Windows 7 Forums
Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.

Windows 7: Message box appears saying I may be a victim of counterfeit software

25 Dec 2013   #11


Is your Win7 activated at bottom of Computer>Properties page?

My System SpecsSystem Spec
26 Dec 2013   #12

Windows 7 Pro 64-bit Service Pack 1

Yes, it is. Still, since I have never had this message appear before, I wonder if it's Microsoft that posting it or something else.

Anyway, everything seems OK with the system and no erroneous programs are trying to install. Will keep an eye on it though.

Thanks again for all the replies and help!
My System SpecsSystem Spec
27 Dec 2013   #13

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 x64 Home Premium (and x86 VirtualBox VM)/Win10

Such race conditions as you have are nor all that unusual - they are normally caused by AV conflicting with the SPPSVC, but can be caused by pretty much any processor-intensive process during the boot. It's almost impossible to isolate the actual conflict as merely looking for it changes the conditions sufficiently that it is less likely to occur.
It can happen as a result of some third-party 'system tools' doing a 'cleanup' on the drive and deleting the boot optimisation records - this results in Windows having to re-learn the boot process, and the order in which it starts non-kernel processes.
It usually settles down after a few reboots, and isn't seen again for months (if ever).
My System SpecsSystem Spec


 Message box appears saying I may be a victim of counterfeit software

Thread Tools

Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Error: Windows not genuine - may be victim of software counterfeiting
Hi, I currently have Windows 7 Home Premium x64, which was installed on my Lenovo T520 when I purchased it. I've had no issues with it over the past few years, but recently started getting the "Windows Not Genuine" error when I start up my system. I use McAfee Total Protection, but I also use...
Windows Updates & Activation
Dialog box, "You may be a victim of software counterfeiting"
Good morning everyone, First time posting here. After reviewing site info, this appeared to be the appropriate sub-forum to post in. Apologies, if it is not. I acquired & have been using this refurbished computer since December 2012. (More info in "Additional Notations" section...
Windows Updates & Activation
WAT message- My system is running a counterfeit copy of windows
Few months similar kind of message was getting displayed after I start my system. I contacted a person , he downloaded REMOVE -WAT software onto my system , it worked well until now. Again that same error is coming and "Remove WAT " software is not working. I am attaching results of MGAD tool ....
Windows Updates & Activation
What does “victim of counterfeit software” really mean?
Microsoft Warns Of Malware-Laced Counterfeit Software
GENERAL CYBER/ELECTRONIC CRIME Citing a rising tide of complaints from people who unknowingly bought counterfeit software infected with malware, Microsoft on Thursday announced the launch of educational initiatives and enforcement actions in over 70 countries to raise awareness of...
System Security
Counterfeit Software
First of all I appologize, i wasnt sure what category to place this topic under. I recently installed build 7137. Setup and activation (with Key i received from previous beta version) went smooth and everything has been working great for the past 4 days. out of nowhere today, i got a popup saying...
General Discussion

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

© Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:09.
Twitter Facebook Google+ Seven Forums iOS App Seven Forums Android App