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How to Uninstall Telemetry/Spyware Windows Updates?

Question: How to Uninstall Telemetry/Spyware Windows Updates?

Hi, I have a question about the telemetry (spying and personal data theft) Windows updates. I have read that Microsoft created a bunch of these and want to uninstall them.

I found 3 websites that list a bunch of updates. I know how to uninstall using command prompt and "wusa", and don't plan to use any third-party batch scripts, I will do it all manually.

My question is whether these 3 sources are reliable/safe sources of lists of which updates to uninstall, or of there's some update they list that I really should not remove (because it's necessary for security or fixing a bug, or not actually telemetry/spyware nor altering the computer to prepare it to "upgrade" to Windows 10). These are the 3 sources I am asking about:

https://gist.github.com/xvitaly/eafa75ed2cb79b3bd4e9
https://www.hackread.com/microsoft-updates-spy-on-windows7-8-users/
https://freedomhacker.net/latest-windows-7-8-81-update-spy-windows-10-4568/

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Preferred Solution: How to Uninstall Telemetry/Spyware Windows Updates?

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Answer: How to Uninstall Telemetry/Spyware Windows Updates?

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Hello, I have a question about Windows Updates and Telemetry.

Really, I have a question about the trustworthiness of this website: http://www.askvg.com/tip-disable-telemetry-and-data-collection-on-windows-7-and-8/

I have followed the tips there for disabling telemetry and CEIP in Windows 7, except I did not edit my Registry.

My question is, should I trust the list of Windows Updates to uninstall/not install? Some of them, I have seen red-flagged on another website, which people here told me was a reliable website. Other updates, that I don't recall seeing flagged before, are:

KB2976978
KB3044374
KB3050267
KB3058168
KB3064683
KB3065988
KB3072318
KB3083711
KB3083325
KB3112343
 

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Hi All,
Like Office telemetry, I want to implement Windows Telemetry in my organization where I want to collect all the windows telemetry data into our local database.
Please let us know the steps which need to be performed to implement this.

Many Thanks,
Chandan

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Windows KB2952664 and KB2976978 telemetry updates re-released (again)

Microsoft re-released the Windows 7 telemetry update KB2952664 and the Windows 8.1 telemetry update KB2976978 yesterday... these updates as they were the prerequisites for Microsoft's infamous Get Windows 10 (GWX) campaign that haunted users who did not want to upgrade to Windows 10 for almost a year.
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http://www.ghacks.net/2017/02/10/kb2652664-and-kb2976978-telemetry-updates-re-released-again/
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http://www.infoworld.com/article/3168397/microsoft-windows/microsoft-re-releases-snooping-patches-kb-2952664-kb-2976978.html

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Microsoft Re-Releases Windows Telemetry Updates KB2952664 and KB2976978

Even though this month?s Patch Tuesday was delayed, Microsoft rolled out non-security Office updates this week, targeting both Office 2013 and Office 2016 with a total of 17 patches.

But what?s more interesting is that this week, the company also re-released two patches there were previously linked to telemetry data collection in Windows 7 and Windows 8.1

First and foremost, the Office patches. Microsoft shipped 5 different updates for Office 2013, with dedicated patches for OneDrive, Project, and Visio. Then, there?s Office 2016, which is getting not only general patches, but also updates that are specifically aimed at Access, OneDrive for Business, PowerPoint, Project, Publisher, and Visio, bringing the total count to 12 updates.

Telemetry patches
In addition to these Office updates, Microsoft is also re-releasing KB2952664 and KB2976978 for Windows 7 and 8.1, respectively for a reason that?s not yet known.

As Woody Leonhard of InfoWorld notes, these updates first showed up at a time when everyone was struggling to deal with the infamous Get Windows 10 (GWX) app, though Microsoft specifically mentions that they are not related to this application in any way.

Their official KB pages indeed indicate that both updates were re-released on March 7, while their descriptions point out that only users who are part of the Windows Consumer Experience Improvement Program should get them.

?This u... Read more

Answer:Microsoft Re-Releases Windows Telemetry Updates KB2952664 and KB2976978

Exterminator said:


But what?s more interesting is that this week, the company also re-released two patches there were previously linked to telemetry data collection in Windows 7 and Windows 8.1Click to expand...

no big deal now , the CIA will own you (eventually)
 

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Microsoft Re-Releases KB2652664, KB2976978 Telemetry Updates for Windows 7/8.1

Microsoft has silently re-released two Windows telemetry updates that were linked to the infamous Get Windows 10 (GWX) app that the company pushed to Windows 7 and 8.1 users in mid-2015 to prepare the migration to Windows 10.

The company, however, does not disclose what exactly is new in KB2952664 for Windows 7 and KB 2976978 for Windows 8.1, providing just a generic description that doesn?t say much about their purpose.

?This update performs diagnostics on the Windows systems that participate in the Windows Customer Experience Improvement Program. The diagnostics evaluate the compatibility status of the Windows ecosystem, and help Microsoft to ensure application and device compatibility for all updates to Windows. There is no GWX or upgrade functionality contained in this update,? the company says on the KB page.
The two updates are currently listed as optional and it?s not known if the company wants to promote them to the important branch next week when it releases this month?s Patch Tuesday updates.

Telemetry updates
What?s also important to know is that these updates are supposed to be shipped to users in the Windows Customer Experience Improvement Program and are listed as compatibility updates for keeping Windows up-to-date.

In the past, the two updates were linked with telemetry data collection in Windows 7 and Windows 8.1, and they launched a Windows task identified as Do... Read more

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I have been noticing lately a lot of people keep asking the same question on how to prevent the Windows 10 upgrade so here is a list of updates that need to be hidden in order to prevent the Windows 10 Upgrade or prevent updates that enable Telemetry, some of them are system preparation for the upgrade so you may not find them all in your updates list until a pre-requistie update was installed before.

If doing a clean installation of Windows 7 or 8, you need to scan the list of updates carefully everytime updates appear to ensure none of them re-appears as Micro$h4ft has been showing some of them again even if you hide them.
If you have already installed Windows and did a few updates, then head over to Control Panel > Programs and Features > View Installed Updates then go from the top to the bottom through the list to ensure none of them is installed, if you do find one installed, then uninstall it, reboot, then check for updates and once it appears right click on it and hide it.

These Windows 10 upgrade activation updates are like a virus really, only thing is, it's a legit virus

KB2505438 (Although it claims to fix performance issues, it often breaks fonts)
KB2670838 (The EVIL Update, breaks AERO on Windows 7 and makes some fonts on websites fuzzy, Windows 7 specific update only, do not install IE10 or 11 otherwise it will be bundled with them, IE9 is the max version you should install)
KB2952664 (Windows 10 Upgrade preparation)
KB2976978 ... Read more

Answer:Windows Updates to hide to prevent Windows 10 Upgrade / Disable Telemetry

Yes, I've kept a list of those updates for Win 10 and Telemetry and don't have them on my PC because I did hide them all multiple times (Win 10) and yet some came back over and over. Therefore I don't trust Microsoft anymore and don't have the automatic updates set anymore for at least 6 months.

Just checked them again against your list and all is fine here.
 

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I have been noticing lately a lot of people keep asking the same question on how to prevent the Windows 10 upgrade so here is a list of updates that need to be hidden in order to prevent the Windows 10 Upgrade or prevent updates that enable Telemetry, some of them are system preparation for the upgrade so you may not find them all in your updates list until a pre-requistie update was installed before.

If doing a clean installation of Windows 7 or 8, you need to scan the list of updates carefully everytime updates appear to ensure none of them re-appears as Micro$h4ft has been showing some of them again even if you hide them.

If you have already installed Windows and did a few updates, then head over to Control Panel > Programs and Features > View Installed Updates then go from the top to the bottom through the list to ensure none of them is installed, if you do find one installed, then uninstall it, reboot, then check for updates and once it appears right click on it and hide it.

These Windows 10 upgrade activation updates are like a virus really, only thing is, it's a legit virus

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First of all, for Windows 7 users, let's install the Disable IE 10 and IE 11 toolkit in order for them to not showup in Windows Updates because if one installs them, he would get KB2670838 installed automatically as they come bundled with them which will break the AERO functionality on many systems and/or display blur... Read more

Answer:Windows7/8 - Updates To Hide To Prevent Windows 10 Upgrade / Disable Telemetry

People can simplify it by using he GWX Control Panel
 

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Hi, Does anyone have a comprehensive list of all the telemetry & gwx updates for Windows 7?

Answer:Telemetry & GWX Updates

Hi:

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Hi, Does anyone have a comprehensive list of all the telemetry & gwx updates for Windows 7?
 
I'm trying to find all the updates so I can remove them, I've come across a few lists but I have no idea how detailed or up to date they are.
 
If someone could link me to somewhere that lists them all I'd be very grateful.
 
Thanks!

Answer:Telemetry & GWX Updates

Hi:
 
Not sure about the telemetry stuff (most of which is overblown tinfoil-hat FUD), but the free Win10 offer ended ~2 months ago, so there's nothing to fear about that any longer.
 
There is an optional MS update to remove the GWX software from Windows 7:
 
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3184143
 
Cheers,
 
MM

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Hello,

before week Microsoft released these January updates:
KB3108664
KB3109560
KB3110329
KB3121212
KB3121918
KB3123479
KB3124000
KB3124001

And my question is. Are these updates safe and clean without any Microsoft telemetry or Enforcement upgrade W10? Thank you in advance.

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For those who don't mind sending telemetry to MS, skip this post. For all others...

I happened to be in Task Scheduler for something completely unrelated, and noticed MS had setup tasks to send telemetry about my computer to MS, even though I had opted out of doing so when I installed W7. These tasks were located in the "Customer Experience Improvement Program" folder under Microsoft/Windows branch in the Task Scheduler Library tree. Digging into this, it turns out a KB update issued 4th quarter 2015 ignores your privacy settings and sets up tasks to send telemetry anyway. (See Forbes article link below.)

Forbes Welcome

To check this on my machines, I went to the original setting for CEIP and saw it was indeed set to NOT participate... you can see by going to Control Panel -> Action Center -> click hyperlink at left to "Change Action Center settings", then in the new window, look at the bottom for the hyperlink that says "Customer Experience Improvement Program setting" ... and see if it is set to NOT participate (as mine was).

