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Question: Remove Windows Telemetry Center

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 restarts.Please keep in mind that you need to press the F8 key before the Windows start-up logo appears.
Note: With some computers, if you press and hold a key as the computer is booting you will get a stuck key message. If this occurs, instead of pressing and holding the "F8 key", tap the "F8 key" continuously until you get the Advanced Boot Options screen.

On the Advanced Boot Options screen, use the arrow keys to highlight Safe Mode with Networking , and then press ENTER.

STEP 2: Run RKill to terminate known malware processes associated with Windows Telemetry Center.
RKill is a program that will attempt to terminate all malicious processes associated with Windows Telemetry Center,so that we will be able to perform the next step without being interrupted by this malicious software.
Because this utility will only stop Windows Telemetry Center running process, and does not delete any files, after running it you should not reboot your computer as any malware processes that are configured to start automatically will just be started again.

While your computer is in <em>Safe Mode with Networking</em> ,please download the latest official version of RKill.Please note that we will use a renamed version of RKILL so that Windows Telemetry Center won?t block this utility from running.
RKILL DOWNLOAD LINK (This link will automatically download RKILL renamed as iExplore.exe)

Double-click on the iExplore.exe icon in order to automatically attempt to stop any processes associated with Windows Telemetry Center.


RKill will now start working in the background, please be patient while the program looks for various malware programs and tries to terminate them.


When Rkill has completed its task, it will generate a log. You can then proceed with the rest of the guide.

WARNING: Do not reboot your computer after running RKill as the malware process will start again , preventing you from properly performing the next step.

STEP 3: Remove Windows Telemetry Center malicious files with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware FREE

Download the latest official version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware FREE.
MALWAREBYTES ANTI-MALWARE DOWNLOAD LINK (This link will open a download page in a new window from where you can download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free)

Start the Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware installation process by double clicking on Malwarebytes Anti-Malware-setup file.


When the installation begins, keep following the prompts in order to continue with the setup process. Do not make any changes to default settings and when the program has finished installing, make sure you leave both the Update Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware and Launch Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware checked. Then click on the Finish button. If Malwarebytes' prompts you to reboot, please do not do so.


Malwarebytes Anti-Malware will now start and you'll be prompted to start a trial period , please select 'Decline' as we just want to use the on-demand scanner.


On the Scanner tab,select Perform full scan and then click on the Scanbutton to start scanning your computer.


Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware will now start scanning your computer for Windows Telemetry Center malicious files as shown below.


When the scan is finished a message box will appear, click OK to continue
You will now be presented with a screen showing you the malware infections that Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware has detected.Please note that the infections found may be different than what is shown in the image.Make sure that everything is Checked (ticked) and click on the Remove Selected button.

Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware will now start removing the malicious files.After completing this task it will display a message stating that it needs to reboot,please allow this request and then let your PC boot in Normal mode.

STEP 4: Remove Windows Telemetry Center rootkit with HitmanPro

This step can be performed in Normal Mode ,so please download the latest official version of HitmanPro.
HITMANPRO DOWNLOAD LINK (This link will open a download page in a new window from where you can download HitmanPro)

Double click on the previously downloaded file to start the HitmanPro installation.

IF you are experiencing problems while trying to starting HitmanPro, you can use the "<em>Force Breach</em>" mode.To start this program in Force Breach mode, hold down the left CTRL-key when you start HitmanPro and all non-essential processes are terminated, including the malware process.

Click on Next to install HitmanPro on your system.


The setup screen is displayed, from which you can decide whether you wish to install HitmanPro on your machine or just perform a one-time scan, select a option then click on Next to start a system scan.


HitmanPro will start scanning your system for malicious files. Depending on the the size of your hard drive, and the performance of your computer, this step will take several minutes.


Once the scan is complete,a screen displaying all the malicious files that the program found will be shown as seen in the image below.After reviewing each malicious object click Next.


Click Activate free license to start the free 30 days trial and remove the malicious files.


HitmanPro will now start removing the infected objects, and in some instances, may suggest a reboot in order to completely remove the malware from your system. In this scenario, always confirm the reboot action to be on the safe side.
If you are still experiencing problems while trying to remove Windows Telemetry Center from your machine, please start a new thread in our Malware Removal Assistance forum.

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Preferred Solution: Remove Windows Telemetry Center

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






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

You can disable this Compatibility Appraiser task using following steps:

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

2. Now go to following key:

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

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

3. Again go to following key:

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

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

Restart your computer to take effect.


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

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

See related post: Updates without rollups

Doesn't break anything for me.

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Hi,guys there.My poor Windows Vista met Windows Precaution Center error,I just could not stop it by the Task Manager,its scannings and warnings had drived my mouse busy like a bee.and I cannot see its deatails on the software pool.How can I remove it?any more ideas?Thanks.

Answer:How can I remove Windows Precaution Center

The >Windows Precautions Center< is a fake program that infects your computer.It starts before the Windows Desktop appears, so, to access the Desktop, allow the program to do it's fake scan. Press OK at the fake scan, and when it is finished press the Fix Errors button. At the Update Manager screen close the program by clicking on the [X] at the top right of the Windows Inspection Utility. Now you can get to the Desktop, for now.If the infection does let you download files on the infected computer, download the files/programs requested below to a clean computer and then transfer them to the infected computer. You can use a USB flash drive, or other removable media (CD/DVD, external drive).Now, download iExplore.exe, which is a renamed copy of RKill:http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/dow...[If the file does not download, paste the following, >without the brackets<, in the address bar of your browser:[http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/download/anti-virus/rkill]Save the file to the Desktop, and double-click on it. Ignore any messages, and allow the file to run until the command window closes.Next, in order to get the Windows Desktop displayed properly the next time you reboot, do the following:Please start Task Manager (Press: Ctrl Alt Delete simultaneously) In the Task Manager prompt, click on File (upper left) and select New Task (Run...) from the menu.In the Create New Task, Open area, type Explorer.exe Press: OK You should be back at your Windows Desktop. Once your Desktop ... Read more

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I have successfull removed Norton and installed AVG (not the free one) but when I restart there is an error that self corrects and restores the computer to a previous date and undoes all the changes I made. This has happened twice already. Is Windows Security Center causing the problem? From what I've read this is not a virus. Its a legit security program. Let me know if Im wrong and if its OK for me to delete the whole program. Thank you so much!

