I use Win2000 sp3 on allmost all of my computers, I'm also a little aprehensive about my PC being able to communicate with Redmond in any manner which I am not in complete control of. I know we've all heard that MS builds backdoors into its OS's and blah blah blah...
Evidently, with SP3 for Win2000 the automatic update feature does send packets to and recieve packets from Redmond without letting the user know. Since I use SP3 I of course wanted to stop this. I think some of you also might want to keep your computer from doing this too.
It should be noted that all the packetlogs said the computer was doing is autoupdating, but I still dont want my PC doing anything automatically - or at someone else's request for that matter. here's how to nix this bug if you're not already familliar:
here's the study in complete detail: http://academic.evergreen.edu/d/dasgre16/auto-update_disable.pdf
I know some of us want our computers to update automatically. Some of us, on the other hand, would rather not.