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Windows xp i m getting an error message every time i start my windows xp.."you may be victim of software counterfeiting"...and my task manager is also disabled..whenever i press ctrl+alt+del to get taskmanager its showing task manager is disabled by administrator and i have the administrative rights...pls help me out..

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  • Anonymous Apr 08, 2008

    i have a message telling me that i am a victim of software counterfeiting and that my copy of windows xp professionals didn't pass genuine validation or that windows validation process didn't completed

  • jamrooh Jun 23, 2008

    a message that you may be a victim of software counterfeiting appears in my computer during start up and displays to resolve it now.

  • malik555 Jan 18, 2009

    on my comper a message receivd you may be a victim

  • IanHu May 11, 2010

    download Adaware Free version, run a scan and report back what it finds before removing anything

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First thought: Not a legal copy or not activated?
Second thought: A virus or spyware? Have you run a full virus scan and a separate antispyware scan?

I don't know if either of these will work, but give them a try (especially the full anti virus and anti spyware scans). I use AVG Antivirus Free and AVG Antispyware Free. I also use ZoneAlarm Free as my firewall to prevent hackers getting access.

I have had a somewhat similar problem (years ago) which turned out to be some malicious spyware controlling access to some Administrator functions.

Good luck

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  • Les Clayton Apr 22, 2008

    Go to C:\Windows\System32 and search for 2 files that start with wga . . . , rename these as .old (dot "old").



    This will stop the nag screen.



    Good luck.

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This could be one of two problems: Virus or illegal software

If this is a virus then it could be one of 3 variants:

W32.Spybot.Worm
W32.Klez.gen
W32.Yaha.E

Posibility exist that it could be another variant, have look at these links as they provide removal instuctions:

http://www.symantec.com/security_response/writeup.jsp?docid=2003-053013-5943-99

http://www.symantec.com/security_response/writeup.jsp?docid=2002-031910-1028-99

http://www.symantec.com/security_response/writeup.jsp?docid=2002-061712-2244-99

You can also download and install Stinger from Mcafee which will scan for known Worms and trojan horses:

http://vil.nai.com/vil/stinger/

Would appreciate feedback as I had the same type of problem cause by the W32.Spybot.Worm

Should it not be a virus then go to the following link to validate your copy of Windows XP:

http://www.microsoft.com/genuine/ - click on the validate windows link.

If your validation fails, then you should purchase a legal copy of Windows XP. You would not need to reinstall as you may use the new Windows key to activate your current copy. To change your product key use the tool on this link:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/328874

Hope this will help your cause.

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You installed Microsoft Genuine Validation, and it says that you may be a victim of software counterfeiting. Try to find a XP Product Key to change it to. To change it, google, "Change your Windows XP Product Key"

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You may be a victim of software counterfeiting.


Whenever you get a genuine windows validation error you must contact Microsoft to find out why you get the message.

Temporarily you can get rid of the message doing a System Restore to a date before the genuine windows validation error appeared for the first time.

To do system restore you can go to
Start button>Programs>Accessories>System tools>System Restore.

Aug 09, 2009 | Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition

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You may be the victim of software counterfeiting how it 'll solve?


Try doing the following.

  1. Lauch Windows Task Manager.
  2. End wgatray.exe process in Task Manager.
  3. Restart Windows XP in Safe Mode.
  4. Delete WgaTray.exe from c:\Windows\System32.
  5. Delete WgaTray.exe from c:\Windows\System32\dllcache.
  6. Lauch RegEdit.
  7. Browse to the following location:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\
    Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\Notify
  8. Delete the folder ?WgaLogon? and all its contents
  9. Reboot Windows XP.
Good luck!

Aug 08, 2009 | Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition

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How can i remove software counterfeiting??


Try doing the following.

  1. Lauch Windows Task Manager.
  2. End wgatray.exe process in Task Manager.
  3. Restart Windows XP in Safe Mode.
  4. Delete WgaTray.exe from c:\Windows\System32.
  5. Delete WgaTray.exe from c:\Windows\System32\dllcache.
  6. Lauch RegEdit.
  7. Browse to the following location:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\
    Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\Notify
  8. Delete the folder ‘WgaLogon’ and all its contents
  9. Reboot Windows XP.
Note: With this method, you may be prompted to install WGA Notifications again which can still be unselected.

Jul 22, 2009 | Microsoft Windows XP Professional for PC

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You may be a victim of software counterfeiting


THERE ARE NUMBER OF METHODS BUT FOR YOU THESE 2 METHODS ARE GOOD

1) METHOD:-
TRY SYSTEM RESTORE.