Answer:can i remove windows security center

hi,,, windows security centre is not a security program but part of the os,,,, if all was working fine on your pc,,, when you open it up in control panel you will see what security is running on the pc,,,, in the malware tab it would say your AV is AVG and so onhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_security_centrecan you give more info on whats is happening,,, good luck.hi,,, just as an after thought,,, did you use the Norton removal tool after uninstall,, as AVG could be having issues with bits left over from NIS,,,, which Norton product & version was it btw ??

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When i removed norton this stayed and i can't find it in the add/remove. Can anyone help me because it slows my pc down a little thanks
 

Answer:How do i remove windows security center

Hi

You dont as its built in part of OS, so doesnt show in add/remove, I doubt it willl slow your PC down either as its not a scanner all it does it show you the status of your security and apps, but you can disable it by going to...


Click Start > Run and type Services.msc then scroll down list and locate the Security Center entry in the list > Double click Security Center and set it's Startup type to Disabled.
 

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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 a similar problem to some stories I have read on here. I have somehow been infected with the rogue virus that creates a fake Windows Security Center, which pops up annoyingly and will not allow me to access Internet Explorer. I have ran several anti-virus scans and the problem still persists. I have downloaded SmitFraudFix and HijackThis, so I can run and post those logs if needed. Someone please help! Thanks in advance

Answer:How to remove fake windows security center

How to remove AV Security Suite (Uninstall Guide)http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/vir...http://www.2-spyware.com/remove-av-...http://www.411-spyware.com/remove-a...http://www.virusremovalguru.com/?p=...

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how do I disable telemetry in windows 10
 

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

Answer:Disable Windows 10 Telemetry?

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks

Answer:Windows 10 Pro Telemetry - Disable

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

These only change settings you can change manually.

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

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

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

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

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

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I 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 is Windows Oversight Center?

Windows Oversight Center is a fake system security software that is considered as a Rogue. Rogues are malicious programs that hackers use to trick users by displaying false threats and problems that it claims to have detected. In reality, none of the issues are real and are only used to convince the user into buying their software and stealing their personal financial information
Am I infected?

This are some screenshots of this rogue.

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Removal Instructions
(If you experience any problems completing these instructions, please start a new thread here)

1. Restart your computer. As soon as your computer turns on, tap F8 until you reach the Advance Boot Menu. Use the arrow keys and select Safe Mode with Networking .

2. Download and run RKill.

Download mirror 1 - Download mirror 2 - Download mirror 3
Save it to your Desktop.
Double click the RKill desktop icon.
It will quickly run and launch a log. If it does not launch a log, try another download link until it does.
(This tools will kill the rogue's process temporarily. As a result, act quickly and move on to the next step.)

3. Download Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware to your desktop.

Rename the file to firefox.exe BEFORE downloading
Double-click firefox.exe and follow the prompts to install the program.
At the end, be sure a checkmark is placed next to
Update Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware
and Launch Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware

then ... Read more

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Windows No-Risk 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 No-Risk Center and stealing your personal financial information.

As part of its self-defense mechanism,Windows No-Risk 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 No-Risk 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 No-Risk 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 restarts.Ple... Read more

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What is Windows Supervision Center?

Windows Supervision Center is a fake system security software that is considered as a Rogue. Rogues are malicious programs that hackers use to trick users by displaying false threats and problems that it claims to have detected. In reality, none of the issues are real and are only used to convince the user into buying their software and stealing their personal financial information
Am I infected?

This is a screenshots of this rogue.

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Removal Instructions
(If you experience any problems completing these instructions, please start a new thread here)
1. Restart your computer. As soon as your computer turns on, tap F8 until you reach the Advanced Boot Options. Use the arrow keys and select Safe Mode with Networking .
2. Download and run RKill.

Download mirror 1 - Download mirror 2 - Download mirror 3
Save it to your Desktop.
Double click the RKill desktop icon.
It will quickly run and launch a log. If it does not launch a log, try another download link until it does.
(This tools will kill the rogue's process temporarily. As a result, act quickly and move on to the next step.)

3. Download Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware to your desktop.

Rename the file to firefox.exe BEFORE downloading
Double-click firefox.exe and follow the prompts to install the program.
At the end, be sure a checkmark is placed next to
Update Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware
and Launch Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware

then click Finish.... Read more

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I installed WMDC on my Windows 7 x64 here the other day, but i don't need it anymore, so i want to remove it. Thought it was enough uninstalling the two entries in "Programs and Features" but there is still two or more services left behind as well as a folder in: "C:\Windows\WindowsMobile", and the WMDC icon in the control panel.

So am wondering if anyone know how to completely uninstall/remove WMDC? My guess is that i have to dive into the registry?

Answer:How-to completely remove Windows Mobile Device Center?

honestly, just leave it. You can cause more issues trying to rip it from the registry than will be caused by leaving it.

