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Message from Microsoft: authentic?


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#1 gib65

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Posted 08 December 2009 - 12:08 PM

Hello,

I'm getting this message (repeatedly) that claims to be from Microsoft, and I don't know if I should trust it:

"Windows Genuine Advantage Notifications is part of Microsoft's effort to reduce software piracy. Installing this software can help confirm that the copy of Windows installed on this PC is genuine and properly licensed.

If your copy of Windows is not genuine, the software will provide periodic reminders to help you take appropriate action and protect yourself from security threats posed by counterfeit software."

Does anyone recognize this, and is it really from Microsoft?

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#2 petewills

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Posted 08 December 2009 - 12:16 PM

Yes, do you have a genuine copy?

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/905474

#3 Ken-in-West-Seattle

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Posted 08 December 2009 - 12:16 PM

Where do you get the message?

The wording is the standard WGA warning that comes with the manual access and choosing custom at windows update site, but that does not mean it is not one of the many actual microsoft messages faked by rogue anti malware gangs.

Do you have automatic updates turned on? Is it a new install or a reinstall on an oem computer with a retail disk?

Microsoft makes changes to the WGA several time a month and each time I update a reinstalled system I have to agree to its install via windows update. It is also required to install Microsoft Security essentials. Microsoft assumes that all of it's user base are pirates until proven innocent over and over again.

Edited by Ken-in-West-Seattle, 08 December 2009 - 12:21 PM.


#4 gib65

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Posted 08 December 2009 - 03:47 PM

Thanks.

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Posted 08 December 2009 - 07:04 PM

Microsoft assumes that all of it's user base are pirates until proven innocent over and over again.


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