How to stop Microsoft's WGA phoning home

by admin June 22, 2006 at 3:55 pm

Tool versus tool

A firewall testing website has released a tool it says will spike Microsoft?¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢s controversial WGA tool. is careful to state its RemoveWGA tool does not affect the ?¢‚Ǩ?ìvalidation?¢‚Ǩ¬ù element of Microsoft?¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢s WGA software.

The company?¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢s tool targets the ?¢‚Ǩ?ìnotifications?¢‚Ǩ¬ù element of the WGA tool, preventing it from repeatedly connecting back to Microsoft to transmit information about users?¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢ 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, ?¢‚Ǩ?ìthere is no decent point or reason to check it again and again every boot.?¢‚Ǩ¬ù

Read more: The Register