How to set up your computer to get the best out of your flight simulation software.
Patches are updates to the programs running on your computer.
Windows XP provides an automatic update service which scans for, downloads and installs patches.
In April 2006, industry observers noted that amongst
automatically applied patches was one euphemistically titled
"Windows Genuine Advantage".
Genuine Advantage is
By Brian Livingston
" Windows Genuine Advantage — the controversial program Microsoft auto-installed as a "critical security update" on many PCs starting on Apr. 25 — not only causes problems for many users but has now been proven to send personally identifiable information back to Redmond every 24 hours.
This behavior clearly fits any plausible definition of "spyware." Some tech writers have said categorizing WGA as spyware is arguable. But I have no hesitation in calling the program a security nightmare that Microsoft should never have distributed in its present form.
In my May 25 newsletter, I called Microsoft's WGA download a "severe blunder." It causes serious problems for some legitimate Windows users and was sprung on customers with no notice other than a press release the day before.
No PC-using company that values security and reliability can allow a program like WGA to :
- send data to a distant server
- download additional software
- morph its behavior
- or remotely change the functionality of Windows (as I describe below)
... I don't believe individuals should put up with this, either.
Today, I'll explain the problems and let you know what you can do to fix them.
More at Windows Secrets June 15, 2006 edition
The recommended solution was to use a 3rd party patch and security manager, and top of the list for
HF Net Check Pro
is available as a 1 year free trial on up to 2 computers.
Note that with XP Home Edition you have to install the program on each computer separately, but
some other versions of XP allow you to maintain the entire network from one location.
HF Net Check Pro
was originally designed
for network administrators. This means the interface may be a little overwhelming for the casual user, but
help is at hand with this
graphic guide to running HF Net Check Pro
Click here to go to the download page
A graphic guide to running HF Net Check Pro.