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Gary
09-06-2006, 08:20:48
Microsoft product phones home every day (http://www.theregister.co.uk/2006/06/08/ms_wga_phones_home/)

Microsoft has admitted that Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) will phone Redmond every day - something it neglected to tell users before they installed it.

The software checks what is installed on your machine and then reports back to Microsoft

Asher
09-06-2006, 08:32:24
Good ol' Reg.

It checks which version of Windows is installed, not "what is installed on your machine". They are very different things.

Ginfizwithatwist
09-06-2006, 09:24:34
so what else does it do? and what is it for?

Snotty
09-06-2006, 11:39:11
its to check youve not got a pirate copy of windows, you should be fine

Nills Lagerbaak
09-06-2006, 11:43:24
I told you I thought there was something fishy about MGA!!! What does it mean for us lot who don't have a legit version :(

Darkstar
09-06-2006, 21:42:21
Morons.

And they want people to trust their security products.

"It's not malware! Honest! We just forgot to tell anyone that it phones home everytime you start your computer."

"What? What do you mean we promised to never do that? That would be stupid. Why would we do that? What? So people would trust us?"

Well, either they change that, or stop selling security. Which one do you think they'll do? Or do neither, and continue to widen up the info they send back?

Oerdin
10-06-2006, 21:41:51
Originally posted by Snotty
its to check youve not got a pirate copy of windows, you should be fine

Which is fine but why check EVERY SINGLE DAY (if the article is to be believed)? Also why attempt to decieve consumers?

I'd love to see corporations sued into bankruptcy for not fully disclosing things like this to consumers. The only way this will stop is when there are several high profile companies financially ruined.

Christoph
10-06-2006, 21:41:59
My copy of XP is on SP1 with updates off. All the better for me :)

Asher
11-06-2006, 04:57:02
Originally posted by Oerdin
Which is fine but why check EVERY SINGLE DAY (if the article is to be believed)? Also why attempt to decieve consumers?
1) it is a pilot project
2) I don't see the deception, it clearly tells you it'll communicate with MS

I'd love to see corporations sued into bankruptcy for not fully disclosing things like this to consumers.
I'd love to see you be stupid enough to try to sue over something like this.

Oerdin
11-06-2006, 09:28:19
I'm not talking about sueing. I'm talking about the government passing a law which says if you do X we will fine you Y% of your previous year's gross revenue. The idea being that the fines will be so huge that no company would dare break the law.

Asher
11-06-2006, 09:39:07
And what exactly would you propose making against the law, client-server communications? The tool is descriptively named and is not required for security updates for Windows, and the description of its activity (including connecting to Microsoft servers) is in the description...

Christoph
11-06-2006, 12:39:12
security issues!! MS r steelin ur pr0n nd meg/\uur7z

Ginfizwithatwist
11-06-2006, 12:58:09
was that last bit in english? ....got as far as ur after that am not sure... well, anyways i removed WGA from my pc as they had the info the 1st time they checked and do not need to do any more routing around in my pc, what i have installed is none of their business after the software enabling code is verified so from here in I will prob update manually from here .

Qaj the Fuzzy Love Worm
11-06-2006, 17:29:48
What have you got to hide, eh?

Gary
12-06-2006, 15:30:15
Ah the old, "'They' can do what they like no matter how you object, or you must be guilty of something" argument eh ? :) Ah... just the sort of society one craves, and the sort of treatment we all need for our own good. Beat me beat me again master - I am unworthy.

A few opinions sent to the Reg (http://www.theregister.com/2006/06/12/letters_wga_row/)

King_Ghidra
12-06-2006, 15:38:14
life would be so boring without things to hide and be ashamed of

DaShi
12-06-2006, 20:26:52
I just block it with Zonealarm.

Gary
16-06-2006, 14:13:57
Absolutely spot on - "A lesson in spyware":D (http://www.theregister.com/2006/06/16/spyware_lesson/)

Nills Lagerbaak
16-06-2006, 14:19:44
"Oddly enough, I like it. I believe that people should always use genuine copies of Windows software; so I like having a copy of WGA on my machine. It makes me feel proud to be verified, almost as if I belong to the Microsoft club in some way."

What a twat. I like the smug satisfaction that I've done my bit to bring down "the man"

Sir Penguin
16-06-2006, 23:28:47
The lady in the video should change her definition of spyware so that it only applies to people who aren't thieves.

SP

Gary
23-06-2006, 10:00:46
Update from The Reg (http://www.theregister.com/2006/06/22/wga_remove/)

WGA Blocker

http://www.firewallleaktester.com/removewga.htm

LoD
23-06-2006, 10:11:58
Originally posted by Nills Lagerbaak
"Oddly enough, I like it. I believe that people should always use genuine copies of Windows software; so I like having a copy of WGA on my machine. It makes me feel proud to be verified, almost as if I belong to the Microsoft club in some way."

What a twat. I like the smug satisfaction that I've done my bit to bring down "the man"

Are you immune to sarcasm ;)?