Service ABBYY FineReader Licensing Service failed to start. Verify that you have sufficient privileges to start system services

The following error message pops-up when trying to launch FineReader <version>:

Service ABBYY FineReader <product version> Licensing Service
(ABBYY.Licensing.FineReader. <product version>) failed to start. Verify that you have sufficient privileges to start system services.

The issue can appear on a workstation that uses endpoint security software (e.x. Carbon Black anti-virus software).

There are 2 known solutions to fix this issue:

Solution 1 - completely disable all defensive processes in AV software (if it's possible without any risk);
Solution 2 - add folders and processes of FineReader <product version> to exceptions:

Folders:

  1. C:\Program Files (x86)\ABBYY FineReader <product version>
  2. %username%\AppData\Local\ABBYY\FineReader\<product version>
  3. %username%\AppData\Roaming\ABBYY\FineReader\<product version>
  4. C:\ProgramData\ABBYY\FineReader\<product version>
  5. C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\ABBYY\FineReader\<product version>

Processes:

  1. FineReader.exe
  2. FineReaderOCR.exe
  3. NetworkLicenseServer.exe
  4. Comparator.exe
  5. FineGuard.exe
  6. FineUpdate.exe
  7. Registrator.exe
  8. ScreenshotReader.exe
  9. HotFolder.exe

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