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Old 26-04-06, 10:23 AM   #1
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Screwy New XP "Patch" Checks License, Reports IP To Redmond

avast, saw this one coming down the hudson – jack…

What exactly happens in the event that the tool finds a PC that is suspected of running a counterfeit version of Windows (what info, if any, is then shared with Redmond)?:

"WGA Notifications is for Windows XP users. Our client software does not collect any information that can be used to identify or contact a user. We use the same process used by many popular search engines and Web sites to determine where their users are from -- a form of IP lookup. This IP lookup process does not include any information that is used to identify you or contact you, and only gives a rough geographic representation of where users are located."

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Old 26-04-06, 08:25 PM   #2
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This IP lookup process does not include any information that is used to identify you or contact you, and only gives a rough geographic representation of where users are located."
oh yeh sure !

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Old 27-04-06, 11:04 AM   #3
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The Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) authentication was also recently changed such that previously used tricks to circumvent WGA no longer work.

Not really a big deal, for as usual there are holes in the scheme that can be used to bypass the checking - so I understand.

Situation normal - it does little or nothing to curb hardcore users of pirated copies of the O/S.
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