How to stop Microsoft's WGA phoning home
Tool versus tool
A firewall testing website has released a tool it says will spike Microsoft?Â¢â€šÃ‡Â¨â€šÃ‘Â¢s controversial WGA tool.
Firewallleaktester.com is careful to state its RemoveWGA tool does not affect the ?Â¢â€šÃ‡Â¨?Ã¬validation?Â¢â€šÃ‡Â¨Â¬Ã¹ element of Microsoft?Â¢â€šÃ‡Â¨â€šÃ‘Â¢s WGA software.
The company?Â¢â€šÃ‡Â¨â€šÃ‘Â¢s tool targets the ?Â¢â€šÃ‡Â¨?Ã¬notifications?Â¢â€šÃ‡Â¨Â¬Ã¹ element of the WGA tool, preventing it from repeatedly connecting back to Microsoft to transmit information about users?Â¢â€šÃ‡Â¨â€šÃ‘Â¢ software set-up.
That said, FirewallLeakTester pulls no punches about its view of WGA. Once the tool has validated a copy of Windows, it says, ?Â¢â€šÃ‡Â¨?Ã¬there is no decent point or reason to check it again and again every boot.?Â¢â€šÃ‡Â¨Â¬Ã¹
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