You May Be A Victim Of Software Counterfeiting Error Fix!! Doesn’t your heart skip a beat whenever your display screen just turns black? I bet it does. And after it goes black, a pop-up window usually pops out of nowhere– “You could also be a victim of Software Counterfeiting error” or “This copy of windows didn’t pass genuine windows validation”. Currently, quite 1 billion PC users are using Microsoft Windows, and not all the Windows versions are real. at the present, quite 50% of PC users are employing a pirated version of Microsoft Windows. Such a big occurrence of piracy has left Microsoft with no option, aside from to trace all the non-genuine window users and bug them with the knowledge that they’re not using the real Windows version or they’re using Windows with none genuine license by exposure the above message on the screen.
Lots of people are scared over this incident, and sometimes they freak out too. But there’s nothing to be freaked out. to get rid of the entire occurrence, you only need to follow some simple steps, and you’ll never face this problem ever. What are those steps? allow us to enlighten you with the small print of this problem with a far better canvas.
When and why does anyone see this message on their screen?
• Firstly, click on the symbol called ‘HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE’. You will notice many sub-folders opening below.
• Expand the folder named ‘Software’ by clicking on the + symbol.
• Expand the folder ‘Microsoft’ similarly.
Similarly, expand the folders in the following sequence:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE -> Software -> Microsoft -> Windows NT -> Current Version -> Winlogon -> Notify
After you have completed all these steps, just do right click on the WGALogon folder and click the delete button. You are almost done. Just restart the PC, and you will not see the message mentioned above ever again.
Step 2 –
Delete All WGA Files To remove this error permanently, you would like to follow few more steps. within the second step, you’ve got to get rid of other WGA files for better protection and security.
Click on ‘Drive C’ and go to ‘Windows’. You will find a folder named ‘System32’. Open that folder.
Deleting WGA files is a little bit complex as those files are hidden by default in Windows. So to view them, follow the below steps:
- Click on Tools in the menu bar.
- Open Folder Options.
- Now from various tabs, select the View tab.
- From there, tick Show Hidden Files And Folders.
- Click on Apply & OK.
Now that you have found the hidden files, search for every file related to WGA (There is an option in the left sidebar – Search For Files & Folders). Once you do a search, you will see all the WGA files up there such as Wgasetup.exe, Wgalogon.dll etc. Delete all those files that have WGA in their File Name.
Again follow these whole same steps to delete all the files of WGA from the C/Windows/System32/dllcache folder.
Step 3 – Stop Future Updates
Now that you do not have any WGA files on your PC, you will not be getting any error message. However, if you again install updates on your computer then those WGA files will be downloaded again by Microsoft. So, to be absolutely free from this error, you have to disable all future updates in your PC.
o disable updates, Open ‘Control Panel’ and click on ‘Automatic Updates’.
Click on the ‘Turn off automatic updates’ button and hit the Apply button. However, you can also opt for the middle button to get a notification before downloading too (Not Recommended Though). Just click ‘Ok’, and you are done. (See above screenshot for reference).
Conclusion: By following the above steps properly, Software Counterfeiting errors are going to be fixed permanently. But remember to finish all the three steps carefully; otherwise, you would possibly face an equivalent error in the near future again. If you’re using a pirated version of Windows, then I highly recommend you shop for the original version of Windows as using the above tutorial will disable all the longer-term updates, which can affect the safety of your PC. Microsoft pushes the latest security patches for your PC via updates in order that your files remain secure. If you’re facing any issue in the above tutorial, be happy to comment on your queries within the comment section below.