Monday, September 20, 2010

How to Remove "You may be a victim of software counterfeiting"

Do you have this kind of pop-up saying that " You may be a victim of software counterfeiting". Don't panic, relax there are two ways to remove that annoying pop-up, but first lets find out what causes this problem? This problem occurs when you update your windows Xp over the internet and after it will show a notification that say “You may be a victim of software counterfeiting” and “This copy of windows does not pass genuine Windows validation”. The only reason is because you update a non Genuine copy of windows XP. This is called Windows Genuine Advantage or (WGA) it 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.

OK, here's a two methods to fix this problem.

Method 1: The Long cut!



1. Launch Windows Task Manager. (by pressing Ctrl+Alt+Del keys)
2. Locate the process “WgaTray.exe” and press end task.
3. then restart your pc and Log-in into the Safe Mode by Press F8 before windows boots) and delete the file WgaTray.exe from c:\Windows\System32
4. Delete also WgaTray.exe from c:\Windows\System32\dllcache
5. then Type regedit in Run (Win+R) to open Registry Editor, navigate to
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\Notify key
6. then Delete the folder WgaLogon and all of its contents.
7. After that Restart the PC normally. and Its done!


Method 2: The shortcut
Just download and run RemoveWGA.exe
and its done!

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