Counterfeit software likely to contain viruses

Results of a recent study conducted by the International Data Corporation (IDC) found that one in three consumers with counterfeit software installed on their home computer will be infected with malware in 2013. Additionally, consumers worldwide will spend 1.5 billion hours and $22 billion identifying, repairing and recovering from issues involving pirated software.

When you use counterfeit software instead of genuine Microsoft software, you face increased risks that cybercriminals have purposely added malware and that you won’t always have access to critically needed security updates. For more information about software piracy, read The Importance of Playing It Safe.

Download the IDC white paper (PDF)

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About the Author
Eve Blakemore

Group Manager, Trustworthy Computing

Eve Blakemore is a Group Manager for Trustworthy Computing who delivers consumer guidance around the latest trends in security and privacy. Eve joined Microsoft in 1998 and has worked in corporate and field roles with Microsoft Learning, US Public Sector, Read more »

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5 comments
  1. Anonymous

    Receiving call from Microsoft computer tech security office telling me I have viruses on my computer and they want access to my computer to fix them… identifying themselves as Microsoft Tech Support team – UTH (Urgent Tech Help)… Name given is Bob Smith,,, Telephone # 510-962-4561… when I asked for email address they disconnected… is this a scam or real?

  2. Anonymous

    I an new,dont know my way around computer.i eill be grateful if you can fix it.

  3. Anonymous

    WATCH FOR AVASOFT PROFESSIONAL ANTIVIRUS STILL CAN NOT GET RID OF IT. I WORKING ON FACEBOOK WHEN IT DISABLED MICROSOFT ESS SECURITY

  4. Anonymous

    i rec'd a call as well from a microsoft computer tech – telling me about my computer – they wanted access to fix it

  5. Anonymous

    I notice that there are dozens of "security updates supposedly from Microsoft..obviously I was not asked if this updating could be done and why soooooo many..it doesnt make sense to me.  Any info on all of these security deals..I tried to remove them but receive note that if I do that then I run the chance of none of my programs will work correctly..wow

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