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What is AutoKMS.exe?

AutoKMS.exe is part of AutoKMS according to the AutoKMS.exe version information.

AutoKMS.exe's description is "AutoKMS"

AutoKMS.exe is usually located in the 'C:\Windows\' folder.

Some of the anti-virus scanners at VirusTotal detected AutoKMS.exe.

If you have additional information about the file, please share it with the FreeFixer users by posting a comment at the bottom of this page.

Vendor and version information [?]

Product nameAutoKMS
File descriptionAutoKMS
Internal nameAutoKMS.exe
Original filenameAutoKMS.exe
Legal copyrightCODYQX4
Product version2.0.0.0
File version2.0.0.0

The following is the available information on AutoKMS.exe:

Product nameAutoKMS
File descriptionAutoKMS
Internal nameAutoKMS.exe
Original filenameAutoKMS.exe
Legal copyrightCODYQX4
Product version2.0.0.0
File version2.0.0.0

Digital signatures [?]

AutoKMS.exe is not signed.

VirusTotal report

31 of the 50 anti-virus programs at VirusTotal detected the AutoKMS.exe file. That's a 62% detection rate.

ScannerDetection Name
Ad-Aware Application.Keygen.BY
Agnitum Trojan.Meredrop!pMjFc1ZBsZw
AhnLab-V3 HackTool/Win32.Keygen
AntiVir BuyTR/Meredrop.A.8924
Avast Win32:PUP-gen [PUP]
AVG BuyGeneric19.AVDB
Baidu-International Trojan.Win32.Agent.peo
BitDefender Application.Keygen.BY
Bkav W32.OnlinegameWQE.Trojan
Commtouch W32/Risk.IALF-3386
Comodo UnclassifiedMalware
F-Prot W32/MalwareF.OISJ
F-Secure Application.Keygen.BY
Fortinet W32/Dx.UQG!tr
GData Application.Keygen.BY
Ikarus possible-Threat.Patch.KMS
K7AntiVirus Riskware ( 2a39a6700 )
Malwarebytes BuyRiskware.Keygen
McAfee Generic.dx!DF608BDB8106
McAfee-GW-Edition Generic.dx!DF608BDB8106
Microsoft HackTool:Win32/Keygen
MicroWorld-eScan Application.Keygen.BY
NANO-Antivirus Trojan.Win32.Meredrop.zevmu
Norman Suspicious_Gen2.ENOUR
Panda Generic Trojan
Sophos Mal/Keygen-N
Symantec Trojan.Gen
TrendMicro-HouseCall CRCK_KEYGEN
VIPRE BuyTrojan.Win32.Generic!BT
31 of the 50 anti-virus programs detected the AutoKMS.exe file.

AutoKMS.exe removal instructions

The instructions below shows how to remove AutoKMS.exe with help from the FreeFixer removal tool. Basically, you install FreeFixer, scan your computer, check the AutoKMS.exe file for removal, restart your computer and scan it again to verify that AutoKMS.exe has been successfully removed. Here are the removal instructions in more detail:

  1. Download and install FreeFixer:
  2. Start FreeFixer and press the Start Scan button. The scan will finish in approximately five minutes.
    Screenshot of Start Scan button
  3. When the scan is finished, locate AutoKMS.exe in the scan result and tick the checkbox next to the AutoKMS.exe file. Do not check any other file for removal unless you are 100% sure you want to delete it. Tip: Press CTRL-F to open up FreeFixer's search dialog to quickly locate AutoKMS.exe in the scan result.
    Red arrow point on the unwanted file
  4. Scroll down to the bottom of the scan result and press the Fix button. FreeFixer will now delete the AutoKMS.exe file.
    Screenshot of Fix button
  5. Restart your computer.
  6. Start FreeFixer and scan your computer again. If AutoKMS.exe still remains in the scan result, proceed with the next step. If AutoKMS.exe is gone from the scan result you're done.
  7. If AutoKMS.exe still remains in the scan result, check its checkbox again in the scan result and click Fix.
  8. Restart your computer.
  9. Start FreeFixer and scan your computer again. Verify that AutoKMS.exe no longer appear in the scan result.
Please select the option that best describe your thoughts on the removal instructions given above

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Hashes [?]


Error Messages

These are some of the error messages that can appear related to autokms.exe:

autokms.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close. We are sorry for the inconvenience.

autokms.exe - Application Error. The instruction at "0xXXXXXXXX" referenced memory at "0xXXXXXXXX". The memory could not be "read/written". Click on OK to terminate the program.

AutoKMS has stopped working.

End Program - autokms.exe. This program is not responding.

autokms.exe is not a valid Win32 application.

autokms.exe - Application Error. The application failed to initialize properly (0xXXXXXXXX). Click OK to terminate the application.

What will you do with AutoKMS.exe?

To help other users, please let us know what you will do with AutoKMS.exe:

What did other users do?

The poll result listed below shows what users chose to do with AutoKMS.exe. 54% have voted for removal. Based on votes from 218 users.

User vote results: There were 117 votes to remove and 101 votes to keep

NOTE: Please do not use this poll as the only source of input to determine what you will do with AutoKMS.exe.


Please share with the other users what you think about this file. What does this file do? Is it legitimate or something that your computer is better without? Do you know how it was installed on your system? Did you install it yourself or did it come bundled with some other software? Is it running smoothly or do you get some error message? Any information that will help to document this file is welcome. Thank you for your contributions.

I'm reading all new comments so don't hesitate to post a question about the file. If I don't have the answer perhaps another user can help you.

GOD writes

4 thumbs

You can ask Microsoft if it is safe to remove an app which you used to crack Microsoft Office.
autoKMS.exe is installed when you crack Office.
Its part of the crack. Antivirus AVG softwares often flag this as a threat. This is a false positive.
Add the file to the whitelist and dont worry. Just AV doing a little bit of its dirty job.

# 12 Jan 2013, 8:17

BTK writes

3 thumbs

Auto KMS is use to activate different versions of Windows or Office.

Commonly activated Windows versions are 8.0/8.1.
Commonly activated Office versions are Office 2013 & above.

Removing this file will de-activate your Windows/Office activation & leave you with no choice but to re-activate.

For those who bought their OS/Office & frequently test, this is a must have utility. If you need to beg Microsoft to use the OS/Office you bought, you will find this tool to be invaluable.

There may be variants/versions that really are hacktools, but a lot of AntiVirus scanners are informed by Microsoft of utilities that prevent their perpetual nanny state control, & are told they need to incorporate these definitions to alert a user that this file is very dangerous, could harm your computer, could be hacking your information, needs to be deleted, etc.

What makes me laugh is, ALL OS, genuine or not, are easily hackable. Internet Explorer is the main vulnerability with it's active-x drive-by malware installation feature (google & read up on this, it's true!).

To become secure, using Firefox or Chrome (With adblock to block ads of course) is mandatory. Though, some people are jumping onto the advertisement bandwagon & debating whether or not you have the right to eliminate ads on your pc on your internet connection that you already paid for or if you should be forced to view ads no matter what.

Anyway, hope this review helps!

# 25 Aug 2015, 14:02

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