How to Delete "You May Be a Victim of Software Counterfeiting"

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How to Delete "You May Be a Victim of Software Counterfeiting"
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Occasionally, when inserting a new program CD into the disc drive of a Windows computer, you are greeted with a prompt that states you may be using a counterfeit installation disc. However, this prompt may appear when using a backup disc or a third party installation CD the computer doesn't recognise. Thankfully, there is a way to remove this prompt from the screen so you no longer see the message when using the disc.

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  1. 1

    Hold down "CTRL," "ALT" and "DELETE" to load the Windows Task Manager. Find "wgatray.exe" and click "End Process."

  2. 2

    Restart the computer; then press "F8" to bring up the boot menu. Choose "Boot in Safe Mode." Then press "Enter."

  3. 3

    Click the "Start" menu, and then choose "(My) Computer," "C:," "Windows," "System32" and locate the "WgaTray.exe" file. Right-click the file and choose "Delete."

  4. 4

    Delete "dllcache" from the same open window. Then exit out of the "C:" window.

  5. 5

    Click "Start" and then "Run" (or hold down "Windows," then "Run" when using a Windows Vista/7 computer system) and type in "regedit" to launch the registry editor.

  6. 6

    Select "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE," "SOFTWARE," "Microsoft," "WindowsNT," the current version of the operating system, "winlogon," then "Notify key." Right-click the "WgaLogon" file and select "Delete."

  7. 7

    Restart the computer and the counterfeiting window no longer appears on the screen.

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