Fake Windows Activation Screen

"Fake Windows Activation Screen" is a Trojan infection that is disguised as a Windows Activation program. The "Fake Windows Activation Screen" has a professional appearance and displays a message claiming that you need to re-activate your Windows. The "Fake Windows Activation Screen" will also request you to provide personal information such as your name, contact information and credit card details. Do not fall for this scam; cybercriminals could use your credit card details to commit fraud.

Type: Trojans

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  • IE Users: Disable proxy server for Internet Explorer to browse the web with Internet Explorer or update your anti-spyware program. Malware modifies your Windows settings to use a proxy server to prevent you from browsing the web with IE.

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Fake Windows Activation Screen Technical Report


As new Fake Windows Activation Screen details are reported by our customers and findings from our Threat Research Center, we will update this section.

Fake message for Fake Windows Activation Screen:


The following fake error message(s) appears for Fake Windows Activation Screen:
"Microsoft Windows Activation
Microsoft Piracy Control

Your copy of Windows was activated by another user. To help reduce software piracy, please re-activate your copy of Windows now. We will ask for your billing details, but your credit card will NOT be charged. You must activate Windows before you can continue to use it. Microsoft is committed to your privacy. For more information, www.microsoft.com/privacy.

Do you want to activate Windows now?"

Fake Windows Activation Screen has typically the following processes in memory:

%UserProfile%\Application Data\mtl.dll
C:\WINDOWS\system32\.exe

Fake Windows Activation Screen creates the following registry entries:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System "DisableTaskMgr" = "1"
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\AntiPiracy
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run ""

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