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

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

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 this analysis)
Let Windows 10 Enterprise run overnight for about 8 hours (while I slept).
I use perl to parse the data out of syslog files and insert said data into a Mysql database.
I use perl to obtain route data from whois.radb.net, as well as nslookup PTR data, and insert that into the Mysql database.
Lastly, I query and format the data for analyzing.
Here is the roughly 8-hour network traffic analysis of 5508 connection attempts of an unused, base install of Windows 10 Enterprise (NOTE: I did not remove any 192.168.1.x home network IP addresses from the analysis):

individual connection attempts by IP address,port, and protocol:

select distinct(ip_address),port,protocol,count(ip_address) as attempts from rejected_connections group by ip_address order by attempts desc;

Read the full analysis HERE

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

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

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

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Hi 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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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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Microsoft Re-Releases Windows Telemetry Updates KB2952664 and KB2976978

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

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

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

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

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

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

?This u... Read more

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

Exterminator said:


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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Today has been named as Safer Internet Day. On this occasion Microsoft has decided to take some time to talk to Xbox 360 owners and Xbox Live subscribers about how the company is trying to handle reports of Xbox Live accounts being highjacked. It's an issue that Microsoft and a number of Xbox Live users have been dealing with a lot lately. So far, Microsoft has insisted that the Xbox Live service itself has not been attacked and has blamed the account hijackings on phishing scams and other methods.

Today on Microsoft's Major Nelson web site, Xbox Live's General Manager Alex Garden stated that Microsoft has been very aware of the rise of Xbox Live account attacks, stating:

I can assure you we are listening and continue to take aggressive steps to help protect you against ever-changing threats. We also care deeply about how this ongoing issue affects your experience with Xbox LIVE and your trust in us.



Microsoft talks more about Xbox 360 account security - Neowin.net

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

Answer:Microsoft Compatibility Telemetry AppCrash

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

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

Answer:Microsoft will allow users to disable telemetry

Sounded good until I read this:






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

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

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

Answer:Microsoft being more transparent with telemetry data use.

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

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

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

Answer:Microsoft will allow users to disable telemetry

Sounded good until I read this:






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

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Howdy,

I am running Windows 7 and IE11 on a 32 bit.

I recently reformatted and am having issues with IE 11 freezing when I try to open websites.

First, I click on IE11 and occasionally when I click on a website, the computer returns back to the desktop and a little circle starts to spin. After awhile, the computer automatically returns to the website that I attempted to open.

But now it just gets crazy. I ran Microsoft Fix It and dozens of toolbars and add ons came up in the results.

I can't find any of them in Programs or Features or when I search from the start menu. What gives?

I attached the Fix It results.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Microsoft rolls out SP1 blocker for shy Windows 2003 servers

Impressed with the security benefits of Windows Server 2003 SP1 but not game enough to install the software? Well, Microsoft has the perfect tool for you.

Redmond this week released an SP1 blocker that makes sure the Service Pack doesn't make its way onto a system even if you use automatic updates. SP1 is set to arrive as an update on July 26.

"Please note that the mechanism to temporarily disable delivery of Windows Server 2003 SP1 will be available till March 30, 2006," Microsoft said. "At the end of this period, Windows Server 2003 SP1 will be delivered to all Windows Server 2003 servers."

THe 81KB Toolkit download - SPBlockerTools.EXE - contains an executable, a script and an ADM template. More information on the software is available here.

Some of you might think that customers would simply block SP1 so they didn't have to deal with the package. Well, that's simply not the right way to think about the situation, according to Microsoft. This is about "recognizing the security benefits of the software" first and then not wanting it.

Microsoft sent out a similar tool for Windows XP SP2. Both that software package and the new one let customers keep updating their systems without being forced into an unplanned, major upgrade.
Toolkit

Answer:Microsoft rolls out SP1 blocker for shy Windows 2003 servers

so then that says what about the service pack? That is most likely to break your system cause they wrote some really crappy code and now you need more crappy code to make sure you don't get it and then break your server...*shakes head* why oh why do they have to suck so bad?!?

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Seems Imgur wants to make a Windows 10 UWP app. But they need to see demand for itImgur: We talked about creating a Windows 10 Mobile app, but need to see demand
Direct link to thread on their forumhttps://community.imgur.com/t/window...l-app/20039/12

Answer:Imgur in talks about a windows 10 app

All for this

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Running Win 8.1 on a Surface Pro 1.
I am testing a software suite, and recently I downloaded a new build.  After downloading, it was not able to connect to the server to verify logins, get further updates, etc.  I have the same version installed on a second Surface Pro 1, and it
works just fine.  Since the Surface SS drive capacity is low, I have these suites installed on MiniSD cards.  I tried swapping cards - no effect.  I uninstalled (with Revo Uninstaller) and tried reinstalling.  I can download and install
the initial client, but it cannot connect to the update server.
The strangest part is, I also have the production version of the software installed, and it works flawlessly.  Only the test version is borked, and only on this specific machine.
I have tried completely turning off Windows Firewall.  Doesn't help.  I am getting really frustrated - I can test on my second machine but it disturbs my workflow, and I can't understand what is screwing this up.  Any help or suggestion would
be appreciated.
Thanks,

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Windows 8 will, not surprisingly, come equipped with the next version of Internet Explorer 10. In the latest update on the official Windows 8 blog site, Microsoft's Dean Hachamovitch writes about how the new IE10 will give the user two different ways to surf the web. One is the more traditional desktop browser user interface. The other is the updated and graphically oriented Metro style experience.

