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  1. I IN NO WAY TAKE ANY CREDIT FOR THIS IT WAS TAKEN FROM MDL FORUM AND SOME POSTS MY MEMBERS ON THIS FORUM! Manual: Tools: Microsoft Telemetry Tools Bundle v1.17 Windows 10 Lite v9 Private WinTen v0.1h Blackbird v6 v1.0.78 [Works with Win 7/8/8/1/10] O&O ShutUp10 v1.6.1402 WPD - Windows Privacy Dashboard v1.3.1203 WindowsSpyBlocker v4.22.3 Spybot Anti-Beacon v3.1 [Works with Win 7/8/8/1/10] W10Privacy v3.3.0.3 Destroy Windows Spying v1.0.1.0 [Works with Win 7/8/8/1/10] [NOT RECOMMENDED AS NOT UPDATED ANYMORE] Disable Windows 10 Tracking v3.2.1
  2. You hate it as much as I do: that little box that appears whenever you visit a news site or blog, asking for permission to bug you with notification boxes for stuff you don’t care about. Instead of throwing up your hands in defeat and learning to live with the annoyance, you can stop sites from bothering you altogether. Here’s how. Chrome Hit the Menu icon in Chrome (the three vertical dots) and select Settings. Scroll down to the bottom of your Settings page and open the Advanced section, where you can further modify how Chrome behaves. Scroll down and select the Content Settings tab in the Privacy and Security section. Select Notifications to see which sites are allowed or barred from intruding into your life. Disabling the feature altogether will stop sites from poking their nose into your browser, asking to show you notifications about whatever it is they want. Unfortunately, that means notifications you do want will be a no-show unless you decide to individually toggle the notification settings for each site you find yourself visiting. To turn the feature off entirely, toggle the “Ask before sending” setting to “off,” and rejoice. Firefox If you’ve already given sites permission to send you notifications, you can revoke that permission in your security settings. Hit the menu icon and select Options, then select Privacy & Security. Scroll down to the Permissions section and select Notifications Settings icon. There you can revoke notification permissions from sites either individually or all at once. Disabling notifications entirely requires a small modification to Firefox’s configuration page. In your address bar, enter “about:config” and search for “dom.webnotifications.enabled”. Right-click the entry and select Toggle to set its value to “false” and prevent notifications from showing up ever again. Safari Disabling notifications in Safari is pretty easy. Select Safari in your Mac’s menu bar, then select Preferences. Hit the Notifications tab and deselect the “Allow websites to ask for permission to send push notifications” box. Microsoft Edge You can’t disable notifications from the browser itself, but you can remove sites that already have access to your notification service in Microsoft Edge. Hit the menu icon in the top right and select Settings. Scroll down to Advanced Settings, then select Website permissions. There you can toggle on or off permissions for sites, including notifications. Disabling notifications entirely in Microsoft Edge means you’ll need to edit your system settings, specifically what permissions Microsoft Edge has in terms of popping up unannounced. Hit the Start menu and select the Settings icon. Select System, then “Notifications & actions” where you can edit which apps will show up in your action center. Just scroll down to Microsoft Edge and toggle it off. source
  3. The Windows Defender Security Center icon sits on the right side of your Windows 10 v1703 taskbar, ready to warn you if your PC requires your attention. When all is good, it will display the green check mark on the white shield icon. If something requires your attention, it will display a red cross sign.creators update Windows Defender Security Center act as a dashboard for all of your security features, including third-party security to give a clearer view of any risks your PC may face. It’s been specially designed to simplify and unify all the various security settings of Windows in the same place Disable Windows Defender Security Center taskbar icon If you do not like looking at the icon for some reason, you could simply drag and drop it in the Hidden icons bin. But if you want to disable the icon from starting up and displaying in the taskbar, you will have to disable it from the startups. To do so, right-click on the taskbar and click on Task Manager. Now click on the Startup tab. Look for the Windows Defender notification entry. Right-click on it and select Disable. Restart your computer and you will not see the icon. You can also use any third-party Startup Manager software to disable this icon or manage your startup programs. By [email protected] http://www.thewindowsclub.com/disable-windows-defender-security-center-icon
