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[FYI] Win-XP Search Assistant silently downloads files


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Win-XP Search Assistant silently downloads files  

By Thomas C Greene in Washington  

Posted: 11/04/2002 at 20:47 GMT  

Just over a week ago, while searching for a file on a Windows-XP 
machine, I was surprised to see the Search Assistant attempting to 
activate my Internet connection. It puzzled me because I wasn't 
searching the Internet, only my local drive. I was busy with other 
things at the time, but I made a mental note to look into it soon, 
which I promptly forgot to do.  

This morning, Reg reader Jody Melbourne rattled my cage, fresh from 
having made the same discovery. He'd noticed that the Assistant was 
establishing a connection with a machine at Microsoft.  


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