Microsoft’s counterfeit software gallery



December 6th, 2008

When shopping for software bargains you always need to be on the lookout for people selling counterfeit software. Online auction sites such as eBay are a haven for pirates trying to offload fake software on users so you need your wits about you.

To make life easier, Microsoft has revamped the counterfeit software gallery which highlights examples from three different categories of counterfeit software:

  • High-grade: Software that appears professionally produced and attempts to include the piracy prevention features of genuine Microsoft software. 
  • Mid-grade: Software that may appear professionally produced, but makes no attempt to include the piracy prevention features of genuine Microsoft software. 
  • Low-grade: Software that does not attempt to appear to be genuine Microsoft software. 

High-grade counterfeits are tricky to spot, but are quite rare. The most prolific fakes are the low-grade kind and very easy to spot.

A couple of other points worth making:

  • It's not just Microsoft software that's subject to being ripped off. Products such as Adobe Photoshop are also extensively pirated.
  • If a deal seems too good to be true, it probably is.

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