Microsoft says Windows antipiracy tool not spyware
Microsoft Corp. this week defended its Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) tool against charges that it acts like spyware because it constantly checks in with Microsoft when a user boots a PC with the tool installed.
When first introduced last year, the WGA, which checks a user's copy of Windows XP to ensure that it is not counterfeit or pirated, ran only on Windows PCs when a user would install automatic updates. Microsoft updated the tool, which is still in pilots, in April with a WGA Notifications feature that checks the legitimacy of Windows on a machine regardless of whether update services are being used. Microsoft says Windows antipiracy tool not spyware
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