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

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

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 information just being archived but not sent on to ms? Is this data only data about crashes(No, it can't be only about crashes because some of the entires correlate to times when programs were running fine)? Is this data only about crashes and settings under which the programs were running (it could be this)? Or is this data about everything including what files I had open at the time, what exactly was open when a certain program crashes or what file a certain program was used to open (as in when you right click on a file and open with a particular program, so the program starts and imeediately opens the selected file)?Can anyone explain what this data is precisely, if it's just about the settings of the programs that's fine, if it's about what files were open, what I typed at time X on day Y and such then it's creepy. Is this just the modern equivalent of windows xp's famous "would you like to send an error report"(but I've never seen any of those prompts on windows 8.1 when programs have crashed) or is this something else?I had rejected certain updates a while back to stop certain extra features being added to windows 8.1's telemetry and the CEIP, does this mean that that sort of data collection (and transmission or not? CEIP is turned off so is this stuff just staying on my system?) is going on anyway despite me not having those KB updates? Also does the existence of these little pieces of information every time certain programs are opened mean those programs always have some kind of "crash" during opening, vlc runs fine but always takes a little while to open, does this mean that the reason it takes a while is because my system is having to fiddle around with settings each time so that it can run?Thanks

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

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

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

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

KB2976978
KB3044374
KB3050267
KB3058168
KB3064683
KB3065988
KB3072318
KB3083711
KB3083325
KB3112343
 

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

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

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

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

Thanks

Answer:Windows 10 Pro Telemetry - Disable

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

These only change settings you can change manually.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Answer:Disable Windows 10 Telemetry?

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

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how do I disable telemetry in windows 10
 

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

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

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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.

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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'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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How to disable Telemetry and Data Collection in Windows 10

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

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

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

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

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

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






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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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just posted on the great Russian Tracker::

Финальный билд Windows 7 уже собран.
Как только он пройдёт подписание, мы постарамся его выложить.

Translated::.

The final build of Windows 7 has already been collected.
As soon as he will be signing, we will lay out his postaramsya.

So possibly could have the final build very Soon.

Answer:Windows 7 Final Build Has been collected

anyone wanna check at wzor to confirm this?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


Download Link: Script


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



* Safe, but some options are permanent.

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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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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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When a hardware or software problem occurs, you face a crash, your application is not working properly or your IE got crashed several times. When all such nasty thing occurs, Windows collects information from your computer that describes the problem and then creates a problem report.
Problem report details can include the name of a program that has stopped working, the date and time that a problem occurred, or the version of the program that has encountered the problem. Sending a problem report allows Windows to notify you if a solution is available.
If a solution is not available, you might be asked to provide additional details about the problem. Your participation can help Microsoft create new solutions. Additional details can include files or parts of files that help identify the problem or explain how it has affected your computer.
Windows does not intentionally collect any personal information about you. You can view the additional details in a problem report before sending it to Microsoft.
To know more about what information is being sent view the details of a problem report. Here?s How: Go to Control Panel or Notification area and open Action Center.Click Maintenance.Under Check for solutions to problem reports, click View reliability history. In the list of reliability details, double-click any item to view its technical details.
For more information about reporting problems and your privacy, go to the Privacy Statement for the Windows Error Reporting ... Read more

Answer:Information & details collected by Microsoft when you report a problem in Windows

Nice and informative read, Thanks!

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Hello everyone this is my first post im making on this site.
I've noticed some bugs on Windows 8.1 (+Update 1) that havent been fixed by microsoft yet.

1)Shortcut arrow Bug:Ever since i upgraded to 8.1 Some arrows on my shortcuts wont load(For sometime),others will,others will load then dont(after refreshing icons).They load fine in medium sized mode but in big sized mode last shorcut or the first 3 shortscuts load slow or i have to refresh the folder. Link to this problem:Shortcut arrow icons gone after Windows 8.1 - Microsoft Community

2)lNEWl Charms bar stops working:Go to the desktop and drag an icon into the top right hot corner. The charms bar will stop working.This came with Update1 and it randomly happens,i first noticed it when i was about to shut down my pc after gaming,then it happened again someother time later.Link to this problem:Hot corners and charm get disabled randomly after installing Windows - Microsoft Community Also video link to this problem: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oIVi...ature=youtu.be Also: Windows 8 Hot Corners and Edges not working.

3) Minor bug With steam Notifications Animation lags:Steam animations will RANDOMLY start lagging(They are choppy)like there is a framerate issue(Friend popups,messages etc.) This also came with 8.1 and requires a restart to fix it but it will last for sometime(Weeks) then start happening again and you need another restart.Link to this problem:Notification animation :: Help and Tips

NOTE that these bugs ha... Read more

Answer:3 Bugs that i've noticed in Windows 8.1

1. I have been trying to get rid of those shortcut arrows, nothing worked satisfactory for me, something to do with overlay.
2. I,m surprised it would even let you place an icon there. I was not able to do that. Top right Hot Corner is not activated here. Even when activated, bringing an icon there does not bring charms on.

