What is Fake Microsoft Office Activation Tech Support?
When you get infected with Fake Microsoft Office Activation Tech Support, you cannot simply close this annoying activation wizard. In fact, the panels shown to you may look very convincing and you may believe that you are actually seeing an MS Office suite activation. However, before long you sadly realize that there is no way for you to exit this wizard. As a matter of fact, our malware researchers at anti-spyware-101.com say that this malware infection is very similar to “Fake Windows Defender Prevented Malicious Software Tech Support,” “License has Expired +1-888-303-5121,” and “Windows Security Alert! 1-888-220-3607” that have emerged in previous months. The identical trait these infections exhibit is that they all offer you a supposed toll-free technical support telephone number that should connect you to a Microsoft certified technician; at least, this is what you are lead to believe. Unfortunately, this technical support scam is all about cornering you to call this number so that schemers can make you purchase a “highly recommended” application or an annual service of some kind. What we recommend highly is that you remove Fake Microsoft Office Activation Tech Support as soon as possible. Let us tell you why.
Where does Fake Microsoft Office Activation Tech Support come from?
When you end up with this fake activation program on your screen, it is most likely that you click on an unreliable third-party ad previously or that you try to download a cracked version of MS Office or a key generator to activate a free version. Unfortunately, the presence of this malware infection also indicates that there may be other malicious programs on board as well, including browser hijackers, adware programs, Trojans, fake alerts, and other types that are usually chosen to spread on the web in bundles. This could have catastrophic consequences regarding your operating system; if you install such a malicious bundle that is. Therefore, it is only wise to keep away from questionable third-party ads.
These advertisements can mainly come from two sources. First, your computer could be infected with malware, such as browser hijackers and adware programs, which can show you unreliable third-party ads and links while you are browsing. Second, you may run a web search on free applications, such as MS Office, and you may find links to sites that claim to offer you valid product keys or cracked versions, as we have already mentioned. If you are inexperienced, you may feel in the luck and rush to visit one of these sites only to end up with a bundle of malicious software installers. You should know that torrent and shareware sites are always risky to visit unless you are 100% sure that it is a reputable and reliable one or you have learnt where you are not supposed to click to stay on the safe side.
Otherwise, you could be introduced to misleading and dangerous third-party contents that may not even appear to be commercial ads. If you engage with such ads or links, you could easily let a bunch of malware threats enter you system, including this fake activation wizard. If you want to be certain that your system is restored and secure, we recommend that you delete Fake Microsoft Office Activation Tech Support and find a reliable online malware scanner that can hopefully identify all known infections.
How does Fake Microsoft Office Activation Tech Support work?
As a matter of fact, this typical technical support scam operates very similarly to all of its peers and predecessors. The main trick here is that this infection pretends to be something that it is not, while trying to push users to call “1 800 935 6918” that is claimed to be a toll-free number. Since this fake activation wizard blocks your screen and it is not possible to kill it with the usual window closing options, it is quite possible that a lot of unsuspecting computer users fall for it and decide to call the given number in their frustration. However, this would be a big mistake. Although this malware infection cannot really cause any real damage on your system, it can still take your money indirectly.
This means that when you call this number, you will be talking to a salesperson whose main purpose is to trick you into disclosing your personal details and purchasing totally useless software or a service for a certain period of time. This could easily end with your falling for it and paying an amount ranging from $50 up to a few hundreds. Obviously, you will be told that this is a unique opportunity and a special deal just for you because otherwise it would cost way more. Since a lot of people can be tricked by sales talk, we advise you never to call such numbers. The best you can do to protect your computer is to remove Fake Microsoft Office Activation Tech Support right away.
How do I delete Fake Microsoft Office Activation Tech Support?
Fortunately, it is not a very difficult task to get rid of this annoying malware infection. We have prepared the necessary instructions for you, which you can find below if you decide to take matters into your own hands. There is actually a pass code, “THTY4-89LK6-RTI23-XZTOP-05ERY” that you can use as the product key on the screen after you click on the “Sing in” button and go on with the fake activation until you reach that panel. But you can also choose to end the malicious process via Task Manager. In any case, you should remember that this fake activation program may not be the only threat endangering your operating system. If you do not want to hunt down all suspicious programs manually, we suggest that you install a trustworthy anti-malware program to do the job for you automatically. Such a security tool can bring peace of mind for you when it comes to safeguarding your system and your precious files.
Remove Fake Microsoft Office Activation Tech Support from Windows
- Launch your Task Manager by tapping Ctrl+Shift+Esc.
- Click on the malicious process, “MS Office Activation.exe” and click End task.
- Close the Task Manager.
- Tap Win+E to launch File Explorer.
- Find and bin the malicious file (“MS Office Activation.exe”), which could be in your %PROGRAM FILES% or %PROGRAM FILES(x86)% folders.
- Empty your Recycle Bin.
- Reboot your system.
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