Windows Activation Scam

Dear Computer Lady,

I have been receiving messages purported to be from Microsoft saying my Windows Activation period has expired and will become disabled in 28 days unless I activate it.
Is this a scam?

What should I do?


Dear Julia,

This is probably a scam.

Sometimes, Microsoft does send messages warning a person that they have not activated Windows, but unless you have just installed a pirated copy of Windows on your computer, you shouldn’t be getting that message.

Unfortunately, there are malware programs out there that will try to trick you into thinking that there is something wrong with your computer, and then asking you to pay them to fix it.

Most of the time, these malware programs can be removed with a good malware removal program, but you have to be careful, there are a lot of scams out there pretending to be malware programs as well.

I like to use Malwarebytes at:
You can download a free trial and use it for 30 days, it will even let you clean out any infections it finds before you purchase it.

Malwarebytes does not replace your antivirus software.



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