Microsoft accused of adding spy features to Windows 7, 8 | Ars Technica

Something has been biting my ass at work and I think it’s Microsoft. Damn them.

Microsoft accused of adding spy features to Windows 7, 8 | Ars Technica.

A quick batch to disable GWX (thanks to WareZwolF!):

nurfGWX.bat (run with elevated privileges) :

 

echo Instead of uninstalling GWX, we are going to neuter it.
pause
taskkill /F /IM GWX.EXE
echo now we remove any schtasks that might get it going again…
pause
schtasks /DELETE /TN “\Microsoft\Windows\Setup\gwx\launchtrayprocess” /f
schtasks /DELETE /TN “\Microsoft\Windows\Setup\gwx\refreshgwxconfig” /f
schtasks /DELETE /TN “\Microsoft\Windows\Setup\GWXTriggers\Logon-5d” /f
schtasks /DELETE /TN “\Microsoft\Windows\Setup\GWXTriggers\MachineUnlock-5d” /f
schtasks /DELETE /TN “\Microsoft\Windows\Setup\GWXTriggers\OutOfIdle-5d” /f
schtasks /DELETE /TN “\Microsoft\Windows\Setup\GWXTriggers\OutOfSleep-5d” /f
schtasks /DELETE /TN “\Microsoft\Windows\Setup\GWXTriggers\refreshgwxconfig-B” /f
schtasks /DELETE /TN “\Microsoft\Windows\Setup\GWXTriggers\Time-5d” /f
echo Modify the registry to disable GWX.exe
pause
reg add HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\windows\GWX /f /v DisableGWX /t REG_SZ /d 1
echo Finally, cleanup folders, starting with $Windows.~BT
pause
c:
cd\
takeown /F C:\$Windows.~BT\* /R /A
cacls c:\$Windows.~BT\*.* /T /grant administrators:F
rmdir /S /Q c:\$Windows.~BT\
echo Now cleanup $Windows.~WS
pause
takeown /F C:\$Windows.~WS\* /R /A
cacls c:\$Windows.~WS\*.* /T /grant administrators:F
rmdir /S /Q c:\$Windows.~WS\
echo done!

[ADDITIONAL STEPS HAVE BEEN SUGGESTED -ed]

How To Geek offers this advise:

How to stop Windows 7 or 8.1 from downloading Windows 10 automatically.

BUT WAIT THERE’S MORE!

(HOPEFULLY!) That just took care of the unwanted strongarm push toward Windows 10 and the 15(ish) GB of drive space you were turning over to Microsoft without your knowledge. Now we need to opt out of the Windows Customer Experience Improvement Program, as they are now collecting immense amounts of “telemetry” which not only being privacy questions into play, but can have an effect on your network.

A nice writeup from VMWARE:
Disable the Windows Customer Experience Improvement Program & More

AND FINALLY!!!

Recent Crypto-variants (‘viruses’ that password protect all of your files and extort money from you to get the password), have been claimed to be copying themselves across networks without drive mapping or user shares being involved.  This is some scary shit.

Follow what this guy says to do to add a software restriction policy to your Windows based systems.  A very simple and powerful approach to using software on your computer.

How to make a Software Restriction Policy

I know this is a lot, but with the current situation out there, it’s either this or stop surfing.

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