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

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

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)?

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

I recommend downloading and running Reimage. It's a computer repair tool that has been proven to identify and fix many Windows problems with a high level of success.

I've used it in the past to identify and fix everything from blue screens (BSOD's), ActiveX errors, corrupt files and processes, dll/exe/sys errors, recover lost memory, Windows update problems, defragging, malware removal etc.

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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 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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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 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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Well my linksys started having trouble and I was having problems with its firmware, so I'm looking for a new router. It needs to be 8 port, fast, and reliable. What would you guys recommend? Thanks for the help

edit- also, would it be a good idea to get a cheap router, and then connect that to a nice switch, and connect my computers through the switch? I heard that would be more reliable, but I'm not sure if its true. Also it is a gigabit switch so would that make it better to do it that way? Or should I just stick with a stand alone router?
 

Answer:I'm looking for a new router, what would be a good kind to get?

Are you not interested in saving some money and trying to fix the one you have?
 

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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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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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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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how do I disable telemetry in windows 10
 

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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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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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Free or paid sites to back them up? I know Flickr is good for photos, but what else? Youtube is a good site to put videos there to save privately, but what else as well. https://www.delldatasafe.com/?c=us&l=en&s=dhs ? I have Dell. Thanks!

Answer:What kind of sites that are best and good to backup photos and videos?

I'd say a USB backup drive and a safety deposit box, home safe, or fire box.

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Weeeell....I really need someone's help. I've noticed my PC has been acting a little squirrelly lately...taking more and more time to load programs (firefox, word, office) and the other big issue, I've had noticed is that when I went to open PDF's on adobe, the program would freeze my computer.Recently, i removed the old adobe (version 5.million years old) using the add removal tool and upgraded to the 8.1.2 version and I also upgraded to AVG 8.0 because they're not updating 7.5 after may 31st (but, you probably knew that). I've had a couple of serious hiccups since. For the second time in 3 days, I've had a "Blue Screen of Death" issue, basically telling me Windows has suffered a fatal error and had to restart and check the disk. I've run the AVG a few times and a virus or trojan horse keeps showing up. 1st I saw the Zlob listed and then I saw the others. I figure I could keep doing this and bang my head against a wall but it seems I'm only putting paint over the situation....and mixing a few metaphors to boot!So, here I am. I went ahead and followed the pinned advice, I ran the Kaspersky and the Deckard/Hijackthis and included them below. I am at your mercy and will do what ever I need to do here to fix the issue and prevent it from happening again (even if that means making my wife stop looking at the adult sites ;-). Thanks again for all your help!!!This is my system info:Microsoft win xpmedia center editionversion 2002service pack 2penti... Read more

Answer:Curse You Internet Porn!...help, Please...i've Got Trojans And Not The Good Kind!

also, i've run ad-aware and avg 8.0 scan since yesterday....

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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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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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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'm not new, but not exactly very good with photography. To a point I can do it. I've been taking photos of clothing I make outside for the summer, and have been quite pleased with the turnout. However, winter is just around he corner and I need to take photos inside.
I'm looking for lighting tips for indoor photography. I take indoor fashion shots and need something that gives me decent light. Not regular lighting that makes everything look yellow/orange.
Also, There are not many windows here so light from outside is limited.
Any help would be GREALY appreciated.
Thanks.
 

Answer:What kind of photography lighting would be good for indoor fashion shots?

The best fix will have something to do with providing proper lighting which I cannot advise you on but a work-around is to include some small pure white in the picture then use PICASA3 / TUNING/ NEUTRAL COLOR PICKER.
Click on the white item and picasa alters all colors to remove the lighting errors caused by lights (also by morning or evening natural lighting.)
It isn't perfect but it works amazingly well.
 

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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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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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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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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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Hello,Today I found wfudpgemr.exe trying to access the Internet on one of my computers. It looks like some sort of remote control software. Spybot can't remove it.Here is my HiJack This log. Does anyone have any ideas the best way to deal with it?Thanks,TomLogfile of HijackThis v1.99.1Scan saved at 11:12:36 AM, on 9/27/2006Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)Running processes:C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exeC:\Program Files\Symantec\LiveUpdate\ALUSchedulerSvc.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccProxy.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSetMgr.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\CTsvcCDA.EXEC:\Program Files\Norton Internet Security\ISSVC.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\VS7DEBUG\MDM.EXEC:\Program Files\Norton Internet Security\Norton AntiVirus\navapsvc.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\HPZipm12.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\SNDSrvc.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\SPBBC\SPBBCSvc.exeC:\... Read more

Answer:Remove Wfudpgemr.exe, Looks Like Some Kind Of Bot

Hello there and welcome to Bleeping Computer's security forum.My name is David, I will be helping you with your log today.It is a good idea to print off these instructions:This will be useful as there is a possibility some of the instructions will need to be carried out where internet access is not available. You may also like to save these instructions in word/notepad to the desktop where they can be easily found for the same reasons as above. A print out of the instructions would be a good reference to make sure you don't yet lost.Also, it is important that you complete the instructions in the right order, and also that you don't miss any steps out!If you have any queries about the process or just general questions, just ask.Start HijackThis, close all open windows leaving only HijackThis running. Place a check against each of the following if still present:O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [SYSTEM] wfudpgemr.exeO4 - HKLM\..\RunServices: [MSIs MOBO EXEC] aylwtoswla.exeO4 - HKLM\..\RunServices: [SYSTEM] wfudpgemr.exeO4 - HKCU\..\Run: [SYSTEM] wfudpgemr.exeO4 - HKCU\..\RunServices: [SYSTEM] wfudpgemr.exe Click on Fix Checked when finished and exit HijackThis.Make sure your Internet Explorer is closed when you click Fix Checked!Download KillBox from the following link :http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/files/killbox.phpUnzip the folder to your desktop.Start Killbox.exeSelect the "Delete on Reboot" option.Click on the "Al... Read more

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I just bought an HP 15-ab143cl, refurbished by HP. It arrived today.

I want to swap hard drives. I was removing the back, following the instructions in the manual from the HP website, and I am instructed to remove these "screws."

I try my phillips screwdriver. No luck. A smaller phillips. Still no luck. I try my eyeglass screwdriver, it fits perfectly but the "screws" will not budge.

Can someone help me? Are these meant to be permanent after the refurbish?

Answer:What Kind of Screws are these and How do I Remove Them?

They look like Phillips. Probably an adhesive on the threads though.

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Hi Everyone,

I am wondering,Is more secure if you remove applications that you don't what it is from windows firewall?

