Users at risk of attracting malware with KMSPico

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Are you trying to save money by using the illegal key management service called KMSPico? This service allows anyone to download and apply Windows and Microsoft Office cracks without having to pay money for the official licenses. Although using these cracks might be safe, in some cases, there are far more risks than benefits, which is why we strongly advise against using the tool. Unfortunately, participating in cyber criminal activity is not the only risk that you might face by downloading illegal cracks provided to you by KMSPico. It was recently discovered that certain sources presenting this tool are providing modified installers that also include third-party software. The bad news is that malware could be involved as well, and you could download it unknowingly. Although you would discover adware, PUPs, or hijackers sooner or later, Trojans and silent threats could remain undetected for a long time.

The definition of KMSPico changes depending on the source promoting it, and because there are tons of different sources, it is difficult to distinguish between reliable and unreliable ones. The installers found on free.appnee.com and aquicklookat.com suggests that this Key Management Service provides the best free Windows activation method. It is also suggested that this tool is 100% clean. Unsurprisingly, most sources representing this tool also include disclaimers that Windows cracks should be used only for “educational” purposes, and they encourage users to acquire legitimate versions of Windows and Microsoft Office tools. Needless to say, most users use KMSPico because they have no intention of paying money for the legitimate software.

In most cases, the sites promoting Windows cracks use third-party installers (e.g., via mediafire.com or sendspace.com) to shed any responsibility for providing users with illegal Windows cracks. In this case, third parties are involved, and their installers could be used to promote third-party software (e.g., Omiga Plus and SearchProtect). The worst threat, by all accounts, is a clickfraud botnet popularly known by the name “Redirector.Paco”. This infection uses modified installers promoting KMSPico to slither in without your notice. Once executed, it modifies the Windows Registry and silently redirects traffic to certain sites. Cyber criminals behind this threat use a custom search engine on their sites to make a profit from users’ clicks on the ads displayed in the search results. These ads could also be malicious.

The activation of malware is possible because most installers promoting KMSPico cracks ask to disable antivirus tools, including Windows Defender. If you are trying to install cracks, you need to disable antivirus tools; otherwise, the necessary modifications will not be made, and the cracks will not work. Well, keeping your operating system bare and vulnerable is the worst thing you can do when dealing with unfamiliar installers because you do not know what kind of malware could hide within them. If you take down the safeguards, all kinds of threats could slither in without any warning, and that is the last thing you want. Do you think that a free Windows crack is worth your virtual security? It is not, and you should not be taking risks that big while also becoming the next illegal Windows user.

If you have downloaded KMSPico cracks, there is a possibility that you have also let in extremely dangerous malware. Hopefully, your antivirus tool will be able to detect and delete the infections despite the modifications that the suspicious Key Management Service makes within the Windows Registry. Although antivirus tools might block the websites representing KMSPico, and they might stop you from downloading unreliable software, it is unlikely that antivirus software will do anything after the cracks are enabled. The risk of compromising your entire operating system is extremely high, which is why the removal of fake Windows and Office components is extremely dangerous. Overall, dealing with illegal Windows cracks is more messy and risky than you imagine, and you should think twice before you get involved.

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