Microsoft XP Registration - and Porn

  Carronade 20:18 23 Sep 04
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Last night I installed XP Home on a new computer and registered it via the Internet. At the end of the process I was invited to visit Monica who, without mention of a fee, promised to fulfil my fantasies.

What does it say about Microsoft? I am sure that Bill's billions are not/were not earned this way, but I WAS visiting a legitimate Microsoft site!

  smokingbeagle² 20:37 23 Sep 04

I had the same experience after installing W2K and trying to download SP4. It appeared to be someone using Windows messenger to make these offers.
Cautionary lesson. Instal Firewall / AV before connecting to the internet. Update same before proceeding.

  Carronade 12:45 24 Sep 04

Agreed, smokingbeagle². Kerio firewall installed soon after. I'm also going to try to delete Messenger, which I've never used anyway.

  Carronade 12:47 24 Sep 04

As a PS to the above, I had activated the XP firewall - before registration of XP!!!!

  Diodorus Siculus 15:37 24 Sep 04

Remember the difference between Messenger and the Windows Messenger Service.

click here

  Forum Editor 16:26 24 Sep 04

obviously didn't come to you courtesy of Microsoft, so it doesn't really say anything about them.

As you say, you are very unlikely ever to use the Windows Messenger service (as opposed to Microsoft Messenger) unless your computer is part of a corporate network, so you would be well advised to disable it. Here's how for XP Home edition:

1. Click Start->Settings ->Control Panel


2. Click 'Performance and Maintenance'


3. Click 'Administrative Tools'


4. Double click 'Services' Scroll
down and highlight "Messenger"
Right-click the highlighted line and choose 'Properties'.


5. Click the STOP button.


6. Select Disable or Manual in the Startup Type scroll bar.


7. Click OK

  Carronade 20:10 24 Sep 04

Forum Editor: Thank you for your comments and help. I agree that your interpretation of my comments is, in its way - though not quite in the way I intended them - totally valid. However, as one who is not technically inclined, I presumed that, in enabling registration, I was logged on to a reasonably secure connection, that is that I was being put in contact 'one to one' with Microsoft and did not expect to be lured away by a fair (or brunette - or whatever)harpie. The fact that this connection occured, as testified to by smokingbeagle², suggests that Microsoft should take appropriate action.

Diodorus Siculus: Thank you for the link which, apart from the detail, is what I received. I am happy to use only IE and OS.

  Carronade 20:12 24 Sep 04

For 'OS' read 'OE'.

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