Hachamovitch writes, "You?ll get the best immersive, touch-first experience of HTML5 websites with the Metro style browser in Windows 8. If you prefer more traditional window and tab management, you have that in improved form with IE on the desktop. Both run on the same IE10 engine."Click to expand...

read more
 

Answer:Windows 8 blog site talks about IE 10 features

Surely Windows 8 and newly IE10 will both released on the specific ETA.
 

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Would tremendously appreciate tips, links, or information on the following problem. . .

Consider. . .

You've got a standard/normal class c network with servers, workstations, visiting laptops, and such.

You've got three Windows servers that must remain on that network so that they can interact with the rest of the network devices and especially the Windows network domain infrastructure. However, those three servers will also be sending and receiving sensitive data that you feel you should protect from man-in-the-middle, ARP/MAC spoofing, etc.

You have been using IPSec encryption between those three servers (configured via group policy) but the performance impact is substantial.

So, via secondary network interfaces on each of the three servers, an urouted vlan, and physical switches, you're able to create a "private link" network for those three servers and give them 192.168.10.0/24 addresses.

Question: How do you preserve those three servers' ability to communicate to all other network devices and the Windows network domain while configuring them so that they *always* use the private link when talking to each other.

Hosts file? Archaic Windows command line routing commands (with which I have no experience)?

Thanks for any pointers provided!

--H
 

Answer:Force Multi-homed Windows Servers to Use Private Network (only) to Specific Servers?

two network interfaces on the server

one "public" NIC on 10.0.0.0/24

one "private" NIC on 192.168.0.0/24

Windows takes care of the rest

Still wont solve anything without running a firewall on the server. You should always protect a Windows Server with the firewall and only allow desired services through it. Setting permissions properly is also key.
 

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spybot search and destroy reports "miscrosoft windows security centre disabled" and offers to deal with it. Should I allow spybot s&d to do this ?

Answer:microsoft windows security centre disabled

You could enable it yourself in Control Panel>Security Centre.Cheers

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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'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,
My laptop has recently started to slow down and freeze and today I opened a page and it kept opening up new windows. Can somebody please take a look at this HJT log? Thanks in advance.

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 17:13:00, on 18/11/2009
Platform: Windows Vista (WinNT 6.00.1904)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16916)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Windows\system32\Dwm.exe
C:\Windows\Explorer.EXE
C:\Windows\system32\taskeng.exe
C:\Program Files\Windows Defender\MSASCui.exe
C:\Windows\RtHDVCpl.exe
C:\Program Files\Motorola\SMSERIAL\sm56hlpr.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\PIF\{B8E1DD85-8582-4c61-B58F-2F227FCA9A08}\PIFSvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office12\GrooveMonitor.exe
C:\Program Files\Creative\Shared Files\CamTray.exe
C:\Program Files\AVG\AVG8\avgtray.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jusched.exe
C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exe
C:\Windows\System32\hkcmd.exe
C:\Windows\System32\igfxpers.exe
C:\Program Files\Windows Sidebar\sidebar.exe
C:\Windows\ehome\ehtray.exe
C:\Users\maeve\AppData\Local\Google\Update\GoogleUpdate.exe
C:\Program Files\Google\GoogleToolbarNotifier\GoogleToolbarNotifier.exe
C:\Users\maeve\Program Files\DNA\btdna.exe
C:\Program Files\Shrink Pic\shrink_pic.exe
C:\Windows\system32\igfxsrvc.exe
C:\Windows\ehome\ehmsas.exe
C:\Windows\system32\wbem\unsecapp.exe
C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\ieuser.exe
C:\Windows\system32\Macromed\Flash\FlashUtil10c.exe
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Answer:Laptop is opening dozens of new windows

Can anybody help please?
 

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Quote:
A flaw in the way Windows handles DLL (dynamic-link library) and related files likely affects hundreds of applications and has already been used in malicious attacks in the wild, a security researcher said on Tuesday.

Microsoft acknowledged in an advisory on Monday a type of attack mechanism known as DLL preloading, or binary planting and said that while it is not new it does have a new remote-attack vector. Malicious code can now be planted on a network share instead of just on a local system, making it much easier to attack vulnerable systems by duping people into clicking on malicious Web links or opening malicious documents.

Now, the Exploit-db.com exploit database is getting flooded with submissions of applications that people say are vulnerable, including Windows Live Mail, Windows Movie Maker, Microsoft PowerPoint 2010, Office 2007, and non-Microsoft applications like Firefox 3.6.8, Foxit Reader, Wireshark and uTorrent, said Mati Aharoni, founder of security firm Offensive Security, which runs the exploit database.


Read More:

Windows DLL bug hits dozens of apps | Security - CNET News

Answer:Windows DLL bug hits dozens of apps

See the 'work-around' Microsoft Offers Workaround For Remote DLL Vulnerability

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I have tried updated versions of SBSD, ad-aware, defender and norton. Nothing helps.
Please help me trough!
best regards
Kjellm

Answer:Microsoft Windows Security Center Disabled Wscsvc

Click Start / Run / type in; services.mscScroll down to Security Center, and make sure it says Started under the Status column.Also make sure Remote Procedure Call (RPC), and Windows Management Instrumentation are listed as Started.Under the Startup Type column, they should be listed as Automatic.

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This is a brand new machine -- had it maybe 2 weeks.  Bought this configuration for games such as Rome Total War, Skyrim, etc.After the Microsoft -- Update for Windows 10 Version 1607 for x64-based Systems (KB3199986) on 11/08, the R7M440Graphics with 4 GB has stopped being recognized.The system now only uses the integrated R5 graphics which has limited memory.  Some games warned me and allow me to use main memory, others just lock up. The Radeon software shows it "Linked" to the R5 but it is not being used.Is there anyway to make the R7M440 the primary graphics?

