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The Risk of Non Genuine Software

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The biggest myth about pirated software is that it’s cheap and doesn’t harm anyone. The truth is, everybody pays – and the price can be high.  Software piracy is the illegal reproduction and distribution of software applications.

Because of counterfeit and unlicensed software, legitimate businesses are not only losing selling opportunities; they’re missing out on ongoing revenues and the chance to add value. 

In the UK, 24% of installed business software is used unlawfully and ‘there is a strong correlation between unlicensed software and malware’. Did you know that ‘one in three copied software packages has malware in it?

Illegal software copying and distribution also puts users at risk from inferior quality, and potentially dangerous software

Why Buy Genuine?

So what are the reasons to buy official products? Genuine software provides:

Support – only genuine software is supported by Microsoft or Microsoft partners, customers with counterfeit software are not entitled to support and will be a real loss when things go wrong.

Reliability – customers count on the reliability and performance or genuine software and can’t afford the downtime caused by system failure or security breaches that can result from using non-genuine software.

Protection – Against viruses, spyware and malware.


If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!

One way to avoid wasting valuable time and money on counterfeit or infringing software is to give too-good-to-be-true deals a miss. However, the best way to avoid becoming a victim of software pirates is to purchase from known and trusted sources. 

Microsoft is committed to helping partners and customers who have piracy concerns, or suspected counterfeit software. If you’re aware of any suspicious activity, please report piracy to:

To find out more visit  the official Microsoft Piracy website