Regard,
Thanks.

Answer:Is a good idea to remove applications that you don't what it is from windows firewall

Hi Stuckfree,

I am sorry for the delay in responding. What are the name(s) of the program(s) that you want to remove?

DonnaB aka bbbluz

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Hello, This is my first time posting onto bleeping computer, and I've already made a boo boo.Here's the history:I was browsing torrentreactor, and i must have accidentally clicked one of these "russian wife" ads that abound in many sites. Anyway all of a sudden my windows firewall balloon popped up saying it was disabled. Since I'm always wary of this happening, I disconnected my net adaptor to stop whatever it was before it got hold. I then ran MBAM, and sure enough it came up with some malware. However it wasnt able to remove one folder and files, and had marked them to be removed on reboot. I rebooted and reran MBAM, but all the same keys and files were detected again, and the same folder and files couldnt be deleted. I've attached the last log I had.I tried to manually delete the ones that could not be deleted by MBAM (C:\WINDOWS\system32\l0wsec (Trojan.Zbot) -> Delete on reboot.Files Infected:C:\WINDOWS\system32\l0wsec\l0cal.ds (Trojan.Zbot) -> Delete on reboot.C:\WINDOWS\system32\l0wsec\us3r.ds (Trojan.Zbot) -> Delete on reboot.)but the folder proved impossible to remove, regardless of using the ATTRIB command or file assassin.Now comes the boo-boo part. Someone else here had the same infection, so I tried to follow the instructions given for that person (I know, they are individual - I've now learnt my lesson!) and used combo-fix. This led to a blue screen, but luckily a restart sorted it out. There are no severe side effects... Read more

Answer:Malware I can't remove with MBAM, some kind of data gathering trojan?

Hello and welcome to Bleeping ComputerWe apologize for the delay in responding to your request for help. Here at Bleeping Computer we get overwhelmed at times, and we are trying our best to keep up. Please note that your topic was not intentionally overlooked. Our mission is to help everyone in need, but sometimes it takes just a little longer to get to every request for help. No one is ignored here.If you have since resolved the original problem you were having, we would appreciate you letting us know. If not please perform the following steps below so we can have a look at the current condition of your machine. Please include a clear description of the problems you're having, along with any steps you may have performed so far.Please refrain from running tools or applying updates other than those we suggest while we are cleaning up your computer. The reason for this is so we know what is going on with the machine at any time. Some programs can interfere with others and hamper the recovery process.Even if you have already provided information about your PC, we need a new log to see what has changed since you originally posted your problem.We need to create an OTL ReportPlease download OTL from one of the following mirrors:This is THE MirrorSave it to your desktop.Double click on the icon on your desktop.Click the "Scan All Users" checkbox.In the custom scan box paste the following:CODEmsconfigsafebootminimalactivexdrivers32netsvcs%SYSTEMDRIVE%\*.exe/md5st... Read more

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need help virus downloaded into my computer as some kind of security cant get start bar up to remove it need advice pls dont have a clue what to do

Answer:need help virus downloaded into my computer as some kind of security cant get start bar up to remove it need advice pls

Hello. I am moving this from WIN 98 to the Am I Infected forum for scans..Can you boot to safe mode with networjing. then run SAS.Please download and scan with SUPERAntiSpyware FreeDouble-click SUPERAntiSypware.exe and use the default settings for installation.An icon will be created on your desktop. Double-click that icon to launch the program.If it will not start, go to Start > All Prgrams > SUPERAntiSpyware and click on Alternate Start.If asked to update the program definitions, click "Yes". If not, update the definitions before scanning by selecting "Check for Updates". (If you encounter any problems while downloading the updates, manually download them from here. Double-click on the hyperlink for Download Installer and save SASDEFINITIONS.EXE to your desktop. Then double-click on SASDEFINITIONS.EXE to install the definitions.)In the Main Menu, click the Preferences... button.Click the "General and Startup" tab, and under Start-up Options, make sure "Start SUPERAntiSpyware when Windows starts" box is unchecked.Click the "Scanning Control" tab, and under Scanner Options, make sure the following are checked (leave all others unchecked):Close browsers before scanning.Scan for tracking cookies.Terminate memory threats before quarantining.Click the "Close" button to leave the control center screen and exit the program.Do not run a scan just yet.Reboot your computer in "Safe Mode" using the ... Read more

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what kind of printer will connect to this type of computer

Answer:what kind of printer works /with this kind of comp...

It can be a bit confusing... You need either a Google Cloud Ready printer connected to your internet or you need a Windows/Apple computer with Chrome installed, connected to your internet, sharing an older printer. Once you have either of those setup you can print through Google Cloud Print.

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Hi everybody, got some troubles

My old memory, Kingston 1GB PC3200 CL3 148-Pin DIMM Kit (512x2) fits and works perfectly, but I just bought a 2GB kit: Crucial 2GB 240-Pin DIMM PC4200 UNBUFF

The problem is (you've probably worked it out by looking at the mem specs) is that the slot on the new memory doesnt match up with the bar going accross my memory bank.

Which part of the memory specifications defines where abouts the slot is on the actual memory module is?

My motherboard is a GA-7S741M

Soz if im not very good at explaining,

can anyone help?
 

Answer:I bought the wrong kind of memory... what's the right kind?

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Another article on telemetry. Interested to read the opinion of the more experienced forum members and the opinion of the three tools mentioned. (Spybot Antibeacon, O&O Shutup, Wireshark) Credible idea or too much tin foil ?






If you ask me whether I'm worried about using Windows 10, my answer would be "no." I have dozens of Windows 10 installations here and I'm not in the least bit worried.

But despite such reassurances, there are a lot of people who are concerned by this, and the fact that Microsoft isn't willing to give concerned users an official way to opt out from data collection (which I think is a bad idea) is adding fuel to the flames. After all, as Bisson pointed out, we live in "justifiably paranoid times," where governments and social media sites are slurping up user data.

What's wrong with a little protection?

If you are worried about Windows 10 privacy, I suggest that you take matters into your own hands and install a tool that allows you to shut down all the different ways that your PC is communicating with Microsoft. Be aware though that doing this will result in some features no longer being available, since a number of Windows 10 features rely on having a connection to the cloud.
Be careful though. I've come across a number of "Windows 10 privacy tools" from unknown sources that do who knows what. Some tools actively display ads, and one even installs a third-party tool that displays ads ... Read more

Answer:Win 10 Telemetry Article

Windows 10 and telemetry: Time for a simple network analysis - Windows 10 Forums

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Question: Win10 Telemetry

Good article from ZDNet.





