It looks like the spyware manufacturers (in this case windupdate) are
worried about service pack 2 for XP.
The new controls on ActiveX won't allow their crap to install, so what do they do? Lie.
(Click the thumbnail to see a larger 110k, 1024x734 screenshot).
Of course when you protected your parents' machine, you didn't give them administration rights did you?
This does beg the question though, why did Microsoft feel it necessary to make IE's User Agent
clearly identifiable as a SP2 install? They append SV1 to the normal string.
Now it's easy for the spyware folks to detect if you have better protection and popup overlays, lies and whatever else
tailored to your install. Yes, there are legitimate uses for it and
can cater for lack of ActiveX,
but with the whole security fanfare behind SP2 I would have hoped that MS would have known better than to have a big
red flag waving all over the internet. If you want to remove the identifier (and I take no responsibility for web sites
doing strange things, not working or the world coming to the end if you do) then you can delete the registry key at
(Oh yes, it wasn't me looking for Playstation cheats, it was the better half searching for old games she played as a child. Honest.)