Now go into Task Scheduler and into the folder of the same name under MS/Windows... and see if there aren't 2 or 3 enabled tasks... in the description in the lower part of the window, you will see the tasks are for CEIP and involve sending telemetry.

After disabling those tasks, I also found three other folders setup to send telemetry, apparently (as per the article above and others sources I read) from other KB... Read more

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after installing 5 blessed windows updates, i want to unistall them. when i log off, i can't open outlook express without rebooting. HELP!
 

Answer:how do i uninstall several windows updates?

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Hey everyone,
I need to uninstall every update that followed service pack 1, because they have all been causing me problems and have been a nightmare..
is there any way to do this?
 

Answer:Uninstall Windows 7 updates

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Hello 7

I am working on clearing all of the HP bloat from my son's Compaq and I've decided to replace the system image with a bare-bones no-BS backup.

Right now I'm in the middle of uninstalling over a year worth of Windows Updates. I've found several different ways of uninstalling a single update or an entire service pack. But I haven't found any way to "batch uninstall" or preferably "uninstall all" Windows Updates.

Is this possible? Any help is greatly appreciated!

Answer:Uninstall ALL Windows Updates at once

i think after reinstall windows then all updates uninstall. Because of i sow that last reinstall windows7 in my desktop computer i have to again install all windows7 updates.

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Windows 8.1 Optional Updates - how to uninstall them since i think make in my PC crash so-so, I refer for error:KERNEL_SECURITY_CHECK_FAILURE I got 7 times this screen and required shut down PC Losing my work...in detail i got:
We're just collecting some error info and then we' ll restart for you.(!00%).
KERNEL_SECURITY_CHECK_FAILURE

how learn last 45 days optional updates released or prior month's? to uninstall them?

Answer:Windows 8.1 Optional Updates - how to uninstall them since

kernel security check failure
By the time installed my first - not other from that point - optional update getting this error.
you know Any update number of the cause??? can you give so uninstall it in win 8.1 pro - fresh installed May 2015 - i think this optional update installed start of June 2015...well?

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http://www.neowin.net/news/windows-10-how-to-uninstall-preview-updates

If you have installed the technical preview of Windows 10 and have an update that causes your machine to crash or perform some other undesired activity, there is an easy way to remove the updates. This will likely come in handy for some users as there are thousands of individuals running the OS and with it being in a preview state, the update process is more likely to go astray than a typical install of a stable Windows release.

In the event that your Windows 10 install is impacted negatively by an update, you can easily uninstall an update by holding down shift and then restarting your machine from the Start menu. By holding down shift, you are taken to a screen (shown to the right) that allows you to fix your machine. Once on this screen, click on the 'Troubleshoot' button, and then there is an option to uninstall an update.

We ran through the process and posted the screenshots below for those of you who don't want to remove a file that has not caused you any issues but are curious to see the process.

The process is quite simple and a welcome feature - as we have seen with Windows 8, when an update causes issues, it's not always an easy process for a novice user to take a step backwards to only remove that specific file.
 

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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version 1.0.0.4
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i3-2370M CPU @ 2.40GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 42 Stepping 7
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 5923 Mb
Graphics Card: Intel(R) HD Graphics Family, -1988 Mb
Hard Drives: C: 443 GB (268 GB Free);
Motherboard: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD., SAMSUNG_NP1234567890
Antivirus: Ad-Aware Antivirus, Disabled

I am having a series of problems with my computer and I am not sure if they are related or not.

I have tried to update a number of programs on my computer (such as the ad-aware free antivirus program I have installed on my computer) but with no luck. When I try to update it, it gets all the way to the end and then says it cannot continue because another program is currently being installed. I also get an error message when I try to search for windows updates. My computer tells me that "Windows cannot check for updates automatically, and when I try to install them manually, it says it has failed.

I have tried uninstalling Ad-Aware so that I can just re-install it, but it won't let me. It says something else is trying to install. I don't have that many programs on my computer and I simply cannot figure out what my computer could possibly be running in the background that is preventing new things from being added.

Now when I try to use Microsoft word, it opens for about a minute or so and then freezes. The internet tells me t... Read more

Answer:Can't install, uninstall, or download windows updates

When was the last time you shut down, and restarted this machine?

Be sure to wait a few minutes before restarting after the shutdown.
 

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I don't know if anyone saw my post in the general hardware section about me having a problem with locking up and rebooting. I am wondering about reformatting my PC, since the last time I was having this problem reformatting worked for a few weeks.

Anyway, are there any alternatives to nLite that will automatically set my logon screen and background to what I want? This isn't really a necessity but it would be nice.

Also, is there a way to see all the windows update files I have recently installed and uninstall them? I think this problem started with a recent problem in updating.
 

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Hello, please I would like to know how to uninstall Windows Defender updates to free SSD space, because i can?t find the update to uninstall in the Installed Updates section(that you get to by clicking unistall updates/programmes).
I only see updates like KB and such...

But SpaceSniffer is showing, that i have 477mb ocupied thanks to windows defender- but i can?t seem to be able to get rid of it. I don?t want to uninstall it(i know it can be done with CMD) i just want to uninstall the updates! And even remove the scans if possible. Thanks

Answer:How to uninstall Windows Defender updates?!(500mb+)

Hello coregamer, and welcome to Eight Forums.

I'm not sure that you can uninstall them like that.

If you haven't already, you could use the tutorial below to cleanup old out of date Windows Updates that have been superseded by later updates to help free up some space.

Windows Update Cleanup in Windows 8

Hope this helps some,
Shawn

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Good day to all, i just would like to ask how to delete or uninstall failed or unsuccesful updates of windows, it failed because of poor internet connection. thanx!

Answer:How to delete or uninstall failed windows updates

If they did not install, you cannot uninstall them. But if they turn up again in "available updates", you can "hide" them - just right click.

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I wonder whether one or more of 13 recent Windows Updates has caused an issue. I can use System Restore to take my PC back to September 7th, three days before the Windows Updates were installed (there is just a Java update that has taken place since that I would have to carry out again). Alternatively, I can uninstall the Windows Updates one at a time or all together to see whether that rectifies the situation. Is there a preference? Should I uninstall from the highest KB number downwards if I uninstall the Updates one at a time?

Answer:System Restore or uninstall Windows Updates?

Hi, if you suspect that the updates are causing problems the easiest way is to use System restore.

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I've seen Cliff's posting in Windows 8 forum, about how to avoid telemetry in Windows. After checking my Windows 8.1, there were three of the patches for telemetry/upgrade preparation installed from the list. A quick check on Windows 7 showed six of the patches installed, all marked as "important".

My guess is that Windows 8.1 has some of the telemetry already incorporated in the OS, that would explain why there are "only" three of the telemetry patches.

Some people, including myself, using the telemetry "feature" among other things in Windows 10 for not updating their previous Windows versions. Little did we know that Microsoft had retrofitted Windows 7, and 8.x with the telemetry "feature". That's just awesome... Not!!!

Answer:Telemetry for Windows 7...

Well know for some time
How to remove Windows 10 upgrade updates in Windows 7 and 8

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Hi,
 
I was reading a security article on the Emsisoft web site, and in one of the comments at the end of the article, a person made a statement about Windows 10-type telemetry (i.e., Microsoft "spyware") being incorporated in updates for Windows 7 and Windows 8. Is there any truth to this or is it just a conspiracy theory? If it is true, is there a way to disable it?
 
Thanx.

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There are two Microsoft updates that has caused a very important program to stop working. I have identified the two that caused the problem, however they cannot be removed per the Microsoft message that once installed they cannot be removed. Please, is there another way I can remove them so I can get my program up and running?

Answer:Unable to uninstall updates impacting other programs,Windows 7

It would help if you told us
1) the affected application
2) the KB numbers of the problem updates

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I have gone through seemingly endless forums and posts about getting Microsoft out of my data and it seems that nothing is a true solution - by the time the computer starts up again, it is back to factory "steal my data" settings.

I consult on a wide range of projects, and as such, I am in charge of a large amount of confidential information. Security settings and crash reports should be at my choice.

Is there any way whatsoever to set my computer from Win7-Win10 to not send any information out to Microsoft.

I understand that there is a "Limited" amount of data being sent when set to "basic" however, the interpretation of the user agreement by various organizations and firms is variable to what that actually means. Due to the vagueness of the agreement the Microsoft group has chosen to put out there, i am not comfortable with what I have and will continue to need to do on my PC with Windows 10 doing what can only be described as nosily tracking me.

Thanks

Answer:Windows 10 Pro Telemetry - Disable

Hi, two free programs have been designed aimed at changing settings to minimise reporting:
O&O shutup
Spybot Anti-beacon

These only change settings you can change manually.

Note one side-effect of changing some of the privacy settings is you may find a red message
'Some settings are managed by your organisation'
which is confusing and some find disconcerting.
(E.g. when in Settings, Privacy, General)

Sometimes this also means you come across a feature or setting that no longer works.

However these programs also have the means to change things back to default, so are relatively safe.

I would suggest
a. Turn system restore on (it's off by default in Win 10)
b. set a restore point before using them (they may prompt for this anyway, I can't recall)
c. don't change all settings at once; change some, check everything's ok for a while, then continue.

Note much has been written about the significance of non-personal reporting to MS, as you will be aware.

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What's the most through and safest way to disable Windows 10 telemetry?

Answer:Disable Windows 10 Telemetry?

The safest way is to go through your privacy settings and Cortana & Search settings and set them up as you see fit.  I did this upon installing Windows 10 and that's all I did and most of the things people are complaining about, e.g., ads on the start menu, simply do not happen if you've tweaked the appropriate setting or settings (e.g., the "Let apps use my advertising ID" in general privacy settings for the prior example) to your liking.  It's not difficult nor is it particularly time consuming.  One can run through all the Privacy and Cortana settings in less than 15 minutes, tops.
 
I don't encourage anyone to turn off the system health telemetry, period.  All major OS developers have this sort of telemetry, and it's very helpful for catching "bad updates" on those occasions where they occur before they've been rolled out to the entire world and for improving little bits and pieces of the OS.  If you're really desperate to do that Spybot Anti-Beacon is probably your best choice.  Note well that this kind of telemetry is not new, not by a long shot, and has served its legitimate purpose for a long time now.  The telemetry related to building a personal profile on you for use by the Cortana personal digital assistant functionality is entirely new, and can be entirely turned off via a couple of switches.  If you had been using the Cortana PDA functionality and want to purge all "cloud memory" regarding yourself the links to do... Read more

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I have gone through seemingly endless forums and posts about getting Microsoft out of my data and it seems that nothing is a true solution - by the time the computer starts up again, it is back to factory "steal my data" settings.

