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What is AutoKMS.exe?

The .exe extension on a filename indicates an executable file. Executable files may, in some cases, harm your computer. Therefore, please read below to decide for yourself whether the AutoKMS.exe on your computer is a Trojan that you should remove, or whether it is a file belonging to the Windows operating system or to a trusted application.

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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 (www.microsoft.com).

Description: AutoKMS.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. AutoKMS.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows. Known file sizes on Windows 8/7/XP are 3,727,360 bytes (16% of all occurrences), 1,725,440 bytes and 10 more variants. http://www.file.net/process/autokms.exe.html 
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 and record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 57% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

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If AutoKMS.exe is located in the C:\Windows folder, the security rating is 48% dangerous. The file size is 446,258 bytes (37% of all occurrences), 615,936 bytes, 647,168 bytes, 614,400 bytes or 472,576 bytes. The software has no file description. The file is not a Windows core file. The AutoKMS.exe file is an unknown file in the Windows folder. The program has no visible window.

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as AutoKMS.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder, for example Trojan.Generic.6171064 (detected by BitDefender), and Generic PUP.z!gp (detected by McAfee). Therefore, 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.

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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
  mrnub  
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
  Len  
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)
  Justin  
It is used to get crack microsoft office.
  zehata  
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.
  dani  
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.......!
  ram  
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.
  SauceIII  
Needed to keep unlicensed copies of Office or Windows activated.
  Anonymous  
I do not know about KMS.exe
  Olga Madeira  
it's an activator for office 2010 and 2013.
  David  
It's needed if you installed a cracked version of Microsoft Office and/or Windows.
  tripper  
It prevents Windows 8 from checking a cracked key, it is not dangerous
  Tim  

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of AutoKMS.exe: based on 30 votes with 21 user comments. 15 users think AutoKMS.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 3 users think it's probably harmless. 6 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 2 users suspect danger. 4 users think AutoKMS.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it.


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Best practices for resolving AutoKMS issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with AutoKMS. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using cleanmgr and sfc /scannow, uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using msconfig) and enabling Windows' Automatic 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 resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off doing a repair of your installation, or in the case of Windows 8, executing the DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the AutoKMS.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: Security Task Manager displays all running Windows tasks, including embedded hidden processes, such as keyboard and browser monitoring or Autostart entries. A unique security risk rating indicates the likelihood of the process being potential spyware, malware or a Trojan. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.



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