I want to make it clear that I'm in no way suggesting that Microsoft is doing anything nefarious with telemetry data. The crackpot theories that it's a data backdoor and Microsoft is handing that data to the NSA/FBI/saucer people are just that -- crackpot theories. But Microsoft does need to appreciate and accept that not a week goes by where there isn't some data horror story in the headlines, and that makes people understandably nervous

Getting out of this mess is easy. Here are three simple steps for Microsoft:

Wind back the ego a few notches. Just because a system is running Windows 10 shouldn't mean that Microsoft feels it is entitled to end user telemetry. Period. Remember whose computer it is. Never lose sight of that.Build an off switch for the telemetry. This shouldn't be hard to do. Put the decision as to whether telemetry data is sent back to the Microsoft mothership in the hands of the user.Quit it with the heavy-handedness. What is it with all the "mandatory" stuff in Windows 10? Sheesh



http://www.zdnet.com/article/microso...on-off-switch/

Answer:Win10 Telemetry

Good article until the spybot antibeacon promotion - the same piece of crap as all the others.

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Another article on telemetry. Interested to read the opinion of the more experienced forum members and the opinion of the three tools mentioned. (Spybot Antibeacon, O&O Shutup, Wireshark) Credible idea or too much tin foil ?






If you ask me whether I'm worried about using Windows 10, my answer would be "no." I have dozens of Windows 10 installations here and I'm not in the least bit worried.

But despite such reassurances, there are a lot of people who are concerned by this, and the fact that Microsoft isn't willing to give concerned users an official way to opt out from data collection (which I think is a bad idea) is adding fuel to the flames. After all, as Bisson pointed out, we live in "justifiably paranoid times," where governments and social media sites are slurping up user data.

What's wrong with a little protection?

If you are worried about Windows 10 privacy, I suggest that you take matters into your own hands and install a tool that allows you to shut down all the different ways that your PC is communicating with Microsoft. Be aware though that doing this will result in some features no longer being available, since a number of Windows 10 features rely on having a connection to the cloud.
Be careful though. I've come across a number of "Windows 10 privacy tools" from unknown sources that do who knows what. Some tools actively display ads, and one even installs a third-party tool that displays ads ... Read more

Answer:Win 10 Telemetry Article

Windows 10 and telemetry: Time for a simple network analysis - Windows 10 Forums

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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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Question: Win10 Telemetry

Good article from ZDNet.





I want to make it clear that I'm in no way suggesting that Microsoft is doing anything nefarious with telemetry data. The crackpot theories that it's a data backdoor and Microsoft is handing that data to the NSA/FBI/saucer people are just that -- crackpot theories. But Microsoft does need to appreciate and accept that not a week goes by where there isn't some data horror story in the headlines, and that makes people understandably nervous

Getting out of this mess is easy. Here are three simple steps for Microsoft:

Wind back the ego a few notches. Just because a system is running Windows 10 shouldn't mean that Microsoft feels it is entitled to end user telemetry. Period. Remember whose computer it is. Never lose sight of that.Build an off switch for the telemetry. This shouldn't be hard to do. Put the decision as to whether telemetry data is sent back to the Microsoft mothership in the hands of the user.Quit it with the heavy-handedness. What is it with all the "mandatory" stuff in Windows 10? Sheesh



http://www.zdnet.com/article/microso...on-off-switch/

Answer:Win10 Telemetry

Good article until the spybot antibeacon promotion - the same piece of crap as all the others.

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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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Microsoft is taking action. It has decided to release updates “later this year” which will enable users to fully control all background telemetry and data tracking and, if desired, disable it completely. Microsoft also asked me to stress that disabling these background operations is something it would “strongly recommend against”.Click to expand...

http://www.forbes.com/sites/gordonk...mpaign=yahootix&partner=yahootix#1312b6a39743
 

Answer:MicrosoftÂ’s telemetry U-turn?

I'll believe it when I see it
 

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I have read the notes on how to disable the option of sending telemetry data to MS. Is there however a way for me to access that information? There is a plethora of information gathered as part of this process that would be good for my own analysis. Is this
data available through the ATA interface, an API or direct access to the DB?
Thank you

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https://arstechnica.com/information...metry-tells-us-most-of-what-data-it-collects/

Interesting article. I wonder if its because of all the backlash against Windows 10.
 

Answer:Microsoft being more transparent with telemetry data use.

This won't win over the hardcore Windows 10 haters though (and you know who you are LOL). Those people want every scrap of telemetry data to be revealed. We all know what the chances of that are. Some will see this as a start. Notice I didn't say "good" start.

None of this news bugs me, I'm on Win 10 on all my desktops/laptops.
 

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Greetings pacoagc and to BleepingComputer's Virus/Trojan/Spyware/Malware Removal forum.My name is Oh My! and I am here to help you! Now that we are "friends" please call me Gary.If you would allow me to call you by your first name I would prefer to do that. ===================================================Ground Rules:First, I would like to inform you that most of us here at Bleeping Computer offer our expert assistance out of the goodness of our hearts. Please try to match our commitment to you with your patience toward us. If this was easy we would never have met. Please do not run any tools or take any steps other than those I will provide for you while we work on your computer together. I need to be certain about the state of your computer in order to provide appropriate and effective steps for you to take. Most often "well intentioned" (and usually panic driven!) independent efforts can make things much worse for both of us. If at any point you would prefer to take your own steps please let me know, I will not be offended. I would be happy to focus on the many others who are waiting in line for assistance.Please perform all steps in the order they are listed in each set of instructions. Some steps may be a bit complicated. If things are not clear, be sure to stop and let me know. We need to work on this together with confidence.Please copy and paste all logs into your post unless directed otherwise. Please do not re-run any programs I suggest. If you encounter proble... Read more