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In Windows 8.1, folders and applications can be pinned to start from the context menu, but the pin to start option is always disabled in the easy access section in the ribbon. I really don't understand what is happening here.How do I draw Microsoft's attention to this?

Answer:Weird Bug in Windows 8/8.1 that no one seems to have noticed

Try pointing this out on a Microsoft forum or telling them on twitter?

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Hi,

I have just installed XP on my new hard drive, everything seems to be working except now there is no sound at all, I go to Audio/Sound in the control panel but it is grayed out and I cannot select device, I have updated the drivers and my sound works fine on my other hard drive that hosts Vista. Help me out here?
 

Answer:I just noticed my new Windows XP has no audio, need some help here.

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I have noticed that BingSvc is running on Windows 10.

Do I need this as I do not use Bing or like Bing?

Thank you for all info given.

Answer:I have noticed that BingSvc is running on Windows 10

It is a part of Cortana. You have to do the following.

If you're okay with that, follow these steps:

Press the Win key to open the Start Menu.Search for “Cortana & Search Settings” and select the option that appears.Disable Cortana in the first toggle in the menu.Once Cortana is disabled, you should see an option that reads “Search online and include web results.”

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Has anyone noticed windows xp is now laggy during startup (on my hp pavillion dv6000 series laptop (which used to have vista but was downgraded to xp)) it take several minutes to load xp once it's past the splash screen (it never used to take that long, is microsoft adding something to drive away xp users??) i did recently reinstall xp with all of updates and drivers for my laptop (could my laptop be starting to die??):major
 

Answer:Has anyone noticed windows xp is now laggy during startup

Hello,

Downgrade to XP and Reinstall XP are to two different processes right?

The problem you have indicates that something wrong happened to the installation.


Backup files, Install Vista, use your downgrade CD to install XP, since the only license you have is Vista.


If you dont want that procedure you can always do a check at your HDD using HD Tune(FREE) and then a simple defragment.

If i were you i would just format and install XP. Its much more safe and you can ensure that your HW is ok, unless you get the same problem over and over. Then we can surely indicate that your HW is malfunctioning.
 

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There's a sound event for Windows Logon and Logoff, as well as Windows Exit. But I don't see any for sleep (entering or waking). Is it possible to set a sound to trigger on those events? I know it will happen with Open Program, but then such a sound will be triggered for every program opening, which would be seriously annoying.

I did come up with a workaround for entering sleep. I use a wonderful command line utility called "nircmd". It has a "mediaplay" function, where you can play a sound for a set number of seconds. For sleep, I use a batch file and execute two commands, one to play the sound and then one to trigger sleep. But of course, there's nothing to be done for waking with this technique.

I searched around and found a couple of people interested in this, but the topics never end with a viable solution (often just abandoned). Any ideas?

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I have reinstalled windows 2 times and it has not fixed the issue.

IKEv2 connects but my IP and location does not change. Is anyone else having this issue? The other protocols work fine.

my VPN tells me that either my ISP blocks IKE (which doesnt make sense given it always worked) or my PC is the issue (but this is a clean install)

Answer:Has anyone noticed Windows built-in IVEv2 is not working?

IKEv2 still not working and my VPN provider says it must be my system I reinstalled Win 10 twice already and it wont work. VPN connects using IKEv2 but IP and location does not change. I am at a loss as to what the issue is. However I found one thread on another site where people have the same issue.

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Hello.i went to use skype today only to notice i cant start the webcam to be able to chat on cam..It was working ok under windows 7 but it seems to of messed up with the update for 10.Can anyone point me in the direction of getting the files /software to make it work again.It does not show any cam in the devise manager and cant seem to sort it.Many thanks FLTDRIVER

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I have reinstalled windows 2 times and it has not fixed the issue.

IKEv2 connects but my IP and location does not change. Is anyone else having this issue? The other protocols work fine.

my VPN tells me that either my ISP blocks IKE (which doesnt make sense given it always worked) or my PC is the issue (but this is a clean install)

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Attached are DDS.txt and GMER.logFor some reason, DDS won't attachEDIT: Posts merged ~BP

Answer:Noticed a bunch of items in c:/Windows/Tasks

Hello and Welcome to the forums! My name is Gringo and I'll be glad to help you with your computer problems. Somethings to remember while we are working together.Do not run any other tool untill instructed to do so!Please Do not Attach logs or put in code boxes.Tell me about any problems that have occurred during the fix.Tell me of any other symptoms you may be having as these can help also.Do not run anything while running a fix.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.Click on the Watch Topic Button and select Immediate Notification and click on proceed, this will help you to get notified faster when I have replied and make the cleaning process faster.In order for me to see the status of the infection I will need a new set of logs to start with.Please print out or make a copy in notpad of any instructions given, as sometimes it is necessary to go offline and you will lose access to them.DeFogger: Please download DeFogger to your desktop.

