If you encountering “you may be a victim of software counterfeiting” error on your computer, it simply means that you are using a pirated copy of Windows XP on your computer and trust me, you are not the only one who is facing such an error.
There are countless people across the world who are using pirated Windows version and facing ‘you may be a victim of software counterfeiting Windows 7’.
If you are also one of those who is looking forward to knowing the solution to software counterfeiting error, get yourself ready as you are going to get a permanent solution for this problem without spending any money or having any additional tech skills.
How to Fix You May Be A Victim of Software Counterfeiting Error:
Before we head over to check out the solutions to you may be a victim of software counterfeiting problem, let’s go a little in-depth on why do you see such an error on your computer.
Every now and then new windows versions roll out and we try updating our Windows to the latest version. In this order, we forget that Microsoft must be having its own tricks to catch pirated windows copy.
When someone tries to update Windows XP to the latest Windows version, Microsoft installs a secret WGA(Windows Genuine Advantage) files as one of the installer files on our computer which tell about the legitimacy of the windows copy to the Microsoft.
If the copy of Windows you are using on your computer is proved to be pirated, you start to confront this error on your computer.
So, it’s all because of the WGA files installed that make us see “you may be a victim of software counterfeiting” error.
If we somehow prevent this file from getting installed on our computer and delete all the presently installed WGA files, we can resolve this issue and that’s what we will be teaching you today.
Now that you know what’s the reason for encountering ‘you may be a victim of software counterfeiting’ error, it’s time to go ahead and learn to fix this error.
Step 1. Remove WgaLogon folder using Registry Editor
As told above, all WGA files and Wgalogon needs to be removed from the computer in order to get rid of software counterfeiting error. The first fix is to reach out to the Wgalogon folder in the registry and remove it.
Below are the complete steps to do that!
- Frist of all, open the Run window by pressing the windows+R keys on your keyboard or by going to the Start menu> Run.
- Once Run window pops up, just type in the regedit command in the search bar and hit enter. Have a look at the below screenshot to understand better.
- As sooner you do this, Registry Editor window will pop up, which looks like the below screenshot.
- Now on the left-hand side, you will see many options along with a plus(+) sign next to them. On clicking the plus sign, other sub-options will come up. Anyways, now you need to click the + icon next to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE option. Screenshot for the same is given below.
- Now click the + icon next to Software and again, click the plus next to the Microsoft option.
- Under Microsoft, you need to click the + sign next to Windows NT and then click the plus next to CurrentVersion option.
- On clicking the Plus sign next to the CurrentVersion, You will see an option Winlogon.
- Now just click the plus sign next to the WinLogon folder to find the option Notify.
- When Clicking the + symbol left to the Notify option, you will get to see our destination folder i.e WgaLogon.
- Now just right click on the WgaLogon folder and delete it. To understand this step better, you can have a look at the below screenshot which I’ve grabbed for you.
When done, just restart your computer to make the changes take effect. As sooner you are done with this step, half of your problems are resolved and you won’t see the error “you may be a victim of software counterfeiting” anymore.
But to get rid of this problem permanently, go ahead to follow the Step 2.
Step 2. Remove any other WGA files
Once the Wgalogon folder is removed from the registry, its time to get rid of all the other WGA files residing on your computer. If any WGA files remain there on your system, it will eventually inform Microsoft about the illegitimacy of windows and you will encounter the same error again.
WGA files basically reside in my computer’s “C” drive and specifically in the System32 folder. These files can be hidden as well so make sure after reaching to the System32 folder, you go to Tools> Folder Options> View Tab> Check Show hidden files and folders option.
To locate the option more easily, you can have a look at the below screenshot.
Here are the complete steps for removing all the WGA files from your computer.
- Go to My Computer and open the C drive.
- Now go to Windows> System32.
- On the System32 folder, search for the availability of any WGA file there, if you find any, just delete it.
- When done, look for the dllcache folder and try to find if there are any WGA files present, if there wag files present, go ahead and delete them.
Also, make sure you make a deep search on your computer to look for any WGA file via Windows “Search for files and folder” utility and as sooner you find any file, just remove them from your computer.
With this, you are almost done resolving the “you may be a victim of software counterfeiting” error. To make sure you don’t face such error in future on your computer, just follow the step 3.
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Step 3. Stop WGA update
Once you have successfully removed all the WGA files from your computer, it doesn’t assure that they won’t again get installed. So to make sure that you don’t re-install WGA file again unknowingly, you need to stop WGA update from your computer.
. Here’s how to do that.
- The first and foremost step to stop the Automatic windows update is to go to the control panel. So click on the Start menu and go to Control Panel.
- Now on the Control Panel page, just go to Automatic Updates.
- Now if you want to turn off the windows updates permanently, just select the third option i.e Turn off automatic updates and apply the changes. On doing that, you won’t even get notified about the availability of the update. The screenshot below will help you easily locate the option.
- But if you want to get notified about the updates but don’t want the windows to get updated automatically, select the second option which I’ve highlighted in the below screenshot.
Now click on Apply button to apply the changes and click Ok to close the window. By following all the three steps, you have not only successfully resolved this error, but also have made sure that no such problems will appear in the future as well.
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Windows is the most popular operating system across the world and over 2 billion people are using Windows as their preferred operating systems. And trust me, the majority of people don’t use a genuine copy of window but the pirated one.
We, as tech enthusiasts, never encourage piracy and recommend using the original windows copy always which is safe and never lets you face any unwanted troubles ever when using computers.
Using pirated windows makes you see the black desktop screen and you start facing trouble when downloading other software on your computers. So it’s always a good idea to use an original windows copy to avoid such undesirable bothering.
But it’s always your own choice and we can’t force you to anything. We hope you have by now resolve “you may be a victim of software counterfeiting” error on your computer. In case there are any doubts remains, feel free to drop your query below.
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