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

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

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

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

Thanks

Answer:Windows 10 Pro Telemetry - Disable

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

These only change settings you can change manually.

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

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

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

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

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

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how do I disable telemetry in windows 10
 

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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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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'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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Hi,

I really have no idea what is causing this. The problem started yesterday and so far has only occurred at one website, www.emusic.com (which I know is totally legit and safe). Both times that it’s happened have been when trying to go back from a CD/song preview page using the ‘back’ thumb button on my mouse, but it seems random in that I did that same exact thing dozens of times before each occurrence.

The first time was pretty shocking. Instead of going back a page, Internet Explorer opened up dozens of copies of the page I was already on. Once they stacked themselves, I right-clicked and hit ‘close group’ which worked to get rid of about 30 of them, but they just kept coming so I hit ctrl-alt-delete and chose to restart.

The second time, it opened up new windows until Internet Explorer stopped working, probably about 50-60 of them all tiling up on the screen. After I told Windows to close them, everything worked fine again.

I downloaded HijackThis and ran it, then pasted the log into www.hijackthis.de and all of the entries came back safe and normal, but I don't know how accurate that analyzer is. My log is included below.

I started running Panda's online scan and it said I had an infection. I didn't have time to let the scan finish, so I clicked cancel to see what it said I had. It said I was infected with Virtumonde, but I don't know if this is true and they wanted me to pay to get rid of it. Their scanner also said that my old PC was inf... Read more

Answer:Internet Explorer Opening up Dozens of IE Windows

Hi again,

I hate to be a bother, but I'm really wondering if anyone has ever even heard of this happening before.

Beyond this issue, which hasn't recurred since (but I also haven't used eMusic with other windows open or used the back button on my mouse while there), I'm also having some minor strangeness. Windows explorer has stopped working a few times, and afterward each time AVG appears in the tray saying that it's running scans, but when I open up AVG, it doesn't seem to be doing anything. Other random things have just stopped working, like IE and some 3d applications and there's been some random slowdowns.

This could all be mostly normal, maybe Vista-related stuff (just started using it a couple of months ago), but any help or advice would be really appreciated. Guess I'm just worried that there's something bad going on on what's basically a brand new machine. Thanks.
 

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I recently ran an exe that unknowingly had a trojan. I had been using Microsoft Security Essentials but it missed the issue. I ran Malwarebytes and it found the following:Trojan.FraudpackTrojan.Fraudpack.GenTrojan.downloaderHijack.ZonesIt removed them. A Safe Mode full scan with AVG 2011 found no issues. I also ran Microsoft's Malicious removal tool and it found nothing.At the present time, I have browser redirects in IE9, Chrome and Firefox although IE is the most affected...seems to want to redirect away from Micro. sites, any Anti Virus site, etc.Also, I can not enable Service Center. I can go in and set the service to "Automatic (Delayed)" but it will not start.*** EDIT *** Removing DDS printout as my issue was solved.It doesn't appear a response is coming quickly but I do have some status updates. I am running WIndows 7 x64 with all available updates and SP 1. I had also been running Security Essentials. It found nothing. I then ran the following software:Malwarebytes (found items in my first post but didn't fix the redirects and Security Center shutting off)Trojan Remover (NOTHING)SuperAntispyware (FOUND NOTHING)AVG full command line scan (nothing found)Combofix (found nothing)TDSSKiller (nothing)Rkill (nothing)and finally, Avast quick scan (BINGO!!!!! found something!)After running Avast on a whim, it found a file in the C:\Windows\SysWOW64\ folder. The file was hidden and was called "msorc... Read more

Answer:Browser redirects and Microsoft Service Center disabled in WIndows 7 x64

Hello and welcome to Bleeping Computer! I am HelpBot: an automated program designed to help the Bleeping Computer Staff better assist you! We apologize for the delay in responding to your request for help. Here at Bleeping Computer we get overwhelmed at times, and we are trying our best to keep up. Please note that your topic was not intentionally overlooked. Our mission is to help everyone in need, but sometimes it takes just a little longer to get to every request for help. No one is ignored here. To help Bleeping Computer better assist you please perform the following steps:***************************************************First, I need to know if you still need help! To tell me this, please click on http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/logreply/408795 and follow the instructions there. If you do not still need help, this is all you need to do. If you do need help please continue below.***************************************************If you still need help, I would like you to post a Reply to this topic (click the "Add Reply" button in the lower right hand of this page). In that reply, please include the following information:If you have not done so already, include a clear description of the problems you're having, along with any steps you may have performed so far.A new DDS and GMER log. For your convenience, you will find the instructions for generating these logs repeated at the bottom of this post.
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This topic it may have been discussed somewhere in tenforums, if so please redirect me.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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For the last week or so, my computer has been opening dozens of Internet Explorer windows, taking me to random advertising sites. This occurs when I am using other programs, or when my computer sits idle. FYI, I never open IE in the first place. I only use fire fox these days.

