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What is activation.exe?

The .exe extension on a filename indicates an executable file. Executable files may, in some cases, harm your computer. Therefore, please read below to decide for yourself whether the activation.exe on your computer is a Trojan that you should remove, or whether it is a file belonging to the Windows operating system or to a trusted application.

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Activation.exe file information

The process known as Microsoft Money Startup or Activation Manager belongs to software Microsoft Money (version 2002) or Activation Manager by Microsoft (www.microsoft.com) or Tages SAS.

Description: Activation.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file activation.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 8/7/XP are 241,714 bytes (71% of all occurrences) or 245,810 bytes. http://www.file.net/process/activation.exe.html 
The program has a visible window. You can uninstall this program in the Control Panel. The process starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). The activation.exe file is not a Windows system file. activation.exe appears to be a compressed file. Therefore the technical security rating is 6% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.
If you are having problems with activation.exe, you may also uninstall the program using the Control Panel ⇒ Add/Remove programs ⇒ Microsoft Money 2002 or Microsoft Money.

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If activation.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Documents and Settings", the security rating is 0% dangerous. The file size is 740,112 bytes. The program has a visible window. The activation.exe file is a Verisign signed file. It is certified by a trustworthy company. Activation.exe is not a Windows system file. activation.exe appears to be a compressed file.

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There are different files with the same name:

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as activation.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the activation.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. We recommend Security Task Manager for verifying your computer's security. This was one of the Top Download Picks of The Washington Post and PC World.

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User Comments

When I start up the computer activation.exe not found appears on the screen. I find this disturbing. How can I prevent this from occurring in the future
  Lloyd Goodridge  
Used by many different vendors, eg it is on my Sony Vaio and the publisher is Sony. Before allowing it, check more details for publisher and decide whether it should be running on your system
  Hugo Minney  
activation.exe is part of Microsoft's Activation module for their Windows XP and Microsoft Office XP/2002 products.
  Stephen  
Automatic activation of a MS Windows XP installation through a MS Server domain controller which can maintain a list of all product keys and distribute them amongst user pc's. This gives a systems administrator a simple method of maintaining licenses and removes the need to activate each client after each new installation, as this is done automatically the next time the client is run after the installation, at around the same time a private user would enter a key manually.
  R. ten Napel   (further information)

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Summary: Average user rating of activation.exe: based on 8 votes with 4 user comments. 4 users think activation.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's probably harmless. 2 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user is not sure about it.


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Best practices for resolving activation issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with activation. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using cleanmgr and sfc /scannow, uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using msconfig) and enabling Windows' Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.

Should you experience an actual problem, try to recall the last thing you did, or the last thing you installed before the problem appeared for the first time. Use the resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off doing a repair of your installation, or in the case of Windows 8, executing the DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the activation.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: Security Task Manager displays all running Windows tasks, including embedded hidden processes, such as keyboard and browser monitoring or Autostart entries. A unique security risk rating indicates the likelihood of the process being potential spyware, malware or a Trojan. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.



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