I consult on a wide range of projects, and as such, I am in charge of a large amount of confidential information. Security settings and crash reports should be at my choice.

Is there any way whatsoever to set my computer from Win7-Win10 to not send any information out to Microsoft.

I understand that there is a "Limited" amount of data being sent when set to "basic" however, the interpretation of the user agreement by various organizations and firms is variable to what that actually means. Due to the vagueness of the agreement the Microsoft group has chosen to put out there, i am not comfortable with what I have and will continue to need to do on my PC with Windows 10 doing what can only be described as nosily tracking me.

Thanks

Answer:Windows 10 Pro Telemetry - Disable

Hi, two free programs have been designed aimed at changing settings to minimise reporting:
O&O shutup
Spybot Anti-beacon

These only change settings you can change manually.

Note one side-effect of changing some of the privacy settings is you may find a red message
'Some settings are managed by your organisation'
which is confusing and some find disconcerting.
(E.g. when in Settings, Privacy, General)

Sometimes this also means you come across a feature or setting that no longer works.

However these programs also have the means to change things back to default, so are relatively safe.

I would suggest
a. Turn system restore on (it's off by default in Win 10)
b. set a restore point before using them (they may prompt for this anyway, I can't recall)
c. don't change all settings at once; change some, check everything's ok for a while, then continue.

Note much has been written about the significance of non-personal reporting to MS, as you will be aware.

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I've read that various updates to Windows 7 enable telemetry. I'd like to know what level of telemetry this is. According to this Microsoft page, there are 3 options for telemetry in Windows 10: Basic, Enhanced, and Full.

Does anyone know what level of telemetry is enabled in Windows 7 - is it Basic, Enhanced, or Full? If it's Basic, then maybe I can live with that, and not bother trying to uninstall a bunch of updates.

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I have gone through seemingly endless forums and posts about getting Microsoft out of my data and it seems that nothing is a true solution - by the time the computer starts up again, it is back to factory "steal my data" settings.

I consult on a wide range of projects, and as such, I am in charge of a large amount of confidential information. Security settings and crash reports should be at my choice.

Is there any way whatsoever to set my computer from Win7-Win10 to not send any information out to Microsoft.

I understand that there is a "Limited" amount of data being sent when set to "basic" however, the interpretation of the user agreement by various organizations and firms is variable to what that actually means. Due to the vagueness of the agreement the Microsoft group has chosen to put out there, i am not comfortable with what I have and will continue to need to do on my PC with Windows 10 doing what can only be described as nosily tracking me.

Thanks

Answer:Windows 10 Pro Telemetry - Disable

Hi, two free programs have been designed aimed at changing settings to minimise reporting:
O&O shutup
Spybot Anti-beacon

These only change settings you can change manually.

Note one side-effect of changing some of the privacy settings is you may find a red message
'Some settings are managed by your organisation'
which is confusing and some find disconcerting.
(E.g. when in Settings, Privacy, General)

Sometimes this also means you come across a feature or setting that no longer works.

However these programs also have the means to change things back to default, so are relatively safe.

I would suggest
a. Turn system restore on (it's off by default in Win 10)
b. set a restore point before using them (they may prompt for this anyway, I can't recall)
c. don't change all settings at once; change some, check everything's ok for a while, then continue.

Note much has been written about the significance of non-personal reporting to MS, as you will be aware.

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how do I disable telemetry in windows 10
 

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Hi Everyone,
                      I think the 'Topic Title' really sums it up. I can see that the Win.Install Module is set to Manual and 'running' and I seem to have tried all the online advice I can find, including switching it off and back on again, but to no avail.
 
                      The last update which has been awaiting upload for about 2weeks now is for Microsoft Silverlite. but the box says 'Windows Installer can not be accessed'. I have tried to uninstall Silverlite, but it says the 'windows installer service could not be accessed' as previously.Programmes that are already installed will update from their respective sources.
 
                       My main problem, (to me) is that I don't know when it all started, although I have been into the Win.Update log, and can see some installed and some didn't in mid February.  I've downloaded the Microsoft 'MrFixit', for this problem, -- but that can't help me either.
 
                       Generally the PC is running fine, but the lack of updates the longer it goes on, is a concern.
 
                        All help will be greatly appreciated
 
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Answer:Windows Installer (Win7) Won't Install Updates or Uninstall Progs.

There is an article here which may assist you.

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Please can someone post a quick explanation of how to do 3 things.
I know there are command prompt codes for each of these things, but I do not know precisely what the codes are. I recall having seen othrs post them before, but couldn't find the posts where they were mentioned.
The first thing: How do I search for a full list of all installed updates via the command prompt?
The second thing: How do I use command prompt to search for the presence or lack of a particular updates "Do I have KB....... installed or not?" so I know quickly whether certain updates are installed rather than having to manually check down a very long list.
The third thing: How is removal of particular updates done from the command prompt "computer, please uninstall KB......., don't interfere with any other updates"?
I think that the answers to these are similar for all modern windows systems, but I posted in the windows8 section as the machine I wish to quickly check for certain updates on is a windows 8. machine.
Thank You

Answer:Please explain how to list and uninstall windows updates via comand prompt

Good things I have canneds for that Uninstall a Windows Update - Command PromptFollow the instructions below to uninstall a Windows Update manually via the command prompt.On Windows Vista & 7, click on the Windows Start Menu, then enter cmd in the search box, right-click on the cmd icon and select Run as AdministratorOn Windows 8, drag your cursor in the bottom-left corner, and right-click on the metro menu preview, then select Command Prompt (Admin);On Windows 8.1, right click on the Windows logo in the bottom-left corner and select Command Prompt (Admin);Enter the command below (you can copy/paste it, to paste in the command prompt, right-click inside it and select Paste):wusa /uninstall /KB:$NUMBERLet me know the outcome of the command: either it uninstall the update or either it says that the update isn't installed on the system;Search for a Windows Update - Command PromptFollow the instructions below to search a Windows Update manually via the command prompt.On Windows Vista & 7, click on the Windows Start Menu, then enter cmd in the search box, right-click on the cmd icon and select Run as AdministratorOn Windows 8, drag your cursor in the bottom-left corner, and right-click on the metro menu preview, then select Command Prompt (Admin);On Windows 8.1, right click on the Windows logo in the bottom-left corner and select Command Prompt (Admin);Enter the command below (you can copy/paste it, to paste in the command prompt, right-click inside it and select Paste):wm... Read more

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Hello,

I'm having a crazy two days. Two days ago I installed the Windows Update and it messed up my computer, in particular, IE6. I couldn't get into Control Panel or any windows function, couldn't fill out forms and the cursor wouldn't even go in any boxes. I read in one of the forums to go into Safe Mode and open Control Panel , which I did and from there removed the IE6 and Outlook Express updates. I can now get into my Control Panel and other stuff without the error 29 message. Microsoft Outlook 2000 was working perfectly fine during all these problems but now, since I uninstalled the, I can't do anything but open Outlook. It will not allow me to click any menu buttons or send or receive e-mail. I got out to my own domain server to get e-mails. In addition to that, when I put the CD in, it doesn't recognize it! I can browse the files but it says it's not valid. It won't start installation up so I can do a fix and repair or reinstallation. It worked fine the last time I used it after I had added the Service Packs.

Even Outlook Express will not open. From the CD, the error message says, Unknown Error. Also, when I'm in Outlook and I click on tools, I get the following message when I click on tools/accounts:

"The operation failed due to registry or installation problem. An OLE registration error occured. The program is not correctly installed. Run setup again for the program"

I don't understand why the CD is not... Read more

Answer:After Install Windows Updates and After Uninstall Office 2000 Outlook does not work!

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Windows Telemetry Center is a rogue security software which will report that malware has been detected on your computer in an attempt to scare you into buying this malicious software.
In reality, none of the reported issues are real, and are only used to scare you into buying Windows Telemetry Center and stealing your personal financial information.

As part of its self-defense mechanism,Windows Telemetry Center has installed a rootkit on your computer,which will disable the Windows Task Manager and will block you from running any program that could lead to its removal.

Windows Telemetry Center is a scam and you should ignore any alerts that this malicious software might generate.
Under no circumstance should you buy this rogue security software as this could lead to identity theft,and if you have, you should contact your credit card company and dispute the charge stating that the program is a scam and a computer virus.
Removal instructions for Windows Telemetry Center virus​This is a self-help guide, use at your own risk.
If you experience problems completing this guide, or the problem persists after following the instructions below or would like to have one of our staff members guide you through the process, please start a new thread in our Malware Removal Assistance forum.
STEP 1 : Start your computer in Safe Mode with Networking

Remove all floppy disks, CDs, and DVDs from your computer, and then restart your computer.

Press and hold the F8 key as your computer re... Read more

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This topic it may have been discussed somewhere in tenforums, if so please redirect me.

I decided to use Windows Defender (WD) and SmartScreen (SS) as AV. I would like to tweak its settings to avoid telemetry as far as it does not reduce the effectiveness of its protections.
Do I need to send cloud telemetry?
I understand that Disabling SS will lower the protection but I read that SS send a lot of things and it is of a privacy concern for many.
Does SS have access to the browsing history and surfing habit of the user? Does it send details of apps, files, TV series and the like the user watch or download?
With the upcoming W10 fall upgrade WD will be greatly enhanced with a number of new features. I suspect more telemetry too.

I'll much appreciate any thought, suggestion and insight how to find a balance between security and privacy.