Answer:Help hardrive no more space file Telemetry

Thank you in advance Gary, i did all you told me, if i made a mistake, please tell me, and i will still use utorrent, i havent had any problem with it, until now
Fixlog
Fix result of Farbar Recovery Tool (FRST written by Farbar) (x64) Version: 13-04-2015
Ran by FranciscoAdrian at 2015-04-14 01:19:22 Run:1
Running from C:\Users\FranciscoAdrian\Desktop
Loaded Profiles: FranciscoAdrian (Available profiles: FranciscoAdrian & Invitado)
Boot Mode: Normal
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Content of fixlist:
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HKU\S-1-5-21-1249880946-500993554-1577037575-1001\...\MountPoints2: {1e1ff773-523a-11e4-bf19-e89a8f1822eb} - "F:\LaunchU3.exe" -a
HKU\S-1-5-21-1249880946-500993554-1577037575-1001\...\MountPoints2: {b9e73054-0bfb-11e3-bebb-e89a8f1822eb} - "E:\setup.exe" 
HKU\S-1-5-21-1249880946-500993554-1577037575-1001\...\MountPoints2: {d7197630-b3f9-11e4-bf3c-e89a8f1822eb} - "F:\InstalarOffice.bat" 
HKU\S-1-5-21-1249880946-500993554-1577037575-1001\...\MountPoints2: {dc08c7dc-815b-11e3-bedc-e89a8f1822eb} - "E:\setup.exe" 
BHO: Hotspot Shield Class -> {F9E4A054-E9B1-4BC3-83A3-76A1AE736170} ->  No File
S3 cpuz136; \??\C:\WINDOWS\TEMP\cpuz136\cpuz136_x64.sys [X]
S3 EagleX64; \??\C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\EagleX64.sys [X]
S3 GPUZ; \??\C:\WINDOWS\TEMP\GPUZ.sys [X]
S3 NPF; system32\drivers\NPF.sys [X]
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"HKU\S-1-5-21-1249880946-500993554-1577037575-1001\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Mou... Read more

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Is there something that I can install on Win10 to see if it is still 'phoning home'? I have done various tweaks to limit/stop the spying but I would like to know if I have stopped it all.
 

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Is there a registry setting that would disable telemetry to Microsoft - - without creating "Some settings are managed by your organization" problem?

Answer:Registry setting to disable telemetry

It might be easier and safer if you used one of the miriad of programs that are available for free. You could try this one and see what you think.

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Is there a registry setting that would disable telemetry to Microsoft - - without creating "Some settings are managed by your organization" problem?

Answer:Registry setting to disable telemetry

It might be easier and safer if you used one of the miriad of programs that are available for free. You could try this one and see what you think.

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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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As per Gordon Kelly,Microsoft has decided to allow users to completely disable telemetry in a future update (later this year) as I see it,this is pretty big news! will Microsoft stick to their word? time will tell... http://www.forbes.com/sites/gordonke.../#16deb9603974

Answer:Microsoft will allow users to disable telemetry

Sounded good until I read this:






Other important takeaways from Microsoft?s telemetry U-turn? While it may change in future, for now full control over telemetry is currently only being brought to Windows 10 Enterprise. This means users of Windows 10 Home and Pro, typically consumers and small businesses respectively, will still need to cede control.

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As per Gordon Kelly,Microsoft has decided to allow users to completely disable telemetry in a future update (later this year) as I see it,this is pretty big news! will Microsoft stick to their word? time will tell... http://www.forbes.com/sites/gordonke.../#16deb9603974

Answer:Microsoft will allow users to disable telemetry

Sounded good until I read this:






Other important takeaways from Microsoft?s telemetry U-turn? While it may change in future, for now full control over telemetry is currently only being brought to Windows 10 Enterprise. This means users of Windows 10 Home and Pro, typically consumers and small businesses respectively, will still need to cede control.

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"win10 is a masterpiece of data collection" (telemetry). could be argued as spying

SpyBot Anti Beacon is a utility that can reliably turn off Win10's unwelcome behaviour.

its a freebie and the main program window has four tabs for four different functions or info screens. best to have all the entries to be green, that is all the spying turned off. clicking the Immunize button at the bottom of the page, is the way to go. then tab two, etc. also available as a portable version
https://www.safer-networking.org/spybot-anti-beacon/
 

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I've got Win10 Pro so I used GPEdit to disable her in the policies, but Cortana is still in the background processes.
When I had Wiin10 HOme, I would physically rename the SearchUI folder in the WIndows dir. But that had its drawbacks.
Now I have Win10 Pro Creators.

Is there a 3rd party app that totally shuts Cortana down and limits telemetry? Wahts the best way of terminating Cortana these days?
(I know with major updates she comes back.. : ( )

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I am still unable to upgrade to Windows 10. Running Windows 8.1 64-bit on an HP Pavilion 15 laptop. I ran DISM and ended up with the following message:
 
AutoAnalysis::
FIXED: Performed DISM repair on file Amd64\CNBJ2530.DPB of version 6.3.9600.17415.
CORRUPT: C:\Windows\winsxs\amd64_microsoft-windows-u..ed-telemetry-client_31bf3856ad364e35_6.3.9600.17842_none_90da81a4dac50d54\utc.app.json
CORRUPT: C:\Windows\winsxs\amd64_microsoft-windows-u..ed-telemetry-client_31bf3856ad364e35_6.3.9600.17842_none_90da81a4dac50d54\telemetry.ASM-WindowsDefault.json
 
Any suggestions are appreciated.
 

Answer:Anyone know how to repair telemetry code errors?

If you want, I have the fix for it. However it doesn't help upgrading to Windows 10 at all from what I've seen so far. Doesn't hurt to try if you want.

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I guess this is not a new question and apologise in advance if I am repeating it but I failed to unearth anything helpful through Search:
I upgraded my laptop to Windows 10 one month ago. Reliability Monitor, which I run every day, has advised me three times since May 22nd that Microsoft Compatibility Telemetry stopped working. The application name is CompatTelRunner.exe at C:\Windows\System32.
1. What causes it to execute and how often might that be - are the three times so far likely to be its total attempts?
2. Other than suffering its periodic appearance (I am comforted by a straight line 10 in Reliability Monitor), I wonder if there is a simple solution to this matter?

Answer:Microsoft Compatibility Telemetry AppCrash

Hi Bob,
I have the same problem. CompatTelRunner.exe crashes everyday the tablet is on. The last time it happened was a few minutes ago. Problem reporting always says "No new solutions found. When solutions are available, they will appear in Security and Maintenance."
I have reinstalled Windows from scratch several weeks ago, but it did not make a difference.

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Hello,
 
I tried uninstalling all of the Hewlett Packard program files (which I don't use anymore) from my computer this past summer. I used RevoUninstaller, the windows uninstaller and did some of it manually. I just ran DDS and there are plenty of HP processes on the computer. There are also McAfee stuff still around, which I don't need. Is there any chance I can get help removing these files for good?
 
As an aside, I just removed some PUP.Offerware malware that Malwarebytes caught. If you think I think to go over the malware forum because of this, please let me know. I didn't see anything bad in the DDS report, but I'm not an expert. I'm experiencing no problems at the moment (and wasn't when I caught the malware either).
 
