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Re: What is Macrovision "Software Manager" ?
Originally Posted by Patrick
I get a DELL Vista desktop lately. The software manager pops up this
I cannot find this software in Program List and thus cannot remove it.
I would like to seek your advice
1) What is this software for and why it is installed ?
2) Should I remove it ?
3) It says that there is a "Update Manager Critical Update December 2008",
should I install it ?
4) Will it conflicts with Windows Automatic Update ?
I had the same message on my DELL desktop running 64bit Vista Business. A bit of delving suggests it is linked to executable <agent.exe> found in: C:\Program Files\Common Files\InstallShield\Update Service
A Google search uncovered that this is a Windows Process from Acresso (formerly Macrovision) that performs online checks in the background for updates to software from DragonNaturally Speaking, Roxio, Corel Draw, Articulate, and Acronis. Roxio have put the following warning about a critical update on their website:
000072GN : FlexNet Connect vulnerability and its effect on Roxio customers
If you prefer, the Macrovision Update Service can simply be turned off by running <msconfig.exe> and removing the tick from this entry under the 'Startup' tab.