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I did a search of my hard-drive today looking for files which had been modified today (by searching for datemodified:today), I do this sometimes, anyway, one of the things which came up was a file called Microsoft-Windows-Application-Experience%4Program-Telemetry.evtx . I wondered what this was so took a look at it, it opens a thing in event viewer which then shows within it a list of "information" events (that is events classed as "information" rather than "error"s or "critical" bugs). The "source" for ALL these events is "Application-Experience", their dates and times go right back to when the computer was new. They all have "general" descriptions reading :"Compatibility fix applied to C:\[path of an exe file]Fix information:[program name], {[code of numbers and letters with some dashes separating them]}, 0X{some other number]"The "details" "xml view" then shows some more information including precise times, "event IDs", "threadIDs", the "name" of my computer, a "channel", a "security userID", a "processID", a "fixID", a start time, "flags", the file's path and two microsoft URLs.It doesn't do this for every program but there are a lot for ms office programs, a lot for 7z and there seems to be one for every time I run vlc media player akong with a few relating to avast antivirus. What is this log about, is this just data being collected or is it being sent to microsoft? I am pretty sure that the customer experience improvement program is disabled on this machine, so is this... Read more

Answer:How much telemetry is collected by windows 8.1? something odd I noticed

CEIP has been around for years and only collects data about Microsoft products and some third party apps that connect with Microsoft products.  It has no user identifiable information in it.  You can opt out though it appears the data is still collected just in case you ever opt in.  Since June it seems like several of the updates have enabled privacy settings that were initially not allowed by the user so you need to check any settings you set limiting what Microsoft has access to.
 
It is interesting to note that Microsoft in update KB3080149 included the statement "Reduces the network connections on a Windows system that doesn’t participate in the Customer Experience Improvement Program (CEIP)."
So by not participating you are being 'punished'.
 
There are other updates that add telelmetry to consent.exe and also add additional diagnostic and telemetry data collection.  They say they are just collecting metadata, which is the same data the NSA claims to be collecting.  The question is does using the same term mean the same thing.  Privacy in Windows today is questionable.

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In my windows 8.1 laptop I find the following folder
C:\Windows\AppCompat\Appraiser\Telemetry
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*I am concerned about this 'telemetry'. What is this about?

I work entirely on the desktop and don't use the metro app side. Do I need this?

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Windows 10 brought us Cortana. Edge. A brand new Start Menu. Oh, and a host of new and extended ways for Microsoft to capture data on your activities.

Fortunately 2015 has also seen the growth of a whole new market for programs to turn these technologies off again, and Win10 Spy Disabler is the latest example.
The program is a sub-2MB download which unzips 32 and 64-bit executables. Just double-click the appropriate version for you, or run the 32-bit if you?re unsure.

Launch the program and it displays a list of 20+ "privacy tweaks" you can apply. Some are clearly Windows 10-specific ("Always Send DoNotTrack on IE/ Edge", "Prevent Wifi Sense from connecting to open hotspots"), others are a little more ambiguous ("Disable Telemetry & Data Collection"), and a few are standard privacy tweaks for any recent Windows version ("Disable Recent Files, Folders, Docs, Progs").

If you?re looking for fine control then this probably isn?t the program for you. "Disable Cortana, WebSearch, BingSearch" is a single option, for instance: if you only want to disable one of those, you?re out of luck.

Still, Win10 Spy Disabler does a good job of keeping you safe, by offering to create a system restore point before applying any tweaks.

There?s also a bonus "System Tweaks" tab which gives easy access to more general Windows settings: "Show Hidden and System Files", "Disable Windows Remote Assist... Read more

Answer:Shut down Windows 10 telemetry with Win10 Spy Disabler

There are so many tools available to stop Win 10 spying,it would be cool if a list is posted under one thread(and possibly reviews also).
 

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How to disable Telemetry and Data Collection in Windows 10

Windows 10 now comes with the telemetry feature enabled by default which collects all sorts of user activity and sends it to Microsoft. Unfortunately, Microsoft has provided no way to disable it completely using the Settings app for Home and Pro editions of Windows 10. Only Enterprise users can turn it off. Here is a solution for editions other than Enterprise to disable Telemetry and Data Collection in Windows 10.

Read the full story at Winaero
How to disable Telemetry and Data Collection in Windows 10

Myself I went back to 8.1 which I only use rarely. My main OS is 7 Ultimate.

Answer:How to disable Telemetry and Data Collection in Windows 10

you cant modify this if you are in the insider program, from what I can see..

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I read about this tip to remove one kind of telemetry from Windows 7. It's from AskVG.com:






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Our reader "Xircal" shared some useful information with us. Even if the user opts out of the CEIP program, another task called "Microsoft Compatibility Appraiser" continues to relay data to Microsoft via a log file called "AutoLogger-Diagtrack-Listener.etl" present in "C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Diagnosis\ETLLogs\AutoLogger\" folder.

You can disable this Compatibility Appraiser task using following steps:

1. Press WIN+R keys together to launch RUN dialog box, type regedit in RUN and press Enter. It'll open Registry Editor.

2. Now go to following key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Control\WMI\AutoLogger\AutoLogger-Diagtrack-Listener

In right-side pane, change the value of Start DWORD to 0 to turn off the auto logger program.

3. Again go to following key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Control\WMI\Autologger\AutoLogger-Diagtrack-Listener\{DD17FA14-CDA6-7191-9B61-37A28F7A10DA}

In right-side pane, look for the DWORD Enabled. Its value would be set to 1 by default. Double-click on the DWORD and change its value from a 1 to 0 to disable the task.

Restart your computer to take effect.


Besides not contributing to Microsoft's massive volume of collected data, are there any downsides to following this tip? Does it break anything (except sending telemetry data to Microsoft)?

Answer:Is this a good tip to remove one kind of telemetry from Windows 7?

See related post: Updates without rollups

Doesn't break anything for me.

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I've posted this question on Reddit and wasn't able to get a definitive answer.
Anyway, I've read in a few places that Telemetry can be completely disabled on Windows 10 Education. I am able to set it to 0 via gpedit but I'm not sure if it's disabled completely or not.
The gpedit entry does state the following: "Setting a value of 0 is applicable to enterprise and server devices only. Setting a value of 0 for other devices is equivalent to choosing a value of 1."
When I've read about the differences between 10 Enterprise and 10 Education, I've never seen anything about Telemetry mentioned. The only differences I can find are the watermark on the desktop and Education not being able to use LTSB.
How can I tell if 10 Education behaves like 10 Enterprise in regards to setting Telemetry to 0 (disables it completely) or like 10 Pro (sends basic info regardless of setting it to 0)?

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As of December 9, 2016, are there any current Windows Update patches for Windows 7 that perhaps should not be installed due to privacy or telemetry issues?

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O&O ShutUp10 Receives New Features to Block Windows 10 Data Collection
​O&O ShutUp10, an application that can disable all data collection processes in Windows 10 and turn off a little more than the options you see in the Settings screen of the operating system.

And thanks to an update released today, the program is even more effective, as it fixes a number of bugs but also introduces some new options.

New options:
O&O ShutUp10 1.3.1355 now comes with an option to disable the Network Connectivity Status Indicator (NCSI) and the Wi-Fi sense for all or just the currently logged-in user. Wi-Fi Sense is a Windows 10 feature that allows your device to automatically connect to wireless networks that have previously been used by your friends on Facebook, Outlook.com, or Skype.
Passwords for these networks are securely transmitted between contacts on Windows 10, so this way, you can remain connected all the time when known networks are discovered.
The same version of the app also comes with improvements to the SmartScreen filter, but also several other bug fixes, so in case you?ve experienced issues with a previous release, this is the right moment to update.
Remember that Microsoft does not recommend anyone to turn to such apps because they could affect the performance and reliability of the operating system. Some features might be disabled, including Windows Update, which is a critical service to make sure that your computer is fully protected against th... Read more

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http://news.softpedia.com/news/micr...lemetry-update-for-windows-7-pcs-508991.shtml

Believe it or not, one of the updates that made it possible for Microsoft to bring the Get Windows 10 nagware app on so many Windows 7 computers is back, this time without a clear reason.

KB2952664 landed on Windows 7 PCs on October 4, and Microsoft hasn?t yet provided us with information on why exactly it re-released this patch given the fact that it doesn?t seem to bring any notable changes.

According to the official KB page, this update is only supposed to improve the upgrade experience to Windows 10, but given the fact that free upgrades are no longer available, it?s hard to believe that this makes sense for anyone.



Telemetry update
On the other hand, it?s important to note that this is a telemetry update, so it helps Microsoft collect information on compatibility issues that might be experienced during the upgrade to Windows 10.

?This update performs diagnostics on the Windows systems that participate in the Windows Customer Experience Improvement Program. These diagnostics help determine whether compatibility issues may be encountered when the latest Windows operating system is installed. This update will help Microsoft and its partners ensure compatibility for customers who want to install the latest Windows operating system,? the official KB page reads.

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Answer:Microsoft Re-Releases KB2952664 Telemetry Update for Windows 7 PCs

Probably intentional to get more users to upgrade to Windows 10.
 

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Cyberteck helped me out with my last computer very nicely. Unfortunately this computer didn't respond to the same fix, even though the symptoms are the same. The computer had spyware, I cleaned it up, and now updates don't work. Here's the hjt log:

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 3:47:21 PM, on 2/28/2007
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.5730.0011)

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\Program Files\Cisco Systems\VPN Client\cvpnd.exe
C:\Program Files\McAfee\Common Framework\FrameworkService.exe
C:\Program Files\Network Associates\VirusScan\Mcshield.exe
C:\Program Files\Network Associates\VirusScan\VsTskMgr.exe
c:\Neuroworks\storage.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPLpr.exe
C:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPEnh.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.5.0_06\bin\jusched.exe
C:\Program Files\QuickTime\qttask.exe
C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\igfxtray.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\hphmon05.exe
C:\Program Files\HP\HP Software Update\HPWuSchd2.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\hkcmd.exe
C:\Program Files\HPQ\Quick Launch Buttons\EabServr.exe
C:\Program Files\iPod\bin\iPodService.exe
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windows update scans my machine, comes up with the needed updates but says" windows updates were unable to be successfully installed". I was using Giant Anti-spy, Spybot and ad-Aware SE Plus for spyware and had pretty much cleaned all spys off. Then Giant became corrupted someway and so did Spybot with a BAD CHECKSUM? I then uninstalled those two spywares and bought Spysweeper. It came in on the 1st install and sweep and found afew more spys and seems to have the machine clean and running fast but still cant get my critical window updates. I was running Zone alarm for a firewall but it seemed to ask permission on every little thing so I dumped it and went back to Windows XPs Firewall. Also am trying Kasperskys Virus software. Anyone hints as to the problem?
 

