Microsoft caught doing stealth updates

By on September 13, 2007, 6:34 PM
Software giant Microsoft has been caught updating files on both Windows XP and Windows Vista without displaying the usual notification or permission dialog box – even if the user had previously disabled automatic updates. Microsoft, however, calls it built-in behavior and no cause for alarm.

Scott Dunn of “Windows Secrets”, reports nine files in XP and Vista have been altered by Windows Update in what he calls a stealth move by Microsoft. The updates are upgrades to the Windows Update service itself, and are not harmful to the system. However, the tactics used by Microsoft to perform them are comparable to those used by spyware companies, thus raising some concerns among the privacy minded.

So what is happening here? Windows Update program manager Nate Clinton explains in a blog post:

To ensure on-going service reliability and operation, we must also update and enhance the Windows Update service itself, including its client side software. These upgrades are important if we are to maintain the quality of the service. […]The point of this explanation is not to suggest that we were as transparent as we could have been; to the contrary, people have told us that we should have been clearer on how Windows Update behaves when it updates itself.
This is not the first time Microsoft has pushed updates out to users who prefer to test and install their updates manually. Back in October it was discovered that the anti-piracy program Windows Genuine Advantage was being downloaded and installed without asking users for their consent.




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angelina said:
After all, who knows better than Microsoft on how to steal and getaway with it. They have been doing it since 1975. If they can still bits and pieces of operating system putting together and call it MS Windows, then they can certainly collect and enforce their product at any given time no matter if the O/S is installed on a hardware on Earth or Mars. My point is, no one can fight the Giant and what they do. If you like MS O/S, expect schocking updates such as this and perhaps more to come. If you really want a decent O/S and hardware and understand the true meaning of computing, the head down to your local Mac Store and enjoy every second spent on Mac.-the [url=http://www.aftermarketperformanceparts.com/venom-nitrou
.html]venom nitrous[/url]
aspicer said:
[b]Originally posted by angelina:[/b][quote]After all, who knows better than Microsoft on how to steal and getaway with it. They have been doing it since 1975. If they can still bits and pieces of operating system putting together and call it MS Windows, then they can certainly collect and enforce their product at any given time no matter if the O/S is installed on a hardware on Earth or Mars. My point is, no one can fight the Giant and what they do. If you like MS O/S, expect schocking updates such as this and perhaps more to come. If you really want a decent O/S and hardware and understand the true meaning of computing, the head down to your local Mac Store and enjoy every second spent on Mac.-the venom nitrous[/quote]That's interesting, blinky... so now how does Mac update it's O/S ? You do get updates don't you? on Mac O/S? Do you know what they all actually do, specifically? Or you just trust Apple because they wouldn't do anything in their own best interest, right? They only want you to be comfy and happy. They're not in it for the money, right?When you upgrade your Mac OS to a new revision... do you know everything they changed and why and how it affects your life? I don't think so.Off your high horse now...
spydercanopus said:
Woot aspicer. Macs are for dumb wannabes.
peas said:
Macs have their advantages. I wouldn't consider it a superior OS. It appeals to a different audience. If their piddly 5% (?) market share is any indication, it shows that MacOS is an inferior product.
CybaGirl said:
[b]Originally posted by angelina:[/b][quote]If you really want a decent O/S and hardware and understand the true meaning of computing, the head down to your local Mac Store and enjoy every second spent on Mac.-the [url=http://www.aftermarketperformanceparts.com/venom-nitrou
.html]venom nitrous[/url][/quote]ROFLMAO!!!! That is the funniest thing I have read today!!!!If the mac is so good then how come they seem the need to be able to run PC programs and applications ROFLMAO!!!!Also you may find the following information very usefull if you are a fruit user...[url]http://macfag.com/[/url]Theres some great statistics for you there about your mac ROFLMAO!!!
Fornacis said:
Awesome....hey...one less damn box I gotta check "OK" on. Thanks Microsoft, keep up the good work.MAC's are just a trend, they also make good door stops.
lordbf1 said:
