Be Careful of the KMSPico Activator – It could be a Ransomware!

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If you are using KMSPico Activator for activating your Windows or MS Office, then you could be risking yourself to a ransomware infection. Quick Heal Threat Research Labs has recently observed a new variant of ransomware called Domino that is using this activator as a carrier. The malware encrypts the infected files and appends the extension “.domino” to the files.

How does the Domino ransomware enter its victim’s computer?

The ransomware pretends to be the KMSPico Windows Activator (a tool used to activate any version of Windows and Microsoft office). An unsuspecting user may install this tool thinking it to be the real one, and end up infecting their computer with the ransomware.

Download this PDF for a technical analysis of this ransomware.

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Quick Heal Anti-Ransomware Technology successfully detects the file encryption activity of the Domino ransomware.

Safety practices to stay safe against Domino ransomware and other destructive malware:

  • Only use licensed software and avoid pirated software
  • Avoid downloading and installing activators for activating OS or other software
  • Read and understand the privacy policy and risks involved while installing any software
  • Back up all important files on a regular basis
  • Run antivirus software on your computer and keep it up-to-date

 

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Subject Matter Expert
– Prashil Moon (Threat Research and Response Team)

Quick Heal Security Labs

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Anirban Dutta
Anirban Dutta
4 years ago

THANK YOU Quick Heal for detect it. But instead of user notification ( Allow or Block[Recommended] ) block such type of viruses by default.

Hasta Gurung
Hasta Gurung
4 years ago

Thank you

Tanmoy Sannigrahi
Tanmoy Sannigrahi
4 years ago

Respected Sir,
Once i used it to active office into my system.But quick heal detect that & remove it. Although i found folder name your product to program file.I delete it manually. Is it safe now?

Rajiv Singha
4 years ago

Hi Tanmoy,

Thank you for writing in. Our support engineers would gladly help you with this issue. Please visit https://bit.ly/QHChat to chat with us online. You can also raise a ticket at https://bit.ly/Askus and we will get back to you at the earliest.

Regards,

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