Microsoft to Snuff Out Win 7 Pirates

Tagged: Microsoft Windows 7, Software
Source: tomshardware - Read the full article
Posted: 4 years 44 weeks ago

Although Microsoft has gone to further lengths than ever to ensure that as many Windows 7 users as possible are using genuine copies of the software, there always will be those pirates who find ways around the system and illegally profit from the sale of copyright infringing software.

To combat this, Microsoft will soon be rolling out a new update for Windows Activation Technologies which will detect more than 70 known and potentially dangerous activation exploits.

Microsoft detailed the pending update on the Windows Team Blog, and warns that "Searching for, downloading, or installing activation exploits or counterfeit software on the Internet is risky, because sites that advertise these pirated products often contain malware, viruses, and Trojans, which are found bundled with or directly built into the activation exploit or counterfeit software."

The update will be rolled out next week to users of Windows 7 Home Premium, Professional, Ultimate and Enterprise editions. It will also appear on Windows Update as an Important one at the end of this month.

Microsoft also points out that this update is completely voluntary and users can decline the update when it appears. Of course, if a hack or exploit is found, Windows 7 will alert the user by removing the desktop background and pop up periodic reminders of just how non-genuine it is feeling.

 

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Anonymous

@3dGameMan: Yeah Rodney, I agree with you. But they are greedy and want to make even more billions of dollars. That is why the good people called pirates are cracking the software. But Microsoft can't realise this, they are too busy programming new update for Windows Activation Technologies :)

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Easy fix.... lower the cost so people won't even think about pirating. When are companies going to wake up, sell at a lower price and sell 10x as many!

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what is the point if it is optional???

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The Update will be KB971033.

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