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Newly Released Windows 7 Already Subjected To Piracy

May 8, 2009

Cybercriminals have already begun dealing out booby-trapped adaptations of the recently launched Windows 7 operating system software, Microsoft said in a report on Thursday.

Joe Williams, general manager for Worldwide Genuine Windows at Microsoft, tolf AFP: “It’s so important for customers to get their copies of Windows from a trusted source.” Williams’ full interview can be viewed on the company’s official website. 

“In the last few days we’ve seen reports of illegitimate distributions of the release candidate of our latest Windows operating system, Windows 7, being offered in a way that is designed to infect a customer’s PC with malware.”

To grant the public opportunity to rave or criticize the new-generation operating system, Microsoft introduced a close to final version of Windows 7 on Tuesday. 

Microsoft is putting the Windows 7 Release Candidate (RC) out to the public as it finalizes the last details of the new operating system, which was designed to take the place of Vista. 

To frustrate criminal attempt to distribute illegal copies of the operating system, the US software giant has flaunted anti-piracy protections it buried into Windows 7. 

Along the same lines as the technology utilized by Vista, Windows 7 placed similar anti-piracy guards such as pop-up boxes that alarm people when unlawful copies of software are detected on computers. 

“With Windows Vista, we made significant strides in reducing the threat pirated copies posed to customers, our partners and Microsoft software, and we anticipate we’ll do even better with Windows 7,” Williams said.

Microsoft strongly criticized software piracy suggesting it is becoming an insidious crisis that costs the global economy more than 45 billion dollars every year and triggers risks of identity theft, system crashes, and data loss to users. 

Research has made evident that Microsoft customers globally quite possibly could be running phony copies of Windows, Williams said. 

“We see many cases of customers who wanted to buy genuine software and believed they did, only to find out later that they were victims of software piracy,” Williams said.

Industry figures indicate that nearly 90 percent of all computers throughout the world use Windows operating systems.  

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