Answer:Windows updates unable to update? Spyware?

birch54 said:

windows update scans my machine, comes up with the needed updates but says" windows updates were unable to be successfully installed". I was using Giant Anti-spy, Spybot and ad-Aware SE Plus for spyware and had pretty much cleaned all spys off. Then Giant became corrupted someway and so did Spybot with a BAD CHECKSUM? I then uninstalled those two spywares and bought Spysweeper. It came in on the 1st install and sweep and found afew more spys and seems to have the machine clean and running fast but still cant get my critical window updates. I was running Zone alarm for a firewall but it seemed to ask permission on every little thing so I dumped it and went back to Windows XPs Firewall. Also am trying Kasperskys Virus software. Anyone hints as to the problem?Click to expand...

I'd recommend downloading HijackThis from my link, run it, save a log and post it back in "Security" Birch.
MS' version of a firewall will only block inbound traffic.
Never heard of Giant but Spybot and Adaware are both excellent.
 

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Hi everyone... thanks in advance for reading my post.

I am on Windows XP with a Dell Inspiron 9300. Haven't had many viruses, and when I did, I was successful in getting rid of them as well as spyware. This time is different, and I need help. Edit... also I have not installed any service packs, at least not to my knowledge.

A few nights ago I visited a site on some HTML context help and bam, got hit with spyware like crazy. This morning I woke up and my McAffee said it had found and removed virus Vundo (Trojan).

I am still swamped with spyware and pop up ads, etc, and can't open a website I have run spybot, Ad-Aware 2007, McAfee Security, and a windows online antispy program. All have found spyware and corrected it, but it's coming back.

Another issue is that my Windows Automatic update setting is turned to "off". I can't turn it back on. I followed Windows online support instructions to go through "run" command "services.msc" and enable it from there, but when I try to do so... I get the following error.

"could not start the automatic updates server on local computer. error 1058. the service cannot be started, either because it is disabled or because it has no enabled devices associated with it" I keep getting messages that my windows is at risk due to "automatic updates" being turned off, but I can't turn it back on

Back to spyware related... I just ran spybot, and received the follo... Read more

Answer:Windows Xp - Infected With Spyware, Viruses, Etc... And Can't Automate Windows Updates

Hello pigfinnFirst go to Start, Right click My Computer>scroll to PropertiesIn the resulting window,on the General tab (probably be there already) see what service pack it shows listed.It will say something as Msft Windows...Version...Service pack.Next; temporarily disable Tea timer in Spybot.You can disable TeaTimer 2 waysTo disable TeaTimer and remove its startup entry:Go into Spybot > Mode > Advanced Mode > Tools > ResidentUncheck (if checked) the following:Resident "TeaTimer" (Protection of over-all system settings) Active. To temporarally close TeaTimer and restart it later:Right click Spybot's TeaTimer System Tray Icon > click Exit Spybot-S&D Resident.TeaTimer closes. Restart TeaTimer:(after Fix)Using Windows Explorer, navigate to C:\Program Files\Spybot - Search & Destroy. Double click TeaTimer.exe to start it. Reboot is NOT necessary for the change to take effect.http://forums.spybot.info/showthread.php?t=2827NEXT:Please download VundoFix to your desktop.Double-click VundoFix.exe to run it. If using Windows Vista be sure to Run As Administrator.Click the Scan for Vundo button.Once it's done scanning, click the 'Fix Vundo' button.You will receive a prompt asking if you want to remove the files, click YESOnce you click yes, your desktop will go blank as it starts removing Vundo.When completed, it will prompt that it will shutdown your computer, click OK.Turn your computer back on.Please post the contents of C... Read more

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I want to make this part of my unattended install:
https://gist.github.com/matthewjberg...a34e597f457b7f

I am following a guide on how to customise windows 10. I have at least my storage drivers since they are compatible between windows 7 & 10. I have a copy of windows 10 pro and an activation code. I'm using NTlite to customise the .wim files. However the guy who wrote the guide said my question on how to use this script in my install was better asked elsewhere.


FYI this is the guide I speak of:
https://www.win-raid.com/t750f25-Gui...Win-image.html

Answer:Integrate popular windows telemetry disabler into win10 install ISO?

@Kari may be able to recommend an approach. He knows more about dropping interesting third-party stuff into image customization and Sysprep than anybody else I know. Maybe he'll chime in, once he gets his misbehaving laptop running again...?
--Ed--

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So much for Microsoft's "we won't sell your data to third parties".

http://betanews.com/2016/11/24/microsoft-shares-windows-10-telemetry-data-with-third-parties/
 

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I want to make this part of my unattended install:
https://gist.github.com/matthewjberg...a34e597f457b7f

I am following a guide on how to customise windows 10. I have at least my storage drivers since they are compatible between windows 7 & 10. I have a copy of windows 10 pro and an activation code. I'm using NTlite to customise the .wim files. However the guy who wrote the guide said my question on how to use this script in my install was better asked elsewhere.


FYI this is the guide I speak of:
https://www.win-raid.com/t750f25-Gui...Win-image.html

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I wrote a quick batch script to disable some of the Windows 10 telemetry.

It's interactive, safe*, and easy to use.


Download Link: Script


I'm working on a more comprehensive application to control the telemetry in windows 10. A true C++ application, but there's a lot more testing to be done before I can share that.



* Safe, but some options are permanent.

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We knew this already, but a nice read nevertheless!!

Like many of you, I am concerned about the telemetry, spying and other surveillance features, known or unknown, of Windows 10. It has concerned me enough to push me to Linux Mint as my main operating system. Even so, I wanted to better understand Windows 10, but internet search results for a decent windows 10 traffic analysis leave a lot to be desired. As such, I decided to do my own investigating on what, exactly, Windows 10 is doing traffic-wise, and post the results. For this analysis, I wanted to simply analyse the network traffic of Windows 10 on a clean install, and just let it sit and run without using it.

What I have done for this analysis:
I have installed DD-WRT on a router connected to the internet and configured remote logging to the Linux Mint laptop in #2.
I have installed Linux Mint on a laptop, and setup rsyslog to accept remote logging from the DD-WRT router.
I have installed Virtualbox on the Linux Mint laptop, and installed Windows 10 EnterprisePNG on Virtualbox. I have chosen the customized installation option where I disabled three pages of tracking options.
I have configured the DD-WRT router to drop and log all connection attempts via iptables through the DD-WRT router by Windows 10 Enterprise.
Aside from installing Windows 10 Enterprise, and verifying the internet connection through ipconfig and ping yahoo.com, I have not used the Windows 10 installation at all (the basis for the first part of th... Read more

Answer:Even With Telemetry Disabled, Windows 10 Talks To Dozens of Microsoft Servers

Of course it does,following their new motto "Microsoft as a service"
 

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Hello all, I can see you do a great job from other user posts.Since yesterday I have had a problem similar to others on this thread. I think I have a dns changer but am not sure how to get rid of it. I have tried MBAM which found and removed a bunch of stuff and now I am trying adaware and superantispyware. I ran both of these last night and they found some tracking cookies and a piece of malware each, but still anytime I go to any valid antispyware sites, try to download updates for software or even windows update they are blocked.I used to be able to run spybot S&D but now whenever I try to run it, it crashes. Also cannot run kaspersky online scan even when I run explorer as administrator, it cannot download updates to that either. I tried re-installing spybot but got the blue screen of doom with an internal kernel handle error I think it was.I have attached hijack this report files. I hope you can help. BTW I have notice a lot of entries under regedit, HKLM\system\controlset001\services\tcpip\interfaces\parametersThere are controlset001 and controlset 003 as well as TCPIP and TCPIP6 (I have no idea if this is relevant.I am running wired to a netgear wireless router too.----------------------------------------------------------------------------------Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2Scan saved at 08:01:30, on 06/02/2009Platform: Windows Vista SP1 (WinNT 6.00.1905)MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6001.18000)Boot mode: NormalRunnin... Read more

Answer:Redirected all the time and no antivirus spyware or windows updates

This thread can be closed. I managed to fix the issue after multiple runs of malbytes antimalware and superantispyware. I did one run of each in normal mode, reboot, did the same again in safe mode, reboot and then again in normal mode. All gone %^)

Woot I can browse again.

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Windows 10 brought us Cortana. Edge. A brand new Start Menu. Oh, and a host of new and extended ways for Microsoft to capture data on your activities.

Fortunately 2015 has also seen the growth of a whole new market for programs to turn these technologies off again, and Windows 10 Spy Disabler is the latest example.
The program is a sub-2MB download which unzips 32 and 64-bit executables. Just double-click the appropriate version for you, or run the 32-bit if you?re unsure.

Launch the program and it displays a list of 20+ "privacy tweaks" you can apply. Some are clearly Windows 10-specific ("Always Send DoNotTrack on IE/ Edge", "Prevent Wifi Sense from connecting to open hotspots"), others are a little more ambiguous ("Disable Telemetry & Data Collection"), and a few are standard privacy tweaks for any recent Windows version ("Disable Recent Files, Folders, Docs, Progs").

If you?re looking for fine control then this probably isn?t the program for you. "Disable Cortana, WebSearch, BingSearch" is a single option, for instance: if you only want to disable one of those, you?re out of luck.

Still, Windows 10 Spy Disabler does a good job of keeping you safe, by offering to create a system restore point before applying any tweaks.

There?s also a bonus "System Tweaks" tab which gives easy access to more general Windows settings: "Show Hidden and System Files", "Disable Windows Rem... Read more

Answer:Shut down Windows 10 telemetry with Windows 10 Spy Disabler

There are so many tools available to stop Windows 10 spying,it would be cool if a list is posted under one thread(and possibly reviews also).
 

