Windows Media Player 9 (Spyware)

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by dave holbon, Sep 11, 2002.

  1. dave holbon

    dave holbon Moderator

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    Don’t know what to make of this but all who have downloaded the beta version of Media-Player (XP) you need to be aware that if you have an Internet connection open and play any music file and then click on album details a unique ID of your machine is created and sent to MS at Redmond along with other info (lots). Is this spywhare?

    If I hand not got the systems in place to trap this sort of thing would have gone un-noticed. This is unacceptable!!!

    Anyone else trapped this or am I just getting more and more cynical?
     
  2. ste_w

    ste_w Moderator

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    It depends if you have checked the option to send a unique id to whenever wmp9 connects to the net. i have wmp9 n hav no probs.

    cya
     
  3. dave holbon

    dave holbon Moderator

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    Don't remember seeing this option when it installed, or in fact after the install.
     
  4. Hipster Doofus

    Hipster Doofus Good grief Charlie Brown

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    Try using zone alarm. It should stop that from happening.
     
  5. Tabula Rasa

    Tabula Rasa Stranger Than Kindness Political User

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    WMP 8 did the same thing.
    if you are really paronoid about MS getting your detail (They probebly have them anyway) Install firewall and block WMP9 internet accses.