I have the other DDS log too, but there is no attachment option - so I'll wait on that.
 
Thanks - you guys are the best!
 
 
Here is the DDS log:
DDS (Ver_2012-11-20.01) - NTFS_x86
Internet Explorer: 9.0.8112.16464
Run by Joseph McBride at 16:29:19 on 2013-02-28
#Option MBR scan  is disabled.
Microsoft Windows 7 Professional   6.1.7601.1.1252.1.1033.18.3069.1383 [GMT -5:00]
.
SP: Windows Defender *Enabled/Updated* {D68DDC3A-831F-4fae-9E44-DA132C1ACF46}
.
============== Running Processes ================
.
C:\Windows\system32\wininit.exe
C:\Windows\system32\lsm.exe
C:\Windows\system32\nvvsvc.exe
C:\Program Files\NVIDIA Corporation\3D Vision\nvSCPAPISvr.exe
C:\Windows\system32\atiesrxx.exe
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Answer:Remove HP and McAfee for good

Hello, Welcome to BleepingComputer.
I'm nasdaq and will be helping you.
 
If you can please print this topic it will make it easier for you to follow the instructions and complete all of the necessary steps.
===
Please run the McAfee remover tool.
http://mcafee-removal-tool.com/
 
===
 
Please download ComboFix from any of the links below, and save it to your desktop. For information regarding this download, please visit this web page: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/combofix/how-to-use-combofix
 
Link 1
Link 2
 
 
* IMPORTANT !!! Save ComboFix.exe to your Desktop
 
IMPORTANT....
 
1. Close any open browsers.
 
2. Close/disable all anti virus and anti malware programs so they do not interfere with the running of ComboFix.
 
3. Do not install any other programs until this if fixed.
 
How to : Disable Anti-virus and Firewall...
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic114351.html
 
Double click on ComboFix.exe & follow the prompts. When finished, it will produce a report for you. Please post the C:\ComboFix.txt
Note:
Do not mouse click ComboFix's window while it's running. That may cause it to stall
 
Note: If you have difficulty properly disabling your protective programs, refer to this link --> http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic114351.html
 
Note: If after running ComboFix you get this error message "Illegal operation attempted on a registry key that has been marked for ... Read more

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Could you please help me remove WebSiteViewer for good? I can delete the associated files (126099.exe, etc....), but once I reboot, it reinstalls itself.

Here's my Hijack This log. Thanks very much.
Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.0
Scan saved at 5:38:23 PM, on 1/29/2005
Platform: Windows XP SP1 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP1 (6.00.2800.1106)

Running processes:
C:\WINNT\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\services.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINNT\System32\ibmpmsvc.exe
C:\Program Files\ThinkPad\Utilities\TpKmapMn.exe
C:\Program Files\ThinkPad\Utilities\TpKmapMn.exe
C:\WINNT\System32\Ati2evxx.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINNT\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\Program Files\Cisco\CSAgent\bin\CSAControl.exe
C:\Program Files\Cisco\CSAgent\bin\leventmgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Altiris\eXpress\NS Client\AeXNSAgent.exe
C:\Program Files\Connected\CBRegCap.EXE
C:\Program Files\Cisco Systems\CEPS\CEPSWatch.exe
C:\Program Files\Connected\CBlaunch.exe
C:\Program Files\Cisco Systems\VPN Client\cvpnd.exe
C:\Program Files\Credant\Gatekeeper\Gatekeeper.exe
C:\Program Files\Network Associates\Common Framework\FrameworkService.exe
C:\Program Files\Network Associates\VirusScan\mcshield.exe
C:\Program Files\Network Associates\VirusScan\vstskmgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\VS7Debug\mdm.exe
C:\Program Files\Dantz\Retrospect\retrorun.exe
C:\Program Files\Analog Devices\SoundMAX\SMAgent.e... Read more

Answer:Pls. help me remove WebSiteViewer for good

Hi and welcome to TSG,

Please download and run the following program(s):

CWSHREDDER

http://www.intermute.com/spysubtract/cwshredder_download.html

Close all browser windows, open cwshredder.exe then click "Fix" and let it run.

Then restart your computer.

AD-AWARE

Go here: http://www.lavasoftusa.com/support/download/
and download Ad-Aware SE Personal

Install the program and launch it.

First, in the bottom right-hand corner of the main window click on Check for updates now then click Connect and download the latest reference files.

Then, in the main window: Click Start and under Select a scan Mode tick Perform full system scan.

Then, deselect Search for negligible risk entries.

To start the scan, click the Next button.

When the scan is finished mark everything for removal and get rid of it. (Right-click the window and choose select all from the drop down menu and then click Next)

Restart your computer.
SPYBOT SEARCH & DESTROY

http://majorgeeks.com/download2471.html

Open Spybot Search & Destroy (Click Start, Programs, Spybot S&D (Advanced Mode). Click online, Search for updates, Download all available updates. Close all Browser windows, Click ''Check for Problems''. Anything that needs to be fixed it will show in red and have a green check in the box to the left. Click ''Fix Selected Problems'', Then restart your computer.

Do a couple of on-line virus scans at these links:

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.SMITREMYou are allowed to use smitrem for spyaxe/smitfraud etc: gotoclick hereThen click on the Smitrem.exe version 2.8 middle of the page note this is best run in safe mode2.SPYAXE UNINSTALLER click here Save Uninstallers.zip to customers Computer. (Desktop or My Documents folder is fine) Unzip or extract the file "illegal_adv_uninstall.exe" and Double click to run the file. (Nothing is displayed when the you run the .exe files) Follow these steps in the exact order.1. Boot into safe mode. If you cannot boot into safe mode, continue with the steps in a normal startup.2. Set windows to show hidden files and folders, to display hidden operating system files, and show extensions for all known file types through windows explorer; ( To do this, click on My computer. When its open click on tools at the top and click folder options. Then click on the view tab. You'll see these options in here. 3.Open task manager and make sure there are no processes running related to spyaxe. Example: spyaxe.exe, mssearchnet.exe, mscornet.exe, nvctrl.exe4. Now we look for 2 registry values that we need to delete ( again back up the registry)Navigate to one of the following subkeys:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\SharedTaskScheduler - any value in the right hand pane that says "windows update", delete itHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ShellServiceObject - any value in the right hand pane that says "reload browser", delete it5. Now e... Read more

Answer:this is how you remove spyaxe for good

^

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I have seen multiple posts online about searchindexer.exe being a resource hog, and my story is the same.

