About the activation code for Kaspersky products


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About the activation code for Kaspersky products

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Latest update: 2019 Jun 19 ID: 12778

This article concerns:

  • Kaspersky Anti-Virus 
  • Kaspersky Internet Security
  • Kaspersky Internet Security for Mac
  • Kaspersky Total Security
This article does not contain activation codes.

An activation code is a sequence of twenty digits and Latin letters in the format ХХХХХ-ХХХХХ-ХХХХХ-ХХХХХ, which you get when you purchase a license to use a Kaspersky Lab product. This code is required for activating the application.

You can get an activation code in a number of ways, depending on how your purchased your license:

  • If you purchased Kaspersky Lab product in the online store, the activation code is sent to the email address you specified when making the purchase.
  • If you purchased a boxed version of the product, the activation code is either in the product documentation or on the box containing the installation disk.
  • If you purchased a license renewal card, you can find the code on the back of the card.

To avoid losing your activation code, connect the device with the installed Kaspersky Lab application to your account at My Kaspersky. For instructions, see this article.

information about your license will be available in the Licenses tab. You can view the activation code by clicking Details. For more information, see this article.


Where to enter the activation code


What is a license?


What is a license key?


New activation code


How to restore an activation code


Activation code validity period


What happens when the activation code expires


How to view detailed license information


What happens to the current license after activating the application with a new code


How to reinstall or upgrade your operating system without losing your license


Can I activate the application with an activation code purchased in a different country?


Number of activation attempts


What to do if an error occurs during activation


How to renew the license


What to do if you didn’t receive an activation code after paying

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