More trouble brewing in Redmond

Just when you thought that Microsoft's WGA problems were over with the release of an updated version of the utility and instructions on how to remove older versions completely, things have taken a turn for the worse. A Los Angeles resident is now suing the software giant saying that it violated spyware laws.

Brian Johnson is seeking class-action status for his claims that Microsoft was too light on the details when it delivered its WGA anti-piracy utility to Windows based machines. As detailed in the suit, "Microsoft effectively installed the WGA software on consumers' systems without providing consumers any opportunity to make an informed choice about that software."

A spokesman for Microsoft dismissed the charges and responded that the WGA utility is installed only after the user gives permission to do so. The Seattle Post Intelligencer reports:

Microsoft's Desler disputed that assertion and said the suit shouldn't obscure what he called the "real issue," software piracy. "The WGA program was carefully developed to focus on what is really an industrywide problem in a manner that is lawful, and provides customers with the confidence and assurance that they're running legitimate software," he said.

For those of you still want to get rid of the WGA utility and don't want to jump through hoops by editing the registry, a new utility has been released to make the process much easier.

"Paying an extra $500 for a computer in this environment -- same piece of hardware -- paying $500 more to get a logo on it? I think that's a more challenging proposition for the average person than it used to be." -- Steve Ballmer

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