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Any Windows Update patches with privacy or telemetry issues?

Question: Any Windows Update patches with privacy or telemetry issues?

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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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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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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Quote:
As expected, Adobe today released an emergency update that patched a pair of critical vulnerabilities in its popular PDF viewing and editing software.
Adobe ranked both bugs as critical.
Last Thursday Adobe said it would issue a rush patch for Adobe Reader and Adobe Acrobat on Feb. 16; it made good on the promise today by addressing two flaws. One was identical to the cross-domain request vulnerability fixed last week in Flash Player, Adobe's ubiquitous media player, while the second was a vulnerability that attackers could exploit to install malware on a targeted machine.


Source -
Update: Adobe issues emergency PDF patches

Answer:Update: Adobe issues emergency PDF patches.

I just had a bout with a nasty trojan. (TrojanFormatC-E). I was running MSE. I wonder if through Adobe Reader was how it got on my disk. It had took up residence in a directory That was associated with PDF's.

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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.

And, of course, users have already started asking questions about this new update, with some believing th... Read more

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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This month Skype released a long awaited patch for a vulnerability that is extremely dangerous and could allow an attacker to remotely gain control of a system. Adobe released privacy controlls earlier this month, allowing you to control how much privacy you want. Microsoft also released a tiny Patch Tuesday.

read more...Click to expand...
 

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I only have MS Office 2003, but there are security patches for MS Office 2007, do I need to download those updates? (I don't want to if it doesn't affect me cause I 'm running out of space on my Harddrives.Thanks

Answer:Windows Update - MS Office patches

No.

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I'm having the hardest time trying to download the patches.

I'm installing a fresh copy of WinXP Home on my 2nd rig.

I have WinXP Pro on my primary rig.

If I install WinXP Home on teh 2nd one, I get the LSASS and NT AUTHORITY/SHUTDOWN viruses/trojan horses within a minute, so I can't download the patches. If I try the Symantec FixBlast or some other crap, it says my system is NOT infected, but is vulnerable. It tells me to download Windows Updates.

I go to windowsupdate.microsoft.com and I can't seem to find an easy downloading strategy to download them. It says I don't need any updates, but no shit... I'm on my XP PRO machine. I want updates for my XP Home machine.

Any ideas??? THanks!
 

Answer:How can I download the Windows Update patches onto a CD/DVD?

MS was giving away update cds a while ago.. i got one in the mail and never even used it.. check out the site and see if they have them.. .otherwise i could maybe make an iso and send it to you??
 

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I saw this morning on ZD Net that Microsoft had released new patches and even tho' I have configured auto update I logged on to Windows update tohave a look. I was informed that there were three critical updates for my machine and opted to download/install them. I have done this three times and each time the operation fails just after the download has finished. I installed SP 2 a few weeks ago and all has been fine. There are no problems with my machine. System is basically an Athlon 1300 with bags of memory and hard drive space. Anyone else having problems? Has SP2 itself made the windows update process more difficult for the best of motives. I'm baffled.

Answer:Latest windows XP update patches

I got one yesterday kb834707 but this is the only one i have had since sp2 a month ago.Also got kb885295 on 29/09/2004 but this was for aol.

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I'm on dialup, and I format somewhat often. Does anyone know if there is a "temp" folder or something of that nature where I can get the patches I've downloaded? It takes me a good 5-6 hours to download them all, even after installing SP1 (which I have on a CD). I would like to put these patches on a CD and then make a batch file to install all of them (I don't need help with this though ).
 

Answer:Windows Update: Saving Downloaded Patches?

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I have recently reinstalled Window XP and have come across some problems. I have been downloading patches and updates from Windows Update. I don't know if that's what's bringing the messages up or what. I'm getting:
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16 bit MS-DOS Subsystem
C:\WINDOWS\System32\devldr32.exe
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I don't know what exactly the rest says because I stopped trying to install stuff so that wouldn't pop up anymore but I think it says critical error or something and a bunch of numbers and letters.

also it prompts me to restart computer so changes can take effect and when I do go to restart, I get that devldr32.exe cannot be shut down it's being used message...I go into task manager and notice ntvdm.exe is using 99% of my cpu usage...

I hope someone can help soon. I leave for Basic Military Training and tech school in 4 days and would like to resolve this before I leave.

Thank you for any help given
 

Answer:Errors installing patches from Windows Update??

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I am trying to install updates KB2079403 KB981957 KB982665 for Windows 7 Ultimate X64, but it keeps showing 800B0100 errors.

Attached is the CheckSUR log file. Any help is greatly appreciated. Thanks!

Answer:Windows 7 X64 Update Error 800B0100 for 3 Patches

Windows Update - Reset

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My Control Panel / Windows Update panel says that the last time WU checked for updates was 10/03/2010. HOWEVER, it also says that updates were installed on 1/14/2011. Selecting "View Update History" shows what appears to be a current list of updates as being sucessfully installed.

If I go to Control Panel / Programs & Features and select "View Installed Updates" I get the message "NO UPDATES ARE INSTALLED ON THIS COMPUTER".

SO, my questions are (1) why does WU say it hasn't checked for updates since 10/3/2010? (2) why the discrepancey between the History log and the Installed Updates list? Bottom line question is: am I current on updates?

Answer:Windows Update stopped checking for patches

Have you made a system restore during those dates?.
I find if I make a system restore, the history shows as installed, when it was actually removed.
If that is the case, you will get new updates in a day or two.