Less often, my AVG will occasionally alert me that its online shield has blocked some items from getting into my computer. For example, AVG's Online Shield findings reads as follows:

Online Shield findings
Infection;"Object";"Result";"Detection time";"Object Type";"Process"
Exploit Rogue Scanner (type 1349);"xosozyk.co.cc/?id=06abQDc9";"Object was blocked";"10/21/2010, 12:58:23 PM";"file";"C:\WINDOWS\explorer.exe"
Exploit Rogue Scanner (type 1349);"xosozyk.co.cc/?id=06abQDcx";"Object was blocked";"10/21/2010, 12:37:26 PM";"file";"C:\WINDOWS\explorer.exe"

If it helps, my AVG virus vault reads as follows:

"Warning";"Found Tracking cookie.Advertising";"C:\Documents and Settings\TY$\Cookies\ty$@advertising[1].txt";"N/A";"9/23/2010, 10:56:37 AM"
"Infection";"Virus found Exploit";"c:\Documents and Settings\TY$\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5\80D74WVJ\index[3].htm&quo... Read more

Answer:Unknown virus or malware, opens dozens of IE windows

Hi,

Your post is a few days old. If you still need help simply reply back.

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just tried microsoft.com and also the windows update site and cant get anything?
is this just me or are others seeing this?
 

Answer:Is Microsoft servers down???

its working now
 

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Is MSN down? can get into everything on the net but not microsoft updates,msn and msn.com

Answer:Are The Microsoft servers down

Microsoft seems to have completely seized up. Have just tried to get into Hotmail - no luck. Also have tried the Microsoft websites (com and co.uk), also no luck.

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Hi,
 
I would be honoured to have some assistance regarding a possible infection on my computer.
 
Unfortunately, I believe my computer has been infected with a possible Rootkit\Backdoor Trojan Virus, which has disabled both Windows Defender and Microsoft Security Essentials. When attempting to launch Windows Defender & MSE, I receive an error regarding: "Specified location path not found". I decided to look into the directory of both WD (%WINDIR%Program Files\Windows Defender) and MSE (%WINDIR%Program Files\Microsoft Security Client) and some of the icons have changed to shortcuts that point directly to "C:\Windows\system32\config." Even as an Administrator,  I'm unable to make even add write permissions to the folder as my access is denied.
 
I was able to uninstall Microsoft Security Essentials but my Windows Defender will not launch. My issue is practically identical to the following topic in this forum:
 
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/494835/lost-access-to-microsoft-security-essentials-directory-and-application/page-10?hl=%2Blost+%2Baccess#entry3059425
 
Would anyone be able to assist me in this issue? Your help will be greatly appreciated.

Answer:Access is denied and disabled: Windows Defender & Microsoft Security Essentials

Hi asoft, Welcome to the forum. Please download Farbar Recovery Scan Tool and save it to your desktop.Note: You need to run the version compatibale with your system. If you are not sure which version applies to your system download both of them and try to run them. Only one of them will run on your system, that will be the right version.Double-click to run it. When the tool opens click Yes to disclaimer.Press Scan button.It will make a log (FRST.txt) in the same directory the tool is run. Please copy and paste it to your reply.The first time the tool is run, it makes also another log (Addition.txt). Please attach it to your reply.   

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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






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

You can disable this Compatibility Appraiser task using following steps:

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

2. Now go to following key:

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

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

3. Again go to following key:

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

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

Restart your computer to take effect.


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

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

See related post: Updates without rollups

Doesn't break anything for me.

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How to disable Telemetry and Data Collection in Windows 10

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

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

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

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

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

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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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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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When I click on an embedded e-mail link I get the error message "could not preform this opperation because default e-mail client is nor properly installed" when I close the error message box, It opens at least 40 browsers, sometimes crashing my computer. My defaut e-mail is Outlook Express, and it had been and still seems to be fine. I tried changing it to Outlook, but the same thing happened. I read at another forum that this seems to be an IE glitch. They sugessted a download from dougknox.com OErepair, which I tried to no avail. Any suggestions?

Answer:[SOLVED] MailTo Link error, opens dozens of windows

Try this (for Win XP):

Click Start, Run and type control inetcpl.cpl
Select the Programs tab
From the E-mail dropdown list, choose another mail client and click Apply
Redo the procedure and set your preferred email client again

Click Start, Run and type Regedit.exe
Navigate to the following branch:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Classes\mailto
(if not exist URL Protocol string) From the Edit menu, select New, and then click String Value.
Type URL Protocol as the name of the new String Value
Exit the Registry Editor

Start Regedit.exe and navigate to the following branch:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Classes\mailto

On the Edit menu, click Permissions
Click Advanced, and then click the Owner tab
Under Change owner to, click the new owner (your user account)
Place a checkmark near Replace owner on subcontainers and objects
Click OK

Start Regedit.exe and navigate to the following branch:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Classes\mailto
On the Edit menu, click Permissions
Configure the permissions as mentioned in the table below:
Object Permissions
Creator Owner Full Control
Administrators Full Control
Users Read
System Full Control

If an object name is missing, click the Add button to add an user or group.
Click the Advanced button
Select the Replace permission entries on all child objects with entries shown here that apply to child objects checkbox.
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just tried to do a phone validation with Mircrosoft tech. They said to call back in 3 days due to server issues.  There have been issues with my machines for more than 3 years. The latest updates (2-2015 to the most recent) have addressed these issues but not solved them. Something has taken over my networks and somehow corrupted the bios in several different computers. All get configured as client machines during setup.

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

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

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

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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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Hi all, not sure if this post is in the correct forum.

Im having a slight problem downloading an files from microsoft servers, im trying to get visual c# express but when i click on the download linke the site times out. This happens with firefox, internet explorer and FreshDownload (Download Manager). I have tried resetting my router and resetting my network connection but to no avail. I have also tried to download msn messenger but i get the same timeout.

The copy of windows i have is XP Pro x64, Legal and Genuine Validated

Anyone have any ideas whats going on?

