The hits just keep coming

Microsoft is facing yet another lawsuit over its Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) antipiracy software. This time, a class-action lawsuit was filed against Microsoft in the U.S. District Court in Seattle. The plaintiffs’ complaints in this case mirror those of a suit filed last week. InfoWorld reports:

The new suit lists its plaintiff as Engineered Process Controls and Univex, along with citizens Edward Misfud, David DiDomizio, and Martin Sifuentes, who are listed as owners of licensed copies of Windows XP running WGA. The suit alleges WGA is spyware and that Microsoft misled consumers by labeling it as a critical security update. The plaintiffs maintain Microsoft did not make users aware that WGA frequently contacted its central servers.

Microsoft has already released a new version of its WGA utility which doesn't phone home as often and released instructions on how to remove the older WGA software from machines through some registry editing. Some programmers have even gone so far as to release a small software utility which removes the software without users having to weed through the Windows registry.

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