If you are a Windows user then you might notice your antivirus catch a file named as sppextcomobjpatcher.exe. The location of the file will most likely be C:\Windows\Setup\scripts\Win32\SppExtComObjPatcher or C:\Windows\Setup\scripts\x64\SppExtComObjPatcher. You might also notice this file running in the task manager as well. So, obviously, a lot of users are worried about this file and whether it’s harmful or not.
What is sppextcomobjpatcher.exe?
Sppextcomobjpatcher.exe is a part of the operating system (not legal) and it is related to Key Management Service (KMS) Licensing for Microsoft Products. What this means is that it is used to activate your Microsoft products and/or your operating system.
Note: Although this file/service is a part of the operating system, it isn’t an official one. Generally, sppextcomobjpatcher.exe is used for activating Microsoft products and Windows illegally. So, if you are seeing this file/service running on your system then this is an indicator that your Window is pirated. This is the reason why this file is usually flagged by your antivirus because Microsoft doesn’t want pirated copies of Windows or other products on its system.
Is sppextcomobjpatcher.exe safe?
sppextcomobjpatcher.exe (or AutoKMS) is an illegal software. Depending on where you got the file from, it might or might not be safe. The point that needs to be kept in mind is that anyone can make a file like this, include a virus, and provide it for free as a pirated Windows version. There is no check on these files. So, we cannot be sure whether the file is safe or not.
What we recommend is that you do not use pirated operating systems. If you bought the Windows from a store and you are seeing this file then you should return it because the copy of the Windows is pirated. On the other hand, if you just started seeing this threat and you have a genuine Windows then you need to scan your system with a good antivirus (we will recommend MalwareBytes).
At the end of the day, it is your choice. This sppextcomobjpatcher.exe file will be flagged by the majority of the antivirus applications whether it contains a virus or not. This is because it isn’t a legal piece of software. You can continue using it if you are accustomed to using the pirated versions and you aren’t noticing any other suspicious activity.