Double click DeFogger to run the tool.
The application window will appear Click the Disable button to disable your CD Emulation drivers Click Yes to continue A 'Finished!' message will ap... Read more

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Windows 10 has a new feature, just noticed it. Weather Alerts. In Indiana, I notice a notification of a Tornado watch a few minutes ago. Don't know if that is related to the weather app or if it is related to something else. The weather app has not shown the Tornado watch yet. The Notification was in the same spot you get other notification about windows 10. I wish I took a screenshot.

Answer:Windows 10 has a new feature, just noticed it. Weather Alerts.

Those are probably coming from either Cortana or the WX App. You may see quite a few.. I am sure you know where to turn those off if need be.

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I've been troubleshooting an issue i noticed with System sounds over HDMI when connected to an ATI XFX Radeon HD 5450. In my case, i;ve isolated the problem to a specific scenario... Wondering if anyone else is noticing problems with playing system sounds (e.g dings, alerts, device insertion/removal tones, etc) over HDMI so we could compare notes.

If so, could you pls also state your System specs including OS, computer/make model and your HDMI card mfr/model
 

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Basically all throughout my time using Windows, I have basically always noticed that often, Windows can login so slow and take such a long time to even respond with the automated login turned on, but then when logging in manually, it is so much faster and doesn't grind to a halt.
I noticed that with XP, with Vista, with Windows 7, and when I turned on the automated login the other day, I've only just realised again why I never used the auto login, because it often just grinds to a halt, even did on my Mac with XP in bootcamp (back in the Snow Leopard days).
I feel that I understand why it takes longer logging in automatically, because Windows is still loading the bootup stuff when it's logging in, so it's doing a lot more things all at once than when you manually log in.
But then I cannot find anything on the Internet about it, so I'm just curious, as I am certain it's not just me that's noticed this

Answer:Is it just me, or have others noticed that Windows starts up quicker without automated login?

Think I could of done without the "basically"s. I really really need to get better at proof reading, especially when I cannot edit it lol

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im not sure if its a virus or not but from research i think it is a rootkit and im trying to get rid of the junk, my computer has been laggy and my conection has been slow on the internet. need help figuring out a safe way to remove these files
 
DDS (Ver_2012-11-20.01) - NTFS_AMD64
Internet Explorer: 11.0.9600.17280  BrowserJavaVersion: 10.67.2
Run by chris at 12:49:49 on 2014-10-07
Microsoft Windows 7 Professional   6.1.7601.1.1252.1.1033.18.16383.12700 [GMT -5:00]
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SP: Windows Defender *Disabled/Updated* {D68DDC3A-831F-4fae-9E44-DA132C1ACF46}
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============== Running Processes ===============
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c:\PROGRA~2\AVG\AVG2015\avgrsa.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\AVG\AVG2015\avgcsrva.exe
C:\Windows\system32\lsm.exe
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k DcomLaunch
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k RPCSS
C:\Windows\system32\atiesrxx.exe
C:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe -k LocalServiceNetworkRestricted
C:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe -k LocalSystemNetworkRestricted
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k LocalService
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k GPSvcGroup
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k NetworkService
C:\Windows\system32\atieclxx.exe
C:\Windows\System32\spoolsv.exe
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k LocalServiceNoNetwork
C:\Program Files\ATI Technologies\ATI.ACE\Fuel\Fuel.Service.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\AVG\AVG2015\avgidsagent.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\AVG\AVG2015\avgwdsvc.exe
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Answer:i noticed system32, plus system64 and syswow64 in my windows folder

Hello! Welcome to BleepingComputer Forums!
My name is Georgi and and I will be helping you with your computer problems.
Before we begin, please note the following:
I will working be on your Malware issues, this may or may not, solve other issues you have with your machine.
The logs can take some time to research, so please be patient with me.
Stay with the topic until I tell you that your system is clean. Missing symptoms does not mean that everything is okay.
Instructions that I give are for your system only!
Please do not run any tools until requested ! The reason for this is so I know what is going on with the machine at any time. Some programs can interfere with others and hamper the recovery process.
Please perform all steps in the order received. If you can't understand something don't hesitate to ask.
Again I would like to remind you to make no further changes to your computer unless I direct you to do so. I will not help you if you do not follow my instructions.
 
