I quite agree, antiviruses should be blocking and halting the execution of the processes from all GWX.exe processes and related processes. I suggest reporting this file to antivirus companies and stating what it does, if enough people decide to call it malware in their personal books and inform antivirus companies of this using the various "report a virus we aren't detecting" features and webpages that antivirus companies have, then the antivirus companies will atleast decide to classify GWX as a PUP and make their products detect any attempt at running it and throw up some sort of
"Example antivirus detected potentially unwanted software running on your system, we have halted it's execution for long enough for you to decide what to do with it. Below are links to information about what this software does, read them then click "allow" to let this software run and "prevent" to block it permanently and quarantine all copies of GWX.exe present on your system."
Please note that the article linked to isn't the only one about this behaviour of GWX. It's appeared on loads of news sits now, and plenty of those sites have independently verified that this is going on.
"...anybody using the default Windows Update setting-as you should be..."
No, one certainly shouldn't be using the default setting, I think we agree on that. perhaps the article was trying to say "using the default setting as ms encourages you to", but using the default setting is definitely not the best practice in the real world. In the real world the right setting is making sure that no updates are installed without your say-so, therefore either using "check automatically but ask me whether to download" or even using "do nothing automatically" as long as you regularly run a manual check, because installing security updates is still an important thing to do, installing any non-security updates is generally pointless and (in the light of the fact that so many non-security updates are GWX related nowadays) installing non-security updates is pretty risky unless you're very careful about which ones you install.
Edited by rp88, 27 May 2016 - 11:20 PM.
Back on this site, for a while anyway, been so busy the last year.
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