Your License isn’t Genuine and You May be a Victim of Software Counterfeiting – Solved 2021

Your License isn’t Genuine and You May be a Victim of Software Counterfeiting

You must be suffering with this below notification:

ACTION NEEDED Your license isn’t genuine and you may be a victim of software counterfeiting. Avoid interruption and keep your files safe with genuine Office today

This is a common issue can be seen now days with several Microsoft office users. Although, this is not an error. It is just a notification on your Microsoft Office applications.

For instance, notification may show up on one of the apps like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access and Outlook etc. or may on all applications. Here is the image for your reference:

your license isn't genuine and you may be a victim

The above notification may occur to your Microsoft Office 2016, 2019 or in Office 365 applications. So, the given solution in the following article will work on these office packages.

Also, we have tested this fix in real scenario and this worked properly for us. Hence, we are sharing this to help you guys as well.

How to Fix Your License isn’t Genuine and You May be a Victim of Software Counterfeiting Notification?

You must be wondering how to remove the notification your license isn’t genuine and you may be a victim of software counterfeiting?

You will get to know the solution by the end of the article, but before you will fix it, don’t you want to know the cause of this notification?

What Could be the Reason Behind this Notification?

As per the internet research, we can say:

You might activate your Microsoft office package by using KMS script or running an office activator that may have detected in a Microsoft office update.

Moreover, KeyManagementServiceName has been updated into Windows registry editor that may also cause this.

Remove Your License isn’t Genuine and You May be a Victim of Software Counterfeiting Notification

To clarify, this is not a serious problem and can be fixed easily as shown in below steps:

Step 1. Launch Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint or Outlook wherever you have this notification message.

Step 2. Go to File Menu and click Options from the context list.

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Step 3. Word, Excel, PowerPoint or Outlook Options window will appear (depending on the office application you are using at this point)

Now follow below points:

  1. Click General from the left pane
  2. Navigate and click Privacy Settings…
  3. Another window will be popped up called privacy settings.
    Now from the right side, Scroll-down to All connected experiences and uncheck the box of Enable connected experiences
  4. At last, click OK to save the privacy settings and click OK again to save Options

solution for your license isn't genuine and you may be a victim of software counterfeiting notification

Step 4. Finally, a Restart Required notification will be prompted that means Microsoft application needs to be restarted (close and launch again).

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Note: If you have opened multiple Microsoft apps such as; Word, Excel or any other, close them all and open again.

[Read: Check out Useful Microsoft Word Shortcut Keys]

The all above settings we have made in Step 3, will immediately affect Microsoft office after the step 4.

Now, once you launch any of the office applications, the notification “Your license isn’t genuine and you may be a victim of software counterfeiting. Avoid interruption and keep your files safe with genuine Office today” won’t appear.

Hope this resolved your issue. If not resolved yet:

Follow Second Method in this New Article below:

[Read: Second Method to Fix You May be a Victim of Software Counterfeiting Notification]

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11 thoughts on “Your License isn’t Genuine and You May be a Victim of Software Counterfeiting – Solved 2021

  1. Hello,
    It did work for about 3 weeks. But now a banner comes up first, and then the single yellow non genuine line after closing the banner. Others have also noticed this and left comments under your YouTube video. Please let me know if you find a new solution. Also signing out makes no difference.

    1. Thank you for raising this concern. However, we have already noticed this. Apparently, it works for many users, but not sure why it doesn’t work for few users. Unfortunately, as of now this is the only solution available with us. We are still looking if we can find something new in order to resolve this. Will update you as soon as we will find some other solution.

      1. Hi Sandeep, the method worked for a few weeks, but aparently some recent office update now shows the popup window and yellow line every time office starts.

          1. Hello Sandeep, I just tried your second method. It does change the serial number, But it has not Fixed the problem. You still get the pop up window and yellow line. The pop up window message now says – ‘Why risk it?, Get Genuine Office’

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