Following an April 16
on the Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) copy-protection scheme, Windows Secrets heard from several readers who have — to put it mildly — a range of opinions.
Several readers couldn’t pass Microsoft’s WGA validation, despite having purchased Windows legitimately, while other readers have had no bad experiences and defend the testing system.
Is it appropriate for ISPs to block their customers’ access to the Internet because the music or movie industry accuses the users of illegally sharing copyrighted material?
Following WS contributing editor Becky Waring’s May 7
on the matter, we heard from readers both for and against the new policy, which is gaining strength in legislatures around the world.
You can’t rely on the information you find on some vendor Web sites to determine whether your overheating notebook qualifies for a free repair or replacement.
In a case recently publicized by Windows Secrets, you would need to contact the company’s tech-support staff directly to find out whether your system is covered by a special extended warranty.
Readers refute Microsoft’s assertion that Windows Genuine Advantage isn’t required to receive all patches for the operating system.
Even worse, WGA blocks some security patches from being installed on PCs running legal copies of Windows that the Microsoft validator falsely identifies as pirated.
Conficker is a nasty worm whose design demonstrates a level of sophistication beyond that of your everyday, run-of-the-mill malware.
Fortunately for those of us who keep our Windows systems up-to-date, the odds of being infected with Conficker are minuscule.
The tremendous response to our request for your opinion on the best approach to securing your PC gives us much to ponder as we prepare the next Security Baseline update.
Many readers feel that security suites stink, and best-of-breed is the only way to go — but, unfortunately, what’s “best” for one PC can be disastrous for another.
Readers beg to differ with the reviews of top tech magazines that recently named Norton Internet Security 2009 the best security suite.
Whether the security apps are from Symantec, McAfee, or some lesser-known vendor, our readers point fingers at them as the source of many performance and connectivity problems.
McAfee’s SiteAdvisor security service leaves some Web developers scratching their heads over inconsistencies in its green-yellow-red ratings.
The company’s promises of more-frequent reviews of its site classifications are welcomed by site owners struggling to win SiteAdvisor’s approval.
Our two most-recent Top Stories — on CNN.com’s use of the Octoshape peer-to-peer service and on the reliability of McAfee’s SiteAdvisor security service — generated quite a response among the media as well as from readers.
As you’ve seen in this week’s Top Story, McAfee is reacting to our report by clarifying the process used to generate and update SiteAdvisor ratings.