Microsoft Sneaks in Vista Anti-Hack Update Under Radar


Microsoft’s Windows Vista Service Pack 1 brought to an end two anti-activation exploits; the Grace Timer exploit and the Paradox OEM BIOS activation crack. Gamers thinking they’ve avoided the anti-hack update by turning down the sp1, may already have it installed.

Microsoft issued the anti-hack detection update KB940510 via Windows Update. For those of you that have Windows Update set to automatically download and install updates, you’ve already downloaded the anti-hack code.

Microsoft describes the KB940510 update as such :

This update enables Windows Vista to detect activation exploits that bypass product activation and that interfere with usual Windows operation. An exploit is a form of software that replaces or modifies authentic Windows components. When exploits are present on a system, it indicates that a software or hardware vendor may have tampered with genuine Windows to enable the sale of counterfeit software. Therefore, the security and the privacy of the computer are put at risk. After this update is installed, you will know if exploits are present on the system.

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10 Comments on Microsoft Sneaks in Vista Anti-Hack Update Under Radar


On March 1, 2008 at 10:37 pm

:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:


On March 1, 2008 at 10:56 pm

I had the message come up for the update telling me to restart, I immediately went in to MSCONFIG and turned off security center and windows update and saved but exited without restarting. Then I reseted the computer via the RESET button and restarted. the update did NOT take effect and my windows still say’s 30 days left for activation…


On March 2, 2008 at 12:40 am

Good thing I turned off automatic updates long ago…


On March 2, 2008 at 8:14 am

:evil: :evil: :evil: :evil: :evil: :evil:


On March 2, 2008 at 10:14 am

C’mon now, your using non-genuine software and you still have ‘auotmatic update’ turned on…???
What level of this game are you guys playing..??
Oh, I see, you don’t score any points ’cause you use cheats on ‘tourist’


On March 2, 2008 at 12:31 pm

Yea, you’d have to be pretty dumb to leave auto updates on. I have a registered copy and I still don’t have auto updates on. Sometimes newer is not always better. At least you have the option of browsing the updates before installing them. Duh…


On March 2, 2008 at 2:00 pm

I have every single update with paradox and i still have the crack working this is BS and people really need to get real spreading this fake sh*t

Not Genuine Vista

On March 2, 2008 at 8:40 pm

I actually looked at my Update History And I noticed that I have that Same Update Installed, And Yes
My Vista Still Updates, Say Its still activated Etc etc

So I am Actually now wondering what SOrta Hacks does this copy I am using Use????


On March 3, 2008 at 4:02 am

One way to solve this problem dont use vista.

A buggy and resource hungry operating system..


On March 5, 2008 at 4:36 pm

KB940510 said it all so don’t update this :grin: :grin: :grin: