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Illegal software found on most McCleary computers

A former technology vendor managed to install 18 versions of illegal software on nearly every computer in the city of McCleary.

Public Works Director Todd Baun said city officials discovered the illegal software after checking the city’s older computers that still operate the Microsoft XP operational system, which Microsoft has said it will no longer service.

Baun told city council members during their May 28 meeting that the city had paid a technology vendor to install legitimate, legal software on the city’s computers some years ago, but that didn’t happen. He didn’t identify the name of the technology vendor.

Council members authorized Baun to purchase $9,700 worth of legitimate software, but Councilman Jeff Catterlin cautioned Baun about installing a new operational system on old computers, noting it may just be worth it to just buy new computers rather than have an older computer work at a snail’s pace.

Catterlin noted that the technology vendor should be held liable and wondered if the outfit was still in business.