Microsoft Informative - Microsoft security updates

Review by 36356 on 2008-01-16
If you receive an e-mail message that claims to be distributing a Microsoft security update, it is a hoax that may contain malware or pointers to malicious Web sites. Microsoft does not distribute security updates via e-mail.

The Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC) uses PGP to digitally sign all security notifications. However, it is not required to read security notifications, security bulletins, security advisories, or install security updates.

You can obtain the MSRC public PGP key here.
Comments:9 Replies - Latest reply on 2008-02-06
Posted by qualityappliance on 2008-01-16:
Thanks for the heads up, Super, but we should hope that most people know that a lot of bad stuff happens through unsolicited email. VH for some.
Posted by Nohandle on 2008-01-16:
I'm one of those who goes directly to the Microsoft website and checks for updates several times a week. It's amazing to find some before their so called "monthly update." I'm curious Super, does the email message have the animated butterfly?
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-01-16:
Nohandle, any email that has the subject or message "Microsoft security update" should be ignored. Your PC should either be set to automatic updates or as your doing check in for updates at least once a week. Just never click on any links in an email with the subject "Microsoft security update".

Pirate, I guess you run around with a crystal ball then? Microsoft just released the alert today as it just became a problem this week. Your so full of it. Guess you just never tire of being a liar.

Quality and Nohandle, thanks for your comments, brownie points to you!
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-01-16:
Superbowl, what's really disturbing is that I have disabled automatic updates. They don't care, they do it anyway.
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-01-16:
Emt, there is a big issue flying around right now about that. People disable updates but MS still updates a few files anyway. I think someone has taken them to task about it in court and they denied it. The guy that busted them had the proof so my guess is MS will lose the battle and have to clean up how they do updates. If I can find the article I will send it to you.
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-01-16:
Even more hilarious, Super -- I own a purchased, VALID copy of XP. However, I'm constantly warned that I won't be able to get critical updates because my copy is not valid.

Yep. Still does updates, which is what I think actually caused me to get the error messages.
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-01-16:
Vonage is at $2.00, was at $6.50, for those in the know other than really dumb day traders that is known as stock going in the toilet with the lousy suit ridden company to follow. *chuckle*

To bad dumb dumb soiled a good subject, again.
Posted by rojerdojer on 2008-02-06:
Leela, yours was probably just not registered, or was put on by a friend who is using one of the "pirated" versions of Windows XP. There are so many ways to avoid registering Windows XP with Microsoft. That is easily cleared up with a phone call to Microsoft (They may want money!!!) or by just not catching the updates, which will eventually become a problem. Maybe time to upgrade to Vista if you PC is fast enough and has enough RAM. Microsoft is finding new ways to make you pay, like you haven't already!
Posted by rojerdojer on 2008-02-06:
I see you said you purchased it, so let me be clear, it is not showing up in their database at MS as registered. A phone call will get you all fixed up, I promise!

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