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“Your Windows Licence has Expired” is an annoying error message that force users into buying a valid activation key. It takes the support of various adware-type applications to get distributed from one machine/network to another. Such applications often infiltrate user’s machines without their permission and once they get in, they monitor user’s online activities. However, these errors falsely claim to offer various ‘valuable functions’, but actually they track Internet browsing activity of users and keep on displaying irrelevant online advertisements.

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This fake error message locks down the computer and force them to call on a specific number to unlock its screen. If users call on that number, they are asked to buy a genuine Windows activation key.  All the users need to know that this error message is a scam and its developers try to trap users for making their own profits.  Developers play tricks on users to make them believe that buying the key is the only solution to their problem, but actually that problem doesn’t exist.

All claims about expired versions are fake and paying for purchasing new Windows Licence at the place of expired one will not bring any positive result for you. Rather, it will help developers’ malicious businesses. Not only that, similar type of adware apps often promote such sort of scam and the primary reason to display intrusive online advertisements. Such intrusive online advertisements may result in causing further issues as they conceal underlying content of users’ visited websites and later keep on causing annoying issues on the victim’s computer.

They may redirect to malicious websites that include malicious content and links. And if you click on any malicious link, it may leave the stubborn infection in your computer. In addition, adware are able of recording users’ Internet browsing activity, records various data related things, IP addresses, pages viewed, website URLs visited, and search queries. This information of yours that was recorded by an adware may be shared with third parties who may use it for illicit activities to generate profits. It might land you in serious troubles if your data and browsing habits are being tracked. It may lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft.

Therefore, if you receive any error message like “Your Windows Licence has Expired” or any request to contact/pay, just ignore requests and immediately uninstall all suspicious programs.

How did you install “Your Windows Licence has Expired” on my computer?

Most of the adware-type applications use a deceptive marketing way called “bundling” to distribute themselves. Bundling is a way of stealth installation of potentially unwanted computer programs with regular software. Research found that most of the users don’t pay attention while download/installation processes and in hurry, they skip most steps. Developers are very aware of this fact so they intentionally bundle their programs secretively within the “Custom/Advanced” settings of these procedures. If users skip this section, they are posing multiple risks to their systems. Developers don’t properly disclose the installation and presence of their unwanted program as their profit is very much dependent on the number of distributed adware.

How users can avoid installation of potentially unwanted programs?

As discussed earlier that often potentially unwanted programs are distributed using the bundling method so to avoid their stealth installation, read every step carefully while downloading and installation. Decline all offers to download/install additional applications. Unfortunately, if you have got “Your Windows Licence has Expired” unwanted program, immediately remove it from your system. Below all the steps are written to remove “Your Windows Licence has Expired” unwanted program:

Step 1: Reboot your computer to Safe Mode with Networking

Step 2: Remove Your Windows Licence has Expired

Windows 7 / Vista / XP

  • Click on Start button → Shutdown → Restart → OK.
  • When computer is restarting, keep pressing F8 multiple times until the Advanced Boot Options window comes up.
  • From the list, choose Safe Mode with Networking.

Windows 10 / Windows 8

  • At the Windows login screen, press the Power button. Now press and hold Shift key on your keyboard and click Restart.
  • Now choose Troubleshoot → Advanced options → Startup Settings and finally tap or click Restart option.
  • When your computer becomes active, choose Enable Safe Mode with Networking in Startup Settings window.

Step 2: Remove Your Windows Licence has Expired

Log in to your infected account and start the browser. Download defencebyte AV Pro and perform a full system scan and remove malicious files related to your ransomware “Your Windows Licence has Expired”.

Once you restore your system to a previous date, download and scan your computer with defencebyte AV Pro and make sure that you successfully remove “Your Windows Licence has Expired” program.

Try further method if your ransomware is blocking Safe Mode with Networking.

Method 2. Remove Your Windows Licence has Expired using System Restore

Step 1: Reboot your computer to Safe Mode with Command Prompt

Windows 7 / Vista / XP

  • Click on Start button → Shutdown → Restart → OK.
  • When computer is restarting, keep pressing F8 multiple times until the Advanced Boot Options window comes up.
  • From the list, choose Command Prompt.

Windows 10 / Windows 8

  • At the Windows login screen, press the Power button. Now press and hold Shift key on your keyboard and click Restart.
  • Now choose Troubleshoot → Advanced options → Startup Settings and finally tap or click Restart option.
  • When your computer becomes active, choose Enable Safe Mode with Networking in Startup Settings window.

Step 2: Restore your system settings and files

  • Enter cd restore in the Command Prompt window and click Enter.
  • Type rstrui.exe and press Enter again.
  • When a new window comes up, click Next and choose your restore point that was before the infiltration of Your Windows Licence has Expired. After that, click Next.
  • Now, to start system restore, click Yes.

Once you restore your system to a previous date, download and scan your computer with defencebyte AV Pro and make sure that you successfully remove “Your Windows Licence has Expired” program.

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