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Windows Debug 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 Debug Center and stealing your personal financial information.

As part of its self-defense mechanism, Windows Debug 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 Debug 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 Debug 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 restarts.Please keep ... Read more

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Windows Defending 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 Defending Center and stealing your personal financial information.

As part of its self-defense mechanism, Windows Defending 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 Defending 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 Defending 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 r... Read more

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What is Windows Shield Center?

Windows Shield Center is a fake system software that is considered as a Rogue. Rogues are malicious programs that hackers use to trick users by displaying false threats and problems that it claims to have detected. In reality, none of the issues are real and are only used to convince the user into buying their software and stealing their personal financial information

Windows Shield Center belongs to the same family of rogue programs as:
[*]Windows Health Center
[*]Windows Problems Remover
[*]Windows Antispyware Solution

Am I infected?

These are some screenshots of this rogue.


Removal Instructions
(If you experience any problems completing these instructions, please start a new thread here)

1. Restart your computer. As soon as your computer turns on, tap F8 until you reach the Advance Boot Menu. Use the arrow keys and select Safe Mode with Networking .

2.Download and run RKill.

Download mirror 1 - Download mirror 2 - Download mirror 3
Save it to your Desktop.
Double click the RKill desktop icon.
It will quickly run and launch a log. If it does not launch a log, try another download link until it does.
(This tools will kill the rogue's process temporarily. As a result, act quickly and move on to the next step.)

3. Download Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware to your desktop.

Double-click Malwarebytes Anti-Malware-setup.exe and follow the prompts to install the program.
At the end, be sure a checkmark is placed next to
Updat... Read more

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I can't remove Windows Media Center Update icon from the right side of my tray.
I don't use this update and it always says ... update log started"
I do use Windows Media Player but do I need the Media Center Update ? Can I remove it safely?

Answer:Can't Remove Windows Media Center Update icon

I think this thing should help you Toggle Taskbar Notifications - Windows Vista - Windows Media Center

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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About 2 weeks ago my Windows Mobile Device Center add/remove programs options stopped working. I have no idea why. When I click on the option a new window briefly appears and then closes again.

My laptop (a Dell Inspiron 1545 running Windows Vista Home Premium edition with SP2) and Windows Mobile device (an HP iPaq 214 with WM6.0) are syncing information as far as I can tell. I can manually copy documents and files between the two devices. However I cannot install any software.

I have tried uninstalling and reinstalling Windows Mobile Device Center and performed a hard reset on the iPaq but still nothing.

Does anyone have any idea what could be wrong?
 

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I recently upgrade to the Creators Update. I now have this icon in my Taskbar:
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Open it and it tells me that Antivirus is being handled by something else:
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And I can see that Defender has been disabled by Avast:
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So I don't need this notification there all the time and would like to remove it.

Answer:How to Remove Windows Defender Security Center icon from Taskbar

There's a tutorial...

Hide or Show Windows Defender Notification Area Icon in Windows 10

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Hi, I have having problems getting rid of this malware. :-(
 
RCMP Ukash screen appears whenever I start the system in normal mode, safe mode and safe mode with networking.  I also see icon for Windows Security Center icon in right hand corner but the malware doesn't not seem to be actively creating pop ups. Currently I am only able to use safe mode with command prompt.  Running explorer.exe in cmd loads the Ukash screen again. These problems began when I renewed Mcafee. I have Internet access on a netbook I'm using and am unable to access Internet from infected computer. 
 
What I've done: Ran Malwarebytes (with updates from yesterday), Spybot S&D, and McAfee in safe mode with command prompt.  Problems detected and fixed by these programs but Ukash screen still loads when starting up in normal mode and the other safe modes. Unable to turn on real-time scanning for McAfee.
 
Please, any help is greatly appreciated. I'm at my wits end! Thank you so much. m(_ _)m

Answer:Can't Remove RCMP UKash and Windows Security Center Malware

I'll report this topic to appropriate helpers.
Hold on there....

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Windows Anti Hazard 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 Anti Hazard Center and stealing your personal financial information.

As part of its self-defense mechanism,Windows Anti Hazard 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 Anti Hazard 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 Anti Hazard 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 c... Read more

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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'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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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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hello all.Let me know if theres something else you needi have a hijack this log for youSystem is WinXP version 2002 SP32 Ghz drive this morning the old favorite called the Windows Security Center 2010showed up on my office mates computerright away i knew what it wasstarted the malwarebytes and RKILL tools to stop it and remove the bugger.THen restarted the machine after all was donebut its still here.Symantec Antivirus 10.1.3.94 is isntalled on the machinefirst it didnt find the trojanthen it didthen it says it CANT remove it so it left it in quarentine ( but im still getting a debugging window showing up)"Microsoft Development Environment"keeps coming up and want to show me a DEBUGGING screenIf i am not mistaken im also getting browser hijacked because a google link was going elsewhereThe computer WAS using IE but i changed it to use firefox with no scripthere is the hijack this log---------------------------------------------------------------------------------Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.4Scan saved at 3:55:23 PM, on 8/2/2010Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.17055)Boot mode: NormalRunning 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:\Program Files\Common Files... Read more