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As said in the title, my university has contacted me and banned my mac address from their wireless network. After a little doubt, I tried to run anti-spyware programs such spybot and malwarebytes but to no success. I tried to redownload my programs but I could not access their download page/site. I quickly googled this problem and cleared my hosts file. After renaming my program names, I am still unable to update malwarebytes. This may be a separate problem, but I found my laptop creating memory dumps lately. It has never happened before, but the memory dump says 'Page_file_not_found' or something to that extent. Nothing has changed so far so I am hoping you guys may provide some insight, although I might try to run rkill after gmer has finished scanning.DDS (Ver_10-03-17.01) - NTFSx86 Run by D at 4:16:20.61 on 01/10/2010Internet Explorer: 8.0.6001.18943 BrowserJavaVersion: 1.6.0_15Microsoft? Windows Vista? Home Premium 6.0.6002.2.1252.2.1033.18.3061.1541 [GMT -7:00]SP: Windows Defender *enabled* (Updated) {D68DDC3A-831F-4FAE-9E44-DA132C1ACF46}============== Running Processes ===============C:\Windows\system32\wininit.exeC:\Windows\system32\lsm.exeC:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k DcomLaunchC:\Windows\Microsoft.Net\Framework\v3.0\WPF\PresentationFontCache.exeC:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k rpcssC:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe -k secsvcsC:\Windows\... Read more

Answer:Unable to access Windows updates/Anti-spyware sites

Hi,Welcome to Bleeping Computer. My name is m0le and I will be helping you with your log.Please subscribe to this topic, if you haven't already. You can subscribe by clicking the Options box to the right of your topic title and selecting Track This Topic.Please avoid installing/uninstalling or updating any programs and attempting any unsupervised fixes or scans. This can make helping you impossible.Please reply to this post so I know you are there.The forum is busy and we need to have replies as soon as possible. If I haven't had a reply after 3 days I will bump the topic and if you do not reply by the following day after that then I will close the topic.Once I receive a reply then I will return with your first instructions.Thanks

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Hi There

I was on a website yesterday and it wanted to install an Active X control and I stupidly allowed it. I turned off Windows Automatic Updates and I started getting popups. It wont allow me to turn this back on. I have run Ad-Aware and Spybot but it still isn't allowing me to get anywhere.

Any Suggestions? Thanks
 

Answer:Solved: Malware/Spyware Stopping Windows Automatic Updates

I ran the two mentioned programs after posting here but problems still occuring. Spybot says with one of them that I should restart the computer and disconnect from the internet and allow it to run again.
 

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Hi all,

I have a computer that was behaving slow, inparticular when trying to print, for example from Word, when you click on print document it seemed to take forever to bring up the select printer box. I then ran Spybot S&D which seemed to fix the problem, it reported these findings:

--- Report generated: 2007-03-29 14:56 ---

Zedo: Tracking cookie (Internet Explorer: kblake) (Cookie, fixed)


DoubleClick: Tracking cookie (Internet Explorer: kblake) (Cookie, fixed)


Microsoft.WindowsSecurityCenter.AntiVirusOverride: Settings (Registry change, fixed)
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Security Center\AntiVirusOverride!=dword:0


--- Spybot - Search && Destroy version: 1.3 ---
2007-03-28 Includes\Cookies.sbi
2006-12-08 Includes\Dialer.sbi
2007-03-28 Includes\DialerC.sbi
2007-03-21 Includes\Hijackers.sbi
2007-03-28 Includes\HijackersC.sbi
2006-10-27 Includes\Keyloggers.sbi
2007-03-28 Includes\KeyloggersC.sbi
2004-05-12 Includes\LSP.sbi
2007-03-21 Includes\Malware.sbi
2007-03-28 Includes\MalwareC.sbi
2007-03-21 Includes\PUPS.sbi
2007-03-28 Includes\PUPSC.sbi
2007-03-28 Includes\Revision.sbi
2006-12-08 Includes\Security.sbi
2007-03-28 Includes\SecurityC.sbi
2007-03-21 Includes\Spybots.sbi
2007-03-28 Includes\SpybotsC.sbi
2005-02-17 Includes\Tracks.uti
2007-03-21 Includes\Trojans.sbi
2007-03-28 Includes\TrojansC.sbi

So, I've just run hijackthis, here's the log:

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.0 (BETA)
Scan... Read more

Answer:First, computer is slow, then Windows updates don't work, spyware found already

Hi smorley -

Sorry for the delay, but the forum is swamped.

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Spybot didn't find anything too bad, two cookies and Microsoft.WindowsSecurityCenter.AntiVirusOverride

Why does Spybot flag changes in the Windows Security Center?

Since the Detections Update from July 25, 2005, Spybot - Search & Destroy 1.4 has been detecting Security Risks (renamed to "Windows Security Center" on July 30) associated with Microsoft Security Center Registry changes. This is neither a false positive nor a bug. It is just an information.
Spybot-S&D only wants to bring to your attention that "someone" disabled one or more notifications in the Windows Security Center, e.g. the notifications that your virus protection is not active or not up-to-date.

If you changed the settings yourself you can safely tell Spybot to exclude those detections from further scans.
In order to do so please right-click each in turn, then click "exclude this detection from future scans". That way, should any other part of security center settings change, Spybot will still detect those.
The same is true if you have another security solution installed (like McAfee Security Center or Norton Internet Security). These programs also disable the Windows Security Center in order to take care of things themselves.

The reason why the changes are flagged by Spybot-S&D is that there ... Read more

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no specific sites coming up so unable to provide any more specific information - sorry!!
DDS (Ver_09-02-01.01) - NTFSx86
Run by Vince at 23:14:04.04 on 06/02/2009
Internet Explorer: 7.0.5730.11 BrowserJavaVersion: 1.6.0_11
Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition 5.1.2600.3.1252.1.1033.18.511.250 [GMT 0:00]

AV: AVG Anti-Virus Free *On-access scanning enabled* (Outdated)

============== Running Processes ===============

C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost -k DcomLaunch
svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
svchost.exe
svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\bin\AppleMobileDeviceService.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\AVG\AVG8\avgwdsvc.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\CTsvcCDA.exe
C:\Program Files\Creative\Shared Files\CTDevSrv.exe
C:\Program Files\Canon\IJPLM\IJPLMSVC.EXE
C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jqs.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe -k imgsvc
C:\PROGRA~1\AVG\AVG8\avgrsx.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\AVG\AVG8\avgnsx.exe
C:\Program Files\AVG\AVG8\avgcsrvx.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Works Shared\WkUFind.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jusched.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Samsung�... Read more

Answer:Malware/Spyware Problem - webpages being redirected + unable to download AVG updates, spyware removal etc

Welcome to the BleepingComputer Forums. Since it has been a few days since you scanned your computer with HijackThis, we will need a new HijackThis log. If you have not already downloaded Random's System Information Tool (RSIT), please download Random's System Information Tool (RSIT) by random/random which includes a HijackThis log and save it to your desktop. If you have RSIT already on your computer, please run it again. Double click on RSIT.exe to run RSIT. Click Continue at the disclaimer screen. Please post the contents of log.txt. Thank you for your patience.Please see Preparation Guide for use before posting about your potential Malware problem. If you have already posted this log at another forum or if you decide to seek help at another forum, please let us know. There is a shortage of helpers and taking the time of two volunteer helpers means that someone else may not be helped. Please post your HijackThis log as a reply to this thread and not as an attachment. I am always leery of opening attachments so I always request that HijackThis logs are to be posted as a reply to the thread. I do not think that you are attaching anything scary but others may do so. While we are working on your HijackThis log, please: Reply to this thread; do not start another! Do not make any changes on your computer during the cleaning process or download/add programs on your computer unless instructed to do so. Do not run any other tool until instruc... Read more

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Hi all, my questions centers around the programs listed in:

Control Panel -> Programs -> Programs and Features -> Installed Updates
There is a listing up recent updates here, with the option to uninstall if I right click them. I would like to delete said entries (without uninstalling the needed updates). I have successfully deleted the update history by deleting C:\windows\SoftwareDistrubution\Datastore, but the history really isn't fully deleted until this goes as well, hehe. Any help would be appreciated, thanks!

Answer:How to remove the updates from 'uninstall updates'

you want to remove the entry but not the install?

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Hello,

After viewing some great tech support on your forum today that looked like a similar problems I am having, I decided to join the site in hopes of getting the same help.

I went ahead and made a log1, log and info files via that .bat file mentioned in someone elses topic but I also read that I'm not suppose to post any of that until asked. Sooo... I'll wait. :0)

Problems? Well, Avast seems to have more more traces off the viruses I mentioned in the description however I am still unable to update any malware/spyware protection software in order to run it on this laptop; moreover I am unable to get to the windows update page to try to update the computer... the owner of this laptop said they received an update from windows about a month ago.

When I click on the windows update from my programs files, I get directed to google search instead. :0( Before running the avast(avg was installed before but stopped responding) I would get directed to a depression website when trying to type in microsoft.com

Pleaaaaaaaaaaassseee send help.

I'm on windows xp 2002 home edition service pack 3. Thank you

Answer:Windows updates shows google search instead, can't update any spyware,malware software, can't download/install programs...

As no logs have been posted, I am shifting this topic from the specialized HiJack This forum to the Am I Infected forum.==>PLEASE DO NOT NOW POST LOGS<== unless a log is specifically requested.

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Hello,

A few days ago I had to enable the iGPU of my Intel i7-4790K and reboot. I then got one update which I do not know how to remove. Two days later I had to load Optimized Defaults in my BIOS and reboot into Windows. Intel Smart Connect feature was enabled by default, and I got another update. I do not know how to remove that one, either.

Here are the updates I am talking about:


Windows Update forced these on my system.

- How can I remove them, please?

Thank you.

Answer:How can I uninstall these updates and what are they?

Hey Joanne,
1. Intel System - That's the Intel Smart Connect. If you don't want to use it, go to Services > Intel Smart Connection (stop if running) and set it's Start Up type to Manual
2. Intel Corportation Media - That's an Intel Audio Driver associated with your IGPU

Unless they're causing issues, you don't need to worry about or remove them. However, you can find them in Device Manager (view > show hidden devices)
1. Intel Smart Connect should be under System Devices
2. Intel Audio should be under Sound, Video, Game Controllers and System Devices

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Just wondering if it is safe to uninstall all of the windows security updates, well except for the last one. I have a bunch of them when I run the uninstaller and wasn't sure if they are still needed.
Thanks!
 

Answer:uninstall updates???

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I am currently using IE7 which has worked great for the past 4 months on my desktop. I recently ran MS updater and mistakenly installed 2 IE8 updates. Is it possible that installing these could reduce the performance of IE7? As it seems to be a bit less responsive which may be coinsdence.

I would like to uninstall both of these updates. Is this possible?

Reviewing the update history, these are displayed as successful updates, however when I access the "uninstall an update" feature for updates, they do not appear in the listing of updated programs. Thanks


- Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer 8 for Windows 7 for x64-based Systems (KB2360131)

- Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer 8 for Windows 7 for x64-based Systems (KB2416400)

Answer:IE8 uninstall updates

IE8 is still on your computer or update would not have given you those updates so I would leave them alone.

To get rid of them, open Control Panel then Programs and Features. Click on View Installed Updates and uninstall the ones you don't want.