I have Windows XP. At some point I downloaded the search indexer because I thought it was an upgrade to the default search program. Boy was I wrong. This program slows down my computer to the point where I can't even work anymore.

When I open my task manager, I can end task for searchindexer.exe (at which point searchfilterhost.exe and searchprotocolhost.exe also close) but 10 minutes later, they all reappear in my task manager again and my system is slow. (as soon as I end the task, my computer speeds up)

I do not have Windows Desktop Search or any kind of search program in my Add/Remove Programs in my control panel, so that option is out.

I found someone online that provided instructions for Windows XP .. he said go to Control Panel/ Administrative Tools/ Services ... double click on Indexing Service ... click on Stop running and then Disable at startup. Well I did that months ago .. and when I open the Indexing Service it shows that it's already stopped and it's already disabled!

here is my hijack this log:

There has got to be a way to remove searchindexer.exe for good! HELP
(and please let me know if you need additional information. thank you in advance)
Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 2:32:03 PM, on 11/19/2009
Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.6001.18702)
Boot mode: Normal
Run... Read more

Answer:how can I remove searchindexer.exe for good?

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Every time I boot up my computer, as soon as I get to my desktop, McAffe says that it removed zapchast.reg and it found it through a.bat in the C:/ file. The problem is that it gets caught EVERY TIME I restart, and my comp is still noticeably slower, both in internet speed and processes. I think this may have to do with the two "winupdate.exe" listed in the HijackThis report, as I started noticing symptoms of infection soon after McAffe told me that "winupdate.exe" was requesting server access, and in addition to that, as I learned in the HijackThis report, they are linked to a "DRam prosessor"
Unfortunatly, I am not sure of this, though it seems suspicious, and it might not be the only issue found on the report.
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Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 3:57:53 PM, on 8/29/2007
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)
Boot mode: Normal

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\Ati2evxx.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\Windows Defender\MsMpEng.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\S24EvMon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
c:\program files\common files\logishrd\lvmvfm\LVPrcSrv.exe
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Answer:Remove zapchast for good

I'm starting to think I should just reformat my HDD to get rid of this thing...
 

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Hi,

I am desperate need of advice. Ad-Aware 2007 and NIS 2008 keep finding Zonebac.B. The first location NIS indicated was C:/Win32/Zonebac.B. Both software indicate that they have successfully removed it. After a reboot, they are back. I have tried to follow the instructions on the Symantec website, but am not positive about step 5 regarding restoring the bak files.

http://securityresponse.symantec.com/security_response/writeup.jsp?docid=2006-091612-5500-99&tabid=3

A number of times I have removed whataboutdogs.com and doginhisspa from IE's trusted sites but they keep coming back. NIS 2008 also did a number of Statistical Submissions (What is this?) indicating this Trojan in various application directories.

C:\program files\iriver\iriver manager\updater\updater.exe
C:\winnt\sm1bg.exe
C:\program files\roxio\easy media creator 7\drag to disc\drgtodsc.exe
C:\program files\java\jre1.6.0_02\bin\jusched.exe
C:\program files\adobe\reader 8.0\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
C:\program files\creative\sbaudigy\program\adgjdet.exe

Here is the Hijackthis report… any help would be greatly appreciated!!!

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 9:09:23 PM, on 10/19/2007
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16544)

Running processes:
C:\WINNT\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\services.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\Windows Defender\MsMpEng... Read more

Answer:How to remove Zonebac.B for good

Additional Information:

I am running on Windows XP Professional Service Pack 2 (build 2600).

I have a Gateway 500 XL

Here is the software versions Belarc-Advisor shows installed:

Acronis - Bootable Media Builder Version 7,0,0,638 *
Acronis Scheduler 2 Version 1,0,0,38 *
Acronis True Image Version 7,0,0,638 *
Adobe Photoshop Album Starter Edition Version 3.0.0.49815 *
Adobe Reader Version 8.1.0.2007051100 *
AfterBurner Media Software *
Apple Inc. - iTunes Version 7.3.2.6 *
Apple Inc. - QuickTime QuickTime 7.2 *
Apple Mobile Device Service Version 1, 12, 0, 0 *
Apple Software Update Version 2.0.1.89 *
ArcSoft - PhotoImpression Version 4.0.0.73 *
ArcSoft Inc. - VideoImpression 1.7 Version 1.7.0.26 *
ArcSoft, Inc. - PhotoStudio Version 5.5.0.61 *
Belarc, Inc. - Advisor Version 7.2t *
browser Application Version 1, 0, 0, 1 *
BVRP Software - ePhoneTools Version 4.00 *
Canon Digital Camera Version 1.0.0.12 *
CANON INC. - DPPViewer Module Version 2, 0, 1, 4 *
Canon Information Systems Research Australia Pty Ltd. - PhotoRecord Version 2, 2, 3, 2 *
Canon Utilities CameraLauncher Version 1, 3, 0, 1 *
Canon Utilities PhotoStitch Launcher Version 3.1.3.3 *
Canon Utilities RemoteCapture Version 2.7.5.27 *
Cinematronics - 3D Pinball Version 5.1.2600.2180 *
Comcast Video Mail by GlobalStreams, Inc. Version 1,60,3581,1038 *
Configure Settings Version 1.0.1430.20500 *
Creative Manual Linker Version 1, 0, 0, 1 *
Creative Recorder Version 2.00 *
Creative Restore De... Read more

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AVG Firewall on my AVG Internet Security in interactive mode keeps asking me if I want to allow or deny something called "microsoft compatibility telemetry". I have no clue what this is. DuckDuckGo nor does Google know what this is. All that came up was various posts with that name, but nothing explaining what it was, is it safe, or if it is a spoof of some kind. What is this so called microsoft compatibility telemetry and is it safe to allow it access to the internet?

Answer:"microsoft compatibility telemetry" popping up in AVG Firewall every few hrs

Worth a read:
 
https://www.reddit.com/r/windows/comments/3ss1my/microsoft_compatibility_telemetry_what_is_it_and/  AND  http://www.neowin.net/forum/topic/1261368-microsoft-compatibility-telemetry-service/ .
 
I concur with the suggestions to leave it alone.  Seems odd that a user would want to employ an O/S devised by Microsoft...but not allow such to collect/report data back to MS....but users/members/people have some very strange ideas today.
 
The folks in BC's Firewall forum may be able to tell you why AVG alerts on it, topic moved to Firewalls.
 
