Windows 10 terms and conditions clearly say “we will access, disclose and preserve personal data.”
Many Windows users are unhappy with Microsoft’s choice to spy on its users: privacy conscious users opted to not to update to Windows 10 and use an older version of Windows (7/8/8.1).
But two recent windows updates (KB3075249 and KB3080149) grants to old Windows versions a capability to capture and send your data to microsoft’s servers.
With a more accurate search, you can find other updates that Microsoft justifies as “telemetry and customer experience improvements”:
- KB3021917 - Performance tracker update
- KB3035583 - Get Windows 10 App
- KB2990214 - Upgrade to Windows 10
- KB3044374 - Upgrade to Windows 10
- KB2952664 - Compatibility update for upgrading Windows 7
- KB3022345 - Customer experience and diagnostic telemetry
- KB3068708 - Customer experience and diagnostic telemetry
- KB3080149 - Customer experience and diagnostic telemetry
- KB3075249 - Telemetry points to consent.exe
Hakspek has created a script that removes these updates and blocks the installation in the future.
In order to rid your system of Microsoft sponsored spyware, follow the steps below.
- Download .zip file from here
- Unzip to known location
- Go to unzipped location
- Right click on block_w10.cmd
- Click “run as administrator”
- Follow on-screen instructions