Thursday, October 25, 2007

Microsoft's OneCare silently changes Automatic Updates

Last Patch Tuesday, or should I say the Wednesday morning after, I woke up to find my computer had rebooted itself over night. Knowing the date I opened Microsoft update and found that updates had been installed without my intervention. Now I know that I just hadn't accidentally changed the setting. I always leave my setting at "download, but ask me to install". I had used One Care Live. I just uninstalled it.

There is a name for programs that silently do things behind your back and against your expressed will. They are called Malware.

And there is the basic issue of ownership. I guess if you have Windows on you computer, you have to abide by MS's license and therefore they own your computer.

And yes, danged straight I'm angry.

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