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Danger level 6
Common infection symptoms:
  • Can't be uninstalled via Control Panel
  • Installs itself without permissions
  • Changes background

License has Expired +1-888-303-5121

License has Expired +1-888-303-5121 is an annoying fake alert that can seemingly block your screen and ask you to acquire a new Windows License so that you can go on using your computer. There have been a number of very similar threats emerging lately, including “Fake Activation Support 1-877-784-7461” and “Windows Support. Call TollFree: +1 -855-441-4421.” These infections pretend to be authentic alerts wanting you to call the provided telephone numbers in the hope of professional technical support that is supposed to come from Microsoft-certified technicians. We simply call these infections technical support scams because this is what they actually are. If you are infected with this fake alert, you should not call +1-888-303-5121 for help because all you will achieve is purchasing some useless and unnecessary software for a non-existent system issue. Let us help you remove License has Expired +1-888-303-5121; it is easier than you may think. Please read our full report on this fake alert to understand how it could have sneaked onto your system and what you can do to protect your PC.

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These infectious bundles are mostly promoted through questionable file-sharing, gaming, and porn sites. But practically, you can download one by clicking on any unsafe third-party advertisement. This ad can also come from an adware application already hiding on your system. And, this is exactly why we always emphasize the importance of having a clean and secure system; if there is a single potentially harmful program, you can easily make your computer more vulnerable and download more threats. You can do a lot by avoiding suspicious websites and clicking on third-party ads. However, if you have this threat and related infections on board, you should delete License has Expired +1-888-303-5121 and detect all other threats if you want to use a clean and safe computer.

Once this program is activated, it makes sure that it starts up automatically every time you happen to restart your Windows operating system. This fake alert also kills your main system process, explorer.exe, so that the alleged product activation claim feels more authentic and real. When it runs, this infection changes your desktop background image with a darkish blue picture or alert window that suggests it is a real Windows message. This window informs you that your Windows License has allegedly expired and that you are supposed to call +1-888-303-5121 to get a new one. Below the message you find an input field with an “Activate Now” button. We do not advise you to call this number, though. As a matter of fact, schemers may pretend to be Microsoft technical support in an attempt to sell you unnecessary service or software. Many inexperienced users fall for this trick and end up spending hundreds of dollars on useless things. The best thing you can do now is to remove License has Expired +1-888-303-5121 because it is all fake. So here is what you should do if you are ready to act.

First of all, you need to start up the Task Manager so that you can kill the malicious process through which this fake alert operates. Second, you need to run the explorer.exe so that you can run other programs and use your computer. Finally, you need to delete “FreeDownloadmanager.exe” from the Startup directory to make sure it will never start up again with Windows. We have prepared step-by-step instructions for you if you need help with these steps. We believe that you can easily take care of this threat even if you are not an advanced user; it should not take more than a few minutes really. What could take a while longer is to try to manually detect and erase all other infections. If you are not an experienced user, you may not even be able to do a proper job at that. Therefore, it would be best for you to consider investing in a decent up-to-date anti-malware program. But even if you protect your virtual world with a proper security tool, you should not forget about regularly updating all your programs and drivers as well. Cyber criminals can get to you quite easily if they find old bugs and holes of outdated software.

How to remove License has Expired +1-888-303-5121 from Windows

  1. Press Ctrl+Shift+Esc to launch Task Manager.
  2. Select the malicious process called "FreeDownloadManager.exe (32BIT)" and press End task.
  3. Open the File menu and choose “Run new task”.
  4. Type in “explorer.exe” and click OK.
  5. Exit Task Manager.
  6. Press Win+E.
  7. Delete “C:\Users\user\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup\FreeDownloadmanager.exe”
  8. Empty your Recycle Bin.
  9. Restart your computer.
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