Microsoft released the Windows 10 Technical Preview in October last year. The preview has since received many updates, including a major push last month which added features including Cortana to the desktop. The preview is free to use and users are only required to sign up for Windows Insider program — which is also free and doesn t consume much time. However, a growing number of websites seem to offer an activator for the Windows 10 preview. Security firm MalwareBytes is now warning users of such tools and claims that these activators are riddled with malware. Also Read - Microsoft Build 2021 Developers Conference: What to expect, how to watch and moreAlso Read - Microsoft Windows 10X cancelled: Here's what happened
Users growing interest to download and use Windows 10 (more than half a million users have downloaded the preview) has attracted the cyber scammer. As the security firm points out, an increasing number of YouTube videos and websites are claiming to offer an activator for Windows 10. An activator is a program that extends or removes the typical 30-day trial period Microsoft s new operating system comes with. The tool in question is an illegal way to trick the operating system into believing that you ve purchased the licensed copy of the software from the company. It is often riddled with malware and does more harm than any good. MalwareBytes inspected several such activators and found them infected. Also Read - Windows 10X reportedly cancelled in favour of better vanilla Windows 10
The goal of these malware tools is to trick the user into downloading unwanted programs and game their way into a victim s computer and then steal information and make money. We would advise our readers to stay away from any such activators and urge them to not download the Windows 10 technical preview from illegitimate sources. The preview is available to download from Microsoft s official website.