  4. Windows 10 already shows users ads on the lock screen and the Start Menu, but now Microsoft appears to be promoting its services via Windows' File Explorer. Want more about Windows? Various Windows 10 users are reporting seeing adverts for Microsoft's cloud storage service OneDrive while browsing files on their machine. The ad offers 1TB of OneDrive storage for $6.99 per month, and is technically a 'sync notification', designed to let people know they can get more than the 5GB of free storage that comes with a Microsoft account. Ads for apps and services are already shown throughout Windows 10, and can be found on the Start Menu and lock screen. The introduction of promotions to File Explorer has been heavily criticized by some Microsoft watchers, and marks a widening of advertising to new areas of Windows 10. Most of the ads in the Windows 10 are pitched as suggestions for apps and services that might appeal to the user, and some users don't appear to notice them. But to some they are intrusive, and if they are offensive to you there are steps you can take to remove them. Follow the video guide to ensure you won't see these ads again. Video Source
  5. Microsoft introduced the Windows Customer Experience Improvement Program in Windows Vista, and has made it a part of any version of Windows since. Designed to collect information about hardware and how software and services are used, it is used by Microsoft to identify trends and usage patterns. Microsoft states that personal identifiable information such as names or addresses are not collected. The scope of the collected information is not clear, a common problem with many Telemetry and "phone home" features not only of Microsoft products but also of other companies. Turn off the Windows Customer Experience Improvement program If you don't want the information to be collected in first place, you can turn off the Windows Customer Experience Improvement program on Windows. There are several ways to to that, the three most common ones are by using the Group Policy Editor, the Windows Task Scheduler, and the Windows Registry. Group Policy The Group Policy Editor is not included in Home editions of Windows. If you run Windows 10 Home, or another Home edition, skip ahead to the Registry section below. Tap on the Windows-key, type gpedit.msc, and hit the Enter-key afterwards. This opens the Group Policy Editor. Navigate to the following section: Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > System > Internet Communication Management > Internet Communication settings. Double-click on the policy Turn off Windows Customer Experience Improvement Program. Set the policy's state to enabled to disable the data collection. The change is active right after you make it. If you want to undo the change, set the policy to "not configured" or disabled. Windows Registry If you don't want to or can't use the Group Policy editor to disable the feature, you may use change its state in the Windows Registry instead. Tap on the Windows-key, type regedit.exe, and hit the Enter-key. This opens the Windows Registry Editor. Use the hierarchic structure on the left to navigate to the following key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\SQMClient\Windows If a key does not exist, e.g. SQMClient or Windows, create it by right-clicking on the parent key and selecting New > Key from the context menu. If the Dword CEIPEnable exists, double-click on it and set its value to 0. If it does not exist, right-click on Windows and select New > Dword (32-bit) Value from the context menu. Name it CEIPEnable. Double-click on it, and set its value to 0. Task Scheduler It is recommended to disable the Windows Customer Experience Improvement program using the Group Policy Editor or Registry. You may stop it dead in its track using the Task Scheduler as well. Basically, what you can do is block the data collection and uploading right there. Tap on the Windows-key, type Task Scheduler, and hit the Enter-key. This opens the Windows Task Scheduler. Use the folder hierarchy on the left to go to the following folder: Task Scheduler Library > Microsoft > Windows > Autochk. The Proxy task there "collects and uploads autochck SQM data if opted-in to the Microsoft Customer Experience Improvement Program". Right-click on Proxy and select Disable from the context menu. Go to Task Scheduler Library > Microsoft > Windows > Application Experience. Right-click on Microsoft Compatibility Appraiser, ProgramDataUpdater, and StartupAppTask, and disable them. Proxy: This task collects and uploads autochk SQM data if opted-in to the Microsoft Customer Experience Improvement Program. Microsoft Compatibility Appraiser: Collects program telemetry information if opted-in to the Microsoft Customer Experience Improvement Program. ProgramDataUpdater: Collects program telemetry