Answer:Cant remove trojans. Stated with fake Windows Security center program

Hello, antifmradio.My name is aommaster and I will be helping you with your log.I apologize for the delay in response we get overwhelmed at times but we are trying our best to keep up.If you have since resolved the original problem you were having, I would appreciate you letting us know. If not please perform the following below so I can have a look at the current condition of your machine.ThanksShould you still require assistance, please take note of the points below:Please track this topic by either adding it to your favourites or clicking the Options button at the top of this thread and then Track this topic.Please disable word-wrap before posting logs. This can be done by clicking Format and un-ticking the word-wrap feature in notepad. The logs that you post should be copied and pasted directly into the reply. Only attach them if requested or if they do not fit into the post.If you do not reply within 5 days, I will have to close your topic. Should you not be able to meet this, please notify me so that I will leave the topic open.Please do not install, update, or run any programs for the duration of the fix.If you do not understand the instructions I provide, please don't hesitate to ask. That's what I'm here for Please continue to reply to this topic until I give you the all clean. Just because there are no symptoms of infection doesn't mean that the computer is clean.If you are running Vista, please run all the fixes as an administrator. This is done by... Read more

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

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

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

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



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

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

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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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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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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I have a Dell laptop about a year old running windows 10.  Every so often a large box in an overlay covers the screen and shows text about windows 10 updates and how great they are.  There is no way to close it or remove it except to reboot the system.  Is there somewhere i can go to stop this?  Registery, app, hammer!

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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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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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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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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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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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After a blue screen the night before last my computer rebooted and the action center advised me to "Remove the VirTool:Win32/Beeinject virus". I found this shocking as I'm quite safe with my browsing habits and use sandboxie/noscript for anything that is even remotely shady.

Screenshot of the message : http://imgur.com/UcK2V

I spent the entire day yesterday running a variety of Full antivirus and malware scans, all with fully updated virus definitions, and not a single one found anything. A list of the tools I used which came up with nothing:

RKill
Avast
Malwarebytes
TDSSKiller
Hitmanpro
Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool
Prevx
Norton Power Eraser
Windows Defender

Everything, even after multiple full (some 7+ hour) scans came up clean, but Windows Action Center is still showing the same message. Are there any other scans that I should run that I've missed? How likely is it that Microsoft Action Center would find a virus in 30 seconds that 9 different scanners couldn't detect over 12+ hours of scanning? My computer appears to be running completely normally but I'm still a bit freaked out here. How should I proceed to be sure my computer is not compromised in some way?

Answer:Infection or False Positive? Windows Action Center advising to "Remove the VirTool:Win32/Beeinject virus"

I have seen this error too and ran multiple scans just as you did, im thoroughly stumped here, can anyone shed some light on this?

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Hi guys, any ideas?
I installed mimeo auto backup/synch with a 300 gb usb drive i added for music. Would like to remove, but when i tried, ***/remove was blank!
HJT log attached, any help would sure be appreciated
 

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I have a Gateway laptop. I have removed most of the garbage that came preinstalled. However, I cannot seem to remove MaCafee Security Center. There is an option to remove the "McAfee Uninstaller" but I can find no option to remove the program itself. It is driving me mad because I installed some software on the compter and McAfee does not like two of the files and it keeps popping up with warning windows. Arghhhhhhhhh . . . . . .

Thanks.
 

Answer:How to Remove McAfee Security Center ?

So, when you try to remove the McAffe uninstaller, you can't remove the program?

If you can't remove it in add/remove programs, I would first look for an uninstaller in the start menu. If none is there, I would look for one in the program files folder. Remember, sometimes running the setup program again will expose an uninstall function.

Try that, and let us know if it doesn't work out.
 

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Hello,

I saw your answer to the person who had the Defense Center virus. You recommended starting up in the Safe Mode F8 and then running Malwarebytes. I can't do this as I get the blue screen of death if I try to boot up in Safe Mode. I can hit the F11 key and startup with the previous configuration of the system. This works fine and I can run Malwarebytes but, it doesn't delete any of the viruses selected even though it says it does. One of the viruses it displays is the Malwarebytes Hijacker. When I restart the PC and run Malwarebytes all the same viruses are there. I am doing this on a different user - (Guest) than mine. If I select my user, run Malwarebytes, it finds the viruses but, when I click to see them, it leaves the Malwarebytes program.

Help!

Answer:How to remove Defense Center virus

Hello, I am moving this from XP to the Am I Infected forum.Please post that MBAM scan log yopu have..Next run SAS in normal mode.Download and scan with SUPERAntiSpyware Free for Home UsersDouble-click SUPERAntiSpyware.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 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 Scanning Control tab.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.Back on the main screen, under "Scan for Harmful Software" click Scan your computer.On the left, make sure you check C:\Fixed Drive.On the right, under "Complete Scan", choose Perform Complete Scan.Click "Next" to start the scan. Please be patient while it scans your computer.After the scan is complete, a Scan Summary box will appea... Read more

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Any way to remove orphan gateways from Center 

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I have downloaded a program called Ascentive Performance Center which is supposed to scan for various problems , fix them and speed up your computer. I do not want this program and now I can't remove it. I have used control panel for add and remove software but I get an error message that it can't be removed and it comes from SETUP.EXE. Has anyone out there experienced this before and have a solution.[topic="Ascentive Permormance Center"]Ascentive Permormance Center[/topic]

Answer:How can I remove Ascentive Permormance Center

How did you find this program? Based on a Google search, it almost seems like malware though they do have a website. Several users have the same problem trying to remove it.

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Hi,how can I remove the ThinkVantage Produktivity Center from my Startmenu? Otherwise I can't use T as shortcut any longer. Regards, Johannes.

Answer:Remove Produktivity Center from Startmenu

os?

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How can I remove (as in delete, wipe forever, never to find a trace) the Upload Center from my Win 7 Office 2010 Pro Plus?

Don't need answers to hide it or disable it, already can do that. I want it gone forever. How do I do that? (I'm comfortable doing reg edits.)

