computer and opens fraudulent screen instead of the usual Windows login screen. This fake screen asks the user to enter Windows Product Key to activate the operating system, but no key will work. No matter how many times you will enter your Windows Product Key, it will be considered invalid. When the victim loses patience, he might start to think about contacting customer support number, which, unfortunately, is a fake tech support number. It is highly advisable not to do so as these frauds will only try to take advantage of you and possibly try to convince you to pay money to get a fake computer security software. However, it seems that authors of WindowsActivationUpdate malware want to get remote access to victim’s computer. If you called them, they would try to persuade you to use one of the buttons provided above and launch a remote access software. As you can see, it suggests using even three different programs – TeamViewer, Supremo, and LogMeIn. You should never give remote access to “technical support” workers if they ask you to do that over the phone.

Questions about WindowsActivationUpdate virus

You should ignore warnings and deactivate this malware, and then remove WindowsActivationUpdate from your computer. For that, you can use Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego anti-spyware software.

Fake WindowsActivationUpdate screen

How did this program hijack your computer?

To secure your computer from WindowsActivationUpdate hijack, you should stay away from untrustworthy file sharing networks, shady torrent sites because you can accidentally install a bundled program that includes several bonus components, for instance, the app that we are discussing in this article. We also recommend you to double-check the reliability of your download – when you open its installer, pick Advanced or Custom settings for the installation and then look if there are any suggestions to install unknown software, add browser plug-ins, or change your home and new tab page. Then deselect all of them and install your desired program without any bonus components.

We also recommend you to be very careful while browsing the Internet. Remember that untrustworthy websites can be dangerous, and simply clicking on a “funny cats” or “you won’t believe what happens next” and similarly named articles or videos can activate a malicious link that will automatically download a questionable program to your PC. Be attentive and watch what you click on!

How to remove WindowsActivationUpdate?

WindowsActivationUpdate virus will not let you use your computer, so you have to remove it in order to access your PC again. To remove it from your computer, you will need to run a system scan with a malware removal tool. However, in order to open it, you have to deactivate this malware first. Follow these instructions to access your computer to download the anti-malware tool:

  1. In the WindowsActivationUpdate screen click CMD button.
  2. It will open a Command Prompt window. Here, type taskmgr and hit Enter.
  3. When Windows Task Manager launches, open Processes tab and find WindowsActivationUpdate.exe process. Select it and then click End Process.
  4. Quit WTM. Now type explorer in the Command Prompt, and again, hit Enter.
  5. When the explorer window appears, go to C:\Program Files (x86)\WindowsActivationUpdate. Right-click on it and delete WindowsActivationUpdate.exe.
  6. Close explorer and type shutdown -r in the Command Prompt.
  7. The PC will shut down and once it restarts, download an anti-malware program to your computer, for example, Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego. Then run a system scan with it to complete WindowsActivationUpdate removal.
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Do not let government spy on you

The government has many issues in regards to tracking users' data and spying on citizens, so you should take this into consideration and learn more about shady information gathering practices. Avoid any unwanted government tracking or spying by going totally anonymous on the internet. 

You can choose a different location when you go online and access any material you want without particular content restrictions. You can easily enjoy internet connection without any risks of being hacked by using Private Internet Access VPN.

Control the information that can be accessed by government any other unwanted party and surf online without being spied on. Even if you are not involved in illegal activities or trust your selection of services, platforms, be suspicious for your own security and take precautionary measures by using the VPN service.

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

Computer users can suffer various losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Software issues created by malware or direct data loss due to encryption can lead to problems with your device or permanent damage. When you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work.

It is crucial to create updates to your backups after any changes on the device, so you can get back to the point you were working on when malware changes anything or issues with the device causes data or performance corruption. Rely on such behavior and make file backup your daily or weekly habit.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware occurs out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the system restoring purpose.

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  1. Andrea says:
    June 22nd, 2016 at 3:56 am

    Thank you! These instructions definitely work, and I have stopped this virus just on time. I am glad that I have came home on time because my kids would have called that number for sure!

  2. romano says:
    June 22nd, 2016 at 3:58 am

    My grandpa was scammed! filthy scammers!!! guys, never call some fake technical support numbers if you cannot access your computer.

  3. adelle says:
    June 22nd, 2016 at 4:00 am

    i am confused. what programs spread this virus?

  4. SamWall says:
    June 22nd, 2016 at 4:01 am

    Cannot trust anything on the Internet these days…

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