How To Fix : “You may be a victim of software counterfeiting”


  • They are using pirated version of Windows.
  • Invalid Product Key
  • Recent update of your Windows, WGA System or also called as Windows Genuine Advantage this is an anti-piracy system created by Microsoft that enforces online validation of the licensing of several recent Microsoft Windows operating systems when accessing several services, such as Windows Update, and downloading Windows components from the Microsoft Download Center.

In This Tutorial we will show you different way to fix : ” You may be a victim of software counterfeiting”.

Here the Easy way.

Step 1:
Start Button > search “CMD”.

Step 2:
Right Click “CMD” > Run as Administrator.

Step 3:
Type > slmgr <space> -rearm.


just wait the popup, then restart your pc.

and done! you are now genuine….


The complicated way :

  • Open your Windows Task Manager by using Ctrl+Alt+Del shortcut.
  • Click Process tab.
  • Search “Wgatray.exe”,
  • Select it and Click End Process.
  • Restart your PC
  • Then Log-in into the Safe Mode by Pressing F8  before the bootscreen appear.
  • In Safe Mode, Go to C:\Windows\System32 and delete Wgatray.exe file.
  • You also need to delete Wgatray.exe file here C:\Windows\System32\dllcache, if hidden just enable hidden files from folder options.
  • After that, you need to go to Registry Editor by pressing Window Key + R and type regedit.
  • Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\Notify key.
  • Delete the Wgalogon folder along with the contents.
  • Restart your PC.
  • Done.

Also, the important thing is you should  know how to activate your Windows properly


Start Button > “CMD” Run as Administrator (just like steps above)
Then, type :  slmgr<space>-ato and Press Enter.

just wait then reboot your PC

To Check :
Go To My Computer > Right Click > Properties


  1. Click the ‘Start’ Button.
  2. Right Click on Computer and then select Properties. To see the properties and information of your Computer.
  3. Click on “Activate Windows online now”. Note : Internet Connection needed!
  4. Enter the Product Key.
  5. Click Next to activate your Windows
  6. Then wait, No worries for a few seconds your new windows version will be verified.

You can also activate your windows offline, by choosing the other option “Shows me the other ways to activate”. Enter your Windows Product Key (total of 25 characters), Click Next, and follow the instruction given.

There are some other ways to activate windows using “Windows Activator” app.

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