 
The C:\Windows\system64 folder is usually used by the ZeroAccess rootkit.
 
 
Please download the latest version of 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 bu... Read more

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They were supposed to be available through the 15th. I check the app through my phone & PC, but they are gone baby gone!

Answer:Has anybody else noticed the free albums disapeared from the windows Music Deals App?

Yes, I've seen this as well. I'm glad I already got all of the free albums.

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i had changed permissions in Windows 10 in a system directory and made the owner as the main user. could not save files in one program (did not check all). But my back up drive also had changed some directories to read only. Note: back up drive was saved from my crashed vista computer system.
 
Mcafee had said there were previous viruses. but not everything was clear about that. at some point said they were quarantined, but a lot of them were also noted to be on previous hard drive, and not back up drive, or current drive. also, mcafee's way of saying stuff about trojans through "live safe" is through a website.. it is not clear at all.
 
but i ran kapersky, and some of mcafee's trojan detectors, and they didn't find anything... except maybe one thing found something on external drive, but i can't remember if what it found was actually a virus.
 
anyways, i tried to get help, and am trying to get that on another forum. They have told me a few things.
 
-try to restore permissions to default by some program. that did nothing.
-try to run Eset. that just detected 5 things, and on which drive i don't know, because everything in that program became black and the program froze up, and apparently there is some compatibility issue with Eset and windows 10??
 
They are currently giving me an option to do in-place upgrade.. which may or may not solve anything. i rather not do that or factory reset if not necessary.
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Question: Win10 Telemetry

Good article from ZDNet.





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

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

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



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

Answer:Win10 Telemetry

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

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

Answer:Telemetry & GWX Updates

Hi:

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






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

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

What's wrong with a little protection?

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

Answer:Win 10 Telemetry Article

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

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Question: Win10 Telemetry

Good article from ZDNet.





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

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

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



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

Answer:Win10 Telemetry

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

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






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

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

What's wrong with a little protection?

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

Answer:Win 10 Telemetry Article

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

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

Answer:Telemetry & GWX Updates

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

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

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

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

Answer:MicrosoftÂ’s telemetry U-turn?

I'll believe it when I see it
 

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Question: collected.z

hi can anybody help me? ive just bought a new computer and fairly new to all this,
the problem is this, my sound was working from my speakers and all of a sudden i cant get any sound from them, avg tells me iv got a virus collected z. in sound yet when i run avg it says im cean of virus's, bare in mind im no einstein with computers can anybody please help to clear this

Answer:collected.z

wait...so avg says you have a virus...then you run avg and it says you're clean? this confuses me

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Question: COLLECTED.AF Help

i have this nasty trojan problem..every time i reboot i get a virus notifaction and a webpage that comes up...i have ran AVG and Windows defender...nothing is taking it away...i turned off my system restore...tried to remove it there...i downloaded highjack this ran that and created a log file....from that point i am lost...lol what files do i delete? here is my log file
Thanks
 

Answer:COLLECTED.AF Help

Welcome to Majorgeeks!

Please follow our standard cleaning procedures which are necessary for us to provide you support. Also there are steps included for installing, running, and posting HijackThis logs as attachments.
Run ALL the steps in this Sticky thread READ & RUN ME FIRST Before Asking for Support
Make sure you check version numbers and get all updates.
Very Important: Make sure you tell us the results from running the tutorial...was anything found? Were you unable to complete any of the scans?...Were you unable to download any of the tools?...Did you do the on-line scans as suggested? etc.

After doing ALL of the above you still have a problem make sure you have booted to normal mode and run the steps in the below link to properly use HijackThis and attach a log:
Downloading, Installing, and Running HijackThis

When you return to make your next post, make sure you attach the following logs and that you have run these scans in the following order too (these scans are covered in steps 6 & 7 of the READ & RUN ME sticky)
Bitdefender
Panda Scan
HijackThis

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Question: collected.AF

I've been having problems with the collected.af trojan. AVG finds installer.exe in my temp folder whenever I boot. I also get a popup from Freewebs. I've tried following the directions given to Kame682 in his post.

I disabled system restore; installed ad-aware, ccleaner, spybot, spywareblaster, mcafee avert stinger, cwshredder, kill2me; ran the trend micro online virus scan, symantec security check, avert stinger in safe mode; ran ccleaner, adaware, spybot, kill2me, and cwshredder in safe mode; and ran hijackthis.
 

Answer:collected.AF

Please follow the below instructions exactly as written:


- Download HijackThis 1.99.1

- Unzip the hijackthis.exe file to a folder you create named C:\Program Files\HJT

- Do NOT run Hijack This from the Desktop, a temp folder, or a sub-folder of C:\Documents and Settings, or choose to run it directly from the downloaded ZIP file.