If it were me I'd leave them though.

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Hello,

When I run appwiz.cpl and look at the list, I see Java Update 7 and Java Update 13, can I uninstall Java Update 7? IIRC old Java updates are supposed to be uninstalled for security purposes but I'm not sure...

Thanks guys

Answer:Uninstall old java updates???

no, dont uninstall it, it's like with microsoft updates. if you have more than one knowledge base article do you uninstall the older ones that you installed first? - of course not. because all those updates are written for different specific parts of the program code

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Hi,

Is there a way to uninstall several Windows Updates at one time instead of uninstall one by one?
Thank you

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I struggled with P70 problems for too long, including a fan that was always ON super loudly despite zero CPU load.After 4 months I returned it and ordered the P50, hoping for the best. The P50 was super silent when I received it. Then I installed one pass of the Thinkvantage updates...and now the system is going crazy: the fan is now ON all the time right after logging in, with zero applications running and totally idle CPU. The fan is full blast 100% of the time.What the heck? Question: Is there any way to uninstall Thinkvantage updates? This P50 may immediately get sent back for a refund as well, it seems the Pxx line has problems overall, not just the P70.  

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I bought a used POS system that has Windows Embedded 7 on it and it has been working great for over a year now. The other day I powered it down and I noticed it said it was installing 67 updates. When I powered it back on it continued to install the remaining updates and then loaded the desktop. Now every time I run the POS Menu program I get the following error:

The process performance counter is disabled, so the requested operation cannot be performed.

I can press ok, and then about 10 seconds later the same error pops back up. I have pressed the button 10 or 20 times hoping it would eventually open the POS Menu, but no luck so far.

I?m a technician by trade, but I have never worked on a Windows Embedded system. Everything seems to be locked down on the desktop. The start menu only has a search box with the power menu to the right. The search box is disabled, so you can?t run any commands. The only icon on the desktop is a shortcut for the POS Menu. I can open the task manager but I can?t run any commands from it either.

All I want to do is uninstall those updates so things can return to the way it was, or resolve the error message if possible. I loaded Hiren?s BootCD and gained access to the file system. Hiren seems to pack a lot of tools, but I didn?t see anything that could uninstall MS updates or even run the MS system restore. I did notice there were many users in the Users directory but how can I attempt to load any of them if the system does... Read more

Answer:Uninstall MS Updates that crippled my S/W

I don't have any experience with such a system either but...
Since you can run Hiren's would a Windows Repair Disk won't work?
Another would be no "Advanced Boot Options" available (F8 menu during booting)?

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Hi there, I have sun java updates in add/remove from update 3 through 6 do i need them all or can i remove them and just leave the number 6 update?I dont want to remove them if they are needed.

Answer:Jave updates can i uninstall?

I only have J2SE RunTime Enviroment 5.0 Update 6 listed in "Add/Remove Programs"So I guess it is safe to remove the older versions

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So I was chasing a problem down which lead me to uninstalling most of the updates from February. I did do the sfc scans and the SURT already and everything is fine. so here I go with the problems;

First - in other threads I read people were having the same issue after they used the Disk Clean in Win7. I did the same and I had the same problem. So I installed them and they went away; double checked the entries in the WU history and they were there again (2nd time installed). But my issue did not go away so I went back to uninstall all my updates since February since that's when all this started. I started to have Explorer crashes.

So I kept three kernel updates installed (KB3033929, KB3035131 and KB3013455) and I also kept my Office 2010 and Internet Explorer 11 updates installed. So this is what happened that I find strange

a) Looking at my records I never installed KB3004375 on any of my systems. I remember what happened when that update was released. I installed KB3029944 and on every machine it asked to reboot. When I rebooted KB3004375 was no longer offered; at least that's what I thought. I looked under WU history and nothing there; matching my spreadsheet. But in the control panel area there it was; installed. So that is a mystery. I did uninstall it though and it is back as being offered.

b) There are several updates from that time period that show installed per my spreadsheet and confirmed in WU history area, but they are not listed in the control p... Read more

Answer:Some strange updates going on when I uninstall some

KB3004394 was initially released in December - and caused major problems to a lot of users, so was withdrawn the next day.
KB3024777 was then released to uninstall KB3004394 - it also removed its entry from the Installed Updates listing, and left no trace of itself behind
KB3004394 was re-released as v2 (with no known problems) in February - and should show as such in the Installed Updates listing and the History

I have no record of KB3029944 or KB3001652 being installed on my system.

KB3001652 is an update for Visual Studio 2010 for Office - which may explain why I don't have it - and was issued, withdrawn, and re-issued in February... see here for the full story Botched Windows patch KB 3001652 re-issued and appears to be working | InfoWorld

KB3029944 is a replacement for KB3013126 - which I have in my History but not in the Installed listing.
It's always possible (but maybe unlikely?) that 3029944 is also part of another update, or has itself been updated further.

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I bought a used POS system that has Windows Embedded 7 on it and it has been working great for over a year now. The other day I powered it down and I noticed it said it was installing 67 updates. When I powered it back on it continued to install the remaining updates and then loaded the desktop. Now every time I run the POS Menu program I get the following error:

The process performance counter is disabled, so the requested operation cannot be performed

I can press ok, and then about 10 seconds later the same error pops back up. I have pressed the button 10 or 20 times hoping it would eventually open the POS Menu, but no luck so far.

I?m a technician by trade, but I have never worked on a Windows Embedded system. Everything seems to be locked down on the desktop. The start menu only has a search box with the power menu to the right. The search box is disabled, so you can?t run any commands. The only icon on the desktop is a shortcut for the POS Menu. I can open the task manager but I can?t run any commands from it either.

All I want to do is uninstall those updates so things can return to the way it was, or resolve the error message if possible. I loaded Hiren?s BootCD and gained access to the file system. Hiren seems to pack a lot of tools, but I didn?t see anything that could uninstall MS updates or even run the MS system restore. I did notice there were many users in the Users directory but how can I attempt to load any of them if the system doesn?t allo... Read more

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My PC (WIn10) was bombarded with new updates. After install, all my Win10 settings, desk top, start screen, games folder were gone and my PC was back to the ugly Win10 screen. The last updates I received(4-23-17) was KB4013418 & KB4015217 which I believe caused my problem. I tried to uninstall the updates but was told it would not uninstall as it was needed by the program.
Any solution to this?

Answer:Uninstall Win10 updates

Hi, Ugly Win 10 screen? I'm just wondering if you might be seeing the start menu full screen, or are in tablet mode.
Desktop Icons Disappearing after a Windows 10 update - Microsoft Community
Can you post a screenshot? (Icon to left of the video icon above your post). Thanks.

Do you have two monitors? Try disconnecting the second.

Otherwise: do you have any system restore points or disk images (which we strongly and repeatedly recommend) which you can use?

Otherwise the only way I can think of for you to go backwards in build would be to do an in-place upgrade repair install (takes you back to your current base build).

I have both updates, and more, no problems.
KB4015217 can be uninstalled.

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I'm trying to fix my wife's computer running Windows 7 Pro 64-bit. The main problem is that it cannot find any new updates, and I've tried I don't know how many tricks, tips, and troubleshooting options available.

I started wondering if there's an update that was getting in the way, and I remembered the three that were created to service the free Windows 10 update. I've been able to delete them before, but now it doesn't work.

The three updates I want to get rid of are KB3035583, KB2952664, KB3021917

Unfortunately, when I try to uninstall them via Windows Update, the process gets out to about 90% and then stops, returning the message
An error occurred. No all of the updates were successfully uninstalled.So I tried via command prompt wusa /uninstall /kb:3035583 (as an example), running as Administrator. When I do this, I get the following message
Installer encountered an error: 0x80070643
Fatal error during installation
Does anyone have a recommendation for getting rid of these items that doesn't involve a clean installation?

Thanks in advance.

Answer:Three updates will not uninstall (the W10 nonsense)

Hi,
Clean install shouldn't normally be an issue unless you get the cart before the horse and install a bunch of programs before updating windows

Post this report
Windows Genuine and Activation Issue Posting Instructions

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Should I uninstall old updates (or whatever it is) of NetFramework and Visual C: http://i.imgur.com/gA9TN7q.png?

Answer:Should I uninstall old updates (or whatever it is) of NetFramework and Visual C:

No, DO NOT remove them!
The older .NET stuff may be needed by other programs.
There is no easy way to determine what programs would need the older .NET stuff.
Older .NET stuff can run just fine along side newer versions.
Have a great day!

 

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Hi -

Still trying to get a handle on my Win 7 Pro after switching from XP Pro. In XP I was able to open the Add/Remove Programs screen and the C:\Windows folder and put them side by side. In the folder screen I selected Tools > Folder Options > View tab > Show Hidden Files and Folders. When I closed this dialog box I would see faint folders with their names in blue letters (like $NtUninstallKBxxxxxx$).

After deleting the uninstall file I would go to the Add/Remove screen, click on the corresponding update and then click Remove. I'd get a prompt that the uninstall file could not be located and did I wish to remove the program from the list of currently installed programs. Over the years I was able to free up about 1GB of hard drive space in XP.

Can the uninstall files for Win 7 updates be removed in a similar way? I can't even locate any of these files by doing a general search for $NtUninstall*$. If I missed a tutorial on this, or if this is the wrong place to post my question, I apologize. Thanks for your time and help.

Answer:Delete Uninstall Files for Win 7 Updates

hi try this link to a great uninstaller gets rid of everything associated to the application better than the lame windows one i use it all the time with no problems and its free the write ups are a+ too
Revo Uninstaller Pro - Uninstall Software, Remove Programs, Solve uninstall problems

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Is it safe to uninstall old and useless updates? How can I distinguish them whether they are old or not or whether they are useless or not and how can I remove them from my laptop xp. Thanks very much

Answer:Is it safe to uninstall old & useless Updates

If you have installed SP3 what makes you think that any old and useless updates are installed?The systeminfo utility will list installed updates, those shown without a KB number have been installed as part of a SPPlease come back & tell us if your problem is resolved.

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I just did an update, and hate all the buttons they dropped on me. Is there a simple way to undo the updates. In fact, I don't really need the Yahoo toolbar at all, I think, even though it's my Homepage. I have a Google toolbar there now.
 

