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What is KMS10?

The Malwarebytes research team has determined that KMS10 is a browser hijacker. These so-called "hijackers" manipulate your browser(s), for example to change your startpage or searchscopes, so that the affected browser visits their site or one of their choice. This one also displays advertisements.

How do I know if my computer is affected by KMS10?

You may see these warnings during install:




and these Scheduled Tasks:


and you will see these icons on your desktop:


How did KMS10 get on my computer?

Browser hijackers use different methods for distributing themselves. This particular one was offered as a crack for Microsoft software.

How do I remove KMS10?

Our program Malwarebytes Anti-Malware can detect and remove this potentially unwanted program.
  • Please download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware to your desktop.
  • Double-click mbam-setup-version.exe and follow the prompts to install the program.
  • At the end, be sure a check-mark is placed next to the following:
    • Enable free trial of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Premium
    • Launch Malwarebytes Anti-Malware
  • Then click Finish.
  • If an update is found, you will be prompted to download and install the latest version.
  • Once the program has loaded, select Scan Now. Or select the Threat Scan from the Scan menu.
  • When the scan is complete, make sure that all Threats are selected, and click Remove Selected.
  • Restart your computer when prompted to do so.
Is there anything else I need to do to get rid of KMS10?
  • No, Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware removes KMS10 completely.
  • This PUP creates some scheduled tasks. You can read here how to check for and, if necessary, remove Scheduled Tasks.
  • The icon with the Chinese name can be removed if it belonged to the hijacker.
How would the full version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware help protect me?

We hope our application and this guide have helped you eradicate this hijacker.

As you can see below the full version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware would have protected you against the KMS10 hijacker. It would have warned you before the application could install itself, giving you a chance to stop it before it became too late.


Technical details for experts

Possible signs in FRST logs:
 C:\Users\Public\Desktop\Microsoft Edge.url

Task: {6D6FA734-5D88-4D4A-ABA3-05072BD822E8} - System32\Tasks\KMS10Server => C:\WINDOWS\KMS10\KMS10.exe [2016-03-29] ()
Task: {9328EF4E-3870-4F21-AAF9-6AD2F866C8CA} - System32\Tasks\KMS10 => C:\WINDOWS\KMS10\KMS10.exe [2016-03-29] ()

InternetURL: C:\Users\Public\Desktop\Microsoft Edge.url -> hxxp://hao.169x.cn/
InternetURL: C:\Users\Public\Desktop\??.url -> hxxp://www.pccppc.com/?o
Alterations made by the installer:
File system details [View: All details] (Selection)
    Adds the folder C:\Windows\KMS10
       Adds the file KMS10.exe"="3/29/2016 7:04 PM, 2375680 bytes, A
    In the existing folder C:\Windows\System32\Tasks
       Adds the file KMS10"="3/31/2016 9:21 AM, 3216 bytes, A
       Adds the file KMS10Server"="3/31/2016 9:21 AM, 3418 bytes, A
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware log:
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

Scan Date: 3/31/2016
Scan Time: 10:00 AM
Logfile: mbamHao123com.txt
Administrator: Yes

Malware Database: v2016.03.31.01
Rootkit Database: v2016.03.30.01
License: Premium
Malware Protection: Disabled
Malicious Website Protection: Disabled
Self-protection: Enabled

OS: Windows 10
CPU: x64
File System: NTFS
User: {username}

Scan Type: Threat Scan
Result: Completed
Objects Scanned: 356876
Time Elapsed: 38 min, 44 sec

Memory: Enabled
Startup: Enabled
Filesystem: Enabled
Archives: Enabled
Rootkits: Enabled
Heuristics: Enabled
PUP: Enabled
PUM: Enabled

(No malicious items detected)

(No malicious items detected)

Registry Keys: 4
CrackTool.AutoKMS, HKLM\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS NT\CURRENTVERSION\SCHEDULE\TASKCACHE\TASKS\{6D6FA734-5D88-4D4A-ABA3-05072BD822E8}, Delete-on-Reboot, [0845117d851468ceccb32177f60eaa56], 
CrackTool.AutoKMS, HKLM\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS NT\CURRENTVERSION\SCHEDULE\TASKCACHE\TASKS\{9328EF4E-3870-4F21-AAF9-6AD2F866C8CA}, Delete-on-Reboot, [fc51c8c68415e84e9ee1f2a602020cf4], 
CrackTool.AutoKMS, HKLM\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS NT\CURRENTVERSION\SCHEDULE\TASKCACHE\TREE\KMS10, Delete-on-Reboot, [f8553b53f8a13600add34454798b7d83], 
CrackTool.AutoKMS, HKLM\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS NT\CURRENTVERSION\SCHEDULE\TASKCACHE\TREE\KMS10Server, Delete-on-Reboot, [a2abb0debedb5dd9b3cdf4a422e2718f], 

Registry Values: 2
CrackTool.AutoKMS, HKLM\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS NT\CURRENTVERSION\SCHEDULE\TASKCACHE\TASKS\{6D6FA734-5D88-4D4A-ABA3-05072BD822E8}|Path, \KMS10Server, Delete-on-Reboot, [0845117d851468ceccb32177f60eaa56]
CrackTool.AutoKMS, HKLM\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS NT\CURRENTVERSION\SCHEDULE\TASKCACHE\TASKS\{9328EF4E-3870-4F21-AAF9-6AD2F866C8CA}|Path, \KMS10, Delete-on-Reboot, [fc51c8c68415e84e9ee1f2a602020cf4]

Registry Data: 
(No malicious items detected)

Folders: 1
CrackTool.AutoKMS, C:\Windows\KMS10, Quarantined, [a8a5414db2e7fe382657732538cc1ae6], 

Files: 5
CrackTool.AutoKMS, C:\Users\{username}\Desktop\Hao169x Hijacker.exe, Quarantined, [fc51236b98015dd95b26819a7d853ac6], 
CrackTool.AutoKMS, C:\Windows\System32\Tasks\KMS10, Quarantined, [a9a4008e7f1aa6906a126632d331936d], 
CrackTool.AutoKMS, C:\Windows\System32\Tasks\KMS10Server, Quarantined, [0548cbc3f3a68fa7b1cbfc9c33d1c838], 
CrackTool.AutoKMS, C:\Windows\KMS10\KMS10.exe, Quarantined, [a8a5414db2e7fe382657732538cc1ae6], 
PUP.Optional.Hao169x.ShrtCln, C:\Users\Public\Desktop\Microsoft Edge.url, Quarantined, [212c4d41c8d152e418e6421218edf808], 

Physical Sectors: 
(No malicious items detected)

As mentioned before the full version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware could have protected your computer against this threat.
We use different ways of protecting your computer(s):
  • Dynamically Blocks Malware Sites & Servers
  • Malware Execution Prevention
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