How to remove the KMSEmulator virus

Most antivirus programs identify KMSEmulator.exe as malware—such as Symantec identifies it as Trojan.ADH, and Microsoft identifies it as HackTool:Win32/Keygen.

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KMSEmulator.exe file information

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

The process known as Local KMS Host belongs to software localhost by unknown.

Description: KMSEmulator.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The file KMSEmulator.exe is located in the C:\Windows folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 151,552 bytes (71% of all occurrences), 78,848 bytes or 77,824 bytes. 
There is no file information. The program is not visible. The file is not a Windows core file. KMSEmulator.exe is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. The process listens for or sends data on open ports to a LAN or the Internet. Therefore the technical security rating is 75% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Recommended: Identify KMSEmulator.exe related errors

Important: You should check the KMSEmulator.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

Lösche ihn mit Spyhunter, immer wieder erscheint erscheint sie in Windows.
Das ist kein "Schädling" und macht auch keine Probleme. Das kleine Tool emuliert einen KMS-Service um Windows und Office zu aktivieren.
Probably a hack/ crack tool intended to crack MS Office. Seems harmless, but such tools are a potential threat anyway because they are hacking the system to achieve their tasks.

Summary: Average user rating of KMSEmulator.exe: based on 2 votes with 3 user comments. One user thinks it's probably harmless. One user suspects danger. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving KMSEmulator issues

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