[Fix] You May Be a Victim of Software Counterfeiting. MS Office

[Fix] You May Be a Victim of Software Counterfeiting. MS Office

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Did you run into an error or annoying popup saying something similar like, "You may be a victim of software counterfeiting"? If you are looking for a solution to stop receiving the annoying error, then you've come to the right place!

We will learn to fix the error in this article step by step. But first, let's know why we receive such a warning while using Microsoft Office software.

If you receive the above warning, that means the windows license installed on your computer is not genuine or pirated. It can also appear if you have the original windows but activated using a non-genuine activation key. When Microsoft detects that we are using non-genuine windows, they warn us because pirated software can harm our computers. So, try to use genuine products if you can. The error never shows up if you use a genuine window or office key on your computer. But for those who still want to use the pirated version of Windows, don't worry. There is a way to fix the error and to avoid the warning in the future. So let's get to the tutorial.

How to remove the warning?

  • First of all, run cmd as an administrator. To find cmd, press Win+R keys, then search cmd in the search box.
  • Copy and paste the following command to your cmd and press Enter.
cd "\Program Files\Common Files\microsoft shared\ClickToRun" 

  • Now paste the below command and press Enter.

OfficeC2rclient.exe /update user updatetoversion=16.0.13801.20266

  • A new window will appear, and an update will start to download. Wait till the installation is complete. Download speed depends on your internet speed. You can use your computer usually during this process.
  • Once the download is complete, you can launch your office software. No popups will bother you again!

How to avoid such warnings in the future?

  • Launch your office software.
  • Go to 'Account' from the bottom left corner of your screen.
  • Click on the Update Options and then, Disable updates.
  • Now go to your System Settings> Update & Security> Windows Update
  • Now go to Advanced options.
  • Toggle off a similar option like the screenshot below.


If you have done all the above steps correctly, then the warning won't show up again in the future. You can use all your Microsoft Office products without receiving the annoying popup again. If this method didn't work for you, please let us know. We will try to share another solution for this issue as soon as possible. Also, if you're facing any other problems regarding your pc, please comment below, and we'll try our best to share a solution to fix the issue.