Microsoft Windows Got De-Activated

What is Microsoft Windows Got De-Activated?

Microsoft Windows Got De-Activated is quite similar to another fictitious system notification called Network Security Breach Tech Support Scam. Both of them mention same error code (0x00AEM001489), and both of them ask to enter Windows Product key. Nonetheless, this other variant seems to be slightly different, and if you continue reading our text, you will find out what our researchers at were able to discover. No doubt, the reason you are here is not just to learn more about where the fake notification comes from or how it affects the system, but also to find a way to erase Microsoft Windows Got De-Activated from your computer. If this is the case, we can offer the deletion instructions available below this article. Users who need more help with its removal or have other questions are welcome to leave us a comment too.

Where does Microsoft Windows Got De-Activated come from?

It is possible Microsoft Windows Got De-Activated pop-up might be bundled with potentially unwanted programs, adware or other unreliable applications users can easily install accidentally. For example, one of the programs distributing the fake notification could be a tool called PCCleaner. It was discovered that some of the software’s created files located in the folders PCCleaner creates during the installation are related to the alert in question. This means to get rid of the pop-up once and for all the user might have to remove the program it entered the system with too. As you will see later in the provided instructions, because of this, we recommend erasing PCCleaner’s folders, but as we said it could be any other unreliable application you recently installed. If the user cannot identify it himself, he could simply perform a full system-scan with a legitimate antimalware tool.

How does Microsoft Windows Got De-Activated work?

The fake notification should place its launcher (microsoft.exe) in the %Windir% directory. Additionally, it might do some changes to particular Registry entries, for example, to kill the explorer.exe process it could change value name’s called Shell value data with microsoft.exe; the mentioned data is found on the HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon path. Afterward, the user’s Desktop should be replaced with Microsoft Windows Got De-Activated pop-up opened in a full-screen mode. The other alert we mentioned earlier that is almost identical to this one used to say “Windows Update can not continue as your Software copy is Expired/Corrupt.” However, the recently discovered threat asks for the user’s Product Key to activate Windows again, because the operating system got de-activated during a “Network Security Breach.” The number was also changed as instead of 1-884-872-8686 the users who see Microsoft Windows Got De-Activated pop-up are asked to call 1-866-324-2085. Obviously, doing so could turn into a disaster since the people who might answer the phone would probably attempt to scam you.

How to get rid of Microsoft Windows Got De-Activated?

It is essential to explain the instructions for manual removal you can see below this paragraph might not necessarily help everyone since there could be more slightly different Microsoft Windows Got De-Activated pop-up’s versions. Therefore, just to make sure the notification does not come back, we would advise scanning the system with a legitimate antimalware tool once you complete the given steps. Especially, if the alert came with some other application and you cannot say which one as while running a system check-up the antimalware tool could detect it for you.

Erase Microsoft Windows Got De-Activated

  1. Tap Ctrl+Shift+S.
  2. Press Win+R, insert regedit and press Yes.
  3. Search for the specific directory HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon
  4. Find a value name titled Shell.
  5. Right-click Shell and choose Modify.
  6. Replace microsoft.exe with explorer.exe and press OK.
  7. Reboot your computer.
  8. Again tap Win+R, insert regedit and click Yes.
  9. Go to the listed paths separately:
  10. Find value names titled AlternateShell.
  11. Right-click them (AlternateShell) separately and click Modify.
  12. Replace microsft.exe with cmd.exe and tap OK.
  13. Leave Registry Editor.
  14. Tap Win+E.
  15. Search for this path %Windir%
  16. Find a file called microsoft.exe.
  17. Right-click microsoft.exe and choose Delete.
  18. Locate the specific directories:
  19. Find folders titled PC Cleaner Inc.
  20. Right-click them separately and tap Delete.
  21. Exit File Explorer.
  22. Empty Recycle bin.
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