Thanks Themodem
 

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connect reset from Microsoft servers 03/05/2016....why
 Microsoft blocks all connections??

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Please help I didn't renew my domain name in time with Microsoft office live after a lot of hassle i manged to renew my domain with Melbourne IT for the extortionate rate of £150 for 2 years. Now i have been told by Microsoft i cannot have my primary email address back because it is stuck in their servers for 120 days thats one third of a year. They tell me their is nothing they can do to manually remove the email id from their servers and to just wait. Their must be some way to remove it i bet a million bucks they would get it removed if it was their primary email stuck in the servers. Many Thanks

Answer:Email ID Stuck in microsoft servers

1. You had a domain name registered via Microsoft Office Live, and you forgot to renew it, si it lapsed.2. You re-registered it with someone else.Right so far?Where is the name now hosted - is it parked with the new registering company? If it is, can you upgrade to a cheap hosting package with them? If you can, you can create your own email address, including the one that's 'stuck' somewhere in a Microsoft server. When you send an email the mail servers look at the part after the @ symbol, and then find out where the domain name is hosted. They send the message to the name server involved, and that looks for a mailbox with the part of the name before the @ symbol. If it finds a box it puts the mail into it, and you download it via Outlook, or whichever mail client you use. Microsoft can't tie up your email address if they don't have the domain name hosted on their servers.

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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 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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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 am having trouble logging on to a server on netmeeting. I've tried logging on to ils3,ils4,etc...(all the listed servers), and it says "please read: double click on http\\directory.netm..." something or other. Why won't it let me call the server? Please help me.
 

Answer:microsoft netmeeting;trouble logging on servers

hit your directory button then click the arrow to the right of what comes up then scroll all the way down to the bottom left
hit the help button it will give you a new list of different servers those are gone
you might want too print them out becuase
some dont work well good luck
 

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No idea what I have if anything, but I'm unable to access some specific websites which for all intents and purposes prevent me from using Windows Live Messenger, and Mail, as well as accessing quite a few different Microsoft sites. I cannot, for example get to login.live.com, or windows.microsoft.com anymore. A lot of people with similar problems were unable to use Windows Update, which I seem to be able to. Windows Live Mail though cannot receive mail from my hotmail account, and I can't log into Windows Live Messenger. This is on Windows 7.

I got some kind of virus earlier - carelessly browsing the web with lacking protection to be frank - and so used MalwareBytes which found the/some of the infections - trojans mostly. It seemed the problem had gone until various Microsoft related services stopped working properly. I've run various anti virus/malware/spyware programs (AVG, Spybot S&D, Malware Bytes, Hitman Pro) to no avail. They don't find any infections.

So I've run out of ideas, and hence I'm here. Much thanks in advance -- how I shall I proceed?

Answer:Can't access some Microsoft related websites and servers

Press Windows+R key and type services.msc and click okright click on dns client service and stop itAre you able to browse microsoft websites now?

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[Exploits] Microsoft WINS Remote Exploit (MS04-045), Windows NetDDE Remote Exploit (MS04-031) http://lists.virus.org/kotik-0412/msg00032.htmlThe first public exploits have been released for both MS04-031 (NetDDE) and MS04-045 (WINS). Its hunting season once again it would appear. Both vulnerabilities from Q4 2004 have had the first publicly availible exploits released Friday. The Windows NetDDE RPC service is not started by default, but the exploit has been tested on Windows 2000 SP2 through SP4 and Windows XP SP0 through SP1. For WINS although the vulnerability allegedly affects up to and including Windows 2003 server the exploit has only been tested on Windows 2000. Keep an eye on Firewall and IDS logs for an increase in traffic on 42/TCP for the WINS and 139/TCP for NetDDE.

Answer:Hackers Sniffing For Vulnerable Microsoft Servers

ISC highlights an increase in WINS server vulnerablity (MS04-045) attacks http://isc.sans.org//diary.php?date=2005-01-03

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I'm trying to setup a new Surface Pro, and some of the software comes from Microsoft ( Office 365, Creators Update, Visual Studio Community ). I've been at this for two days, and the downloads from Microsoft servers start, then stall. I've also tried getting the install files on my desktop with the same results.
I have checked my download speed and it clocks at a steady 160 mbps, so the connection is good. I have also downloaded from other sites, and there is absolutely no problem with them.
I searched the net for info on this topic with no results, and also the MSFT Community. Is anyone else seeing this behavior or do I need to look further at my own system?

Answer:Are Microsoft Download servers exceptionally slow ?

I haven't faced any problems myself. It's possible Microsoft servers are swamped with the Creators Update rolling out and all that.

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Hi
In your experience can any fails on the above be attributed to over busy servers?

Answer:Remote Procedure Call Microsoft servers

Welcome to the forum.

The question is very vague. If you could explain the question more fully a meaningful answer can be provided.

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Now that American law allows ISP's to sell my browsing data off to political propaganda firms (such as Cambridge Analytica), I'd like to take some precautions to make this a little more difficult by changing my browsing DNS servers over to Google's. I've been able to do this on my Ubuntu, Windows 10 Laptop but have no idea how to do this in my Windows Phone (950XL). Does anyone know if this option is available?

Answer:Changing Microsoft 950XL DNS Servers Over to Google's

You think Google is safer? Hahaha hahaha
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Found this posted on anadtech forum. You can add this list to your Hosts file if you want to block them.

http://pastebin.com/050GLwG8

I see some are ad servers and trackers, like doubleclick so it is not all Microsoft servers but the post on anadtech said to use this to stop data collection in Win10.
 

