You are the victim of some malware perpetrated by Microsoft. Not long ago, in the guise of a “critical” update, your system was invaded by MS without your knowledge of the action and without your permission. This “update” installed a virus-type software on your system that: 1. phones home, 2. tells MS a lot about your system, and 3. attempts to find out if you have a bootleg system installed.
If it thinks you do, it nags you repeatedly to send Bill Gates more bux (he needs the money, badly, we assume) to become legit.
Problem is, much of the routine returns false positives. It also cannot be installed or disabled, and even if it misdiagnoses your system, you can’t upload any more updates. One update and you’re finished.
Pretty much the description of malware as I know it. So now Microsoft is the biggest perpetrator of scamware, and they are unrepentant as well. they call it “Genuine Advantage”. Ha!
No, I’m not alone in my radical beliefs. Ed Foster, in his Gripeline column, had the best critique, but I can’t seem to find it online now. Try this:
Screw Microsoft. Install Linux.