What Is the sppextcomobjpatcher.exe Process and What Does It Do?

Learn more about this Windows Task Manager process

Sppextcomobjpatcher.exe is a Windows 10 process involved in the registry key that you used to activate your copy of Windows. It is not malicious software, so if you see it running in Task Manager, you should not necessarily panic that your system has been infected. But if it shows up in an antimalware scan from a tool like Malwarebytes Antimalware, it may warrant further investigation.

What Is Sppextcomobjpatcher.exe?

Sppextcomobjpatcher in Windows 10 is part of the Key Management Service (KMS) involved in licensing of Microsoft products. Its most common use is to manage your license for Windows 10, unless you use many other Microsoft products that require a key.

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That said, sppextcomobhpatcher.exe is most commonly used by hacked or hacked versions of Windows to bypass Microsoft’s licensing system. It is possible that if you find it, it means that your version of Windows is pirated. If you weren’t responsible for installing Windows on your system, you might consider purchasing and registering a legitimate copy.

Lifewire does not condone the use of pirated software and recommends that you update your Windows installation to a legitimate installation. You may be missing important updates or security patches that could protect your system.

Should I remove Spextcomobjpatcher?

If you’re using a legitimate copy of Windows, you’re unlikely to encounter sppextcomobjpatcher, but if you do, it might be worth removing as it’s often associated with pirated software. You can do this by running an anti-malware scan (it will almost always be detected as a keylogger) or by removing it manually. It is usually found in one of these places:






You can safely delete this file without harming your system. However, if you are running a pirated version of Windows, you may be notified as such when you reboot your system.

If you are deliberately using a pirated version of Windows, you do not need to remove sppextcomobjpatcher from Windows 10. It will not affect your daily system operation.

That said, you do run the risk of running a pirated version of Windows. The antivirus detects sppextcomobjpatcher as it is a potential malware intrusion point that may have been used to infect your system during installation. The safest way to run Windows 10 is to use a legitimate copy with the latest security patches and features applied. It’s cheap and could save you a lot of trouble if the pirated copy of the OS is discovered.

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