Answer:Look at how many servers Microsoft has collecting data in Win10

I'm wondering if blocking these will prevent Windows 10 from activating.
 

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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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Hi and thanks in advance for any assistance reply,I'm running Windows 7 Home basic SP 1 64bit os. Just a while ago I open www.mahagenco.in and a zip file containing total_run_mahagenco.exe 612kb and click_me_installer_mahagenco.exe 616kb automatically downloaded When I run it, nothing happened and it suddenly disappeared from my desktop. After assuming it was a virus, I run Windows Security Essentials and began a quick scan. Just in the middle of the scan, Windows security essentials shuted down, and the flag of messages in my task bar appeared, saying that Windows Security Center was turned off. I tried to turn it on, but a message saying "The Windows Security Center service can't be started" appeared. I restarted my computer but everything was the same, no MSE and no Windows Defender.I also open service.msc and restarted security centre but it was disabled after sometime.Also in internet explorer9 and google chrome i was automatically redirected to another sites.Then i run combofix whose log report is as follows - ComboFix 13-01-05.01 - PRANALI t 05-01-13 23:44:24.3.4 - x64Microsoft Windows 7 Home Basic SP1 [GMT 5.5:30]Running from: c:\users\PRANALI\Downloads\Programs\ComboFix.exeAV: Microsoft Security Essentials *Enabled/Outdated* {B140BF4E-23BB-4198-90AB-A51A4C60A69C}SP: Microsoft Security Essentials *Enabled/Outdated* {0A215EAA-0581-4E16-AA1B-9E6837E7EC21}SP: Windows Defender *Disabled/Outdated* {D68DDC3A-831F-4fae-9E44-DA132... Read more

Answer:Virus/malware disabled Windows Security Center and microsoft security essential

Greetings and Welcome to The Forums!!My name is Gringo and I'll be glad to help you with your malware problems.I have put together somethings for you to keep in mind while I am helping you to make things go easier and faster for both of usPlease do not run any tools unless instructed to do so.
We ask you to run different tools in a specific order to ensure the malware is completely removed from your machine, and running any additional tools may detect false positives, interfere with our tools, or cause unforeseen damage or system instability.Please do not attach logs or use code boxes, just copy and paste the text.
Due to the high volume of logs we receive it helps to receive everything in the same format, and code boxes make the logs very difficult to read. Also, attachments require us to download and open the reports when it is easier to just read the reports in your post.Please read every post completely before doing anything.
Pay special attention to the NOTE: lines, these entries identify an individual issue or important step in the cleanup process.Please provide feedback about your experience as we go.
A short statement describing how the computer is working helps us understand where to go next, for example: I am still getting redirected, the computer is running normally, etc. Please do not describe the computer as "the same", this requires the extra step of looking back at your previous post.NOTE: At the top o... Read more

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Question: TALKS/JAWS

Hi friends, it has been awhile.One of my friends but visually impaired(blind) wants to put talks on his phone and his computer system.What are the procedures and where can i get this software to download?. Many thanks

Answer:TALKS/JAWS

What does TALKS/JAWS mean? Plain English please.Text to speech has been around for years.QuoteWindows comes with a basic screen reader called Narrator, which reads text on the screen aloud and describes some events (such as an error message appearing) that happen while you're using the computer.... Hear text read aloud with Narrator

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Question: talks back

where ever I place my mouse and click my PC reads aloud. how do I stop it?

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So Somehow I managed to get a virus where my computer sounds like the comecial that come up in pop-ups but theres nothing there to close...and it does it alot....randomly....Please help me squish this Virus.....Thanx
 

Answer:My Computer Talks to Me....Help!!!

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WHen I open ie 8 or ie9 I get this person in the background telling me how to empty my cash and cookies how do I get rid of him

Answer:Man talks in background

Are you on IE9 currently?
Try resetting IE9, Reset Internet Explorer settings in Internet Explorer 9

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http://www.prisonplanet.com/computer-expert-us-was-behind-stuxnet-virus.html





A computer expert at the influential TED Conference in California has confirmed what the New York Times already admitted in January – that the same governments calling for draconian cybersecurity powers in order to protect against cyber warfare were themselves the culprits behind an act of cyber warfare that could have triggered a new Chernobyl disaster in launching the Stuxnet worm attack against IranClick to expand...


 

Answer:US created stuxnet TED TALKS

Honestly, I am proud we still have this level of sophistication. As long as they don't use something like this domestically i have no problem what the US created the Stuxnet. I don't think it could have caused a new Chernobyl as new reactors are designed much better and have much better safeguards then they did when Chernobyl happened.
 

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Ok now, this computer is possessed by a spirit or something. You could have my computer on, no one on it. All of a sudden a voice says I won either a WII or that I just "congratulations you won...". I go to the screen and there is nothing to click to remove this voice. There has nothing on the bottom of the screen of any program that has opened. Also I keep on getting popups from blueskyadagency, can't find anywhere to remove them or ask to be removed. Did a search for them, and that is how I found this group. I have run AVG and Spybot several times and nothing shows up in AVG as a virus, sometimes I have different things that Spybot shows. So how do I get rid of this. My popup is on, but can't find an area to place blueskyadagency. I can use some help and want to kill this computer. Anyway thanks for any help. I have windows XP Intell Pent.4 I think. Thanks LyndaEdit: Moved topic from XP to the more appropriate forum. ~ Animal

Answer:Puter Talks telling me I won something

Try this,Download Malwarebytes,http://download.cnet.com/Malwarebytes-Anti...4-10804572.htmlInstall,do a scan, let it fix all it finds.You may get a message that some couldn't be removed until the computer is restarted.Click Yes, OK, Or whatever it is to scan at next startup [can't remember]Restart the unit & let it do it's thing.I quit using Spybot S&D awhile ago & went t5o Malwarebytes.Does a quicker scan & a better job.

