Posted 13 August 2011 - 07:52 PM
It happens quite often to me (like to any other user of PC connected to the Net) that when I turn on my PC I am suggested to download and install some new updates. As my OS is Windows Vista, the most often I receive some Windows updates from Microsoft; however, I knowingly receive also updates from Adobe (Flash etc) or from Norton, and without knowing it, probably also from the host of other providers of applications that can be found on my PC.
Can anyone explain me please how Microsoft, Adobe and others repeatedly recognize that my PC runs their applications? Is it the IP address or the hardware address of my PC that helps them repeatedly identify my computer? In other words: if I changed the IP address of my computer, would the computer be still identified by likes of Microsoft and Adobe according to its hardware address and would new updates still arrive?
Thanks in advance.