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Microsoft released an update for IE that fixes 5 privately reported vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer. One of the severe vulnerabilities could allow remote code execution if a user visits a specially crafted Web page using Internet Explorer.
"An attacker who successfully exploited any of these vulnerabilities could gain the same user rights as the local user. Microsoft rates this update critical for Internet Explorer Windows Clients, except IE6 client, where it is rated Moderate." says Microsoft
The update brings IE9 to 9.0.5 version. People who have automatic updates on need not to do any thing. If you have disabled automatic updates then you need to turn it on for this update
Source: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/ie/archive/2...ws-update.aspx

Answer:IE 9.0.5 Available via Windows Update along with latest critical security patches

Thanks for the heads up!

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I had running Win7HP SP1 32bit on a Medion notebook S5612.
After installing Windows Updates 3069762, 3078851, 2952664 (all failed) I tried to restart Win7 and got the BSOD 0x7B (Inaccessible boot device).
I tried the Computer Start Repair on the Win7 Setup DVD 6x. The result messages are "A patch prevents the system start" and "The system volume is damaged". After repair system files and Chkdsk /F the BSOD is the same.

Starting in Safe Mode, the BSOD was the same. When starting in Last Known Good mode, the BSOD was the same.
In the registry I had set before "AlwaysKeepMemoryDump = 1", but a MEMORY.DMP file or a Minidump folder will not be written. So I cannot analyze the BSOD with WinDebug on the neighbour OS Win8.1.
In the menu of Computer Start Repair is the option cmd line input. But sfc /scannow doesnīt run. It says "A system repair is outstanding, its closing needs a restart. Make this restart and type sfc /scannow again." This is a joke!
What I donīt know: How can I access from the neighbour OS Win8.1 on the registry of Win7 to test the AlwaysKeepMemoryDump adjust in Win7?

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I've just spent hours on-line downloading and installing windows XP security patches. Do I lose these if I have to do a system restore in XP? Is there anyway I can copy the downloaded files as they are installed directly by Micro-soft (this alone took 30 to 45 mins once they were downloaded)?This would also help where two computers running XP were involved and you only wanted to download the patches once.

Answer:Windows Update Security Patches and System Restore

A few options:set a new restore point.Create a ghost image of the setup as you like it and then use this to restore Windows as you want it. click here

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http://news.softpedia.com/news/Firs...-Released-Through-Windows-Update-462925.shtml

Microsoft rolled out Windows 10 Technical Preview build 9860 a couple of days ago, but the company has been hard at work to release the very first patches for this new version to address some bugs found just right after the download links were made available.

The two patches can be found right now in Windows Update, and according to Gabriel Aul, the Microsoft employee in charge of keeping us informed about Windows 10, they are supposed to fix power and sleep issues in the operating system.

KB3010668 and KB3008956 are both available for download for those who installed the new Windows 10 build, but they?re not documented yet, so it?s hard to tell if they bring anything else beside the aforementioned bug fixes.

Both updates require a computer reboot, so make sure you save your work before installing them. In our case, both installed fine and no issues were experienced.
Fast updates promised
With Windows 10, Microsoft is trying to go all-in on a completely new approach that would keep computers up-to-date with the help of frequently-released patches designed not only to fix issues in the operating system but also to bring new features and options.

Windows 10 Technical Preview is the very first step towards this new approach, and as you can see with these new patches, Microsoft is willing to fix any problems that might affect the overall experience with the operating system as soon as p... Read more

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Hello,
We approved the Nov 2015 patches for Workstations running Windows 7 Ent x64 and the clients download the patches from Microsoft WU site and observed that internet line access was totally statured with unusual network traffic to below IP range:
198.70.66.50
198.70.66.9
After investigation, we found that these addresses are from Microsoft (wsus.ds.download.windowsupdate.com).
We observed that abnormal data received using port 80 by legacy SVCHOST from above IPs (more than 50GB per machine and keeps receiving data) although there wasn't any evidence of patch download(s) into the Windows Update log file of any
affected clients.
Stopping Windows Update Service didn't stop receiving data!
This issue is only seen on computers which didn't install the patches which were already downloaded and ready for installation.
Any computers which already installed the patches, they were not affected by this issue.
As soon as the patch installation started, the connection was dropped so receiving data too and internet bandwidth consumption starts to drop down too.
This is the first time we saw such unusual network which blocked the internet access. Anyone knows anything which caused this issue please?

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Perhaps I am overreacting but I checked my Windows Updates and I have them set to manually let me install them but automatically download.

So I used check for updates and it checked but didn't return any new updates and provided no message after checking just the list of older updates which are not critical only small things like time zone adjustment still remain in my list.

Now I do know that my XP OS on my other computer will for some odd reason delieve my Windows Updates on the wednesday after patch tueday, but I can't recall if this has been the case on this Windows 7 PC.

I would think that manually checking for the new August updates would find them but it was not the case.

Any insight appreciated.

I do want to add that I use MSE and I DID receive an update for it today since I see that it is installed on 8/13. So I wonder what is going on here? I'm correct in understanding that WUAUCLT.exe DOES service both Windows update and MSE updates correct?

Answer:Not received new Windows August update patches today. Need for concern

Is it a time when you usually find patch tuesday updates available there? I don't know if patches become available at 12:01AM local time, or are available at a certain world time, etc. But I would not be concerned yet, Here in Cal, USA mine will not be available until tomorrow. Since I look when I get home, I am unsure if they would be available after 12:01...

