If an online deal for software seems too good to be true, it probably is. The software could be pirated, which means that it’s been copied and sold illegally.
Pirated software often contains viruses, spyware, and scams that can cause a loss of data, a corrupted system, and even identity theft. Only computers with genuine Microsoft software can get important security updates from Microsoft Update or Windows Update.
Watch a video about the risks of software piracy.
Learn more about how to protect your computer from pirated software.