The appearance of a message stating that System Activation Key Has Expired does not necessarily mean that you need to take certain action because the warning you see might be a part of the so-called tech-support scam. These scams are used to convince users that a serious problem has occurred and to solve it, they need to contact technical support ASAP. Needless to say, it is not what we recommend. If you make a call, you will contact cyber criminals – this is the beginning of all the problems. The only action users who find System Activation Key Has Expired displayed on their screens should take is closing it immediately. If the fake warning is not opened to you again, it means that it was displayed to you because you entered a dubious website; however, if System Activation Key Has Expired soon reappears, you should scan your PC against untrustworthy applications because it is very likely that some kind of untrustworthy program is active on your system and opens the fake warning for you periodically. In most cases, it turns out to be an ad-supported program (adware) or a potentially unwanted application (PUP). No matter what kind of program is installed on your PC, it cannot be left active.
System Activation Key Has Expired claims that sensitive data, including messages, passwords, and credit card details have been stolen due to the expired system activation key. The message itself looks legitimate, but do not let it convince you that a serious problem has occurred because it is not true. The only purpose of this message is to scare you into contacting “technical support.” According to specialists, this scam might use several different telephone numbers, for example, +1 888 648 1549 and +1 877 670 2749. We hope that you are not going to make a mistake, i.e. make a call because this action might result in problems linked to security and privacy. If you dial the number, cyber criminals will pick up the phone and then might try to convince you to purchase a new system activation key that you do not need. Also, they might try to persuade you into purchasing/downloading certain applications. Last but not least, they might try to gain access to your computer. It is the worst you can do. If crooks access your system, they will have a chance to install untrustworthy software on your computer without your knowledge or steal some personal details directly from your system. As you can see, there is nothing smart about giving crooks access to your computer.
There are two possible reasons the fake System Activation Key Has Expired warning has been displayed to you. First, specialists say that some users encounter it because they open some kind of unreliable website or get redirected to it from another domain. Second, other people find the fake alert opened on their screens periodically because there is an untrustworthy application installed on their computers. It usually turns out that it is an adware program or a potentially unwanted application, so if you cannot get rid of System Activation Key Has Expired, you should closely inspect all programs installed on your computer. Do not be so sure that your system is clean because unreliable software tends to slither onto users’ computers unnoticed. These applications are usually distributed in software bundles, but they might also be promoted as beneficial software. A trustworthy security application should prevent all future threats from entering your system, so do not forget to install it after you are done with the System Activation Key Has Expired scam.
If you see System Activation Key Has Expired periodically on your screen, the chances are high that you will get rid of it only by cleaning your system. As mentioned previously, there is a possibility that some kind of malicious application installed on your computer opens the domain with the fake alert automatically. Since its name is unknown, it might be quite a challenge to find it. Therefore, we recommend that you first inspect all programs on your system. Then, you need to remove all suspicious applications you have detected. Additionally, we recommend resetting all web browsers to default. You are welcome to use our free manual removal instructions provided below if you are not experienced in untrustworthy software removal.