A Guy

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I installed several MS update patches last week. Since then, I am having occasional blue screens, always when coming out of sleep mode (lid closed on AC power).Sleep mode has not been consistent on this machine for a while. It doesn't seem to realize the lid is closed every time. Sometimes it waits for me to reopen the lid and then drops into sleep mode. But the blue screens are new.Any suggestions? Anyone else having this problem? T410 3Gigs RAMWin 7Power Manager 3.30

Answer:blue screens from sleep mode since windows update patches

Hi and welcome to the forum liblit,

I suggest installing BlueScreenView, it will let you view the error through which you can diagnose the problem, or type "Event Viewer" in search field, it will inform you about the reason of the BSOD.

You can give Windows System Restore a try too, if you don't get any BSOD after that then MS updates were the culprit, there is no reason to apply those updates if everything works fine on your system, if it ain't broke don't fix it.

Keep us posted.





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If you are having Windows problems, this may explain why.
Microsoft acknowledges problems with 6 Windows patches in Aug 2013 Automatic Update. ClickHere

Answer:Microsoft acknowledges problems Windows patches Aug Automatic Update

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Microsoft collects Windows diagnostic data to keep Windows up-to-date, secure, and operating properly. It also helps us improve Windows and, for users who have turned on ?tailored experiences?, can be used to provide relevant tips and recommendations to tailor Microsoft products to the user?s needs. This article describes all types diagnostic data collected by Windows at the Full telemetry level (inclusive of data collected at Basic), with comprehensive examples of data we collect per each type. For additional, detailed technical descriptions of Basic data items, see Windows 10, version 1703 Basic level diagnostic events and fields.

The data covered in this article is grouped into the following categories:
Common Data (diagnostic header information)
Device, Connectivity, and Configuration data
Product and Service Usage data
Product and Service Performance data
Software Setup and Inventory data
Content Consumption data
Browsing, Search and Query data
Inking, Typing, and Speech Utterance data
Licensing and Purchase data
Click to expand...

More details on the link.
 

Answer:Creators Update Telemetry List

No content-based targeting. We take steps to avoid and minimize the collection of customer content, such as the content of files, chats, or emails, through the Windows telemetry system. Customer content inadvertently collected is kept confidential and not used for user targeting.Click to expand...

... reassuring for sure ...

To completely disable Windows Telemetry:
Manage Windows 10 Telemetry and Data Collection settings

The above article has a link at the bottom where you can customize individual settings if you do not want to disable it entirely:
Manage connections from Windows operating system components to Microsoft services (Windows 10)
 

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I read the 12,000 words agreement which told me that without a warant or any court order that Microsoft under there own rules, since they do not infringe on indiviuals rights as they are a corporation, can do what the wish with all ans any data on my computer inclind reading my private files. In one statement they say this. I used Vmware to install and after a thorough search found a very sad and scary situation.. I chose from experience to not to use the express intall and even afte going though many many setting I found it still gave up some data.. I used gpedit.msc to remove other programs and regedit other and disabled others and so maybe just maybe I have some priiacy, Can and will other senior mambers of this forum give me their views on this, in my view intrusive behaviour. Is the forum going to present tutorials on preventing this privacy intrusion so that forum members do not have genreal 'keylogging collection problems and many many other data collection issues' which MSoft can and still do collect, so that as genral public we are assured at all times of our own privacy etc.. How can I make this happen? Thank you

Answer:Windows 10 Privacy issues please help me understand

Privacy and Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums

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Microsoft released five new Critical Updates today (7-13-2004). All quoted items are from Windows Update summary page:

- "Cumulative Security Update for Outlook Express 6 SP1 (KB823353): A vulnerability exists in Outlook Express that could allow an attacker to cause Outlook Express to fail. You can help protect your computer by installing this update. After you install this update you may need to restart your computer."

- "Security Update for Windows XP (KB840315): A security issue has been identified that could allow an attacker to compromise a computer running Windows and gain control over it. You can help protect your computer by installing this update from Microsoft. After you install this item, you may have to restart your computer."

- "Update for Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS) 2.0 and WinHTTP 5.1 (KB842773): This software updates the Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS) to v2.0 and updates WinHTTP. These updates help ensure an optimal download experience with future versions of Automatic Updates, Windows Update, and other programs that rely on BITS to transfer files using idle network bandwidth."

- "Security Update for Windows XP (KB841873): A security issue has been identified that could allow an attacker to compromise your Windows-based system and gain control over it. You can help protect your computer by installing this update from Microsoft. After you install this item, you may have to restart your co... Read more

Answer:Windows Critical Update Security Patches Released July 13, 2004

Thank you... i went and got all the new downloads
 

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   Hello, I went for about 8 months without updating windows once... Yes I know I'm a dummy... and I noticed that my drivers needed updates desperately and I decided to go ahead and bite the bullet by downloading and installing all of the important updates at once. I created a restore point and did it. Now I have  GWXUX and GWX in my task manager. I used Task scheduler and disabled the two tasks associated with GWX. I also stopped a service from running that is called trkwrks or wrktrks or something that was telemetry related. I was just wondering if you had any advice for me in helping to secure my data from watchful eyes. Maybe a trusted tutorial that you know of that you could point me in the direction to. Thanks for your time 

Answer:GWXUX and other post update telemetry stuff?

