Microsoft warns against use of pirated software


MANILA, Philippines—Software giant Microsoft has warned consumers of the dangers of purchasing counterfeit applications, citing a recent study showing that most programs sold through the “gray market” were pre-loaded with malicious software.

A study conducted by Microsoft’s Security Forensics team revealed that 63 percent of counterfeit software DVDs and computers with illegal copies of Windows and other software from Southeast Asia contained high-risk malware infections and viruses.

Microsoft revealed that the results were tested on 118 samples of unlicensed software purchased from resellers in Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam.

The company said highly dangerous backdoors, hijackers, droppers, bots, crackers, password stealers and trojans were among the nearly 2,000 instances of malware and virus infections that were found.

“This study shows that using counterfeit software is a dangerous proposition. Pirated software is a breeding ground for cybercrime, and the cost of using it is potentially much higher than the price of buying genuine (software),” said Keshav Dhakad, Microsoft regional director of Intellectual Property for Asia-Pacific and Japan.

Seventy four percent of the DVDs and 48 percent of the computers that were sampled contained malware.

In the 77 percent of the computers examined, Windows Update had been disabled or re-routed to third-party services, exposing consumers to security threats like malicious cyber-attacks, virus infections and hacking.

“Counterfeiters have started replacing original software in computers with used, malware-infected drives containing nongenuine or unlicensed software,” Dhakad said.

Criminals are able to profit not only from the sale of the computer itself, but also from the sale of original hard drives, which are sold separately at a premium, he said.

Cybercriminals use malware for a range of invasive activities generating illegal profit like stealing consumers’ banking and credit card information, bogus offers and spamming of e-mails. These activities are conducted by or at the direction of organized, for-profit criminal enterprises.

Business Software Alliance in a study last year said the Philippines was No. 3 on the list of top 20 countries with the highest software piracy rates.

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  • Reggie


    Still a no. It’s so expensive. Nice try, Microsoft. Consider the pricing. You are pricing it way more expensive than in the US.

  • Amalayar Amalayar

    YIKES!!! WE’RE NUMBER 3!!!!

  • Jao Romero

    use FOSS instead of proprietary. problem solved.

  • Francois_Severino

    I use Ubuntu Linux free OS. It does most things Windows do; software download is through Ubuntu, like Apple so no chance of infection. And it is free! Faster internet and easier to use. Download from internet using Windows and save/burn to CD, which serves also as bootable CD. SO EASY TO INSTALL! I chose to install it and replaced Windows completely. Try it. No more virus problem and it is free…..

    • CN

       I agree, Ubuntu is a good OS!

  • Julius Buma-at

     I’m glad I’m not using Microsoft products… I’m using Free and Open Source Software from operating system to productivity software… No viruses and malwares in my computer… :)

  • Julius Buma-at

    I’m glad I’m not using Microsoft’s products… I’m using free and open source software from OS to the daily productivity programs I use.

  • John

    We know how to harvest, virus, malwares, and all other wares then mix with sinigang mix a very nice recipe for the day.Actually it is Microsoft who manipulated things even the one who keep updating my Laptop then sudenly I will get a notice of Software not Genuine once you hit this PIRATE ka na.Money issue GREEEEEEDDDD.

  • AntiAko

    Ang mahal kasi ng original software diyan sa pinas! Kaya hayun,  go sa buy ng peke ang mga pinoy. Ilang libo ba ang original Microsoft Office dyan? Dito sa US eh mabibili mo lang ng PHP 600 ang original nyan tapos good for 3 computers pa yan…

  • Manuel_II

    Creating fear to buy Legal Softwares, i’ve heared this before …

  • Sabrina Sai

    Oops i agree because at some cause this may not be good …. Using a Good security software is also important.. i am using Comodo Internet Security and am satisfied with it. 

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