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A small utility that enables you to remove the Microsoft Windows Genuine Advanced Notification tool while letting you know if the patch has been applied successfully or not

editor's review






RemoveWGA is a little tool that claims it can remove the intentionally-deployed Windows Genuine Advanced Notification, which means it could make things a little bit quieter for your computer. Especially that the update which is being flagged as 'Important' could pose a security risk as it opens a connection to Microsoft's servers every time the files are loaded.

Disable notifications

The surprising thing is that it really works, although there's one major thing to be clarified here: RemoveWGA does not disable the validation procedure of Windows, but only the notifications and the adjacent connections to Microsoft's servers.

Easy-to-trigger actions

The whole process is extremely easy, so our test practically came down to downloading and running the executable file. Afterwards, a computer reboot is necessary, while a list of the files to be deleted will be presented to the user after the boot.

There is no interface to the application; everything comes down to a simple dialog that informs you whether the patch has been applied successfully or not.

Testing its performance

During our tests, everything worked pretty fine, but we received reports from many users who encountered all kinds of problems when applying the patch. It should however work just fine on a Windows XP machine, with the latest updates applied.

The thing we liked the most was probably the idea behind the tool: to resolve an issue that bothers Windows users although they have paid for the operating system.

Bottom line

All things considered, RemoveWGA does a pretty good job and can help you ease the load on the system at startup by disabling the Microsoft Windows Genuine Advantage Notifications tool.

RemoveWGA was reviewed by Bogdan Popa
Last updated on July 21st, 2014
RemoveWGA - RemoveWGA enables you to remove the Microsoft Windows Genuine Advantage Notifications tool.

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