How did you notice that your drivers needed updates desperately? Drivers do not need to be updated at all as long as everything is working ok with the current drivers. Updating a driver can actually introduce problems, so, only update drivers to fix or improve an issue.
 
GWX Control Panel will help, and you can find lists of "bad" windows updates that you can uninstall and then hide.

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Here is some reading about it, just in case anyone wants to remove these 4 updates from their computer and then hide them.

http://www.ghacks.net/2015/08/28/microsoft-intensifies-data-collection-on-windows-7-and-8-systems/

http://betanews.com/2015/09/01/amid...privacy-botching-features-to-windows-7-and-8/

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Here is some reading about it, just in case anyone wants to remove these 4 updates from their computer and then hide them.

http://www.ghacks.net/2015/08/28/microsoft-intensifies-data-collection-on-windows-7-and-8-systems/

http://betanews.com/2015/09/01/amid...privacy-botching-features-to-windows-7-and-8/

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Answer:Windows 10 Data Collecting & Privacy Issues - Windows 7 & 8 Users

I saw that. Its interesting, as the privacy agreement for Win10 allows the data mining but what about Win7? Pretty sure it didn't say it, will have to hunt it down, and if it doesn't, are they in breach of the agreement?

Anyhoo, will be making sure all I know have this hidden
 

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Just got Windows Privacy Policy Update, in which i read that one can opt out of 'interest-related ads'.
So i did, or rather, tried.
You see the off options were both inert, grayed-out!
Blackly funny really, and utterly typical of MS, who regularly shoot themselves [and us] in the foot.
What a clever way to enrage users. Anybody remember the old Peanuts running joke of Lucy snatching away the football from Charlie Brown when he tries to kick it?
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Answer:windows privacy policy update

Maybe opening and reading the Privacy Policy Update is Microsoft's way of having people unknowingly opt-in to "interest related ads".

Reminds me a while back when people were complaining that Microsoft would install updates to Windows Updates without user consent. Searching the Update Services Privacy Statement, "Choice and Control" section, revealed this Microsoft gem:





Quote:
Choice and control
Update Services are turned on if you choose one of the following settings: (a) install updates automatically; (b) download updates but let me choose whether to install them; or (c) check for updates but let me choose whether to download and install them. The Windows Update service is turned on and set to "Install updates automatically" when you choose the express settings during Windows setup.

If you turn on the Update Services, regardless of which setting you have chosen, required updates to some components of the service will be downloaded and installed automatically without further notice to you. If you would prefer not to receive required updates, turn off the Update Services.


Source: Microsoft Windows Update

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i see it as a program that can be uninstalled. what it is? what happens if i remove it? Thanks!

did a lot of google searching and no one is talking about it

Answer:What happens if i uninstall Windows 10 Update and Privacy settings

The 'Windows 10 Creators Update Privacy Settings for x64-based Systems (KB4013214)' is the first step on the way to you getting the Creators Update. In the past Microsoft have been criticised for not being open about what your privacy settings do or how much information they collect. This is their attempt to be more open about it.

Before you can get the Creators Update you will have to review you current privacy settings (with explanations of what they do) so you can change them if you wish. Only when you have completed this review can the Creators Update be delivered through Windows Update.






This update is required before Windows Update will download and install the Windows 10 Creators Update.



https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4013214






The first thing you?ll see when the Windows 10 Creators Update is available to you is a notification that asks you to review your privacy settings. Once the notification appears, select Review settings and choose to review when the notice pops up, or you can postpone your review by selecting Remind me later.



https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/...reators-update

Uninstalling it (or postponing the review) will delay you getting the Creators Update.

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Updated for Creators Update: Most comprehensive step-by-step I've found for getting Windows 10 under control:

http://fdossena.com/?p=w10debotnet/index_1703.frag

- Disable Telemetry and unnecessary services
- Disable forced updates
- Disable Cortana
- Remove OneDrive
- Remove Windows Store and app bloat
- Remove Xbox/GameDVR bloat
- Remove Windows Defender
 

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Updated for Creators Update: Comprehensive step-by-step for getting Windows 10 under control:

http://fdossena.com/?p=w10debotnet/index_1703.frag

- Disable Telemetry and unnecessary services
- Disable forced updates
- Disable Cortana
- Remove OneDrive
- Remove Windows Store and app bloat
- Remove Xbox/GameDVR bloat
- Remove Windows Defender
 

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Windows 10 Creators Update Privacy Settings for x64-based Systems (KB4013214)

Just saw this thing got installed. Thoughts?

Answer:Windows 10 Creators Update Privacy Settings (KB4013214)

I would install it then review your privacy settings to see if anything's changed.

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Is it safe to remove Windows 10 Update and Privacy Settings after you've installed the Windows 10 Creators Update? I've just upgraded to the Windows 10 Creators Update from Windows 10 1607, using the Windows Update Assistant. I got fed up waiting for the CU to come via Windows Update, so I checked that my laptop was compatible - it was - and then just used Update Assistant to complete the job. Everything went well, no issues and I've been sailing with 1703 for a couple of days.

Now, I'm pruning the system. I used Disk Cleanup to remove cruft like C:\Windows.old (I made a backup prior to upgrading to CU), I removed the Windows 10 Update Assistant, but noticed that Windows 10 Update and Privacy Settings was still listed as installed. Thing is, from what I've read, it's solely there to prepare for the CU, in that it'll pop up a dialogue box with privacy settings, you choose your settings, then it'll start the installation of the CU. This never happened for me, forcing me to go down the Upgrade Assistant route.