- Before running HijackThis: You must close each of the following:your web browser, e-mail client, instant messenger, and programs like notepad, wordpad, MS Word etc. And any other unnecessary running programs.

- Run HijackThis and save your log file.

- Post your log as an ATTACHMENT to your next message. (Do NOT copy/paste the log into your post).
 

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Hi, my girlfriend clicked on a file sent from one of her friends on MSN. The result was not that good... I can't seem to remove Collected AF and there is also a 304.exe that starts on startup. The computer is a laptop with XP home edition service pack 2, 512 mb memory DDR SDRAM, 1500 MHz with a wireless internet connection. Running Zone Alarms free firewall and AVG for viruses. I have followed the steps from the READ&RUN me first thread. (Exceptions: Windows Defender was updated to latest version. Not the one in the thread. Could not run online tests in safe mode so they were run in normal mode, tried the networking option in safe mode, but could not excess the net, other than that everything was run as it was supposed to. I have posted the logs as well.

Thank you for your help.
 

Answer:Collected AF+ others from MSN

2 last. Runkeys and newfiles
 

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I have Windows XP Professional (don't know about Service Packs installed) and AVG free anti-virus and are being plagued with virus found messages but can't getrid of them no matter what. I tried using your solution for XUINGA but i have none of the same processes as listed for him.

Hijack This has the following results for my system

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 6:59:00 PM, on 7/18/2005
Platform: Windows XP SP1 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP1 (6.00.2800.1106)

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\system32\LEXBCES.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\system32\LEXPPS.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgamsvr.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgupsvc.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\SOUNDMAN.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\System32\pctspk.exe
C:\Program Files\Lexmark X1100 Series\lxbkbmgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Lexmark X1100 Series\lxbkbmon.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgcc.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgemc.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\xpjava.exe
C:\Documents and Settings\zed\Desktop\HijackThis.exe

R3 - URLSearchHook: (no name) - _{CFBFAE00-17A6-11D0-99CB-00C04FD64497} - (no file)
F2 - REG:system.ini: UserInit=userinit.exe,xpjava.exe
O2 - BHO: &EliteBar - {28CAEFF3-0F18-4036-B504-51D73BD81ABC} - C:\WINDOWS\EliteTool... Read more

Answer:Help with Collected.5.L

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Question: Collected.5.L

Help!! Can't seems to get this trojan horse out of the system!! Any help would be much appreciated. I have tried running most online virus scan (eg. Trend, trojanhunter etc) but no help. Keep poping up. below is the log. Thanks in advance.

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 21:56:40, on 31/07/2005
Platform: Windows XP SP1 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP1 (6.00.2800.1106)

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\csrss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\xpjava.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\Program Files\HP\hpcoretech\hpcmpmgr.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\spool\drivers\w32x86\3\hpztsb10.exe
C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\HP Software Update\HPWuSchd2.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.5.0_04\bin\jusched.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\alg.exe
D:\PROGRA~1\DAP\DAP.EXE
C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgamsvr.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgcc.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgemc.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\wininit32.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\wincmd.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\ctfmon.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgupsvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Ahead\InCD\InCDsrv.exe
D:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 6.0\Distillr\acrotray.exe
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Answer:Collected.5.L

Have ran the analyser and here is the log. Thanks again.


Log was analyzed using KRC HijackThis Analyzer - Updated on 6/3/05
Get updates at http://www.greyknight17.com/download.htm#programs

***Security Programs Detected***

C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgamsvr.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgcc.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgemc.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgupsvc.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [AVG7_CC] C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgcc.exe /STARTUP
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [AVG7_EMC] C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgemc.exe
O23 - Service: AVG7 Alert Manager Server (Avg7Alrt) - GRISOFT, s.r.o. - C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgamsvr.exe
O23 - Service: AVG7 Update Service (Avg7UpdSvc) - GRISOFT, s.r.o. - C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgupsvc.exe

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Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 21:56:40, on 31/07/2005
Platform: Windows XP SP1 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP1 (6.00.2800.1106)

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\xpjava.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\spool\drivers\w32x86\3\hpztsb10.exe
C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\HP Software Update\HPWuSchd2.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.5.0_04\bin\jusched.exe
D:\PROGRA~1\DAP\DAP.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\System32\wininit32.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\wincmd.exe
D:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 6.0\Distillr\acrotray.exe
C:\Program Files\Pinnacle\Shared Files\Programs\Scheduler\PCLEScheduler.exe
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About a week ago I was dumb enough to open a file I thought was a bit dodgy, thinking that AVG would pick it up if it was nasty. How wrong I was...

