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Counterfitt Windows

Discussion in 'Windows - Software discussion' started by Altercuno, May 30, 2006.

  1. Altercuno

    Altercuno Regular member

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    Hi. I'm posting this for a friend and hope it hasn't already been covered. She recently purchased a new pc which came with windows professional xp
    >already installed. Every time she starts-up she gets a pop up saying 'you may
    >be a victim of software counterfitting' which redirects her to a site where
    >she can purchase software. Is this genuine? Any thoughts? Thanks.
     
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  3. Altercuno

    Altercuno Regular member

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    Yeah we wondered if it was a spoofing attack, but whatever it is it stops validation so she can't download updates, upgrade to IE7 beta and stuff.
     
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    Thanks for the link, info and quick reply. I used Ad-aware yesterday and downloaded Spyware Blaster. I will give Spybot a go tomorrow. Thanks.
     
  5. KyKy91

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    No its a windows update i am having the same trouble!
     
  6. Altercuno

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    Interesting. Got this back via email from microsoft:

    Dear Sir/Madam,
    >
    >Thank you for your email about messages on your computer regarding
    >authenticity of Microsoft® Windows® XP Professional installed in your
    >computer.
    >
    >I am a Customer Service representative and will do my best to provide
    >appropriate support options.
    >
    >In response to your query, I would like to inform you that recently we have
    >released an update to determine the authenticity of Windows installed in
    >the computer. This update is designed in such a way that it determines if a
    >PC is running genuine or pirated copy of Windows. If the operating system
    >is an unauthorised (pirated) copy, a pop-up dialogue box will appear on the
    >Windows login screen, informing the user that the copy of the Windows is
    >counterfeit.
    >
    >As you have received this message, I suggest you to speak to the WGA
    >(Windows Genuine Advantage) team regarding this issue. The WGA team has at
    >their disposal a number of diagnostic tools that will enable them to track
    >down where the validation is failing, and assist in providing you with an
    >appropriate solution.
    >
    >You can contact the WGA team on 0870 60 10 100 and select option ‘0’. The
    >lines are open from 8AM to 6PM, Monday to Friday, excluding public
    >holidays.
    >
    >You can also visit the following link to determine the authenticity of
    >Windows XP installed in your computer.
    >http://www.microsoft.com/resources/howtotell/ww/windows/default.mspx
    >
    >You can visit the following links for information on WGA
    >
    >Frequently asked questions on WGA
    >http://www.microsoft.com/genuine/downloads/FAQ.aspx?displaylang=en#Question6Label
    >
    >More information on WGA
    >http://support.microsoft.com/kb/892130/en-us
    >
    >Determining the authenticity of Windows installed in your computer
    >http://www.microsoft.com/genuine/default.mspx?displaylang=en
    >
    >Procedure to report Piracy
    >http://www.microsoft.com/piracy/default.mspx
    >
    >You can also visit http://support.microsoft.com for information on support
    >options for Microsoft products.
    >
    >Thank you for getting in touch.
     
  7. KyKy91

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    Will having this mess our PC's up in anyway?
    My friend says do a system restore lol but that will have no effect..or will it?
     
  8. Altercuno

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    Thats a good thought. I've done system restores on my own pc a few times and it has got me out of trouble. If its a software update it may get rid of it and if its spyware The_Fiends idea to run spybot may work.

    But if its a software update what is microsoft up to stopping people who have bought its product from using it?

    The phone nos above are UK nos, btw.

    Regards

    Richard
     
  9. KyKy91

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    I think all it can do is stop us from having new features like Internet Explorer v.7 or something kinda like a PSP update...

    1. Goto: C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Windows Genuine Advantage\data
    2. Delete: Data.dat
    3. Create a new text document in this folder and save it as data.dat
    4. Set properties to read only
    5. Reboot
    Done!


     
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    Hi,

    Your friend did get the original install disk with the computer, right??

    Has she tried validating windows??

    If she cannot, it's probably a good idea to get in touch with whomever sold it to her and ask for a refund.

     
  11. Altercuno

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    Yes we had the original disc. Shop says its ok and to return the pc and they will remove the pop up though they say its really hard. A refund would seem to be in order.
     
  12. dannyboy

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    Hi Altercuno, probably a stupid question but did your friend purchase the computer from a reliable source? because otherwise there is the chance the software IS counterfeit. If she was sold a PC with counterfeit Windows software, she can report it to Microsoft and get a genuine copy for free providing she gives the details of who sold the fake version to her in the first place.

    It's probably Microsoft making a mistake or spyware, but don't rule out the fact that it may not be genuine software.

     
  13. KyKy91

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    Just follow these steps until you get the real ver
    1. Goto: C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Windows Genuine Advantage\data
    2. Delete: Data.dat
    3. Create a new text document in this folder and save it as data.dat
    4. Set properties to read only
    5. Reboot
    Done!
     
  14. Altercuno

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    KyKy91

    I see you have edited your last post. What's this?
     
  15. KyKy91

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    It removes the pop ups from your PC.
     
  16. dannyboy

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    sorry, that will teach me to read all the posts, ignore my last.
     
  17. Altercuno

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    Dannyboy

    The pc came from a high street shop that's been there for years. I bought my pc from them. I think they are ok, but perhaps they got conned. Didn't know Microsoft will exchange for free - thanks for that.

    KyKY91

    Well done! How did you figger it out?
     
  18. KyKy91

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    Complete Genius....


    LOL GOOGLE SEARCH XD
     
  19. Altercuno

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    I did a Google search but couldn't find the answer. Will try it tomorrow. Thanks.
     
  20. KyKy91

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    Did you get yours to work?
    I cant seem to get mine working when i change the text file to data.dat it turns into a dat file!
     

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