Software giant Microsoft is dishing out an updated version of its Windows activation software, in an attempt to curb software piracy and the distribution of malware.
The update is also designed to help Microsoft in determining which systems are running on a pirated copy of Windows 7 and which are not.
In a statement released by the company, the anti-piracy upgrade, which is known as the Windows Activation Technologies Update for Windows 7, is programmed to detect more than 70 "dangerous" exploits, or hacks, which are used as workarounds that bypass the Windows activation and security technologies to install unlicensed Windows 7 software.
Explaining the functionality of the new anti-piracy update, Joe Williams, general manager of Microsoft's Genuine Windows division, said in a blog post that “The update will determine whether Windows 7 installed on a PC is genuine and will better protect customers PCs by making sure that the integrity of key licensing components remains intact.”
Microsoft explained the dangers behind using the pirated version of the OS as the software is not backed by the vendor and vulnerable to hundreds of malware and virus doing rounds on the internet.
Therefore, via the anti-piracy software update, apart from weeding out the pirated versions of its software, the company is also trying to protect its customers from malware.
Microsoft's approach is arguably the official statement and it is not surprising that Microsoft is getting some FUD out of the door to support the rolling out of WATU. Still, one cannot fault Windows 7 for trying to defend its business by squashing bootlegged versions.