The symptoms of this infection are:
Sometimes a program called "Service and Controllers App" (or similar) will crash with a error report box asking me if I want to send the error report to microsoft. As soon as I click a button on that box, another smaller box comes up telling me my computer will restart in 60 seconds as services.exe has crashed.
Sometimes the second box with the 60 second countdown will appear straight away (without the error report box first)
IE will load instances of itself and goto websites on its own. Usually advert type pages.
Sometimes AVG will pick up virus files of the type collected.11.b and Generic Trojan. I can heal them, but it doesn't stop the virus.

I ran VundoFix after seeing it mentioned somewhere else. It picked up about 20 or so files, which were deleted. After that my system seemed to be fine. but after 30-45 mins of use, the 60 second countdown of doom appeared again.

Right now my computer has been running and connected to the net for about 10 mins no problem. This HijackThis log is from a test I have run just this second:

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.0 (BETA)
Scan saved at 08:59:40, on 24/05/2007
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\servi... Read more

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

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

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

Answer:Registry setting to disable telemetry

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

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

Answer:Help hardrive no more space file Telemetry

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

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

Answer:Registry setting to disable telemetry

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

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

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

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

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

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

Answer:Anyone know how to repair telemetry code errors?

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

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

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

More details on the link.
 

Answer:Creators Update Telemetry List

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

... reassuring for sure ...

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

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

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Hi,

I have a Compaq Presario running Windows XP Home Edition with firewall and AVG complete package. I have even run a spyware program, but nothing is working to remove the Collected.AF trojan! I have even run my computer in safe mode with the system restore turned off, looked for the install.exe file, checked to make sure there weren't hidden files, but still can't find the file. Is there a way to manually remove the trojan from the Run: regedit mode? I don't want to delete files that are important. I have tried to download free scanners, but all of them keep saying download failed. I am on horribly slow dialup.

help!

Bonnie

Answer:Collected.AF trojan!

1. google for panda active scan and see if it will remove it. If 1. doesn't work go here and run the sysclean fe or sys-up.

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Please help me

I am running Windows XP / SP1

I have recently aquired a trojan horse that AVG, Ad-Aware and the rest recognise, but cannot remove. It pops up every 30 seconds.

Here is my HijackThis logfile

Thanks in advance

Mister Blonde

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 11:08:13, on 12/07/2005
Platform: Windows XP (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 (6.00.2600.0000)

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\Ati2evxx.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgamsvr.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgupsvc.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\pctspk.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\Ati2evxx.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\xpjava.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\Program Files\Thomson\SpeedTouch USB\Dragdiag.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Real\Update_OB\realsched.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.5.0_01\bin\jusched.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgcc.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\wuamkop32.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\msng.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\mouse.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\java32.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\ctfmon.exe
C:\Program Files\Spybot - Search & Destroy\TeaTimer.exe
C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 7.0\Reader\reader_sl.exe
C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe
C:\DOCUME~1\STEH~1\LOCALS~1\Temp\Rar$EX00.141\HijackThis.exe

F2 - REG:system.ini: UserInit=userinit.exe,xpja... Read more

Answer:Please help - Collected.5.L Trojan

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Question: Trojan Collected Z

hi thank you for any help in advance, today i got a link through an msn convosation and stupidly followed it and now i think im affected with a virus trojan collected.z i tied a system restore to yesterday but on of the files which apeared all of whicjh i delead exept one called yinstall which it would not let me and now i am out of ideas. please make any future replies simple because iam a bit stupid when it come to computers

Answer:Trojan Collected Z

What program indicated you had this trojan on your system? What OS (Win XP/2000, etc) are you using? What type of anti-virus are you using and when was the last time you ran a scan? Have you performed any anti-spyware scans? If your running Win XP/2000, download and scan with AVG Anti-Spyware 7.5 in "SAFE MODE".(This is Ewdio 4.0 renamed. If you already have Ewido installed, please update to this version which has a special "clean driver" for removing persistent malware). Be sure to print out the AVG Anti-Spyware Install-Scan Instructions. Then perform these online Virus scans:[Watch the Address bar in IE. You may receive alerts that "This site might require the following ActiveX control...Click here to install...". Click on that alert and then Click Install ActiveX component.]Trend Micro Housecall <- Use "Autoclean" and manually delete what it can't clean.a-squared Web Malware Scanner

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My PC has been infested with several trojans recently. I've resolved all but one - a stubborn COLLECTED 5.L. It reoccurs every time I re-boot. AVG 7 catches and supposedly kills it, but it is back after every reboot. Here is my Hijacjk This log. Please, anyone - HELP!

