Second Method to Fix You May be a Victim of Software Counterfeiting Notification for Office 2016 and 2019

You May be a Victim of Software Counterfeiting

In one of our previous articles, we have shown you a first method to fix the notification message which says “Your License isn’t Genuine and You May be a Victim of Software Counterfeiting”.

If you haven’t gone through yet then, click below link and use that method first.

[Method 1 – How to Fix Your License isn’t Genuine Notification on Office Apps?]

In case, if first method doesn’t work to you then, follow second method given below.

Remove the Notification of You May be a Victim of Software Counterfeiting Notification

In this process, an old office license will be removed and new license will be installed by using online activation process.

Step 1. Navigate the path below to your system drive C and copy the path from address bar

C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office16

Note: if you don’t find Microsoft Office folder in Program files then, this solution won’t work for you either.

Step 2. Open Command Prompt as Admin

[Read: How to Open Command Prompt as Admin?]

Step 3. Once the command prompt appears on your screen then, Follow below command in sequence:

  1. Type cd and paste copied command from step 1 and hit Enter from your keyboard.
    cd C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office16
  2. In next line type, CSCRIPT OSPP.VBS /DSTATUS and hit Enter to initiate the command.
    This command will give provide Office license information. Note down given last five characters of product key

    Step 3, Point 2
  3. At next line in command prompt type, CSCRIPT OSPP.VBS /UNPKEY:XXXXX
    [replace XXXXX with your five characters product key] and hit keyboard Enter button

Above command in point 3 will uninstall your office product key (you will see the message for same as on screenshot)

Now type, Exit and hit Enter. This will close Windows command prompt.

Fix You May be a Victim of Software Counterfeiting

Step 4. Download Online Office Activation file with below button and extract it once downloaded.

Step 5. Open extracted folder and right-click on file Activate and select Run as administrator

Note: Your computer should be connected to the internet while doing this step.

Victim of Software Counterfeiting Notification office 2019


Step 6: The above step will initiate online activation process and within few seconds it will complete and you will see the message “Product Activation Successful”.

you may be a victim of software counterfeiting

That’s all you need to do!! You won’t get the notification anymore on your Office application.

Still, if this method doesn’t resolved your issue then, try this 3rd method.

[Read: Method 3 to Fix There’s a Problem with Your Office License]

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22 thoughts on “Second Method to Fix You May be a Victim of Software Counterfeiting Notification for Office 2016 and 2019

  1. First server didn’t work but the second ( one smoothly activates everything. Maybe update it to launch that first?

  2. First and second method not working 🙁 🙁 Banner and yellow message still appearing

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