So, seeing that I now have the Creators Update, surely the Windows 10 Update and Privacy Settings application can now be removed. Is this the case or has Windows 10 Update and Privacy Settings got any additional uses?

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Hi, all of my updates appear to be successful until the following one.
??Windows 10 Creators Update Privacy Settings for x64-based Systems (KB4013214) - Error 0x80070643??
Can anyone help me fulfill this update.
Regards Canalboat.

Answer:Windows 10 Creators Update Privacy Settings (KB4013214) Error 0x80070643

Please check if your computer has installed Cumulative Update KB4015217. If not then install it first.
Then clear the contents of the software distribution folder and then try to install KB4013214.

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http://www.neowin.net/news/microsof...r-windows-10-build-9926-new-build-coming-soon

The patches are numbered KB 3040021 and 3038390 for the general hotfixes, and KB 3021952 for the Internet Explorer security rollup. The details are not available yet at the time of writing this post, but they will be up shortly, so if you want to dive into them, we'll keep an eye out for them and update this post with the links.

While we do not expect any major issues with this download, but do let us know in the comments below if you run into any problems. Based on Gabe Aul's tweets, the updates also include the necessary changes to prepare users for a new build.

2 more hotfixes going out to #WindowsInsiders running 9926 today to prep for next build: https://t.co/0XwB5KN8iJ https://t.co/jP9ACKniuf

? Gabriel Aul (@GabeAul) February 18, 2015
UPDATE: More info on the Internet Explorer security fixes here.

UPDATE 2: The new build released to Insiders will be from the fbl_impressive branch, so definitely a 100xx build, as one of the updates changes the registry settings accordingly.

Source: Gabe Aul
 

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Mozilla Issues Eight Patches For Firefox

There are eight new patches out today for Firefox, three of which fix problems classified as critical. If you are a Firefox user, go get your patch on?we?ll wait for you right here while you do.

Two of the critical Firefox problems could allow an attacker execute a cross-site scripting attack, in which scripts or commands from one Web application that shouldn't run in another are successfully executed. The third problem relates to Firefox's browser engine, and could make it crash or possibly allow someone to remotely execute code on a PC, Mozilla said in its advisory.

Answer:Mozilla Issues Eight Patches For Firefox

Doesn't seem to involve the 3.1 betas or those who have disabled Java or are using NoScript.

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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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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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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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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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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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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 have the following Windows XP Update patches installed onto my system.

WINDOWS HOTFIX KB810217
WINDOWS HOTFIX KB826939
WINDOWS HOTFIX KB828028
WINDOWS HOTFIX KB828741
WINDOWS HOTFIX KB835732
WINDOWS HOTFIX KB840374

I have noticed in my Add/Remove window that these patches are taken up space of 107 MB for each one.

If I delete all but the latest update patch, will I still have the full security for Windows XP?
 

Answer:Window XP Update Patches

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What does a person do if they need an update for windows 7 o/s now that there is no  microsoft update page?

Answer:Window 7 update patches

Who says there isn't?

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I'll give you a little back story before outlining the problem. I've always had issues with this laptop. Mainly just annoyances but minor issues. For example, if I ever but the machine to sleep, the wireless would not wake up by itself. I had to run the vista nettwork troubleshoot and manually have to turn it on . So the wireless thing happened to me today and I asked myself if a patch would fix it. So i went to update the unit and it said there were 13 updates... so I figured why not? right? Anyway after those patches were installed, Vista boots, but when I log in, all i'm presented with is a black screen and a pointer. No start menu, no background, nothing other than those two things. Now i can still run applications using the ctrl+shift+esc keyboard shortcut key to bring up the task manager and start a new task from there but I don't get any wireless now or bluetooth  Does anyone have any ideas? I'd rather not re-image the thing if possible.

Answer:Vista ex. boot/ logon issues after installing patches on a x61 tablet

Heh. Some of us X200T folks are having the same problem.  X200 Tablet blank screen after Vista 64 initial startup symbol appears Log-in fails after October 2009 ThinkVantage updates Are you using Vista 64 like us? It didn't occur to me to launch apps through the task manager although I guess that's not exactly a great way to go through life.

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Intel has warned that out of date drivers for its wireless Centrino platform are plagued with serious security flaws.. The massive 129MB update fixes problems that Intel describes as having the potential to allow 'remote code execution and system control' and affects Intel 2200BG and 2915ABG PRO/Wireless Network Connection Hardware (w22n50.sys, w22n51.sys, w29n50.sys, w29n51.sys) with versions 8 and 9 of the driver.pcpro.co.uk.f-secure.com/weblog.Intel Centrino Patch Follow Up.

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






Quote:
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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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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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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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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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/
 

Answer:How to Uninstall Telemetry/Spyware Windows Updates?

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First issue is that I need to use a specific older driver for my AMD graphics card and windows 10 continues to update the driver automatically and causes my system to crash. I've gone through {Control Panel-Devices & printers}, selected my machine, then right clicked to Device Installation Settings and selected "no, let me choose what to do". This has no effect as windows continues to update the driver daily or anytime I search for updates. Is there a specific port I can block or cmd line to run?

Second issue, on the windows update window, the feature is frozen on Service Pack 1 for MS Office 2013 (KB2850036) 64-bit edition @ 61%. It's been like this for a week. I've restarted the machine several times and seems to do nothing. Any suggestions would be very helpful.