2) METHOD:-
2.1) LAUNCH WINDOWS TASK MANAGER.
2.2) End wgatray.exe Process In Task Manager.
2.3) Restart System In Safe Mode.
2.4) Delete wgatray.exe from c:\Windows\System32.
2.5)
Delete wgatray.exe from c:\Windows\System32\dllcache.
2.6) Launch RegEdit.
2.7) Browse the following key HKEY_LOCALMACHINE\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWSNT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\Notify.
2.8) Delete The Folder "WgaLogon" and all of its component.
2.9 ) Reboot System.

3.0) BE HAPPY NOW.... AND NEVER EVER INSTALL WINDOWS GENUINE ADVANTAGE NOTIFICATION IN WINDOWS UPDATE OTHERWISE YOU HAVE TO REPEAT THE DAMN PROCESS AGAIN.

IN ORDER TO THAT FOLLOW THIS

START
--> CONTROL PANEL--> AUTOMATIC UPDATES --> CHOOSE THE OPTION """"""""""""Notify me but don't automatically download or install them"""""""""""

When u use this option whenver your system detects any new WINDOWS UPDATE choose the updates which u want to install... DONT INSTALL WINDOWS XP SERVICE PACK --3.

May 05, 2009 | Microsoft Windows XP Professional

2 Answers

You may be a victim of software counterfeiting


THERE ARE NUMBER OF METHODS BUT FOR YOU THESE 2 METHODS ARE GOOD

1) METHOD:-
TRY SYSTEM RESTORE.

2) METHOD:-
2.1) LAUNCH WINDOWS TASK MANAGER.
2.2) End wgatray.exe Process In Task Manager.
2.3) Restart System In Safe Mode.
2.4) Delete wgatray.exe from c:\Windows\System32.
2.5)
Delete wgatray.exe from c:\Windows\System32\dllcache.
2.6) Launch RegEdit.
2.7) Browse the following key HKEY_LOCALMACHINE\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWSNT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\Notify.
2.8) Delete The Folder "WgaLogon" and all of its component.
2.9 ) Reboot System.

3.0) BE HAPPY NOW.... AND NEVER EVER INSTALL WINDOWS GENUINE ADVANTAGE NOTIFICATION IN WINDOWS UPDATE OTHERWISE YOU HAVE TO REPEAT THE DAMN PROCESS AGAIN.

IN ORDER TO THAT FOLLOW THIS

START
--> CONTROL PANEL--> AUTOMATIC UPDATES --> CHOOSE THE OPTION """"""""""""Notify me but don't automatically download or install them"""""""""""

When u use this option whenver your system detects any new WINDOWS UPDATE choose the updates which u want to install... DONT INSTALL WINDOWS XP SERVICE PACK --3.

May 05, 2009 | Microsoft Windows XP Professional

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Error in windows XP validation(service pack 3)


Please go to www.microsoft.com/genuine and click Validate Windows - that should resync the WGA Validation files.
Afterwards, please click start, then run, then type in "WGAtray.exe /b" and then reboot.

Mar 21, 2009 | Microsoft Windows XP Professional

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Victim of software counterfeiting


This means the Windows Validation Tool has checked your installed copy of Windows and has found it to be a non-genuine copy. This means the product key is non valid.

Where did you get the PC? If a "friend" installed Windows for you then he is using illegal product keys.

If you are sure your Windows is genuine, you need to telephone Microsoft and fight it out with them.

Jan 02, 2009 | Microsoft Windows XP Professional for PC

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Victim of software counterfeiting


After installing your genuine copy of Microsoft Windows XP you are prompted with a “Your software is counterfeit” error message at startup. Even after visiting the www.microsoft.com/genuine/ site and validating, you still get the above message popping up after 2 or 3 boots. There is an easy solution to this and I would like you to follow the steps below to fix the issue.
1. C:\Windows\Downloaded Program Files
  • Within that folder, remove any files or folders associated with .WGA
2. Safe Mode
  • Reboot your computer and as soon as Windows logs off, start repeatively tapping the F8 Key on your keyboard.
  • As soon as you see the Windows Advanced Startup options select Safe Mode within Safe Mode get yourself into these folders…
  • C:\Windows\System32 (Rename wgatray.exe to wgatrayold.exe)
  • C:\Windows\System32\dllcache (Rename wgatray.exe to wgatrayold.exe)
    Note: Dllcache is a hidden folder, to view hidden folders do the following, go to Start, Control Panel, Folder Options,
    Select the view Tab and under the Hidden Files option, select Show hidden files and folders
3. Safe Mode Registry
  • Click on Start, Run and within the open dialog box type regedit and click OK.
  • Within the Registry Editor navigate your self to
    HKEY_Local_Machine\Software\Microsoft\WindowsNT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\Notify\WGALOGON
  • Right Click and Export the WGALOGON Folder (this should be saved onto your machine for backup purposes)
  • After Exporting the folder, DELETE the WGALOGON folder
  • After deleting close all applications and Restart your machine back to Normal Mode
After being prompt of a successful validation, Restart your Machine.

Oct 31, 2008 | Microsoft Windows XP Professional for PC

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