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Microsoft Windows Got De-Activated

The text Microsoft Windows Got De-Activated is part of a deceptive scam warning that is supposedly sent to your PC by Microsoft. The scam warning is designed to resemble a Windows update warning which also contains a phone number which you are supposed to use after your failure in trying to activate your OS. If it were a valid Windows update screen, it would not contain a technical support phone number. The so-called Microsoft Windows Got De-Activated warning is a hoax, and you should take measures to remove it from your screen. On top of that, you should make sure that no such deceptive warnings are provided to you ever again.

According to the fraudulent warning, you are suspected of being involved in some questionable activities which are not specified. However, it is said that it is related to some network security breach, which usually refers to an attack on a network or a PC, which can be performed by a person or a software application. As a result, Microsoft has supposedly deactivated the operating system. To make the scam warning more believable, an error code and a supposedly invalid product key is given. The user of the locked computer is required to type in a valid key in order to unlock the screen. However, typing in a valid product code is not going to remove the scam warning. The scammer behind the Microsoft Windows Got De-Activated warning expect their victims to call the number 1-866-324-2085. Under no circumstances should you ever call this or a different tech support number.

In order to remove the bogus Microsoft warning, try the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Shif+S or these activation keys:




The consequences of contacting and communicating with a impostor technician could be far-reaching. Not only could you be charged for the call, you could also be asked to pay for unlocking the screen, or rather activating your Windows. You should never reveal your credit card number and passwords while on the phone. If you do, you should immediately inform your bank about the issue so that you do not experience more financial issues.

Microsoft would never ask you to call them in order to solve a problem related to your operating system. Cyber scammers have become obnoxious enough to call victims themselves. An impostor introduces himself as a tech support specialist who is interested in or familiar with system malfunctions of your computer. If you are contacted by a scammer, you should remain calm not to reveal your personal information. Moreover, you should not following the scammer's instructions to access some website where you would find software that you are supposed to installed. Scam campaigns are created for financial gain or the attempt to take over your computer.

The Microsoft Windows Got De-Activated is not the only one of its kid. There are many similar support scams that lock the screen in the attempt to entice unsuspecting computer users to make a call to fraudsters. Usually such warnings share the same logo and heading, such as Windows or Windows Microsoft, and different cases are very often named according to certain parts of the warnings to distinguish one warning from another.

Bogus tech support notifications can be displayed by advertising servers and malware, depending on what scheme attackers prefer. For instance, a tech support error warning dubbed Hard Drive is Not Accepted is displayed by a piece of malicious application. Sometime programs sticking deceptive errors to the screen are categorized as Trojan horses, especially when instead of a software program the user inadvertently downloads a file launching deceptive warnings.

In any case, it is crucial to root out the program that locks the screen by displaying the Microsoft Windows Got De-Activated warning. Unlocking the screen does not mean removing the culprit. You have to clean out the scam-related program from your computer. You can do so manually by following the instructions given below, but our team advises you to rely on a powerful malware and spyware removal tool so that you can be sure that all the parts of the OS are checked for harmful files. If you continue browsing the Internet without anti-spyware running on your computer, get ready for new malware attacks, some of which may have more damaging results that the present one.

How to remove the Microsoft Windows Got De-Activated scam

  1. Right-click (Win 8 / Win 10) on the Start button in the lower-left corner of the screen and select Control Panel.
  2. Under Programs, select Uninstall a program.
  3. Remove questionable programs.
  4. Restart the computer to see if the scam warning is not reloaded.


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