Thanks.

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Is there a link showing all the win7 update patches and which ones in the list are to be avoided?

Answer:Win7 update patches to avoid installing?

If you go to the control panel and open Uninstall a Program you will find View installed updates in the upper left corner, click on this to view them.

As for what to avoid, other than Net Frameworks that aren't applicable to the applications you are running I can't think of any that should be avoided. The majority of these updates are for security purposes.

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I have downloaded some microsoft security patches via this website:

http://www.softwarepatch.com/windows/index.html

However I am not sure if the have installed properly. The updates are not showing in the currently installed programs and updates list. Here is a log of one of the updates:

[KB873339.log]
5.390: ================================================================================
5.390: 2007/01/13 19:29:03.578 (local)
5.390: c:\7dafc8c6db8073e5c246cf34e875\update\update.exe (version 5.5.33.0)
5.437: Service Pack started with following command line:
9.734: DoInstallation: CleanPFR failed: 0x2
9.797: SetProductTypes: InfProductBuildType=BuildType.Sel
9.812: SetAltOsLoaderPath: No section uses DirId 65701; done.
10.062: DoInstallation: FetchSourceURL for c:\7dafc8c6db8073e5c246cf34e875\update\update_SP2GDR.inf failed
10.078: LoadFileQueues: SetupGetSourceFileLocation for halaacpi.dll failed: 0xe0000102
10.297: BuildCabinetManifest: update.url absent
10.328: Starting AnalyzeComponents
10.328: AnalyzePhaseZero used 0 ticks
10.328: No c:\windows\INF\updtblk.inf file.
10.328: OEM file scan used 0 ticks
10.375: AnalyzePhaseOne: used 47 ticks
10.375: AnalyzeComponents: Hotpatch analysis disabled; skipping.
10.375: AnalyzeComponents: Hotpatching is disabled.
10.375: FindFirstFile c:\windows\$hf_mig$\*.*
10.390: AnalyzeForBranching: g_bRepeatInventory set to TRUE because target file c:\windows\system32\hypertrm.dll has branch sp2qfe which is grea... Read more

Answer:Security update patches (Moved from HJT forum)

Please visit the Microsoft's Windows Update Page to see if you have any updates available

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been receiving a lot of patches recently. some as small as 245kb all the way to 300mb.. i was maybe suspecting it has something to do with using a new driver updater called "driver easy" maybe not.. is this normal? and another question is, where in the pc can i view recent installed patches

Answer:receiving multiple update patches...is this normal?

Can't comment on Driver Easy as I really don't believe in these types of products. I find not having control on drivers inevitably leads to issues and unless they are broke I don't update. My opinion.

Open settings, click on Update and Security, third line underneath title "Update Status" is update history.

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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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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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recently i decided to build a slipstream winXP with the most current updates, because it is such a nightmare to update straight from Microsoft. The problem is I do not know where to find clean patches, since do not want to pick up any malware and don't trust the sites came out from Google search, so decided to ask people here for help.

My CD is sp2, and i downloaded sp3 from Microsoft, so i guess i just need updates from sp3 and onward.

please help

thx in advances fro replies
Danny

Answer:[SOLVED] where to find clean update patches for winXP

Hello Danny,

Yes your going to need about 58 or so...lol

Click Start/All Programs. Make sure the programs are sorted by name, (Right click then left click sort by name) just above Accessories is a Windows Update link, click it. This will take you to Windows Update without worrying about getting redirected or clicking on a bad link.

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Microsoft today delivered nine security updates that patched 19 vulnerabilities in several crucial components of Windows, as well as in Windows Media Player, Outlook Express, IIS (Internet Information Server), Office and several other products.
Security researchers pegged Tuesday's batch as "all over the map" and a "smorgasbord" of updates.


Read article below -

Microsoft patches 19 bugs in sweeping security update | Security Central - InfoWorld

Answer:Microsoft patches 19 bugs in sweeping security update

As ever shall be

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i thought i had gotten the only one.
 

Answer:Patches didn't work. Not sure what video card update to get

Go to your original thread <a href=http://forums.techguy.org/showthread.php?threadid=47307> here<a/> and continue with your thread. No one even knows this one is related to the other. You need to keep replying back to the original if you want to get it resolved. I'm closing this one.
 

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Question: Privacy issues

Windows 10 presents a number of privacy and reporting issues that many users object to. I've read that some of these potentially spying improvements were also added to Windows 8.1 in the critical updates.

Is there a list of these new privacy defeating improvements downloaded into 8.1 that I can remove?

Thank you.

Answer:Privacy issues

New Windows 7/8/8.1 updates spy on you just like Windows 10

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Question: Privacy Issues

Is there a good way to ensure privacy of private data. With the government(s) and bad actors snooping and snooping is there a way to make sure they do not have access to my information that is retained on my computer. Particularly, so since it is a laptop and I need to use it from a variety of public and secured access sites, some the secured sites stipulate the site owners are authorized to access anything on my computer if I use their services, which I do for their convenience. However,I do not believe that should give them the right to access my stuff especially without my knowledge just because for their convenience I use my equipment to help do work only which can be only accessed from their secured site. So I need to protect my stuff from their potential snooping as well as from other truely bad actors.