Louis

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For Win 10 Pro and Home installations on a home LAN with Comcast cable ISP service, and a laptop running Win 10 Pro which travels around in the US and overseas, what tools provide comprehensive coverage to shut down Microsoft telemetry, ideally with minimal resource impact and duplication?

Thanks.

x509

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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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I have read that office also does telemetry collection.

This can be seen, for example, here: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/...ffice.16).aspx

I have tried to search this and find how to completely disable office telemetry without uninstalling it. Unfortunately all I can find is how to prevent telemetry from windows update.

Can someone help-me on this?

Answer:How to disable office 2016 telemetry or how to check it.

A quick search of the linked documents shows the configuration options - https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/...6%29#configure

In the group policy bit it looks pretty straight forward to turn telemetry collection off.

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I'be been having a problem with very high disk usage on my HP Envy. It usually shows up at startup and stays like that for 15 min at 100% which makes startup very slow. I've tried removing startup programs but the problem seems to be unrelated to which programs are running at startup. The bigger problem is random high disk usage throughout the day after startup. It usually is caused by the Windows Compatibility Telemetry process. I've tried all the different ways of removing this feature from windows but it keeps coming back. I'm uploading screenshots of my disk performance with telemetry on and after ending the process. I'm posting on this forum because this problem seems to related to this Laptop alone. None of the other non-hp computers at my work are experiencing these problems with Windows 10.     

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I have been reading reams of info on the recent moves by Microsoft to force/fool/trick users into moving to Windows 10 (the GWX debacle) and the mysterious nature of many recent Windows updates - that in reality are merely setups (and data gathering) updates designed to compromise a clean tidy Windows 7 Home or Pro install.

I have tried to keep up on the latest info to combat the issue (Hiding Windows updates, killing telemetry tracking, removing GWX stuff etc) but it seems like a losing battle as it seems every month MS ramps up more crap by changing optional updates to Recommended and finding new way to force a Win 10 setup into our lives.

One idea that I am kicking around is testing my MSDN clout and trying Win 7 Enterprise on my desktop. Is this version of Windows immune to all the above crap and can I run my machine the way I want it so I am not running rampant each month trying to kill off processes and updates I do not want.

And don't get me wrong - I have Win 10 on one machine for now and the verdict is still out whether to keep it or not - but I do not want anything to do with Win 10 on our other 4 machines at this time.

Thoughts?

Sonic.

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For Win 10 Pro and Home installations on a home LAN with Comcast cable ISP service, and a laptop running Win 10 Pro which travels around in the US and overseas, what tools provide comprehensive coverage to shut down Microsoft telemetry, ideally with minimal resource impact and duplication?

Thanks.

x509

Answer:what are the best tools today to totally shut down Win 10 telemetry?

Hello, you can try Spybot Antibeacon, but note that in changing these settings you must take special care to try to avoid symptoms like:
- Cortana not working
- Search in Settings not working
- Some settings are managed by your organisation appearing in Settings, perhaps in Windows Update or Privacy, General.

Like O&O Shutup, it includes a helpful button to reset to default- helps when some of the symptoms above are manifest.

Note that it seems to reapply settings after some time- I had to uncheck some I didn't want.

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AVG Firewall on my AVG Internet Security in interactive mode keeps asking me if I want to allow or deny something called "microsoft compatibility telemetry". I have no clue what this is. DuckDuckGo nor does Google know what this is. All that came up was various posts with that name, but nothing explaining what it was, is it safe, or if it is a spoof of some kind. What is this so called microsoft compatibility telemetry and is it safe to allow it access to the internet?

Answer:"microsoft compatibility telemetry" popping up in AVG Firewall every few hrs

Worth a read:
 
https://www.reddit.com/r/windows/comments/3ss1my/microsoft_compatibility_telemetry_what_is_it_and/  AND  http://www.neowin.net/forum/topic/1261368-microsoft-compatibility-telemetry-service/ .
 
I concur with the suggestions to leave it alone.  Seems odd that a user would want to employ an O/S devised by Microsoft...but not allow such to collect/report data back to MS....but users/members/people have some very strange ideas today.
 
The folks in BC's Firewall forum may be able to tell you why AVG alerts on it, topic moved to Firewalls.
 
Louis

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I'm going to have to do a couple of fresh Win 7 installs. Is there a checked and validated guide on bringing a fresh Win 7 SP1 install up to date while avoiding all the telemetry, Win 10 upgrade prompts and any other crap Microsoft kept shoving down on Win 7 users?

I know there are integrated 3rd party ISOs out there but I'm a bit wary of such builds as one can never really know if there is something malicious inserted, so a guide using official sources would be preferred, but as a last resort a popular and checked by many all-in-one solution could be an option.
 

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I want enter net explorer and no matter how i try to remove Toshiba as homepage and Goole as search engine I can not

Answer:How can I remove Toshiba and Google for good?

I assume you mean you want "Internet Explorer". That is a browser, same as Firefox or Chrome (if you are familiar with either of these alternatives). Your homepage is something completely different. It is wherever your browser first goes to when you open it. It's therefore difficult to interpret your question. I will assume you want to use Internet Explorer browser and you wish to set a homepage of your choice. This link shows you how you do it (4 steps):http://browsers.about.com/od/intern...Let us know if I've understood your question and if you still have problems just respond here on this thread and we'll look further.Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanksmessage edited by Derek

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Hi, I notice you guys can walk me through some virus removal. I have Trojan Vundo, two identified as 'Download.Trojan' by Norton, Adware.Iefeats, and Adware.CWSIEFeats. The Norton fix for vundo wouldn't work on computer: HP laptop with Windows XP Home.

Also, I don't know if this is related to the above (I'm assuming it is), but my computer keeps trying to send out hundreds of emails, which Norton scans and usually burps out. What is going on with this?

Thank you in advance, you're all angels.
 

Answer:help me remove viruses--semantic help no good!

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First off THANKS to all that give there time and knowledge to this site, I have used it before to correct issues and have always had great success.

I have Zapchast.reg loose inside, I used Hijackthis, Registry mechanic, Superantispy, Adware 2007 and cannot not seem to rid this vermin. It keeps getting deleted by "On access virus scan" but seems to reappear after a reboot. So the first report is the virus scan log and the second is the Hijackthis report. If anyone sees anything wierd let me know, as I am not able to know what files are good and what are bad? Other than if it is something I use on the computer it should be ok. System is Windows XP anything else needed I would have to check.

