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Allow Windows Activation Technologies to make changes to your computer?


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#1 Pharaoh215

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Posted 17 June 2015 - 10:51 PM

Hi,

 

This afternoon my computer started asking whether I wanted to allow Windows Activation Technologies to make changes to my computer. I keep clicking "No," but it pops up again every thirty seconds to two minutes later. I looked it up and it's apparently an anti-piracy software that prevents an illegitimate copy of Windows from running after 30 days or so, but I've had my legitimate computer for about two-and-a-half years now. I suspect a virus or whatever is trying to use it to maliciously affect my system. My computer has also become less responsive, briefly freezing every so often and not always registering when I click on something. I'm using Windows 7 Home Premium with a 64-bit operating system on a Lenovo laptop. The program that keeps requesting permission is located at C:\Windows\system32\Wat\WatAdminSvc.exe . There's probably a lot more information you need--I've seen posts with huge logs of data--so please let me know what info you need and how to get it for you.



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Posted 18 June 2015 - 09:44 AM

Moved to Win 7 from AII.
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Posted 18 June 2015 - 11:41 AM

It's a valid item, a bona fide item.  I see no reason to not allow it to make changes to your system.

 

If you have a different view, you're entitled to have such.

 

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/startups/WatAdminSvc.exe-26949.html

 

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Posted 18 June 2015 - 01:28 PM

The following information is from here.

 

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watadminsvc.exe has 2 known versions, the most recent one is 7.1.7600.16395 (win7_gdr_oob_gaoob(wmbla).100127-1819). It is started as a Windows Service called 'WatAdminSvc' with the name 'SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\WatAdminSvc' and described as “Performs Windows 7 Validation.”. . The process utilizes the Windows Task Scheduler to automatically launch the file as a process when a user logs into Windows. The average file size is about 1.24 MB. It is an authenticode code-signed executable issued to Microsoft Corporation by the certification authority Microsoft Corporation.
 
What is watadminsvc.exe?
 
Validation helps confirm that a copy of a Windows operating system is activated and properly licensed. Users may be asked to validate their copy of Windows when they go to the Microsoft Download Center to download content that is reserved for users of genuine Windows software. Validation can also occur as part of an update from Windows Update. In some instances, a computer that has previously passed validation may fail a later validation process. This may happen because Microsoft constantly disc.

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Posted 18 June 2015 - 02:38 PM

"Microsoft constantly disc"? Do you know what the page was trying to say before it was cut off?

 

I know it's a legitimate program, with a legitimate security certificate even if that expired in 2010 according to my system, but this started while I was on an untrustworthy site, and I'm concerned that the program may be being called to act based on something malicious that got onto my computer while I was perusing that website.



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Posted 18 June 2015 - 04:25 PM

If you think that malware is the source of the changes...I suggest you initiate a new topic in the Am I Infected Forum, detailing your suspicions and reasons.

 

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Posted 18 June 2015 - 09:12 PM

I'll put it back up in the Am I Infected forum, then, and try to be more clear about why I'm suspicious.



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Posted 19 June 2015 - 10:40 AM

Better to go here now.

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