How to remove the LicenseValidator virus

Most antivirus programs identify LicenseValidator.exe as malware—for instance TrendMicro identifies it as TROJ_GEN.R42C9D3 or TROJ_GEN.R49C7D2, and Kaspersky identifies it as Trojan-Ransom.Win32.Gimemo.alok or Trojan-Dropper.Win32.Injector.dyvd.

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LicenseValidator.exe file information

The process known as Hermes Application or FACD Reports Viewer or ArcaVir Antispam list modification tool belongs to software ArcaVir (version 2009) or Hermes Application by WestByte (

Description: LicenseValidator.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The file LicenseValidator.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 272,384 bytes (16% of all occurrences), 290,304 bytes and 4 more variants. 
The program has a visible window. The application is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: Run). The LicenseValidator.exe file is not a Windows system file. The LicenseValidator.exe file is a file with no information about its developer. LicenseValidator.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs and manipulate other programs. Therefore the technical security rating is 29% dangerous.

Recommended: Identify LicenseValidator.exe related errors

Important: You should check the LicenseValidator.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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Best practices for resolving LicenseValidator issues

The following programs have also been shown useful for a deeper analysis: Security Task Manager examines the active LicenseValidator process on your computer and clearly tells you what it is doing. Malwarebytes' well-known anti-malware tool tells you if the LicenseValidator.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 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 repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, executing the DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

Other processes

LicenseValidator.exe [all]