Oh my god! Are you guys really that shallow that you can not respect a different opinion? Have you nothing better to do then bash this person? Mac is a good os/pc for a certain group of users. Just because Windows is bigger does not make it better. Also in you childish name calling you forgot Linux. Might as well throw another gay "ROFLMAO" at Linux too. Because all that says is i am 15 and want my friends to accept me into their adolescent click. When you can come up with you own opnion and not one given to you, and actuly have someting worth while to contribute to this tread then add it. Until such time comes shut the hell up and stop wrecking this good source of information for us IT employees who truly use it and, need it.
PanicX said:
Nicely said lordbf1, though I'm afraid you're playing into their flame war.I actually think that Apples OS X is a superior OS to windows in that its based on proven BSD code that is highly stable and runs a powerful unix based shell. The unfortunate part of Apple as far as I know, is that the OS supports a fraction of available hardware and is meant to be that way (so that Apple can sell it to you) and that their install base is too small so that many developers do not support their system. Which leaves their users in the cold when new "Direct X" only games are released and incompatible with the OS and other exclusive software.Another big problem in so far as I can tell, is that their corporate side is lacking. It's been a long time since I've seen Apple based networks, but the last time I checked, they didn't have any comparable network services to Microsofts Exchange, Group Policy, Active Directory, System Update Services, Remote Access Services as well as many others. Hopefully they're making progress in these areas.The interesting thing is that linux has the same exact problems with the exception of hardware support, which is often times better than Windows.
CybaGirl said:
[b]Originally posted by lordbf1:[/b][quote]Oh my god! Are you guys really that shallow that you can not respect a different opinion? [/quote]Oh dear another mac lover, who is just as shallow as the one who bashed Windows.[b]Originally posted by lordbf1:[/b][quote]Have you nothing better to do then bash this person?[/quote]Sure if something isn't based on truth and actual fact and I don't think saying:"If you really want a decent O/S and hardware and understand the true meaning of computing, the head down to your local Mac Store and enjoy every second spent on Mac." Is truth or fact, it's just another fanboy's opinion and an excuse to bash Windows![b]Originally posted by lordbf1:[/b][quote]Because all that says is i am 15 and want my friends to accept me into their adolescent click. When you can come up with you own opnion and not one given to you, and actuly have someting worth while to contribute to this tread then add it. Until such time comes shut the hell up and stop wrecking this good source of information for us IT employees who truly use it and, need it.[/quote]Yes I think everyone on this forum can assume that you are fifteen by your spelling, grammar and punctuation skills.So perhaps you need to shut the hell up as you put it and go and get some proper communication skills. Otherwise how can I or we put any validity into what you are saying if I or others don't even think you made it past the fifth grade?EDIT:Furthermore, never presume to know who or who isn't in the actual IT industry.[Edited by CybaGirl on 2007-09-15 00:49:36]
PanicX said:
[b]Originally posted by CybaGirl:[/b][quote]Yes I think everyone on this forum can assume that you are fifteen by your spelling, grammar and punctuation skills.So perhaps you need to shut the hell up as you put it and go and get some proper communication skills. Otherwise how can I or we put any validity into what you are saying if I or others don't even think you made it past the fifth grade?[/quote]You know what they say about assuming don't you?Using someone's mastery of the English language is a VERY poor indicator for age or intelligence. This internet we all use actually spans many countries where English isn't spoken at all. Could we all assume that you're 15 or an ***** if you don't fluently write or speak in Mandarin? I know I can't and more people speak Mandarin than any other language. Also, the fact that you had to resort to "Grammar Nazi" clearly indicates that you carry a weak argument or at the least poor debating skills. Why not actually address the issue and support your original statements?
phantasm66 said:
Throw tomatos at me if you want, but I'm not that bothered that Microsoft did this, to be honest.[Edited by phantasm66 on 2007-09-15 06:26:50]
phantasm66 said:
[b]Originally posted by spydercanopus:[/b][quote]Woot aspicer. Macs are for dumb wannabes.[/quote]ALL computers have their uses and their users.[Edited by phantasm66 on 2007-09-15 06:26:27]
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