If you think you may have purchased or installed pirated software, protect yourself and others:
- If you paid for the software with a credit card, you may want to call your bank and cancel the card to prevent the seller from using it to make unauthorized purchases. You may also attempt to dispute the charge with your bank. If you request a chargeback, be prepared to provide a sales receipt or other documentation.
- If you have already installed the software, uninstall it and scan your system with up-to-date antivirus/antispyware/security software to help detect and remove any malicious software that may have been bundled with the pirated software.
- Report the seller at nopiracy.org to help stop them from scamming other users.
The best way to avoid software piracy is to purchase a legitimate version of the software from the manufacturer or a reputable, authorized reseller. Note that many illegitimate sellers claim to be “authorized” and even use the official logos of software companies to make their websites appear genuine. For more information on how to identify software piracy, take a look at our tips on how to Shop Smart