Regards,
GEWB

Answer:I Want to REMOVE Upload Center from 2010

This is the closest you can get.

Microsoft Upload Center - what is it, why do I want it and what if I don't?

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I got a key for Media pack, but I find I really don't need it.

Is there a way to remove it without reinstalling my system? thanks.

Answer:Remove Window Media Center?

You can remove it from Windows Features.

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Remove Malware Protection Center (Uninstall Guide)​

What is Malware Protection Center ?

Malware Protection Center is a fake system security software that is considered a rogue program.
Rogues are malicious programs that cyber criminals use to trick users by displaying false threats and problems that it claims to have detected. In reality, none of the issues are real and are only used to convince the user into buying their software and stealing their personal financial information.
As Malware Protection Center is a scam do not be scared into purchasing the program when you see its alerts. You are strongly advised to follow our removal instructions below.

Am I infected with Malware Protection Center ?

This is how the main screen of Malware Protection Center looks:

<img src="http://malwaretips.com/blogs/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/MalwareProtectionCenter-1.png" alt="Malware Protection Center">

<img src="http://malwaretips.com/blogs/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/Antivirus-Smart-Protection-warning.png" alt="Malware Protection Center Warning">
Malware Protection Center Removal Instructions
(If you experience any problems completing these instructions, please start a new thread here)

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.
Do one of the following:
If your computer has a single operating system installed, pre... Read more

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About a week ago, a security thing called "A360 Security Center" keeps popping up and telling me i have viruses and stuff. But i never even installed it. Warning messages keep popping up and telling me that i need to scan my computer, but i think this is the virus itself. And in the bottom right, "Security System has detected spyware infection!" keeps coming up someone please help! I have run spybot and another scanner a few times but i havent been able to find anything. Also, messages keep popping up wanting me to install "AntiMalwareGuard"

Here is my HiJackThis log:

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 10:35:34 AM, on 1/31/2009
Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16762)
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:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\ACS.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\AOL\ACS\AOLAcsd.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\AOL\TopSpeed\2.0\aoltsmon.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\bin\AppleMobileDeviceService.exe
C:\Program Files\Bonjour\mDNSResponder.exe
C:\Program Files\Toshiba\Power Management\CeEPwrSvc.exe
C:\Program Files\TOSHIBA\ConfigFree\CFSvcs.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\DVDRAMSV.exe
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Answer:A360 Security Center? cant remove spyware...

Download ComboFix from one of these locations:

Link 1
Link 2
Link 3

**Note: It is important that it is saved directly to your desktop**

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With malware infections being as they are today, it's strongly recommended to have the Windows Recovery Console pre-installed on your machine before doing any malware removal.

The Windows Recovery Console will allow you to boot up into a special recovery (repair) mode. This allows us to more easily help you should your computer have a problem after an attempted removal of malware. It is a simple procedure that will only take a few moments of your time.
Go to Microsoft's website => http://support.microsoft.com/kb/310994

Select the download that's appropriate for your Operating System


Download the file & save it as it's originally named.
Disable your AntiVirus and AntiSpyware applications, usually via a right click on the System Tray icon. They may otherwise interfere with our tools.

Please note once you start ComboFix you should not click anywhere on the ComboFix window as it can cause the program to stall.

Drag the setup package onto ComboFix.exe and drop it.

Follow the prompts to start ComboFix and when prompted, agree to the End-User License Agreement to install the Microsoft Recovery Console.

At the next prompt, click 'Yes' to run the full ComboFix scan.

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What is Antivirus Center?

Antivirus Center is a fake system security software that is considered as a Rogue. Rogues are malicious programs that hackers use to trick users by displaying false threats and problems that it claims to have detected. In reality, none of the issues are real and are only used to convince the user into buying their software and stealing their personal financial information
Am I infected?

This are some screenshots of this rogue.

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Removal Instructions
(If you experience any problems completing these instructions, please start a new thread here)

1. Restart your computer. As soon as your computer turns on, tap F8 until you reach the Advance Boot Menu. Use the arrow keys and select Safe Mode with Networking .

2. Download and run RKill.

Download mirror 1 - Download mirror 2 - Download mirror 3
Save it to your Desktop.
Double click the RKill desktop icon.
It will quickly run and launch a log. If it does not launch a log, try another download link until it does.
(This tools will kill the rogue's process temporarily. As a result, act quickly and move on to the next step.)

3. Download Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware to your desktop.

Rename the file to firefox.exe BEFORE downloading
Double-click firefox.exe and follow the prompts to install the program.
At the end, be sure a checkmark is placed next to
Update Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware
and Launch Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware

then click Finish.
If... Read more

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I'm not a fan of the 'Action Center' which popped up in the bottom right-hand corner of the screen following the Windows 10 anniversary update. I like seeing the time and date there, so I got rid of it. Here's how to do it:

Click on the Start Menu, and select Settings (the cog). You then want to go to Personalization, and then select Taskbar on the left-hand side. Scroll down to Notification Area and select 'Turn system icons on or off'. You can then turn off the icon for the Action Center.

I haven't found a way to rearrange the system icons unfortunately, so if you want to have the Action Center it will always displace the time / date.
 

Answer:How to remove Action Center following anniversary update

I didn't like the icon at first, but I have warmed to it. That said it was better before the anniversary update, much more subtle and on the left side of the clock!

I can't disable it though, I use/need it.



Becky said:



I haven't found a way to rearrange the system icons unfortunately, so if you want to have the Action Center it will always displace the time / date.Click to expand...

Can you not drag them around? I know you can with the non system icons - will have to try it when I get home.
 

