Feeds

How to stop Microsoft's WGA phoning home

Tool versus tool

Next gen security for virtualised datacentres

A firewall testing website has released a tool it says will spike Microsoft’s controversial WGA tool.

Firewallleaktester.com is careful to state its RemoveWGA tool does not affect the “validation” element of Microsoft’s WGA software.

The company’s tool targets the “notifications” element of the WGA tool, preventing it from repeatedly connecting back to Microsoft to transmit information about users’ software set-up.

That said, FirewallLeakTester pulls no punches about its view of WGA. Once the tool has validated a copy of Windows, it says, “there is no decent point or reason to check it again and again every boot.”

It goes on to say that connecting to Microsoft “ brings security issue for corporate networks, and privacy issues for everyone.” And, unsurprisingly, it states “Microsoft used deceptive ways to make you install this tool (it was told you it was an urgent security update, whereas it is a new installation giving you no extra security) makes me calling this tool a spyware.”

Of course, the truly paranoid might balk at sending (hopefully) good code after bad instead of just reinstalling Windows from scratch. More details here®.

The essential guide to IT transformation

More from The Register

next story
Goog says patch⁵⁰ your Chrome
64-bit browser loads cat vids FIFTEEN PERCENT faster!
Chinese hackers spied on investigators of Flight MH370 - report
Classified data on flight's disappearance pinched
NIST to sysadmins: clean up your SSH mess
Too many keys, too badly managed
Scratched PC-dispatch patch patched, hatched in batch rematch
Windows security update fixed after triggering blue screens (and screams) of death
Researchers camouflage haxxor traps with fake application traffic
Honeypots sweetened to resemble actual workloads, complete with 'secure' logins
prev story

Whitepapers

Top 10 endpoint backup mistakes
Avoid the ten endpoint backup mistakes to ensure that your critical corporate data is protected and end user productivity is improved.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Backing up distributed data
Eliminating the redundant use of bandwidth and storage capacity and application consolidation in the modern data center.
The essential guide to IT transformation
ServiceNow discusses three IT transformations that can help CIOs automate IT services to transform IT and the enterprise
Next gen security for virtualised datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.