Nope, Microsoft Did It

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Well, don’t blame the reports of unasked-for updates in Windows XP and Vista on the users. PC World reports that Microsoft’s OneCare security product changes Automatic Updates settings to fully automatic without permission, or even notifying the user. If you must be technical, there is a note about it in the program’s help file, but it should say something up-front. Before trying to blame the users for the automatic updates, another Microsoft spokeswoman was more blunt, saying (incorrectly) that OneCare offers users the option. The program sells for $49.95, with a 90-day free trial available. Next time Microsoft tries to blame you for something, don’t assume they’re right. Apparently, users aren’t the only ones that can be forgetful about changing settings.


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