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My Dell Inspiron 6400 came with the McAfee Security Center and I am running it on the 30 day free trial. But, I believe it is bogging things down a bit and it is overkill with Vista Home Premium and I want to remove it all best way and install AVG or Avast and I believe that should provide the security I need as Vista has some built in security.

So, is there Uninstall with McAfee one should use or the Windows Add remove program or something else suggested?
thanks.
G
p.s. how much of a drag is McAfee...I have a pretty good system, but it is showing a lot of Ram in use with nothing open really?
 

Answer:Best way to remove McAfee Security center entirely from system??

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Hello All,

A couple of days ago on booting my system, I go a blue screen saying that there were some errors and it automatically went on rectifying them. Below are the changes that seem to have occurred according to the log in windows event viewer.

___________________________________________________________
Checking file system on C:
The type of the file system is NTFS.
One of your disks needs to be checked for consistency. You
may cancel the disk check, but it is strongly recommended
that you continue.
Windows will now check the disk.
The segment number 0x374000000000 in file 0x373e is incorrect.
Correcting a minor error in file 14142.
The segment number 0x374100000000 in file 0x373f is incorrect.
Correcting a minor error in file 14143.
The segment number 0x374200000000 in file 0x3740 is incorrect.
Correcting a minor error in file 14144.
The segment number 0x374300000000 in file 0x3741 is incorrect.
Correcting a minor error in file 14145.
The segment number 0x376c00000000 in file 0x3742 is incorrect.
Correcting a minor error in file 14146.
The segment number 0x376d00000000 in file 0x3743 is incorrect.
Correcting a minor error in file 14147.
The segment number 0x376e00000000 in file 0x3744 is incorrect.
Correcting a minor error in file 14148.
The segment number 0x376f00000000 in file 0x3745 is incorrect.
Correcting a minor error in file 14149.
The segment number 0x379400000000 in file 0x3746 is incorrect.
Correcting a minor error in file 14150.
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Answer:How to remove a Disable Security Center Virus

Hello mach0Please download Rkill by Grinler and save it to your desktop.Link 1Link 2Double-click on the Rkill desktop icon to run the tool.If using Vista, right-click on it and Run As Administrator.A black DOS box will briefly flash and then disappear. This is normal and indicates the tool ran successfully.If not, delete the file, then download and use the one provided in Link 2.If it does not work, repeat the process and attempt to use one of the remaining links until the tool runs.If the tool does not run from any of the links provided, please let me know.Do not reboot the computer, you will need to run the application again. Rerun MBAM (MalwareBytes) like this:Open MBAM in normal mode and click Update tab, select Check for Updates,when doneclick Scanner tab,select Quick scan and scan (normal mode).After scan click Remove Selected, Post new scan log and Reboot into normal mode.Please Download TDSSkiller Launch it. Click on change parameters-Select TDLFS file system Click on "Scan".Please post the LOG report(log file should be in your C drive) Do not change the default options on scan results.Please ask any needed questions,post logs and Let us know how the PC is running now.

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I believe I have searched the history of Sync Center issues enough that this is an issue that has not yet been addressed.  If so, please point me to the proper article.  Thanks! I was making folders available for offline use in my Win 7 Ultimate edition.  We are in the process of moving to NAS servers (with new network names) and I know syncing with NAS servers is not working correctly right now. So I have unchecked all the folders to make then unavailable for offline.  I have also gone to "Manage Offline Files" and tried deleting all offline files for the network drive.  However, there is one Network Drive that I cannot get to delete no matter what I try.  I have tried Deleting Offline Copy for the drive (which it says is successful), but the network drive and a folder hierarchy remain when I view Offline Files.  Also, when I view this folder path in Windows Explorer, it gives a status of "Offline Availability: Available".  I find this odd since the Make Available Offline box is not set for any of the files or folders in this path.  Also, this message seems odd to me since the only valid messages I have found for this status are "Always Available" or "Not Available". I have also tried making all of these files and folders available offline again and removed and deleted, but I still have the same problem.  I have also tried the registry key to reset the cache for offline files and tha... Read more

Answer:Cannot Remove Offline Files from Sync Center

Had the same problem few months back . In the end had to reinitialize the offline files cache all together:

Open up registry editor (WARNING: Only for Advanced Users)
Browse to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Csc
Add a new key (folder) called Parameters
Under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Csc\Parameters, add a new DWORD called FormatDatabase and set its value to 1

You will need to reboot the PC afterwards.

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I'm running windows XP service pack 2 on a compaq with an intel pentium 3. When I click on my browser shortcut, the virtual memory show it load up to 10,320 then stop. I have to click the shortcut multiple times for the window to pop up. I can no longer use my add/remove programs function, and when I try to manually uninstall from the progs. themselves, no luck. I used daemon tools to put virtual harddrives on my computer, now it's saying a language pack has been lost, so I can't uninstall those either. here's the log file of what is happening (I hope), and I can no longer use the software that came with my digital camera, though I've updated all of my drivers, reinstalled it multile times, etc. Please help.

