How to remove the AutoPico virus

Most antivirus programs identify AutoPico.exe as malware—e.g. TrendMicro identifies it as TROJ_GEN.R08OC0EKI15 or TROJ_GEN.R03EC0EIM15, and Microsoft identifies it as HackTool:Win32/AutoKMS.

The AutoPico.exe file is a software component of KMSpico by ELDI.
KMSpico is an activator tool that is used to illegally activate copies of Windows 7/8/8.1/10 and Office 2010/2013/2016. AutoPico.exe launches the portable KMSpico program. This is not a critical Windows component and can be removed if known to cause problems. KMSpico uses the Microsoft KMS (Key Management Service), a service that activates programs through the local network, without having to contact Microsoft. KMSpico replaces the installed key with a volume license key, creates an emulated instance of a KMS server on the user's system and forces the target programs to activate through the emulated KMS server. The program is available for free from numerous websites. The creator of KMSpico operates under the alias of ELDI.

AutoPico stands for AutoPico Launcher

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AutoPico.exe file information

The process known as AutoPico belongs to software KMSpico or AutoPico by ByELDI Certificate or @ByELDI.

Description: AutoPico.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. AutoPico.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 1,051,416 bytes (50% of all occurrences), 571,904 bytes and 4 more variants. 
The program can be removed using the Control Panel's Add\Remove programs applet. The program is not visible. The file is not a Windows core file. AutoPico.exe is able to monitor applications and manipulate other programs. Therefore the technical security rating is 48% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: There is a possibility to do the following:

Recommended: Identify AutoPico.exe related errors

If AutoPico.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\, the security rating is 62% dangerous. The file size is 743,616 bytes (50% of all occurrences) or 1,051,416 bytes. The program has no visible window. The process listens for or sends data on open ports to a LAN or the Internet. The file is not a Windows system file. AutoPico.exe is able to monitor applications and manipulate other programs.

Important: You should check the AutoPico.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

Autopico.exe is not dangerous and is usually installed by other software into Program Files. If found in a different location like \Windows or \Windows\System32, it is likely a virus in disguise and should be deleted. Otherwise, keep it because it's used as a tool to make system changes by some other program you probably installed recently (maybe a cleaner or tweaker or something like that).
  Chris Bordeman  
Just found this on a client's "new" eBay-purchased laptop. AutoPico.exe is associated with KMSpico, an illegal activation remover for the Microsoft Windows operating system. By having this installed you may have been sold a counterfeit copy of Windows and should seek a refund immediately.
  Collin H. NYC, NY  
autopico.exe is not a dangerous application: it's a simple hack tool installed in order to crack Microsoft Genuine Control and to prevent MS getting to know you use counterfeit copies of Office 2007/2013/2016.
  Gabriele Biggio  

Summary: Average user rating of AutoPico.exe: based on 4 votes with 3 user comments. 3 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user suspects danger.

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Best practices for resolving AutoPico issues

The following programs have also been shown useful for a deeper analysis: ASecurity Task Manager examines the active AutoPico process on your computer and clearly tells you what it is doing. Malwarebytes' well-known Banti-malware tool tells you if the AutoPico.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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