I ran into to a product called democrakey that uses a USB device to somehow keep my stuff safe from being snooped, and protecing my data and web access activities from prying systems. Does this product work and if so what it the theory that allows it to provide security, and how do I know that the product itself isn't snoopin some how.
 

Answer:Privacy Issues

Welcome KYLake
The first thing that comes to mind is Password protect, but if you think about it all security does is the same thing a locked door does and that's to keep honest people honest. If someone wants something bad enough they will get it one way or another.(especially the Govrn.) If you are that concerned then why not leave all personal info off that particular lappy. No they don't have that right and aren't "suppose to" without your knowledge. You might want to post in soft ware as you may get a quicker and better response and/or explanation. http://forums.majorgeeks.com/forumdisplay.php?f=21 Have a look around the place and join in the forums. Enjoy.

BT
 

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Question: Privacy issues

Now I have had a look and cannot find anything near what I want to know.
My beef with Windows 10 is and always will be the issue with privacy because I don't believe anyone has the right to access my personal data and email content which always has the probability of containing very intimate and private details about myself or my family.
If emails for example can be accessed then what about my banking details? because it seems to me not a day goes by where I do not read an article that details how and what Microsoft can use this operating system to invade what I consider my absolute right to say, type and do what I want to without such data being basically in the public domain.
In my mind it is tantamount to me broadcasting everything about me across the net so that anyone can know just about everything about me.
There are also other items such as what I have to download ie updates without any choice over what they may contain, and they have taken away as far as I can tell programs that I would have to source elsewhere ie WMP.

Now as for emails if I use a non Microsoft based email service ie Thunderbird is Microsoft going to be able to access data from that too??

I am asking because I can see the day coming when 10 will be the only Microsoft OS available and in that case if the conditions are not changed then I would have to look elsewhere for an OS that I can use for my personal data.

As you may see I am extremely disappointed and in part outraged that they (Microsoft... Read more

Answer:Privacy issues

Out of 7 billion people on Planet Earth and you are worried that someone is looking to do you harm. . .then the first thing you need to do is unplug from the internet, then you just might be sight form the bad folks out there wishing to do you a great deal of harm. . .good luck with that. . .

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Question: Privacy Issues

Hi all,

My roommate is studying to be a network guru and he administers our network at home. There are 3 people living here. He uses a Netgear Stora server and we have FIOS. I have an HP dv4notebook. I discovered he has been stalking my computer for the last 6 months. He can get into my Gmail accounts so I have to assume he has all of my passwords too. Is he getting those from the registry? I have since installed Zone Alarm and turned off Remote Access. I also have Webroot w/ Spy Sweeper. When I shutdown my computer flashes a black and white screen that says it?s waiting for background programs to close. These are the services I disabled:
Bluetooth
Fax
Function Discovery Provider Host
Function Discovery Resource Publication
Net.Tcp Port Sharing Service
Parental Controls
Remote Access Auto Connection Manager
Remote Access Connection Manager
Remote Access Desktop Configuration
Remote Desktop Services
Remote Registry
Routing and Remote Access
Secondary Logon
Secure Socket Tunneling Protocol Service
Windows Defender
Windows Firewall
RPC Endpoint Mapper is grayed out and inaccessible
RPC Locator is still on Automatic
RPC Properties is on Automatic, Network Services with a password I didn?t put in there

The computer is either with me or locked in a safe when I?m not using it. Is there any way I?m going to be able to use the internet at home privately? Unfortunately moving is not an option at this time.
Any and all help is greatly appreci... Read more

Answer:Privacy Issues

I would guess that he's sniffing network traffic, and pulling your passwords and such from that. I, personally, would go out of your residence and change your passwords to everything. Also, while moving out isn't an option at present, I'd start looking. :P

I would also re-enable most/all of those services. I don't think axing them is helping you in this situation. Do you connect to the network via a hardwire, or wireless?

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I recently received an email stating that Win 10 Privacy Statement essentially gives permission to MS to log any/all information obtained from a user and do anything with it including selling the info. This apparently includes email, browser views etc.

I did not believe it until I checked, it is true. Is anyone else concerned?

Answer:Win 10 Privacy Issues

Who is the sender of the email?

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Question: Privacy issues

XP Pro, SP3, current updates, Lenovo T60p laptop at 2ghz. Decades of computer experience then a noggin disaster.

You can do things like Private Browsing to aid privacy. I've seen articles about removing stuff from the Documents and Settings/User/Recent folder.

What would happen if you deleted the folder itself? I remember doing it accidentally on a win98 machine and never noticed any repercussions, but what about XP? If there is no folder to stash (this particular type of) your activities in they can't be stashed, right?
 

Answer:Privacy issues

I think it gets recreated automatically.
 

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Question: ISP privacy issues

I recently got fibre broadband (with TalkTalk) and they sent a new router and new password for wireless connection. Presumably it's strongly recommended to change the password since they set it and probably have a record of it?
It's mentioned at the back of the booklet as an option if we want, but there's no emphasis on it.

Also, they advise that the router should be left on at all times otherwise it will "slow things down", and keeping it on "allows us to run checks on your line overnight to ensure you're getting the best speeds possible."
Why the hell should switching your router on and off slow things down, and why do they need to perform checks on the line to ensure we're getting the best speeds?!

Also, they say that if you want to return your previous router you can do so for free by putting it in the bag (that the new one came in) and taking it to the Post Office!
For a pretty cheap item, why are they prepared to pay postage charges and also pay for staff to deal with it at their end just so they can get it back?!
 