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 3:30:23 AM, on 4/9/2008
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\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVG7\avgamsvr.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVG7\avgupsvc.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVG7\avgemc.exe
C:\Program Files\Google\Common\Google Updater\GoogleUpdaterService.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\VS7DEBUG\MDM.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
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Answer:no add/remove capabilities, no help center, and other related desasters

bump
 

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Total Security Protection Center keeps popping up again and again. I've tried to remove it and it keeps coming back; can't be removed with normal "Change/Remove" on the control panel. I found bleepingcomputer on a Google search and followed all the instructions that led to downloading something to shut it off and then downloading Malwarebytes' program that seemed to remove some stuff, but not this problem. Still there. The last item said that if still a problem to go through these steps to post the problem. Hoping this will help and appreciate your time. Will now follow the steps to post the txt files that were created and hope I get those on correctly.
DDS (Ver_09-07-30.01) - NTFSx86
Run by CESHBAUGH at 8:52:35.15 on Wed 09/09/2009
Internet Explorer: 6.0.2900.2180
Microsoft Windows XP Professional 5.1.2600.2.1252.1.1033.18.2003.1262 [GMT -5:00]

AV: McAfee VirusScan Enterprise *On-access scanning enabled* (Updated) {918A2B0B-2C60-4016-A4AB-E868DEABF7F0}

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

C:\WINDOWS\System32\Novell\XTAgent.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost -k DcomLaunch
svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
C:\Program Files\Intel\WiFi\bin\S24EvMon.exe
svchost.exe
svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\WLTRYSVC.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\System32\bcmwltry.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
c:\program files\idt�... Read more

Answer:How to remove Total Security Protection Center

hi clide,

Sorry for delay, no shortage of posters. If you still need help with the malware reply to the post.

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I'm sick of VISTA. I have a Dell 410 computer that originally had XP Media Center. I have the Dell disk for reinstalling XP. I have no reason to keep VISTA on the computer unless it's necessary to reduce the screwing around to install XP. The Hard Drive has 140 GB of space. Please reply the easiest!
 

Answer:Want to remove VISTA and Re-Install XP Media Center

There's a complete explanation here:
http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticleBasic&articleId=9040318

If you share your reasons, we might be able to help you learn to love Vista.
 

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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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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?
 
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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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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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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After the update 14327 on my 640, Action Center does not allow me to add any more actions. Instead each time I try to add or more around the actions, it keeps removing and finally now I have only one item left in the action center and I cannot add anymore. Please help.

Answer:Action Center Add remove actions won't work, how an I get it working?

Originally Posted by Windows Central Question After the update 14327 on my 640, Action Center does not allow me to add any more actions. Instead each time I try to add or more around the actions, it keeps removing and finally now I have only one item left in the action center and I cannot add anymore. Please help. can you do a soft reset and try again?

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My notebook has been repaired several months ago, Elpida's RAM displaced one of the two Hynix's memory by lenovo.Recently, blue screen errors occurred frequently. I found the rest Hynix's memory also failed. This memory even can not pass all tests of lenovo system toolbox.I'm in China this moment. Could I remove and only sent the bad memory to Lenovo's Support Center and get repaired? Thanks a lot!

Answer:Could I remove the broken RAM and only sent it to Lenovo's Support Center and get repaired?

they will give you a new set of ram, provided that your warranty is valid in China for your given machine type number, call Lenovo in China, which city are you in at the moment. 

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I can't seem to get an Action Center warning to leave my system tray/notifications:
http://i55.tinypic.com/2eg5vs9.png

I've looked all over, and nobody seems to suggest anything other than to change Action Center settings to disable the warning. That, however, doesn't work. Some of the options are greyed-out:
http://i51.tinypic.com/n49um0.png

Is there any way to make this go away that I'm not seeing? Maybe a registry hack?

Answer:Remove stubborn Action Center warning registry?

  
Quote: Originally Posted by Apk07


I can't seem to get an Action Center warning to leave my system tray/notifications:
http://i55.tinypic.com/2eg5vs9.png

I've looked all over, and nobody seems to suggest anything other than to change Action Center settings to disable the warning. That, however, doesn't work. Some of the options are greyed-out:
http://i51.tinypic.com/n49um0.png

Is there any way to make this go away that I'm not seeing? Maybe a registry hack?


The question you should be asking is why have you turned off the Windows Security Center service? Is that also perhaps not the reason why some of the options in the Action Center are greyed out?

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Hey there, I have a slight problem, and so far, I haven't been able to solve it.

I was helping a friend who isn't as tech savvy as me purchase a laptop, and he bought the Satellite P875-31Z.

Now, it comes with McAfee software preloaded.
I was able to uninstall most of the unwanted Mcafee software, but the McAfee Security Center just doesn't want to go away.

It doesn't show up in the windows 8 "remove a program"-list, it doesn't show up in the windows store app list, and even the McAfee Consumer Product Removal Tool (MCPR) doesn't get rid of it. Well, it at least got rid of the tile-picture, now it's just a blank tile.

Is it part of some Toshiba software and I'd have to remove some software that is also crucial for the proper working of, say, the function keys?

Drives me slightly mad, first time I couldn't get rid of software ^^

Answer:Satellite P875-31Z - Cannot remove McAfee Security Center

I?m really wondering you have this problem. On my Win8 preinstalled Satellite notebook under ?Programs and Features? there are two entries for McAffe:

McAffe Anti-Theft and McAffe internet Security. I presume the same must be on this P875 too.
What must be done is removal of McAffe Internet security. After notebook restart remove McAffe Anti-Theft and uninstall McAffe Security advisor placed on the desktop (right mouse click). That?s all.

I?ve done the same.

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I have been receiving this message in my System Event Log Event ID 7000 - Service Control Manager The pcicsa.sys service failed to start due to the following error: The system cannot find the file specified. I suspect that because the new file pcicsa_x64.sys, which resides in the "C:\Program Files\Lenovo\Lenovo Solution Center\App\ldiag" folder, is used, perhaps someone neglected to remove a reference to the old file? Please help un-clutter the mess in people System Logs. It gets really difficult to see what's really causing problems when there is so much stuff like this lying around.  