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 1:43:52 PM, on 5/30/2005
Platform: Windows XP SP1 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP1 (6.00.2800.1106)

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgamsvr.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgupsvc.exe
C:\Program Files\EarthLink TotalAccess\WENGINE\wmonitor.exe
C:\Program Files\ewido\security suite\ewidoctrl.exe
C:\Program Files\ewido\security suite\ewidoguard.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\GEARSec.exe
C:\Program Files\Symantec\Norton Ghost\Agent\PQV2iSvc.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\System32\ESB.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\S3hotkey.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\S3tray2.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\pctspk.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Real\Update_OB\realsched.exe
C:\Program Files\QuickTime\qttask.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\ezSP_Px.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\Security Center\UsrPrmpt.exe
C:\Program Files\Symantec\Norton Ghost\Agent\GhostTray.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgcc.exe
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Answer:Collected 5.L infestation

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Good evening,

I run AVG and it continually tells me to "run AVG for windows" , For COLLECTED.AE


I have read the "sticky' of things to do, and have done all I can possibly do but can not get rid of this trojan.


I have tryed all of the safe mode suggestion and have resorted to Hijack this.

I have run Hijack this and have the log saved.

Can anybody please help?

Stone
 

Answer:Trojan COLLECTED.AE need help

If you have run ALL steps of the READ ME, you should read the tutorial in this Sticky thread NO HIJACK THIS LOG FILES BEFORE READING THIS: HJT Tutorial & LOG File Posting

Now post a HijackThis as a .txt file attachment (i.e., hjtlog.txt) to your message. All running programs should be closed, including your web browser, e-mail, items in the tray, anything you can close... Close before running Hijack This!

Do NOT run Hijack This from the Desktop, a temp folder or choose run it directly from the downloaded ZIP file. Place it in its own folder, for example C:\Program Files\HJT
 

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Question: collected.r virus

After having a hard drive clear out I did a full system scan with AVG. It found the above virus deep in the depths of C:\System volume information. I have promptly removed the virus but was wondering if anybody could tell me about it and the effects it may have had on my PC. Cheers

Answer:collected.r virus

Where did you get the name of the virus from? It does not show up with a google search or on the antivirus website.

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Hi there, have tried a lot of the things in this forum already, anyone pick anything out of my hijack log that might be the problem.

I keep getting installer.exe, jusched and lvocsmx file in my documents and settings/user/local settings/temp file and it does it on boot up and my AVG picks it up as a trojan

keeps adding it on reboot wondering if anyone could pick out the culprit thanks

I am hoping someone can help with this if not I can post more of the files that I stored.

(I got this cuz I was dumb and saw a note from a friend who also had this problem I guess) on MSN
 

Answer:Another Collected infection, help pls :)

FIXED Thanks to this site.
 

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I gained collected 5 L virus. Below is my hijackthis.log file

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 2:36:22 PM, on 5/30/2005
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\Ati2evxx.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\Ati2evxx.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\system32\RunDll32.exe
C:\Program Files\ATI Technologies\ATI Control Panel\atiptaxx.exe
C:\Program Files\CyberLink\PowerDVD\PDVDServ.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgcc.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgemc.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\advchks.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\ctfmon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\advchks.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgamsvr.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgupsvc.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\slserv.exe
C:\miran\HijackThis.exe

R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://www.siol.net/
O2 - BHO: AcroIEHlprObj Class - {06849E9F-C8D7-4D59-B87D-784B7D6BE0B3} - C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 6.0 CE\Reader\ActiveX\AcroIEHelper.dll
O2 - BHO: (no name) - {53707962-6F74-2D53-2644-206D7942484F} - C:\Program Files\Spybot - Search & Destroy\SDHelper.dll
O2 - BHO: (no name) - {5C8B2A36-3DB1-42A4-A3CB-D426709BBFEB} - (no file)
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Cmaudio] RunDll32 cmicnfg.cpl,CMICtrlW... Read more

Answer:collected 5 l virus

Hi, I feel that you will be helped in the Security forum...moving your thread there.
 

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Hi,

I have paid for AVG pro, and it finds a trojan horse called collected.5.L

I can't get rid of it.

I have followed the instructions on this site -

...online scan (when my computer is not frozen by the virus)
...CCleaner
...Adaware+VX2 plugin
...SpyBot
...CWShredder
...Kill2Me
...HSRemove

I have also tried using Hijack this with the start-up and HBO lists provided on this site.

But to no avail! AVG still finds the virus, and adaware consistently finds and removes the same 20 bad files. As soon as I restart, everything returns.

Does anyone know how to get rid of this horrid T-H??

Thanks,

Richard
 

Answer:Please Help - trojan collected.5.L

First, please follow ALL the steps in this Sticky thread READ ME FIRST BEFORE ASKING FOR SUPPORT: Basic Spyware, Trojan And Virus Removal

After doing ALL of the above if you still have a problem:


Download HijackThis 1.99.1

Unzip the hijackthis.exe file to a folder you create named C:\Program Files\HJT

Do NOT run Hijack This from the Desktop, a temp folder, or a sub-folder of C:\Documents and Settings, or choose to run it directly from the ZIP file as your backups will not be safely stored.

