Windows XP Problem..

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Alright, well my computer has windows XP on it and has been working great the past 2 years we've had it, but recently we've been getting warnings about the XP software not being genuine. It says we (the computer) may be at risk, and that it's counterfeit.. but it has only started doing it the past couple weeks (and as I said, we've had it for atleast 2 years).

Does anyone happen to know what could be causing this and making it think it's counterfeit now and never before? I'm not sure if this was originally a real version or not (as we bought the computer used), is there anything that could be done to fix it (without paying a bunch of money for 'Genuine' XP)?

If anyone has any ideas, please let me know. Thanks for your time and help.

posted by  car_crazy89

It might be a virus/spyware...Is it like popping up from the taskbar? Try running a virus scan.

Wait...I did a quick search, is this what it shows?:
http://www.yinfor.com/blog/archives/images/Copy-of-WGA-Validation.jpg
http://www.yinfor.com/blog/archives/images/WGA-Validation.jpg
http://www.yinfor.com/blog/archives/images/WGA-Balloon.jpg
Here's (http://www.yinfor.com/blog/archives/2006/04/remove_wga_notifications.html# more) one site, or here (http://72.14.209.104/search?q=cache:7pF_2Dij5n8J:www.mydigitallife.info/20 06/04/26/disable-and-remove-windows-genuine-advantage-notifications-nag-scr een/+wga+notify+remover&hl=tr&gl=tr&ct=clnk&cd=2).

Just where it says to delete files, save them to a folder somewhere else.

posted by  chris_knows

Thanks Chris. Yes, that is the kind of notifications that keep popping up (the middle one is always on the login page). I may try some of those tomorrow and hope I do it right lol. Again, thanks, it's greatly appreciated.

posted by  car_crazy89

Let's hope you never have to format...

posted by  97Talonchik

More possible ideas..

First off, run Ad-Aware (http://www.lavasoft.de/software/adaware/), to check if it is Adware, then run Spybot S&D (http://www.safer-networking.org/en/index.html), for a double check to get the things ad-aware misses. Then go into internet explorer and goto: http://update.microsoft.com. This will for one thing make sure you do have a valid copy of Windows, and also update your computers security.
That's what i'd do to start with.

None of the links are meant as advertisment, just for help.:thumbs:

posted by  Bubba

::raises hand:: twice because of that damn porn...:laughing:

posted by  99integra

I know this has nothing to do with the matter but i like ur style and the cars u like. my computer has got some waky virus and me being me i just got rid of the pop up that told me i had it lol:screwy: . i know im crazy. pm me if u like the good ol cars, im so borred at school!:sleep:

posted by  GTO fanatic

Worst case senario, go to best buy, you can pick up a new version of XP Home for $49.99

posted by  Voda48

Please don't download Spybot or Ad Aware. Bubba, you dummy.

Download the latest version of "hi-jack this". Save.

Re-start your computer in safe mode and run hijack this.


Your dad was probably viewing porn and spyware is in your computer.

posted by  What?

I wouldn't recommend using hi-jack this unless you know what you are doing in the registry. I use it as a last resort only. If you use it wrong and delete something... well go buy that copy of xp. You should always scan your computer with antivirus and anti spyware/adware tools, before you just go deleting registry entries. :thumbs:

If nothing else works and you must use hi-jack this here's a good tutorial. Read it good

here.. (http://forums.majorgeeks.com/showthread.php?t=38752)

posted by  Bubba

Sadly, my dad doesn't know how to use the computer lol, so porn wasn't the problem.

We have Ad Aware on the computer and we also use Norton. I'm not sure when the last time both were run though (may have been almsot 2 weeks..).

So far I've only had the time to do the 'quick fix', and that was turning off the annoying pop-ups (so it isn't so bad.. you only see the little icon in the bottom corner). We also never got an XP recovery disk with it..

I have all weekend now though, so I'll try some of those when I have time (the ones I know I can do without messing something up lol).

Thanks a lot everyone for your help and suggestions, it is appreciated.

posted by  car_crazy89

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