Answer:pcicsa.sys - please remove the reference (Lenovo Solution Center)

Same problem here.  "pcicsa.sys" doesn't appear in any of the services or in the registry, so I don't know what's trying to launch it.  I wonder if it's Lenovo's "Solution Center"?  Beats me.

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hello,
I don't know how the mcafee security center trial version got on my laptop. I've deleted it's registry keys, deleted the folders, etc. for Mcafee, but it keeps showing up everytime I start my laptop. How can I fully get rid of it? It is not found in the add/remove programs list....

HELP!

Answer:Can't Remove Mcafee Security Center Trial Version

Hi JesseTry this......Note: Before uninstalling SecurityCenter, you must uninstall VirusScan, Personal Firewall, Privacy Service, and SpamKiller. 1. Click on the Start button. 2. Point to Settings (XP users skip this step). 3. Click on Control Panel. 4. Double click Add or Remove Programs. 5. Locate McAfee SecurityCenter in the list of installed programs. 6. Single click on SecurityCenter so that it is highlighted. 7. Click the Add/Remove or Change/Remove button. 8. Follow the prompts to remove SecurityCenter. 9. Restart your computer.McAfee SecurityCenter has been removed from your computer.If for some reason, you have removed all of your other McAfee programs and SecurityCenter will still not uninstall, do the following: 1. Double-click on My Computer (on some XP systems, click Start → My Computer). 2. Double-click on drive C: 3. Double-click on the Program Files folder 4. Double-click on the mcafee.com folder 5. Double-click on the agent folder 6. Double-click on the app folder 7. Delete any files that end with .adf by right-clicking the file and selecting Delete 8. Use the Control Panel to remove SecurityCenter, as listed above.Hope this helps

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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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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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Hello,

I have two AV programs on my laptop and I would like to fully remove the Norton Security Center. I already went to add/remove programs in my control panel, but I know there is more that has to be done to fully remove the program, however, that is all I know, I do not know what should be done to accomplish that, can you help me??? please!!!



thank you .,

Answer:fully remove norton security center program from my laptop

Hi,Try using the Norton Removal Tool. Here is a link for it.....http://www.symantec.com/norton/support/kb/...0080828154508ENThat one requires you to have your product code for it, if you do not have it, try one of the links from the following link, I do not know if it is required for these....http://majorgeeks.com/Norton_Removal_Tool_SymNRT_d4749.htmlI do not know what version of Norton you have but if you have an older version and those links do not work for the version you have, this one might....http://www.softpedia.com/get/Tweak/Uninsta...oval-Tool.shtml

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Hello everyone I am experiencing some problems with my computer and I need some help to fix it. It seams that it has been infected by a virus. The virus has disabled the add/remove programs and the security center on my control panel. It had even disabled the control panel completely but I recovered that using Tweak Manager. I tried fixing this problem by going through the system registry. Here's what I tried to do.1. In Registry Editor I went to "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" and opened that up.2. Under that I opened up the "SOFTWARE" folder.3. Under that I opened the "Microsoft" folder.4. Under that I opened the "Windows" folder.5. I then opened the "CurrentVersion" folder.6. Under that I went to "policies" and opened that.Now what I was expecting to see and from what I read from other people giving advice in other websites is an "Uninstall" folder. I read that in that folder would exist a "NoAddRemove" key and that by deleting this key my problem would be solved.It seams that the virus must have either hidden or completely deleted the "Uninstall" folder because I do not see it under the "policies" folder.Is there anyone that can help me out with this one?Edit: Moved topic from XP to the more appropriate forum. ~ Animal

Answer:NEED HELP - virus disabled add/remove and security center on control panel

I believe that the virus name is "Ultimate Cleaner 2007". It routinely sends a pop-up that reads...

"Windows Security Alert
Warning! Potential Spyware Operation!

Your computer is making unauthorized copies of your system and
Internet files. Run full scan now to pervent any unauthorised access
to your files! Click YES to download spyware remover ..."

I knew it wasn't a real threat when I noticed that the pop-up continuously misspells unauthorized the second time. Prevent, also. So I would just ignore it and drag it away from the screen and hide it on the bottom right corner of the monitor and when I would shut down the computer just close it.

I hope that helps. I've been having this problem for a long time now but never tried to fix it. I just ignored it. If there's anyone that can help me out I would really appreciate it. Thanks.

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Want to go ahead and JUMP To the End and See the Final Product1920x1080?

I Have made a short tutorial on how to add a logo to Media Center Main Screen.
I have tried to make this as easy as possible for anyone that isn't computer savvy.

Also anyone that has a Dell and does not want any logo,
download the Reg Key & use step 8 and the Dell logo goes away!

P.S. Dell People I set up your (RegKey updated)so just run it!
Here Is The RegKey For Dell Users

For Everyone Else
First Download these files
Here are some New Logos

P.S. World I'll be adding more png's to the list often!
So If you have any requests please let me know.

You may also download the entire tutorial + the files
in one download if you like




1920x1080

Answer:Add a Logo To Media Center Home Page (or remove Dell)

I would love to here from y'all and maybe even see your new logo!
So come on...
Lets see what ya got!

DemonSeed

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A puzzling translucent yellow strip or patch has appeared in the exact middle of my bottom taskbar, about an inch to the right of where my icons are. It looks like there are two words underneath but they are too blurred to read anything. I just noticed it today. Can someone please tell me what it is and how to get rid of it?

I tried to attach a photo because I realize this sounds strange, but I can't figure out how to do that.



Would appreciate your help.

Answer:Remove strange yellow strip from center of bottom taskbar

Sorry - didn't realise the photo would display. So in my previous post you can see the yellow part. Baffling.

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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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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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