I thought this was rather funny…MS is admitting (because they’ve been caught again) that they are invading their users boxes w/out permission.
My Zone Alarm has been popping-up on this daily. Now I know why.
A remedy for this is listed below.
[quote]Microsoft plans better disclosures of tool
By ALLISON LINN, AP Business Writer Wed Jun 7, 7:52 PM ET
SEATTLE - Microsoft Corp. acknowledged Wednesday that it needs to better inform users that its tool for determining whether a computer is running a pirated copy of Windows also quietly checks in daily with the software maker.
The company said the undisclosed daily check is a safety measure designed to allow the tool, called Windows Genuine Advantage, to quickly shut down in case of a malfunction. For example, if the company suddenly started seeing a rash of reports that Windows copies were pirated, it might want to shut down the program to make sure it wasn’t delivering false results.
“It’s kind of a safety switch,” said David Lazar, who directs the Windows Genuine Advantage program.
Lazar said the company added the safety measure because the piracy check, despite widespread distribution, is still a pilot program. He said the company was worried that it might have an unforeseen emergency that would require the program to terminate quickly.
[b]But he acknowledged that Microsoft should have given users more information about the daily interactions.
[color=red]“We’re looking at ways to communicate that in a more forward manner,” he said.[/color][/b]
Lazar also said the company plans to tweak the program soon so that it will only check in with Microsoft every two weeks, rather than daily.[/quote]
A handy-dandy tool that works to remedy this, and other, intrusions.
And its free/shareware.