How to remove the AutoKMS virus

Most antivirus programs identify AutoKMS.exe as malware—such as Symantec identifies it as Suspicious.Cloud.9 or Trojan.Gen.2, and McAfee identifies it as Artemis!3F32141C078B.

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AutoKMS.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with AutoKMS
AutoKMS.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Office 2010 KMS Activation At Startup belongs to software AutoKMS by Microsoft (

Description: AutoKMS.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. AutoKMS.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 3,727,360 bytes (29% of all occurrences), 3,738,624 bytes and 17 more variants. 
The process has no file description. The file is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. The program is not visible. It is not a Windows core file. AutoKMS.exe is able to manipulate other programs. Therefore the technical security rating is 57% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Recommended: Identify AutoKMS.exe related errors

If AutoKMS.exe is located in the C:\Windows folder, the security rating is 51% dangerous. The file size is 446,258 bytes (37% of all occurrences), 615,936 bytes, 614,400 bytes, 647,168 bytes or 472,576 bytes. The process has no file description. The file is not a Windows core file. The program has no visible window. The AutoKMS.exe file is an unknown file in the Windows folder.

Important: You should check the AutoKMS.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. We recommend Security Task Manager for verifying your computer's security. This was one of the Top Download Picks of The Washington Post and PC World.


User Comments

This is not dangerous, it is used to bypass microsoft office activation
it is used the prevent windows 8 from verifying a cracked Key. Any cracked Windows8 OS needs it
AutoKMS is a keygen. It automatically executes because Office 2010 is a b*** and needs to be reactivated every time you restart the computer.
Bypassing activation by microsoft
Used for cracking purposes of MS Office 2010 and it is needed to run cracked version
  Emre   (further information)
it hangs system
  prashant d  
bypass for microsoft activation
Used to automatically activate VL-Editions (before their expiry date) of: Office 2010 / Office 2013 / Windows 8 / Windows 8.1 / Windows Server 2012 / Windows Server 2012 R2
Installed application (Microsoft Office 2014)
It is used to get crack microsoft office.
1. It is needed to keep windows 8 and office activated 2. It is safe, ESS 7 has no alarm even no suspicion for it. ESET is known for least false positive threat sense. 3. I enjoy having it.
Office 2010 crack
Bypass the activatíon of MS Office 2010
it's waste of thing in pc, please remove it first from your pc,if not it will change your windows8/8.1 into other ones.......!
My Windows7 got error when Kaspersky remove this file. Keep this crack file if you are using non-ori Windows7
  I Love Windows7  
I only have it from a torrent. It is indeed malware and should be removed. I am currently in the process of attempting to rid my computer of it with repeated complication. I regret clicking immediately.
Needed to keep unlicensed copies of Office or Windows activated.
I do not know about KMS.exe
  Olga Madeira  
it's an activator for office 2010 and 2013.
It's needed if you installed a cracked version of Microsoft Office and/or Windows.
It prevents Windows 8 from checking a cracked key, it is not dangerous
AutoKMS.exe is a software that makes sure that Microsoft office stays registered (cracked).
Used by the Microsoft Toolkit (which isn´t actually from Microsoft) to crack Windows or Office
It is part of the Windows Toolkit (completely harmless). And you shouldnt block/delete it.
  Aris   (further information)
It will come up as dangerous and harmful because your using a program that isnt certified. It doesnt harm your PC. If you are using AutoKMS, it is because you are either using office or Windows OS cracked, the cracked files is the AutoKMS, it allows you to use the microsoft software without paying for it.
  Dont Worry  
It activate windows 7/8 but it is ALSO reputed to be a trojan !!!
used to activate windows 10
it's an executable file that will automaticly renew pirated licenses of e.g Office
Auto KMS or KMSpico is a tool to crack Windows or Office Activation. If you find it on a brand new PC, ur Windows is probably cracked. But it isn't harmful in any sense.
AutoKMS.exe is used to bypass the MS Office Trial Screen. If you remove it then MS Word, etc will prompt you for a valid activation key.

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of AutoKMS.exe: based on 50 votes with 31 user comments. 24 users think AutoKMS.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 7 users think it's probably harmless. 7 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 2 users suspect danger. 10 users think AutoKMS.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it.

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Best practices for resolving AutoKMS issues

The following programs have also been shown useful for a deeper analysis: ASecurity Task Manager examines the active AutoKMS process on your computer and clearly tells you what it is doing. Malwarebytes' well-known Banti-malware tool tells you if the AutoKMS.exe on your computer displays annoying ads, slowing it down. This type of unwanted adware program is not considered by some antivirus software to be a virus and is therefore not marked for cleanup.

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding PC trouble. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using 1cleanmgr and 2sfc /scannow, 3uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using 4msconfig) and enabling Windows' 5Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.

Should you experience an actual problem, try to recall the last thing you did, or the last thing you installed before the problem appeared for the first time. Use the 6resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, executing the 7DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

Other processes

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