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Not sure what this is but i got a message that this program was trying to get access so i allowed it acces. But after downloading a update i Googled this windows program and became even more confused as to what this might be. Can someone shed some light on whether or not this is a hacker or Spyware Thanks.
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You can read about Windows Genuine Advantage here: http://www.microsoft...hyValidate.aspx

It's not spyware or a hacker. It's implemented by Microsoft to ensure people are using a legitimate Windows Operating System.
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Thanks Michelle :whistling: :blink: :help:
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You're welcome :whistling:

Have a look through the Genuine Advantage FAQs. Here is an excerpt:

Windows Genuine Advantage Notifications is an opt-in program launched by Microsoft in select markets as part of its continued effort to combat counterfeiting and to create a better Windows experience for users of genuine Microsoft Windows software.

As part of the program, some customers in the U.S., U.K., Malaysia, Australia, and New Zealand will be invited to install WGA Notifications through Automatic Updates (AU) to confirm that they are running genuine Windows. Customers who are running genuine Windows and opt-in to the program will not see any messages. Customers who are using a non-genuine version of Windows will receive a message during logon that their copy of Windows appears to be non-genuine and will be directed to the WGA Web site to learn more. Users who choose not to obtain a copy of genuine Windows will receive periodic reminders. While the program is presently opt-in, as it expands later in the year, it may become a requirement for the AU service. Regardless of genuine status, users will not be denied access to critical security updates. Users who have not validated their computers as genuine, however, will not be able to install many updates, including Internet Explorer 7.0 and Windows Defender.


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This Genuine Advantage Program will also download new versions of itself as they become available. So if you download it once and then it shows up again on Automatic Updates/Windows Updates in a couple of months time, it's a newer version so let it install.
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