I wrote a article some years ago about Microsoft having little small programs installed that not only searches your entire system for things to get drivers for -- but, in fact -- those 3 little programs send back tiny snapshots of your hard disk back to Microsoft to be most likely reassembled to see what you are running in terms of programs. Microsoft's answer was that "It makes no difference what machine is loaded with Microsoft's OS's or other program apps -- it is totally legal to see this information that it gets from your computer or other equipment because any and all data created with Microsoft's property such as it's OS's and applications such as the Office Suites -- belongs to the Microsoft Corporation. Those 3 little programs are still the main search applications written for DOS3 back in the day. Back then the information wouldn't get back to Microsoft unless there was indeed a phone line hooked in and active. Even if there was no activity from you on the modem, the 3 little programs would initialize the modem and send the information collected back to the Microsoft servers for inspection. Even after that article and Microsoft fessing up -- there was never a government complaint or any complaints from the private sector. Geesh -- after 25 years of Microsoft collecting information on your computers and the programs you run that might be or might not be Microsoft's -- why is there all this hysteria now. OMG people...if not's like you have any privacy anymore...which you don't. I think it's just one more worm to squawk about.