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Now this may sound odd, but my computer literally talks while it is in 'stand-by'!

This only started happening after I reformatted about a month ago. When it is asleep, it talks in that odd-computer voice and says things like

"Hello, how are you?"

then it waits about 5seconds and replies to itself

"I am fine thank you, and you?"
What is this? does anyone else have this? does this serve a purpose?

Answer:Qosmio G20 talks while its in sleep?

:) Hi

I remember hearing that voice for the first time. And my Mother-in-Law was going to call the police when I left my QOSMIO at her place for a while. :)

It's the Toshiba Speech System Screensaver. A rabbit in a jump-suit by the looks. And you can programme it to respond to your voice. Just say "Goodbye!"

RightClick on the DeskTop, select Properties, and choose the Screensaver Tab. Click settings to see what you can do with the little rascal.

I don't know how it can speak while your system is in Standby. Perhaps your monitor is set to switch off, but your QOSMIO is still actually running.

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I have recently purchased a new cannon i865 and it seems to make noises as if the printer head is moving when i'm not printing anything. this is especially apparent when i have just printed something!!

Answer:Cannon printer talks?

Presumably the print heads are settling down after printing. Bless 'em.

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I have this problem with XP, going from one login to another, the res goes to 4 bit color and 480X640, video settings have no effect, have to reboot. I posted the question in software forum but a reply I just got made me think, could it be somehow the monitor? Is there some kind of feedback from the monitor to the computer? If there is, maybe the comp detects a problem and reverts to the lowest res possible, but reboot gets it all back till the next different login. I was thinking the monitor would not be involved in this because the video is just output to the monitor and the comp doesn't give a crap what is hooked up since it is just a one way flow of info, from the comp to the monitor. But if there is some kind of handshaking going on, I could see some kind of problem there. So is there a handshake signal going back from the monitor to the computer? Thanks. Don.
 

Answer:Monitor talks back to computer?

Have the drivers been installed in the other accounts?
 

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Our family has two XP laptops, a Vista laptop and a brand new Sony all-in-one Vista & Media Centre desktop. The Vista laptop is wired to the router, the rest are wireless. We have a network hard disk drive wired to the router. All machines and the net-drive are in a MSHOME workgroup (I changed the Vista machines from the default), and all machines show the net-drive icon in My Network Places.

All the computers will talk to each other and share files in shared folders.

The XP machines can write to and read from the net-drive, but not the Vista machines. Any attempt to open the Net-drive results in the Vista equivalent of the hourglass and a not responding message. I haven't had the patience to see exactly how long this goes on, but it's long enough to make me give up and force a shut down of My Computer. The Vista laptop has previously had an-off relationship with the net-drive, sometimes it worked sometimes not, but it didn't matter much, files could be transferred with a USB stick using an old XP desktop as an intermediary. However, this has been replaced with the new Vista model. This new Vista machine, really needs to work with the net-drive, preferably unattended, for automatic back-up and sync sessions and to play all the music on the drive.

Clearly the network drive is alive and kicking, or it wouldn't work with XP. Logic and experience suggests that there is a Vista setting somewhere that needs sorting out, but I have no clue what it might be. The... Read more

Answer:XP talks to network drive but Vista won't

Your network drive (NAS) is probably incapable of using some of the more secure authentication methods nowadays, including the NTLMv2 that Vista insists on by default. (The NAS is probably running some *NIX flavour.)

You can make some changes to the Vista box which will relax its security standards and allow it to "settle" for the authentication mechanism that the NAS is offering. Here's one simple walkthrough:

Why can't I access my NAS (Network Attached Storage) share, Macintosh (MAC) share, linux share, or a share from an old version of Windows

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http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/ATI/NVDesperate/1

Don't know if this has been posted before, but its kinda late and I'm gonna sleep now.

~Enjoy

Answer:Ati Talks Smack About Nvidia's 512GTX

I dobut ATI made that... it's pretty childish.

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Stopped talking a few weeks ago.

Answer:Cortana no longer talks. She says nothing, not one thing. Why?

Are you talking about Windows 10? I think it is a bug, I have the same issues, but not on phone.

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no matter what i did. i would have to turn on my computer if i wanted to use it in like 30min. i would stay stuck at differnt times. i formatted 1000 times with 3 different cd's and i used 2 differnt hard drives. i haven't used the other one in a while so i should give taht one one more try with this cd.

it also takes a while to load up the programs when i click then but usually after its open it runs fine and at good speeds.

i'm running winxp pro btw. thanks

BTW i'm also new to this forum

hoping to be posting in here alot more and learning a few things


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i know it says "talks" in the title but i'm sure everyone knows i mean "takes"

Answer:computer ALWAYS talks like 30min to start

Hi dthug, welcome to TSF...

after formatting, did you install your motherboard drivers and are all your other hardware drivers present and up-to-date? Do you have any exclamation marks in your Device Management console:

- Click Start -> Run -> type:
devmgmt.msc
- Click OK
- Click View -> Show hidden devices
- Post back on any errors you find..if any
- Whilst there, expand the IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers section and then double click your Primary IDE channel. Select the Advanced Settings tab and post back whether the current settings are PIO only or a DMA mode please.

Other things to think about are testing both your hard drives integrity with the manafacturers diagnostic tool and also your RAM with memtest-86. If you're confident inside and pc, disconnect the power supply and check the board for any damage or heat stress of any kind. It may also help to reseat the RAM and check all connections (pci/agp/cables etc). However, only do that if you know what you're doing.