Answer:Uninstall Yahoo Toolbar updates

You can go in the settings and edit the toolbar, even uninstall the toolbar. It's all in the Yahoo toolbar itself. I have uninstalled and installed Yahoo toolbars many times. The Yahoo toolbar comes with a lot of software you download many which are free. Usually you have the option not to install it. I have GooglePreviewIE toolbar on my desktop and Crawler toolbar on my laptop. You can have more than one toolbar if you want. I had two or three at one time. You just loose some desktop space when you run two or more toolbars.
 

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Hello everyone,

I need guidance regarding how to uninstall downloaded automatic updates
but not installed on system.

In windows automatic updates i have selected following option-
"download updates but ask before installation"

now few days back some updates were downloaded, so i decided to do custom installation from which i selected few update i wished to install.
Now what happens is that whenever i start my pc , automatic update prompts me install those updates which is downloaded on my machine but not installed.
Since i don't want these downloaded updates to install.

Is there a way i can delete this downloaded not installed unwanted updates from my system.

Thanks in advance.

Answer:How to Uninstall (downloaded)Automatic Updates

When you go in to do the custom install, right click on the ones you don't want to be kept prompted for and select Hide update.

If at anytime you want to include them, just click on Restore hidden updates, tick the box(es) then click on Restore which will force a Check for Windows Updates.

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This is my first post so I hope have done it right. My student son has a copy of office 2010 to replace his copy of word 2007. If we uninstall the 2007 version will it remove the updates with it or do they have to be removed separately. All the software is legitimate.

Answer:How to uninstall Word 2007 updates

Hello and welcome to the forum!

Some guidance about uninstalling Office 2007 here:
How to uninstall or remove Microsoft Office 2007 suites

Office 2010 will attract its' own updates.

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I need guidance regarding how to uninstall downloaded automatic updates but not installed on system. In windows automatic updates i have selected following option- "download updates but ask before installation" now few days back some updates were downloaded, so i decided to do custom installation from which i selected few update i wished to install. Now what happens is that whenever i start my pc , automatic update prompts me install those updates which is downloaded on my machine but not installed. Since i don't want these downloaded updates to install. Is there a way i can delete this downloaded not installed unwanted updates from my system. Thanks in advance.

Answer:How to Uninstall (downloaded)Automatic Updates

When Windows Update asks you to install updates, choose the "Custom" installation (or whatever button isn't the express installer).  In the following list, uncheck the updates that you do not want and press Install (or Continue/Close if there are no checked updates).  A small message box will appear with a single check indicating whether the unchecked updates will be permanently ignored.  Check the box and continue.Fleexy

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I am trying to help my Mother with her computer. The other day I went to Windows Update, and one of the updates offered was an upgrade to IE9. The update was successful. After re-booting I tried to open the browser, but nothing happened. I mean nothing....after double clicking the shortcut, nothing happened. So I went to Run and typed in "iexplore.exe"......again nothing. So I went back to the updates section and looked at the update history....yes it was there "Windows Internet Explorer 9 for Windows Vista" and the status was "successful".

She uses Google Chrome most of the time, so I didn't worry about it for a couple of days. But then I noticed that I could not print any email messages from Windows Mail. I googled that problem and learned that Windows Mail get its instructions from IE. At that point I decided enough was enough and proceeded to try to uninstall IE9 and revert back to IE8.

Again after googling, I learned that an IE9 uninstall has to be performed from the Installed Updates section of Control Panel>Programs>Programs and Features. Here is the big problem....when I click on "view installed updates", the IE9 update is nowhere to be found.

So I am stuck and asking for help. My computer shows that IE9 was successfully updated in the Windows Update section (when I dig down and look at the details the version is listed as 9.0.8.112.16421).....but it doesn't work, nothing happens when I try to open it. ... Read more

Answer:want to uninstall IE9 but it's not listed in the Installed Updates

Welcome
Why not try a system restore going back 2 days before the install
System Restore - How to

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ARRRRGGGGHHH!!!!! CAN SOMEONE PLEASE TELL ME HOW TO GET RID OF THIS. I HAVE JUST PURCHASED THE NEW MCAFEE TOTAL PROTECTION 2007, BUT I CAN'T INSTALL IT PROPERLY UNTIL I UNINSTALL SPYWARE DOCTOR, BUT WHEN I CLICK ON UNINSTALL ON 'ADD AND REMOVE PROGRAMS' IT STATES THE UNINSTALL FILE DOES NOT EXIST - PLEASE HELP. i'VE UNINSTALLED MY TRIAL VERSION OF NORTON AND NOW I'M ONLINE WITH NO PTOTECTION WHATSOEVER.
 

Answer:How do uninstall Spyware doctor

Have you deleted any spyware doctor files manually?
Did it ever show in the add/remove programs?
You may find it best to reinstall it again and then uninstall it properly.
BTW this trick works for removing most of the 'stubborn' antivirus/spyware things.

Studio T
 

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I have tried for the better part of a day to uninstall Spyware Doctor. It started this morning when I first turned on the computer. I received a message screen that said Spyware Doctor was not working. I could look online for an answer or close. This has happened before to me with the Com Surrogate is not working. I know that has to do with Nero but I won't give up Nero so I am living with it until a fix is made. With Spyware Doctor I tried to uninstall the program and I get a message saying that Spyware Uninstall is not working (same as Com Surrogate error message). I have tried going into Safe Mode and can't seem to uninstall in Safe Mode either. I thought maybe if I could send a copy of the folder in program files to my external (for safe keeping) and then delete the Spyware Doctor Folder in Program Files that I then could make a new folder, install Spyware Doctor into the empty folder. Then I could uninstall the Spyware Doctor in the proper manner, Delete the folder I placed in my external and be done with it. For some reason I can't delete the program files folder of Spyware Doctor. It tells me I need special permissions. I am the administrator. I don't know what else to do and would sure appreciate someones help. Thanks in advance for any and all help.

Answer:Can't Uninstall Spyware Doctor

If you have version 5, it apparently doesn't work. From my Google search, version 4 works fine.

Go into safe mode and uninstall, then delete all Spyware Doctor program folders.

EDIT... just read again that you can't uninstall via safe mode. Turn off UAC, (Control Panel > Security Center) then boot into safe mode. Make sure you are the Admin with elevated Admin privileges.

See if that works for you this time. If it does, be sure to turn UAC back on!

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been very lucky these past years but now have a variety of spyware I cannot uninstall.... Bullseye network, TSA, Admilli ??? Lots of programs running. When I try to stop them at start-up they just magically reappear. I have windows 98se. I have adaware which didn't help with removal. Is there an easy way of uninstalling since I'm not very computer savvy.
 

Answer:uninstall problems with spyware

Hi bengal

Welcome to TSG!

Please do this:

First create a permanent folder somewhere like in My Documents and name it Hijack This.

Now Click here to download Hijack This. Download it and click "Save". Save it to the Hijack This folder you just created.

Click on Hijackthis.exe to launch the program. Click on the Do a system scan and save a logfile button. It will scan and then ask you to save the log. Click "Save" to save the log file and then the log will open in notepad.

Click on "Edit > Select All" then click on "Edit > Copy" then Paste the log back here in a reply.

DO NOT have Hijack This fix anything yet. Most of what it finds will be harmless or even required.
 

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If you're like me, you hate services running that you don't want or need.

If you installed TurboTax and later uninstalled it, Intuit leaves behind an auto update service that persists in running. It's even in their license agreement. I have no idea why they install a service that stays behind after the install, some research indicates it's a spyware application that none of the antivirus/spyware removers catch.

To uninstall the service, you have to run the command "InstallUtil.exe /u "(enter path to intuit autoupdate service executable here)".

In windows 7, I had to find the path to the InstallUtil.exe file, then take ownership of it and give myself permissions to access it in order for it to work...ymmv.
MS has an article on how to remove services, if you are insterested:

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/sd8zc8ha(VS.80).aspx
 

Answer:How to Uninstall Turbo Tax spyware

run autoruns as admin... then find the service and click delete, then find the file and take ownership and delete it, your done.
 

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Ho do I get rid of this problem everything I tried from reg cure to pc doc pro and going into registery to delete it it still pops up also in control panal under programs when I click to uninstall it starts running and will not uninstall

Answer:how to uninstall animalware spyware

Have you tried Malwarebytes?LIR

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I ran a free anti virus and spy ware app and the PC detected i had a spy ware app download to my computer as a threat. i need help please to remove this spy ware app and to keep randomly scanning for threats and do updates.

Answer:how to uninstall spyware app that was detected on my pc

Do you mean you ran a bogus antivirus app?Download and run this freebie and let it remove all it finds (see green button top right):http://filehippo.com/download_malwa...Keep the MalwareBytes log because you will almost certainly need further assistance.Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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Did a real time scan using BitDefender online virus scan.

Image of results in picture:




So is Azerus uninstall spyware? It uninstalled automatically. Will I have trouble uninstalling in future?


Curious.....

Answer:Is Azeurus uninstall spyware?

It's Bittorrent Client:freak:

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cant uninstall spyware doctor msg-- "C:\Program Files\Spyware Doctor\unins000msg" is missing.
 

Answer:Cant uninstall spyware doctor

If you try installing it again over the top, and then try uninstalling it - it might work
 

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Guys,

As you may have known from reading my posts, I had a spyware attack yesterday when going to a site that I help regulate thatwas downgraded with annoying pop-up ads. (Our accounting department made a mistake, and downgraded our server when we had paid the bill 3 days before it was due.) You may recall that I was able to clean my system with Adware and Spybot S & D. All except for one-thing, an annoying program called TV Media that appears to be the culprit with regards to my Internet connection at start up. How do I think this is the culprit? I searched the C drive and had two folders marked TV Media, clicked on properties, and they were created September 8th, around noon (about the time I went to that site.) TV MEDIA is in my Add/Remove programs list, I go to uninstall it and my dial-up internet kicks in!

So I figure, just go run MSCONFIG and get it out by unchecking it right? Well...no, I unchecked the damn thing, but when I restarted the computer, another TV Media entry is in its place. (In other words, there is something in the program that just creates multiple entries of this thing, whenever you run MS CONFIG.) The program is no longer in my Add/Remove programs list, but I still have this autodial thingy that won't go away.

I'll tell you what happend, when this spyware came on my system, (it's all gone now except for this autodialer from something called TV Media) there was something that was auto-installing in my sys tray. I knew that it was ... Read more

Answer:Spyware Program That Won't Go Away or Uninstall

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