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DC App Protector

DC App Protector is an application that allows you to protect Windows executable files against piracy. Using multi level encryption...

August 30, 2012 by EgyFirst Software

Windows Activation Technologies: an unauthorized inside look

Last month, Microsoft rolled out a controversial anti-piracy update for Windows 7. Everything you've read about KB971033 so far, including my report last week, has been based on what Microsoft said it was going to do. But what does this update really do? I took a close look using my best CSI toolkit. Here are the details Microsoft doesn't tell you about.

March 3, 2010 by

Microsoft to push new piracy-detection update to Windows 7 users

Microsoft is planning to push to Windows 7 users a set of anti-piracy updates before the end of February. Called the Windows Activation Technologies Update for Windows 7, the Windows Genuine patch is designed to detect more than 70 known and potentially dangerous activation hacks, according to a February 11 post about the update on the Windows Team blog.

February 11, 2010 by

Windows Genuine Advantage Notifications

Windows Genuine Advantage Notifications is a tool to help reduce software piracy. This tool will confirm that the copy of Windows installed...

August 21, 2007 by Microsoft

Microsoft takes aim at Vista 'SoftMod' hack

Starting this week, Microsoft will ship an update to Windows Vista Ultimate users to ferret out cracked copies of its most expensive and feature-packed operating system.The renewed anti-piracy campaign is aimed directly at the activation exploit known as the "SoftMod hack," according to a post on Microsoft's WGA blog.

February 26, 2009 by

The Microsoft 'black screen' of software legitimacy

Microsoft has come up with a new way of handling software piracy. Using its Windows Genuine Advantage tool, when a non-authorized version of its Windows XP Pro operating system is detected, every hour of use throws up a black screen that can be reset to anything else in the usual ways, but every 60 minutes it will change back to the plain black background.

November 2, 2008 by

Microsoft blacks out pirated desktops; Chinese bloggers fume

The latest update to Windows XP detects unauthorized copies and turns the desktop black. It also sends intermittent messages to the user to go legal. While the update is world-wide, it seems to be part of a plan to address Chinese piracy, The Wall Street Journal reports. As part of the Chinese initiative, Microsoft has radically dropped the price of XP to less than $30 for the home version.

October 22, 2008 by

Microsoft finally earns a passing grade (barely) for WGA

Microsoft launched its Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) anti-piracy program in early summer 2006. Its first year was, to put it charitably, a disaster. An epic fail. A big fat F on the year’s report card. Things didn't get much better in 2007, either, as a server failure and other outages unfairly labeled thousands of legitimate Windows customers as pirates. In the past year, Microsoft has revamped and re-engineered its WGA and Vista validations systems and processes. What did they do and what does it mean for you? I went back to the same data source I used in 2006 to measure Microsoft's performance and see whether they finally deserve a passing grade.

September 4, 2008 by

Why is Microsoft watering down WGA on Vista SP1?

Yesterday's revelation that Microsoft would be watering down Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) in Windows Vista SP1 came as a bit of a surprise to me. Why, if WGA has been so successful in the prevention of piracy, and why if the mechanism caused so little collateral damage (both points Microsoft has been adamant about throughout) now backpedal and water down WGA?

December 4, 2007 by

Microsoft allows pirate XP users to download IE7

Microsoft is to allow pirated copies of Windows XP to download and install Internet Explorer 7 without gaining Windows Genuine Advantage authentication, which is a move to boost security but not encourage piracy, according to the software giant.

October 8, 2007 by

Is the road to Moscow paved with good intentions?

Ostensibly, the decision by the Russian government to develop their own Linux-based OS to be used by all of their schoolchildren, is a move to stop piracy of Microsoft Windows. I am skeptical that they have such good intentions.

September 20, 2007 by

WGA notches win for Microsoft in piracy bust

Microsoft's anti-piracy effort may be annoying to some Windows users, but it has notched a big win catching the bad guys. On Tuesday, Microsoft announced that the FBI and Chinese Public Security Bureau busted a syndicate selling and distributing more than $2 billion in counterfeit Microsoft software.

July 25, 2007 by

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