We have received several emails from reader’s today regarding concern over reports that Microsoft had begun patching files on Windows XP and
There is a lot of concern about these updates and rightfully so. One of our reader’s, Wade, posed some very interesting questions in regard to this issue. Here is what he had to say:
So I decided to check with Microsoft to see what this was all about. I quickly received information that has helped to at least put my mind at ease. From what I can tell from the Microsoft information this update is not taking place automatically, but rather takes place when you go to their update site. So if you never go to the update site or you never check for updates… you will not get the updates.
Microsoft’s article contains this:
So, I guess I feel a little better about this. There is still the possibility, I suppose, Microsoft could install some other program via this process with out our knowledge. (Malware and virus authors having been silently installing these programs for years). For this reason we have to remain vigilant, watchful, and not become complacent when it comes to our computers and our networks.
Thanks to everyone that contributed links and information.
Sep 13th 2007
1 decade ago