information if opted-in to the Microsoft Customer Experience Improvement Program StartupAppTask: Scans startup entries and raises notification to the user if there are too many startup entries. The classic Control Panel You may disable the program using the classic Control Panel as well (for as long as it is there). Use the keyboard shortcut Windows-Pause to open the Control Panel. Click on search, and type Customer Experience. You should get one result under Security and Maintenance that is named "Change Customer Experience Improvement Program settings". Click on that link. Select "No, I don't want to participate in the program" when the preferences window opens. Other Microsoft applications Other Microsoft applications may have the Customer Experience Improvement Program enabled by default as well. This is the case for Windows Media Player or Microsoft Office programs for instance. To give you one example: Open Windows Media Player on your Windows machine. Select Tools > Options from the menu. When the options window opens, switch to Privacy. There you find the entry "Windows Media Player Customer Experience Improvement Program". If you want to disable it, make sure the box next to "I want to help make Microsoft software and services better by sending Player usage data to Microsoft" is unchecked. Article source
  6. One of the most important aspects of any piece of software, large or small, is how customizable it is. While some people like to have every option and control on-screen at all times, others might prefer to hide certain elements outright. With a bit of time, you can get all your apps and even the operating system (OS) itself set up just the way you like. We’ve showed you how to hide anything in Windows to keep things as streamlined as you like, but didn’t cover little bits and pieces of specific apps. Let’s look at some elements of common Windows programs that can be hidden for a cleaner experience or just to save screen real estate. 1. The Internet Explorer Smiley While Microsoft is pushing Edge as the browser of choice for Windows 10 users, the newest version of Windows still includes internet Explorer 11 for backwards compatibility (and those running Windows 7 or 8 still have IE 11 as well). Since IE 11 isn’t nearly as bad as earlier versions, you might find yourself using it from time to time, especially if you’re forced to use it for work. Those using IE 11 might notice a little smiley face icon in the top-right corner, right next to the Settings gear. This icon serves as a simple way to send feedback to Microsoft about IE, but it sticks out compared to the other flat buttons and you probably don’t care to give feedback about IE anyway. To remove it, you can perform a quick Group Policy edit or Registry hack. If you’re using a Professional or better version of Windows 7–10, you can get rid of this smiley using Group Policy. Type gpedit.msc into the Start Menu to open the editor, and browse to User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > internet Explorer > Browser menus. In this menu, find Help menu: Remove “Send Feedback” menu option and change it to Enabled. After restarting IE, the smiley will be gone. If you don’t have access to the Group Policy editor, you can make this change in the Registry. Type regedit into the Start Menu to open the Registry (remembering to be careful while you’re in here), and browse down to: HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ SOFTWARE \ Policies \ Microsoft Here, right-click on the Microsoft folder to create a new key, naming it internet Explorer. Right-click on the folder you just made and create another new key called Restrictions. Finally, right-click inside the Restrictions folder to create a new DWORD (32-bit) value. Name it NoHelpItemSendFeedback and give it a value of 1. No more smiley! 2. Windows Media Player Controls While there are plenty of alternative media players available, Windows Media Player is still around and gets the job done. Sometimes, however, the controls inside Media Player don’t disappear when you’re watching a video. This is an irritating waste of space. To ensure that controls hide whenever you’re watching something, check the following two settings. First, press F10 to show the menu bar, then choose Tools > Options. Ensure that Allow autohide of playback controls is enabled, then click OK to save the settings. After this, go to the Performance tab under Options and ensure that Display full-screen controls is unchecked under the Video playback header. Finally, if the controls still don’t hide for you, make sure your mouse cursor is left on top of the video — if you move it to another screen, the controls might not hide correctly. 