Aug 07

Don’t Buy Counterfeit Software (Part I)

Counterfeiting is widespread. More than 90 percent of software in parts of Asia and the Soviet Union is counterfeit as is 25 percent of software in the United States. Purchasing counterfeit software is a bad idea regardless of whether you think counterfeiting is immoral.

Offers that claim to sell you $500 software for 30 percent of the cost offer you no protection. You might receive a non-working product (if you receive anything at all), and you won’t have access to updates or technical support from the company.

Moreover, your credit card number might be stolen, and the software you install may actually contain viruses, even if the program appears to work.

Businesses frequently spend more than $1,000 to recover from the damage caused by pirated software, which doesn’t include costs due to lost data or data whose security has been compromised. The damage caused can easily outweigh the savings of buying counterfeit.


  • i had my computer empted at futureshop to get rid of things. and i dident have the windows disk so they asked me if iwanted a copy of it so i said ok but yester day i got a message on my comp saying i had cunterfited windows so i just restarted my computer and it loaded ok but when it's done loading it it goes to a black screen

    Nov 14
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    Aug 11
  • counterfeit software has become the option of some especially when you consider the money you will save. But then again, there are always risks in getting one instead of buying the original software. Especially if you are running a business, you don't want to risk all the important data stored in your system in case of a virus infestation or a bug caused by using counterfeits.

    Buy the original!

    Aug 09
  • counterfeits are not just economically harmful, the money is pretty dirty and i just am not okay supporting child labor. you can read the ridiculous amount of news articles on this stuff here:

    Aug 08
  • It's probably worthwhile pointing out many of these problems, viruses and lack of support, are also true for free pirated software. I'm not sure how it breaks down but I suspect that a lot of the pirated software is given away for nothing rather than being sold.

    I'm a little sceptical of the $1,000 cost estimate. Is an article written by Microsoft going to be unbiased? The quote is as follows . . .

    The costs associated with pirated software are significant. Businesses are paying over $1,000 to recover from just one incident of malicious software on a single PC

    'Malicious software' I suspect will also include viruses. In addition to being potentially biased I wonder whether the figure is even relevant.

    There are other points worth raising but I'll hold off in the hopes of them being in part II.

    Aug 07