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Solved How to Uninstall Telemetry/Spyware Windows Updates?

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by Palladia-Mors, Nov 3, 2016.

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  1. Palladia-Mors

    Palladia-Mors Thread Starter

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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/
     
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    I trust Woody Leonhard based on the fact that he has written "Windows for Dummies" books on almost every Windows OS if not all of them.

    Here is a script to kill the Diagnostic Telemetry Service in Windows 7 that someone posted on askwoody
    http://www.infoworld.com/article/31...th-new-win781-patches-kb-3192403-3192404.html
    scroll down to the section in red.

    You might want to read this too
    https://www.askwoody.com/2016/telemetry-from-the-malicious-software-removal-tool/

    I have a list of what not to install (some are telemetry and some are Get Win 10 - I don't have them sorted; I have one big avoid list)
    3021917 (Feb. 2015)
    3035583 (Mar. 2015)
    2952664 - this one has appeared about 20 different times
    3046480 (Apr. 2015)
    3022345 (May 2015)
    3068708
    3075249
    3080149
    3012973 (july 2015)
    3090045 (Sep. 2015)
    The next few are a string of replacements
    1) 2990214
    replaced by 3050265
    replaced by 3065987
    replaced by 3075851

    2) 3083324
    replaced by 3083710
     
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  3. Palladia-Mors

    Palladia-Mors Thread Starter

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    Thanks Plodr. I will be using your list, at least.

    So since nobody else has chimed in, should I assume the websites I found are untrustworthy?
     
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    It seems to me that more people are concerned about Microsoft than any other software company. If you really think about almost all of the software companies are trying to keep track of you. The likes of the social media is more concerning to me than Microsoft. The collected dat from the social media is being given to them freely by those who are complaining.

    Believe it or not, I find a lot of data within the social media sites in support of my doing Genealogy (Family Research) and this is on living people.

    Also note, that a lot of the ones listed above, by Liz, are the Get Windows 10 updates. The marketing of W10 has paid off, but were they (Microsoft) really tracking you?
     
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    I can opt out of social media. I can't opt out of having a computer with an OS.
     
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    A clean install of Windows 7 SP1 will still bring up the KB2952664 update afterwards, so I immediately hide it before installing the other updates.
    Most of the earlier telemetry-type updates no longer display and install.

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