3. Calculator History / Memory Tab The Windows calculator is one of the most underappreciated features of the OS. While it’s not a super-exciting tool to use, it did get a fresh coat of paint in Windows 10, along with some new conversion tools. You’ve probably noticed the extra tab on the right side of the app that shows you recent calculations and numbers stored in memory, but it’s not immediately obvious how to hide it. If you find the History / Memory tab to be taking up too much space or just don’t want to see it, all you need to do is resize the window horizontally by clicking and dragging on either the left or right edge of the window. After a certain point, the extra tab will disappear and you’ll be left with just the calculator — this also makes the calculator buttons bigger, which is perfect for touch-screen users. For more tricks, check out hidden calculator features that could save you money. 4. Taskbar and Toolbars The Windows taskbar is a great tool, but it can quickly become cluttered with all sorts of fluff you hardly ever use. There’s a lot of customization you can perform on the taskbar in Windows 10, including a few steps you can take to slim it down. Right-click on empty space on the taskbar and choose Settings to access the pertinent options. Enable Automatically hide the taskbar in desktop mode and the taskbar will slide away whenever your mouse isn’t positioned at the bottom of the screen. Enabling Use small taskbar buttons also slims it down a bit and gives you space for more icons if you need them. To make Cortana use an icon or hide completely, instead of taking up space with a huge search bar, right-click space on the taskbar and choose Cortana > Show Cortana icon or Hidden to reduce the space she takes up. Depending on your system’s capabilities, you might have the Windows Ink and/or touch keyboard buttons on the right side of your taskbar — you can hide these with a right-click on empty space, followed by unchecking Show Windows Ink Workspace button and Show touch keyboard button. Finally, while custom toolbars on your taskbar can be useful, you can also hide any manufacturer-placed toolbars that you don’t use, such as HP Support Assistant. To do so, again right-click on taskbar space and expand Toolbars to view all that are available. If you have the Desktop or Address toolbars showing and don’t want them, you can uncheck them here. What Else Do You Hide? This list is a bit of a mash-up of items to hide, but it’s still good to know how to adjust that one little icon that was driving you nuts. While there are things that annoy us about Windows 10 that aren’t this easy to fix, having low-hanging fruit that you can adjust to your liking in just a few minutes is great. Looking for more hidden fun? Check out hidden Windows caches you can clear with the right methods. Credit to
  7. hey.. there's been a huge stink over the App Store leaking sensitive data even if you have it disabled.. so i have been snooping around trying to figure out how to completely disable it.. First.. you have to familiarize yourself w/taking ownership of files: Right click > "Properties"click "Advanced"click "Change" (Owner)click "Advanced"click "Find Now"highlight "Administrators" without black ? down arrow ?click "OK"click "OK" againclick "OK" againyou should be back at the "Security" tabhighlight Administrators > click "Edit"highlight Administrators > check all boxes under "Allow"press "OK"an alert will appear > click "Yes"click "OK" to closenow you can delete or rename ...Second.. you have to either rename following files w/.bak suffix or completely delete. System32: AppxAllUserStore.dllAppxApplicabilityEngine.dllAppXDeploymentClient.dllAppXDeploymentExtensions.dllAppXDeploymentServer.dllAppxPackaging.dllAppxSip.dllAppxStreamingDataSourcePS.dllAppxSysprep.dllWSReset.exeWSService.dllWSShared.dllWSSync.dllWSTPagerSysWOW64: AppxAllUserStore.dllAppxApplicabilityEngine.dllAppXDeploymentClient.dllAppxPackaging.dllAppxSip.dllWSShared.dllWSSync.dllLastly.. launch Autoruns and you'll notice services, task schedules, and startup entries relating to the App Store are now missing. Go ahead and disable in Autoruns. Obviously.. only proceed if you don't use the App Store. I've had this applied since last week.. i have yet to encounter any issues.. if any issues are experienced.. let me know.. im also curious ... FYI: this can also be applied to other services that Windows 8 forbid disabling.. simply take ownership.. and delete/rename the associated DLL or EXE. Update: January 5, 2014 - Found a way to disable TimeBroker service, a known memory hog, and only needed for Metro apps. - Take ownership and either rename by adding .bak suffix or completely delete following files. System32: TimeBrokerClient.dllTimeBrokerServer.dllSysWOW64: TimeBrokerClient.dllThen launch Autoruns and you'll notice TimeBroker service can be disabled.
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