Amid reports that Microsoft’s Automatic Updates was performing unauthorized updates of itself, Microsoft Watchs Joe Wilcox asked eWEEK Labs to check to see whether the allegations were true. Combing through the Event Viewer logs on several computers I ma
2eWEEK Labs Verifies Unauthorized Windows Update – Updates ?ö?ç??Denied’
Ive specifically chosen to allow Automatic Updates to download new code when available, but to wait for my approval before actually installing anything so I can review the Knowledge Base articles.
3eWEEK Labs Verifies Unauthorized Windows Update – Updates Engaged
On Aug. 23, Automatic Updates engaged itself in the background on my Windows XP workstation.
4eWEEK Labs Verifies Unauthorized Windows Update – Updates Installed
Automatic Updates proceeded to install a patch without my consent. Note the lack of information about the patch, as there is no associated Knowledge Base article to reference.
5eWEEK Labs Verifies Unauthorized Windows Update – Normal Procedure
In comparison, this recent patch provides a Knowledge Base article ID and states that it is awaiting my instructions before installation.
6eWEEK Labs Verifies Unauthorized Windows Update – Updated Engine
The secretive patch updated the Automatic Updates engine to version 7.0.6000.381. Reports indicate that the patch updates a total of nine files on both Windows Vista and XP.
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