RiskWare.AutoKMS is Malwarebytes’ detection name for tools that are intended to enable the illegal use of Microsoft products like Windows and Office.
These tools are riskware. Riskware, in general, is a detection for items that are not strictly malicious, but pose some sort of risk for the user in another way. RiskWare.KMS is a tool used to activate a copy of the Windows OS software that is acquired illegally. Doing so is unlawful under almost all circumstances and could have legal repercussions. Also Windows may not be able to fetch updates so users can end up with an unpatched version of Windows.
The tools are often downloaded from sites of a shady nature.
Malwarebytes protects users from RiskWare.AutoKMS by using real-time protection.
Malwarebytes can detect and remove RiskWare.AutoKMS without further user interaction.
Should users wish to keep this program and exclude it from being detected in future scans, they can add the program to the exclusions list. Here’s how to do it.
If you want to allow the program to connect to the Internet, for example to fetch updates, also add an exclusion of the type Allow an application to connect to the internet and use the Browse button to select the file you wish to grant access.
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