#FridayHacks-How To Stop Windows From Spying On You

windows 7-8 spying on youAnnoyed at Microsoft debatable data mining and privacy invasions within Windows 10? Windows 10 was first put under the microscope with both new and old features causing concern. I have no plan to install Windows 10 due to Microsoft’s controversial data mining and privacy invasions within the operating system? But its older predecessors haven’t escaped attention, and questions are now being asked of Windows 7 and 8’s online connectivity .Well Windows 7 and Windows 8 users should laugh no longer as this most hated spying is now headed your way.

Microsoft has been caught installing latest updates onto Windows 7 and Windows 8 computers that successfully introduce the same data collecting and user behavior tracking structures used in Windows 10.

Under the new updates, the operating systems indiscriminately upload data to Microsoft’s servers, which might be a major privacy concern for many users.

This changed recently with the release of several updates for both operating systems that step up the game.windows-7-8-data-collecting updates

The four updates in question and the official Microsoft descriptions are:

  • KB3068708 Update for customer experience and diagnostic telemetry – This update introduces the Diagnostics and Telemetry tracking service to existing devices. By applying this service, you can add benefits from the latest version of Windows to systems that have not yet upgraded. The update also supports applications that are subscribed to Visual Studio Application Insights. (Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1), and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1)
  • KB3022345 (replaced by KB3068708) Update for customer experience and diagnostic telemetry – This update introduces the Diagnostics and Telemetry tracking service to in-market devices. By applying this service, you can add benefits from the latest version of Windows to systems that have not yet been upgraded. The update also supports applications that are subscribed to Visual Studio Application Insights. (Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1), and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1)
  • KB3075249 Update that adds telemetry points to consent.exe in Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 – This update adds telemetry points to the User Account Control (UAC) feature to collect information on elevations that come from low integrity levels. (Windows 8.1, Windows RT 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1), and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1)
  • KB3080149 Update for customer experience and diagnostic telemetry – This package updates the Diagnostics and Telemetry tracking service to existing devices. This service provides benefits from the latest version of Windows to systems that have not yet upgraded. The update also supports applications that are subscribed to Visual Studio Application Insights. (Windows 8.1, Windows RT 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1), and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1).

These four updates bypasses the existing user preferences stored in Windows 7 and Windows 8 operating system and will immediately starts exchanging your data with the following domains:

vortex-win.data.microsoft.com

settings-win.data.microsoft.com

But until then the bigger question for those uncomfortable with these changes is: How to Stop Windows 7 and Windows 8 from Spying on You?

Since Windows 10, Windows 7 and Windows 8 updates are not compulsory, so you can choose not to download the updates. So the best way to prevent Windows 7 and 8 from stalking you is not to install the latest updates.

If the updates are already installed on your computers, you can remove them completely from your systems and the operating system will not automatically reinstall them without your permission.

Go to Control Panel > View installed updates > Remove all the four updates.

If you want to eliminate these updates faster, you can launch a command prompt window with administrator privileges and then type in the following commands one by one:

CODE

wusa /uninstall /kb:3068708 /quiet /norestart

wusa /uninstall /kb:3022345 /quiet /norestart

wusa /uninstall /kb:3075249 /quiet /norestart

wusa /uninstall /kb:3080149 /quiet /norestart

It is recommended to “hide” them afterwards so that they are not picked up and installed again on the computer system.

Via Techunzipped

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