Before running HijackThis: You must close each of the following:your web browser, e-mail client, instant messenger, and programs like notepad, wordpad, MS Word etc. And any other unnecessary running programs.

Run HijackThis and save your log file.

Post your log as an ATTACHMENT to your next post. (Do NOT copy/paste the log into your post as it will be removed).

Need help with HJT? See this thread: NO HIJACK THIS LOG FILES BEFORE READING THIS: HJT Tutorial & LOG File Posting
 

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Running windows XP on a laptop, AVG keeps reporting (every minute!) that Trogan Horse 'Collected.5.L' is present in C/documents and settings/family/msdirectx.sys. Tried deleting, healing etc, always comes back.Here is HijackThis result, can anybody help??!!....(thanks a lot if you can)DaveLogfile of HijackThis v1.99.1Scan saved at 4:05:13 PM, on 5/24/2005Platform: Windows XP SP1 (WinNT 5.01.2600)MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP1 (6.00.2800.1106)Running processes:C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\setup32.exeC:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXEC:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exeC:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgamsvr.exeC:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgupsvc.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\ZoneLabs\vsmon.exeC:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgcc.exeC:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgemc.exeC:\Program Files\Microsoft AntiSpyware\gcasServ.exeC:\Program Files\Microsoft AntiSpyware\gcasDtServ.exeC:\Program Files\Zone Labs\ZoneAlarm\zlclient.exeC:\Program Files\SAGEM\SAGEM [email protected]\DSLMON.exeC:\HJT\HijackThis.exeC:\WINDOWS\S... Read more

Answer:Trogan Collected.5.L

Hello twcookies and welcome to the BC forums. After reviewing your log I see a few items that require our attention. Please print these directions and then proceed with the following steps in order.Step #1Download CCleaner and install it but do not run it yet.Now we need to remove some services.Part 1Click Start>Run, type services.msc into the Open editbox and click the Ok button.Locate the Mouse Hardware Sync service and click the Stop button.In the Startup type dropdown select Disabled.Click the Apply button and then the Ok button.Repeat the above steps for the Windows Update Service service.Close the Services windowPart 2Click Start>Run, type cmd into the Open editbox and click the Ok button.Copy/paste the line below into the Command Prompt window and press the Enter key:sc delete mousehs
sc delete muamgrdClose the Command Prompt windowStep #2Start in Safe Mode Using the F8 method:Restart the computer.As soon as the BIOS is loaded begin tapping the F8 key until the boot menu appears.Use the arrow keys to select the Safe Mode menu item.Press the Enter key.Step #3Start HijackThis and click the Scan button to perform a scan. Look for the following items and click in the checkbox in front of each item to select it:F2 - REG:system.ini: UserInit=userinit.exe,setup32.exeO4 - HKLM\..\Run: [bcivakdrkmm] C:\WINDOWS\System32\kfzjskhn.exeO4 - HKLM\..\RunServices: [Microsoft Update Machine] MSlti32.exeO4 - HKLM\..\RunServices: [Microso... Read more

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Hi
My son has managed to download a trojan horse called collectec.af and AVG will not get rid of itcan you help me to get rid of it please I have the hijack log, can you please help

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 21:39:32, on 09/10/2006
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgamsvr.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgupsvc.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgemc.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\Program Files\Common Files\EPSON\EBAPI\SAgent2.exe
C:\Program Files\ewido anti-spyware 4.0\guard.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\ctfmon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\NVATray.exe
C:\Program Files\ATI Technologies\ATI Control Panel\atiptaxx.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgcc.exe
C:\Program Files\QuickTime\qttask.exe
C:\Program Files\Zone Labs\ZoneAlarm\zlclient.exe
C:\Documents and Settings\Steve\Yinstall.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\{58253E65-0726-2057-0724-03030318002c}\Update.exe
C:\Program Files\Inventel\Gateway\wlancfg.exe
C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 7.0\Reader\reader_sl.exe
C:\Program Files\WinZip\WZQKPICK.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\system32\ZoneLabs\vsmon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\wscntfy.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDO... Read more

Answer:Solved: collected.af

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I downloaded something i whish i never! I have AVG Free and after the download i got warning about Collected.11.B and Collected.11.B being detected. Everytime i click heal, AVG says its i healed it but they keep coming back.
I now get LOADS of pop ups when on the internet.

Plesae help, i have never removed a trojan/virus before, usualy AVG is good enough or any instrustions will need to be easy to follow.

Thanks alot
Bulmer
 

Answer:Need Help! Collected.11.B and Generic.UUB

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