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According to our malware researchers, this fake alert is mainly distributed via freeware bundles. This means that you may have downloaded free programs lately from unreliable sources. Before you would think that you would never do such a thing, let us tell you how it still possible. For example, you need a new application or file (music or video) to download, what do you do? Most likely, you go on a hunt; in other words, you try to Google it, do a web search on your target, right? Believe it or not, this is how most unsuspecting users end up on fake file-sharing websites. Unfortunately, schemers know how to get top rankings even in Google so their sites will come up on the first results pages. If you are unfamiliar with the usual and well-known unreliable torrent and shareware pages, you may pick the first one in the list and there you go. These pages are usually full of unreliable third-party ads and also promote bundled versions of files and programs instead of standalone installers. You should always make sure that you download your target from official sites only.
If you end up with a malicious bundle on your system, you could still opt out of installing the unwanted components if you are cautious enough. But most users are not; and, this is how they infect their systems with adware programs, browser hijackers, fake alerts, and potentially unwanted programs in one go. Sometimes you do not even need to land on suspicious websites to click on unsafe third-party ads to infect your machine. If there is even one single adware program or browser hijacker on your system, you can be exposed to such ads and links anytime you go surfing the web. Therefore, our advice to you is to delete License has Expired +1-888-303-5121 and run a full-system malware scan to be aware of your level of virtual security or the lack thereof.
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Our researchers discovered that this fake alert is very similar to “Fake Activation Support 1-877-784-7461,” “Fake warning (800)-794-3298,” and “Windows Security Alert! 1-888-220-3607,” which have surfaced in the past months. As we have already mentioned, these are all so-called technical support scams. The main idea behind this infection is for these schemers to pose as certified Microsoft support technicians when you decide to call the number that is displayed on your screen as this fake alert window appears and blocks your desktop. This malware stops your main system process (explorer.exe) from running; therefore, it may really seem to you that there is an issue with your operating system. This fake alert claims that your Windows License has expired and you need to renew it by calling the phone number provided for you. But when you call this number, you may talk to a salesperson indeed who will try to convince you to buy a service or an application to sort out your non-existing problem. It is also possible that they ask you to provide certain personally identifiable bits of information. Depending on who is behind this scam, this information might also be sold on the black market to criminals who could use this to commit all kinds of crimes. There is only one thing you should do when you see this seemingly authentic alert: You need to remove License has Expired +1-888-303-5121 right away.
How to delete License has Expired +1-888-303-5121
If you are ready to act, let us tell you how you can end this annoying attack. First, you have to open the Task Manager so that you can end the process that is run by this threat. Then, you have to run “explorer.exe” to be able to use your Windows properly. Finally, you need to make sure that this infection does not start up automatically with your system. We have included the necessary steps for you down below this article. Please follow these steps if you need assistance with this. Since it is quite likely that this threat is not the only one hiding on your system, we urge you to take care of all other potential threat sources as well right now. If you do not want to hunt down these infections manually, you can choose to use an automated anti-malware tool that will also protect your PC from future malware attacks.
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- Tap simultaneously Ctrl+Shift+Esc to open Task Manager.
- Mark the malicious process "FreeDownloadManager.exe (32BIT)" and click End task.
- Select File from the menu and click “Run new task”.
- Enter “explorer.exe” and press OK.
- Close Task Manager.
- Tap Win+E to open.
- Locate and bin “C:\Users\user\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup\FreeDownloadmanager.exe”
- Empty the Recycle Bin and reboot your system.
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