Have you tried loading default settings or optimized settings in BIOS?

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http://www.radiolab.org/story/darkode/

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Answer:Apple Engineer Talks about the New 2015 Macbook

The video does exist not sure the link isn't working. Oh well.

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I recently cleaned up my nephews computer, it was rather infected with virus's and stuff. When I finished I found that his wireless internet connection was busted somehow.
computer Vaio VGN-NR260E
OS: Vista home pro
router: WRT54GL running Tomato

We have another laptop, exactly the same, and it connects to this network no problem. I can get this laptop to connect to an old wireless router we have, its a Apple one.

I am assuming something got messed up when I removed all the virus's and stuff?

I reinstalled in the NIC driver and can even talk to the router itself. I can't seem to get a DHCP issue resolved. On the map of the connection, it shows that it connects to the router, but then there is a problem from the router to the internet. I am confused and frustrated!
Suggestions? Ideas?

Sassanik
 

Answer:Solved: laptop talks to router, but not internet

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MalwareBytes real-time protection is off and cannot be turned on. The same goes for Microsoft Security Essentials and Windows Update. This never happened before. Also, I want to clean my laptop for any other things that may or may not be related to this issue.

I would appreciate any help and a step-by-step process. Thank you.

Answer:Anti-Virus Real-Time Protection Disabled & Windows Update Disabled

Hello rogue_agentAre you able to Run RKill then these 2??Run RKill....Download and Run RKillPlease download RKill by Grinler from one of the 4 links below and save it to your desktop.

Link 1
Link 2
Link 3
Link 4

Before we begin, you should disable your anti-malware softwares you have installed so they do not interfere RKill running as some anti-malware softwares detect RKill as malicious. Please refer to this page if you are not sure how.
Double-click on Rkill on your desktop to run it. (If you are using Windows Vista, please right-click on it and select Run As Administrator)
A black screen will appear and then disappear. Please do not worry, that is normal. This means that the tool has been successfully executed.
If nothing happens or if the tool does not run, please let me know in your next replyDo not reboot your computer after running rkill as the malware programs will start again. Or if rebooting is required run it again.If you continue having problems running rkill.com, you can download iExplore.exe or eXplorer.exe, which are renamed copies of rkill.com, and try them instead.>>>>Please download TDSSKiller.zip and and extract it.Run TDSSKiller.exe. Click on Change Parameters Put a check in the box of Detect TDLFS file system Click Start scan.When it is finished the utility outputs a list of detected objects with description.
The utility automatically selects an action (Cure or Delete) for malicious objects.
The utility prompts the use... Read more

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Operating system : XP (32-bit) Home edition

Hi, only recently have I been having these problems. I've run all of the malware removal software you've suggested but with no results. I've updated windows and tried conventional methods of re-enabling Windows firewall through control panel and/or services. Two of the error messages I get while trying to activate the firewall are as follows.

1. Double-clicking firewall under control panel yields...
- Windows firewall settings cannot be displayed because the associated service is not running, would you like to start the windows firewall (ICS) service?
>>Yes<<
-Windows cannot start the Windows Firewall (ICS) service.

2. Starting Windows Firewall from services
- Could not start the windows firewall/internet connection sharing (ICS)service on local computer.
Error 1075: The dependency service does not exist or has been marked for deletion.

My second problem involves my nvidia control panel failing to open (I'm not sure if this may be related). I've removed all nvidia drivers and re-installed the most current chipset, and GPU drivers. Upon launch I receive an error message stating that nvidia control panel has encountered a problem and "needs to close" followed by the options to either send an error report or not (you know the drill).

A third problem I'm having not stated in the topic title but almost definitely relevant is the inability to created system restore points. To make matters worse, there are no cur... Read more

Answer:Nvidia Control Panel Fails To Open, Windows Firewall Disabled, System Restore Disabled

I apologize for the very long delay. We have a huge backlog of HijackThis Logs to handle and it has been taking us greater time than normal to get caught up. If you are still having a problem, and want us to analyze your information, please reply to this topic stating that you still need help and I will work with you on resolving your computer problems. If your problem has been resolved, please post a reply letting us know so we can close your topic.

Unfortunately, if I do not hear back from you within 5 days, I will be forced to close your topic. If you still need help after I have closed your topic, feel free to create a new one.

Once again, I apologize for the delay in responding to this topic.

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Operating system : XP (32-bit) Home edition

Hi, only recently have I been having these problems. I've run all of the malware removal software you've suggested but with no results. I've updated windows and tried conventional methods of re-enabling Windows firewall through control panel and/or services. Two of the error messages I get while trying to activate the firewall are as follows.

1. Double-clicking firewall under control panel yields...
- Windows firewall settings cannot be displayed because the associated service is not running, would you like to start the windows firewall (ICS) service?
>>Yes<<
-Windows cannot start the Windows Firewall (ICS) service.

2. Starting Windows Firewall from services
- Could not start the windows firewall/internet connection sharing (ICS)service on local computer.
Error 1075: The dependency service does not exist or has been marked for deletion.

My second problem involves my nvidia control panel failing to open (I'm not sure if this may be related). I've removed all nvidia drivers and re-installed the most current chipset, and GPU drivers. Upon launch I receive an error message stating that nvidia control panel has encountered a problem and "needs to close" followed by the options to either send an error report or not (you know the drill).

A third problem I'm having not stated in the topic title but almost definitely relevant is the inability to created system restore points. To make matters worse, t... Read more

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