Answer:ISP privacy issues

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Question: Privacy Issues

Hello, I am hoping someone can tell me where I can look for a program (probably free) that is logging all activity on my computer.
I mean after clearing history and cookies, someone can still come on my computer and read all my emails that I have sent/received and deleted.
It must be a program that logs every key pressed because changing passwords does not work...they can find them out too.
It is so frustrating..nothing sinister is going on in my part...this person is just a busy body and it is very irritating. So intrusive.
Even if I go on Messenger they seem to know what my relatives/friends and I have chatted about and I have Messenger set to not keep a log.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
 

Answer:Privacy Issues

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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

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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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.

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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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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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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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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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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.
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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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Hi Guys,
With the new Second Edition of Security Update Guide, it is difficult to follow all updates on all OS's. All KB articles are listed on all Servers version.
Before, with the Microsoft Security Bulletin, it was possible to properly approve required patches on all versions of OS's on (WSUS 3.0 SP2) on a single click. But now each KB should be approved one-by-one.
Do you have a remedy to this?

Regards,
Kavi

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Adobe patches Flash flaw with Acrobat / Reader update.

Download link for Adobe Flash Player 10.2.153.1 for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux.

Download link for Adobe Flash Player 10.3.180.42 for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux.

-- Tom
 

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Had been running Emsisoft anti malware on deep scan and found following results :four (4) fake av attempts, and trojan exploit java/cve -2010. Attempted to remove same, and was unble to do so. Keyboard and mouse froze had to unplug from power to shut down.
Ran scan again this time took more than 5 hours (normall full scan ~2 hours) reported trojan still present and again froze up as above.
Since then I have removed and reinstalled java (latest version) and uninstalled emsisoft anti malware program.
Attempted to run Dr. web, system became unstable (even in enhanced protection mode) rendered both mouse and keyboard ineffective, again had to power down.
Rebooted in safe mode was able to run Dr. web in quick scan, which reported no malicious activity. However, when exiting message came on saying part of application was disabled and did not run.
All of this came about because I am unable to install MS security patches. Virus or malware is blocking same.
I have had experience with running GMER program in past and tried several runs each time system either rebooted or shut down, with out indicating any root kit activity.
Will attach GMER log and DDS log as requested.
Any help would be greatly appreciated. As of now I am missing four possibly five critical MS security patches, and have to click mouse 3 or 4 times for any actions to occur. Prior to the blocking system was running without incidence


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DDS (Ver_2011-06-12.02) - NTFSx86
Internet Explorer: 8.0.6001.18702 ... Read more

Answer:Unable to install MS security patches manually or via auto update.

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Please read these instructions carefully and then print out or copy this page to Notepad in order to assist you when carrying out the fix.

Note that the fix may take several posts. Please continue to respond to my instructions until I confirm that your logs are clean. Remember that although your symptoms may vanish, this does NOT mean that your system is clean.

If there is anything you don't understand, please ask BEFORE proceeding with the fixes.

Please ensure that you follow the instructions in the order I have them listed.

Please do not install or uninstall any programs, or run any other scanners or software, unless I specifically ask you to do so. Also please copy and paste logs into the thread, rather than add them as attachments.
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alternate download link 2Make sure you are connected to the Internet.
Double-click on Download_mbam-setup.exe to install the application.
When the installation begins, follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.
When installation has finished, make sure you leave both of these checked:Update Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware
Launch Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware

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Hello, I have over the years wondered what settings I should adjust for my safety. It seems that sometimes after I visit a website that is not more than an hour or even less that I get an email in my junk folder that seems to somehow be tied to the site I visited. This happens even though I did not enter any information into the site, I was just browsing the webpages. Can someone provide information on how to stop this invasion?

thank you
 

Answer:Internet and privacy issues

Hi,
Which browser are you using? Internet Explorer, Firefox or Opera? Have you had a look at what privacy settings you've enabled?
 

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Here is my first rapport
 

Answer:Privacy-danger issues

Here is the second rapport.
 

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Hi All!

I just got my laptop back after its HDD failed & was replaced. I just finished reading the frightening License Term Agreement" & there are several things I either want to disable, delete or block, but I don't know how to, (or even if I should!) do it.

I hate the way Windows is now set up to be so interested in everything that a simple, home-user like me does. I cherish my Security & Privacy and it really bothers me how over-involved Microsoft is in my computer life. Anyway, I'm in the process of setting everything up & I want to fix some of the Privacy-related issues that are mentioned in the "License Term Agreement". (If you haven't read this paranoid document you really should...it opened up my eyes!)

Here goes:

1. "Network Awareness"-it says there is a Registry setting to change in order to turn off the "Active Query".
What do I have to do to accomplish this?

2. It mentions there is a Windows Firewall Configuration to determine if I want to enable the IPv6 Connectivity
Service. I don't like the description of this 'service' as it states a continuous checking with something called
"Teredo" to verify connection to the IPv6 service. (teredo.ipv6.microsoft.com) This sounds quite intrusive,
especially since it sends connectivity info to Microsoft continuously. Is this IPv6 service necessary, & why
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Answer:Fixing privacy issues

Dont like the way the major sign in/login is my email address great way to get stitched up if your hacked.
in firefox i use the options see screenshot.
duck/duck searches bing and google its an intermediary not a true engine.
opt out and smart screen can be turned off/changed within pc settings

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