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Microsoft Now Adding More Windows 10 Style Spyware to Windows 7 and Windows 8

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posted on Aug, 31 2015 @ 01:22 PM
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There was a thread last week warning about 2 of these. Relaying additional information.

I think the best bet is to do NOTHING on a windows computer that you don't want Microsoft or the world to know exactly what you browse or type.

www.ghacks.net...



If these updates are installed on the system, data is sent to Microsoft regularly about various activities on it.

KB3068708
KB3022345
KB3075249
KB3080149


Microsoft lists two host names in KB3068708 that data is received from and sent to:

vortex-win.data.microsoft.com
settings-win.data.microsoft.com

These, and maybe others, appear to be hardcoded which means that the Hosts file is bypassed automatically.

What you can do about it

The best way to deal with these updates is to make sure they are not installed. If they have been installed already, you may want to disable them.

You may remove those updates using the Control Panel, or by running the following commands using an elevated command prompt:

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)





posted on Aug, 31 2015 @ 01:29 PM
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Not good with Software Jargon, but I keep getting pop-ups telling me windows 10 is available on for update. The pop ups come from my computer and no websites.

Is this one of those malware things youre talking about?



posted on Aug, 31 2015 @ 01:31 PM
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If there was no way to disable the mic and keylogging, corporations that work with patents propietary stuff would sue the crap out of Microsoft. I think large corps have more to lose than the average joe and I am sure they are paying closer attention than you or I.

Don't look for child porn or plot a terror attack and you should be alright.



posted on Aug, 31 2015 @ 01:40 PM
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originally posted by: frostie
Not good with Software Jargon, but I keep getting pop-ups telling me windows 10 is available on for update. The pop ups come from my computer and no websites.

Is this one of those malware things youre talking about?


Check this ATS thread out then:

How to Remove Windows 10 Upgrade Icon and Stop Windows 10 From Installing During Windows Update


edit on 31-8-2015 by CraftBuilder because: Quote didn't work the first time.



posted on Aug, 31 2015 @ 01:42 PM
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originally posted by: CraftBuilder

originally posted by: frostie
Not good with Software Jargon, but I keep getting pop-ups telling me windows 10 is available on for update. The pop ups come from my computer and no websites.

Is this one of those malware things youre talking about?


Check this ATS thread out then:

How to Remove Windows 10 Upgrade Icon and Stop Windows 10 From Installing During Windows Update





Yeah, that is the thread I mentioned. Good stuff. There are a couple more this new article listed.
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posted on Aug, 31 2015 @ 01:43 PM
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a reply to: infolurker

You worry too much.

why don't you google each KB to see what it actually does.

KB3068708

support.microsoft.com...





About this update
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.


About the Diagnostics Tracking service
Helping the overall application experience
The diagnostics tracking service collects diagnostics about functional issues on Windows systems that participate in the Customer Experience Improvement Program (CEIP). CEIP reports do not contain contact information, such as your name, address, or telephone number. This means CEIP will not ask you to participate in surveys or to read junk email, and you will not be contacted in any other way.

For any released product with an option to participate in CEIP, you can select to start or stop participating at any time. Most programs make CEIP options available on the Help menu, although for some products, you might have to check settings, options, or preferences menus. Some pre-released products that are under development might require participation in CEIP to help ensure that the final release of the product improves frequently used features and solves common problems that exist in the pre-released software.

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posted on Aug, 31 2015 @ 02:17 PM
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a reply to: grey580
Thank you Grey. Everybody is all up in arms about Win10, and I'm not saying they shouldn't be concerned, but the concern should have started a long time ago with XP, if not sooner. At least these options can be turned off, unlike your smartphone, which severely limits what you can disable.



I think the best bet is to do NOTHING on a windows computer that you don't want Microsoft or the world to know exactly what you browse or type.

Think Apple isn't doing the same thing? Think again. Not all tracking and spying is done on your local computer. Your web browser, for instance, opens up a gaping hole in your security the moment you click on it.



posted on Aug, 31 2015 @ 02:26 PM
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originally posted by: frostie
Not good with Software Jargon, but I keep getting pop-ups telling me windows 10 is available on for update. The pop ups come from my computer and no websites.

Is this one of those malware things youre talking about?


I'll give you a quick step by step.

Start Menu - Search for CMD - Click CMD to run it.

Once the window pops up, you can type each of these lines and hit your ENTER button on your keyboard after each:

wusa /uninstall /kb:3068708 /quiet /norestart
wusa /uninstall /kb:3022345 /quiet /norestart
wusa /uninstall /kb:3075249 /quiet /norestart
wusa /uninstall /kb:3080149 /quiet /norestart

That seems like a lot to type, but if you hit your F3 key after you hit ENTER the after the first line, it'll bring that line back up. Then use your ARROW keys to back up and just change the number. Remember, your arrow keys, not the backspace. You only want to hit the backspace key when you're deleting the numbers you're going to replace.


Now... For your windows 10 popup notification problem:

Go Here

Just a heads up... Google may suck as far as snooping the hell out of you, but it's a really nifty search tool. Just tell it exactly what you want. Type the question as short and simple as you would to a human being.

ex... "How to I stop Windows 10 popup". You don't even have to type the "popup" part. It will being up the most up to date searches on the exact questions you have





posted on Aug, 31 2015 @ 02:40 PM
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a reply to: Klassified

Actually, while Apple does something similar with background diagnostics.

If you go and do some Googling. You will see there's ways to shut that stuff off.

It's not all doom and gloom.



posted on Aug, 31 2015 @ 03:21 PM
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originally posted by: grey580
a reply to: Klassified

Actually, while Apple does something similar with background diagnostics.

If you go and do some Googling. You will see there's ways to shut that stuff off.

It's not all doom and gloom.

Agreed. And that's my point. These companies make allowances for disabling features. I just had to turn some features back on for someone because they got caught up in the scare, and shut off their ability to receive e-mail. Sheesh!



posted on Aug, 31 2015 @ 04:25 PM
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But once you've installed the components for Win7 and Win8, you've re-written history, see?

Why are you complaining about Windows 10 features that send all of your data, when 7 and 8 have been doing it forever...forever...forever...



posted on Aug, 31 2015 @ 10:04 PM
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a reply to: infolurker

Thanks for the post. I have been researching the listed updates, uninstalling and hiding them so they won't reinstall. While performing these tasks I ran across this article listing a few more updates you may want to take a look at.

Again, thanks for the info.

S&F

www.techworm.net...
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posted on Sep, 1 2015 @ 02:58 AM
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This is why technology kind of sucks. It seems to make life better but it has a very dark side. The ugly truth is that it all starts in the minds of people who are much smarter (and often more diabolical) than the average person. If you can't design and build a PC (and it's OS) from scratch, you can't stop the people who can from violating you without your knowledge or informed consent.

People (in general) are too naive. They believe that inventors and technical wizards do what they do for truly altruistic reasons. But in reality, whatever their reasons are, they have their own views and perspectives and goals and motives. If someone set out to design and build a machine that would build a concrete box around your mind, you wouldn't know it until you couldn't get out.
edit on 1-9-2015 by BrianFlanders because: (no reason given)




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