Thanks so much in advance

Antispyh8tr

On access scan log

8/24/2007 2:15:38 PM Statistics:
8/24/2007 2:15:38 PM Files scanned: 1475
8/24/2007 2:15:38 PM Files detected: 0
8/24/2007 2:15:38 PM Files cleaned: 0
8/24/2007 2:15:38 PM Files deleted: 0
8/24/2007 2:15:38 PM Files moved: 0
8/24/2007 2:16:56 PM Engine version = 5.1.00
8/24/2007 2:16:56 PM DAT version = 5064
8/24/2007 2:16:56 PM Number of virus signatures in EXTRA.DAT = None
8/24/2007 2:16:56 PM Names of viruses that EXTRA.DAT can detect = None
8/24/2007 6:00:24 PM Deleted PHCORP\BDelhagen firef0x.exe C:\a.bat ZapChast.reg (Trojan)

Hijackthis

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 7:02:23 PM, on 8/24/2007
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)... Read more

Answer:Solved: Zapchast.reg How to remove for good

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Hey all.. Is it a good idea to remove my Li-Ion battery from my HP Laptop and work my laptop on main powers..And then use plug the battery in at least once a day for 1-2 hours (when i move the laptop)..Because recently my old laptops battery went bad because of overheating problems so I had to buy a new one...? Is that a good idea or will the battery lose memory?

Answer:Good idea to remove battery?

Never heard of anyone doing that before as for the laptops as far as I knew ran off of the secondary circuit or at least used to. Primary circuit being the charging for the battery, then the secondary being the laptop drawing off of the battery that is powered through the primary.If your laptop does run without the battery attached it is VERY dangerous to your data on your hard drive. The slightest power disruption can crash your laptop without the battery acting as a reserve.I personally would just make a habit out of plugging in the laptop when using it and  outlet available, and unplugging it when not in use so the battery does not build memory and go bad on you.Also overheating of a battery is a good indication on that old laptop that the cells in that battery had had it and a new battery probably would have operated cooler. When batteries start to go back they resist taking a charge and generally produce heat by this resistance to take the full charge.

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I got a dialer program on my machine, and it's bugging the hell outta me, not to mention it might end up costing me a BUNDLE of money, cause it dials without me knowing to god knows where, and pulls up some website called adslim. I have installed spywareblaster and it still pops up, so I'm not doing something right. (some webmaster I am) anyway.. I have a HJT log file ready to post whenever asked. Thanks geeks!
 

Answer:Irritated with dialers, how to remove for good??

Hi Spamdango,

Please start with the Cleanup Tutorial HERE:

READ ME FIRST BEFORE ASKING FOR SUPPORT: Basic Spyware, Trojan and Virus Removal

There are only a few of us Volunteers who regularly offer advice in this forum. Running through the above Tutorial will remove a lot of stuff that would otherwise clog a HijackThis Log and will save us valuable time.

Please let us know the steps that you are able to complete and the ones that give you problems. Note that you need to be in Safe Mode with System Restore OFF (if you have it) and have the Viewing of Hidden Files ENABLED as per the instructions in the link. Make sure to do the Online Scans.

Post back and let us know how you fared. Also, send us a HijackThis Log. Please be sure to follow the instructions below:

Note that your HijackThis should be up-to-date (v1.99.1) and MUST be extracted to its own safe folder ? C:\Program Files\HijackThis ! Should you need a Fresh Download of HJT, get it HERE: HijackThis v1.99.1

Also note that, before you scan, you MUST close all running programs including your web browser, e-mail and items in the system tray.

Please save your HJT Log as a .txt File and attach it via the "Manage Attachments" tool in the Additional Options section when you post.

Somebody will review you log as time permits!

PP
 

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Wondering if anyone knows of a good easy to use program to remove pet green eye from photos that will save your photo with the high quality that it was to begin with?

If anyone knows of an online photo printing place that offers Pet Green Eye removal. This would help too.

I have Photoshop, but I would prefer to not use Photoshop for this since it is not automatic and would be too time consuming. Unless there is some plugin that would do it with the touch of one button.

I tried PicMonkey online but it didn't work very well.

Answer:I am looking for a good program to remove Pet Green Eye

I know you said you think PS is too time consuming but ... uh ... I just use the "color replacement tool" for that. You pick a color, swipe over the eye color portion of the image and done !!! You can size it, put a border on it, change the background ...

My computer crashed and I'm on the forum looking for a solution ... otherwise I would offer to just do it for ya.

Anyway, good luck with it.

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Please help me! I have been trying for weeks to remove this adware from my pc. NAV 2004 detects it but will not delete. I have then tracked the dll files down and deleted but a new dll is created not long after. How do I remove this for good?

Thanks for your help. It is greatly appreciated.

Answer:adware Mainseach - How to remove for good?

Please download HijackThis. Create a folder at C:\HJT and move HijackThis.exe there. Run a scan and save the log file. Post the whole log file here. Do not fix anything since most of them listed there are harmless (some are system required). This program will help us determine if there is any spyware/malware on your computer.

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I have some damn spyware on my pc and im looking for a program that will fond it and remove it.

What is a good one?

Thnx
 

Answer:A good program to remove spyware?

Adaware from LavaSoft has always served me well
 

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7lucJTFFyqYDo you recommend this method or is there a better way? Thanks for your comments.

Answer:Is this a good way to remove old drivers from WinXP?

I'm not going to click on your link, but why are you trying to remove drivers?

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I have been reading reams of info on the recent moves by Microsoft to force/fool/trick users into moving to Windows 10 (the GWX debacle) and the mysterious nature of many recent Windows updates - that in reality are merely setups (and data gathering) updates designed to compromise a clean tidy Windows 7 Home or Pro install.

I have tried to keep up on the latest info to combat the issue (Hiding Windows updates, killing telemetry tracking, removing GWX stuff etc) but it seems like a losing battle as it seems every month MS ramps up more crap by changing optional updates to Recommended and finding new way to force a Win 10 setup into our lives.

One idea that I am kicking around is testing my MSDN clout and trying Win 7 Enterprise on my desktop. Does anyone know if Is this version of Windows is immune to all the above crap?

And don't get me wrong - I have Win 10 on one machine for now and the verdict is still out whether to keep it or not - but we are Windows 7 for the forseeable and do not want anything to do with Win 10 on our other 4 machines at this time.

Thoughts?

VP

Answer:Win 10 Nagware/Telemetry via WU - Win7 Enterprise version immune?

As long as you read what each update does you`ll be fine, don`t like the update, just hide it. Simple.

There`s nothing else we can do.

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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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