Limit W10’s intrusiveness with AntiSpy. Free.

By on September 26, 2015 9:50:33 AM from JoeUser Forums JoeUser Forums

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For Cortana and other ‘services’ to work, W10 collects extensive data – personal, included.

This is used in an ‘aggregated form’ (supposedly ‘depersonalized’). A user can (with extensive knowledge of W1o’s switches, and how to get at them) theoretically turn them off, but most won’t out of fear/ignorance of how to do it.

Ashampoo AntiSpy collects all those settings in one manageable interface where you can configure them as you wish. It works ONLY with W10.

These are what can be altered with the tool (misspellings on the website included):

General

  • Let apps use my advertising ID for experience across apps
  • Turn on SmartScreen Filter to check web content (URLs)
  • Let websites provide locally relevant content by accessing my language list
  • Send Microsoft info about how I write to help us improve typing and writing in the future
  • Wifi Sense
  • Enabled Notifications
  • Automatic driver update
  • Biometrics

Location

  • Location for this device
  • Global location features are enabled

Camera

  • Let apps use my camera
  • App Connector is allowed to use your camera
  • Microsoft Edge is allowed to use your camera
  • One Note is allowed to use your camera

Microphone

  • Let apps use my microphone
  • Microsoft Edge is allowed to use the microphone
  • Windows Voice Recorder is allowed to use the microphone
  • Xbox apps are allowed to use the microphone

Windows and Cortana

  • Speech, inking and typing (Windows and Cortana)
  • Cortana
  • Microsoft Application Telemetry
  • Microsoft Inventory Service

Account Info

  • Let apps access my name, picture and other account info

Contacts

  • The App Connector is allowed to access your contacts
  • The Mail and Calendar app is allowed to access your contacts
  • Windows Shell Experience is allowed to access your contacts

Calendar

  • Let apps access my calendar
  • App Connector can access my calendar
  • Mail and Calendar app can access my calendar

Message

  • Let apps read or send message (text or MMS)

Radios

  • Let apps use radio (i.e. Bluetooth) to send and receive data

Others

  • Let your apps automatically share and sync info with wireless devices
  • Let apps use Cruzer Force
  • Cruzer Force apps – Microsoft Phone Companion
  • Lock Screen Camera
  • Handwriting data sharing
  • Microsoft One Drive
  • Sensors
  • Microsoft steps recorder for error reporting
  • Windows Customer Experience Improvement program logging
  • Windows Update sharing
  • “Do Nor Track” in Microsoft Edge

Oh yes…you can download and use it for free. Here: https://www.ashampoo.com/en/usd/pde/1004/security-software/Antispy-for-Windows-10

I did not try this software since I'm not on W10.

 

 

Source:

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/antispy-windows-10-free-download

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September 26, 2015 1:52:29 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Good stuff Doc.

-That's a piece of REALLY useful software !! 

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September 26, 2015 2:40:15 PM from Galactic Civilizations III Forums Galactic Civilizations III Forums

I like ashampoo as a company and have bought some decent software from them before. I just upgraded to Win10 yesterday and manually shut off everything I saw during the installation process. I ran this program and still found somethings on that I thought would have been off based on a previous selection. Levels within levels... lol Thanks for the heads up Doc.

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September 26, 2015 4:11:20 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Good to know should I ever get to 10. Thanks Doc.

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September 26, 2015 6:08:33 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Seems like it "says something" that somebody saw enough of a need to sit and write a utility to put a leash on Win10.  I'm wondering if they'll be able to keep up with the patches.  Thanks for the post.

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September 26, 2015 7:58:30 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Quoting DaveRI,



Seems like it "says something" that somebody saw enough of a need to sit and write a utility to put a leash on Win10.  I'm wondering if they'll be able to keep up with the patches.  Thanks for the post.

Shouldn't really be that big of a deal. Those settings are all in the Windows10 settings menus, this tool is just aggregating them all in one spot for ease of use.

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September 26, 2015 8:14:13 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

 A good tool to have. I've used  DoNotSpy   as well. They both are a must for Windows 10  http://www.majorgeeks.com/files/details/donotspy10.html

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September 27, 2015 12:17:49 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

I have a number of Ashampoo software titles and can thoroughly recommend their utilities as being 1st class.  Thing is I don't know if/when I'll ever need this particular onel, being I'm still on Win 8.1 and thus far have no intention of upgrading.  I do have an older machine prepared for Win 10 to be installed, but I keep ho-humming and dragging my feet as to whether or not I do it.  Thus far the 'NOT' keeps coming up trumps.

While thankfully much of of the intrusive stuff in Win 10 can be turned off, I still have an issue with the butt ugly UI and icons, so until those are fully customisable I'll not be going to Win 10.

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September 27, 2015 1:50:59 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Its all good if you get a free program that does helps you secure your privacy, but what about Antivirus Software like AVG?
AVG is  starting to sell customer information to 3rd partys, so using the Antivirus is almost impossible if you do not want to get SPAM or become transparent.

I know this goes into another direction, i mainly say this since it does seem that AVG isnt the only one making these changes, it looks like all of them are attached to one fishing line.

SO my question is should you be more worried about windows10 or...
 

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September 27, 2015 3:55:49 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting benmanns,

Its all good if you get a free program that does helps you secure your privacy, but what about Antivirus Software like AVG?
AVG is  starting to sell customer information to 3rd partys, so using the Antivirus is almost impossible if you do not want to get SPAM or become transparent.

I know this goes into another direction, i mainly say this since it does seem that AVG isnt the only one making these changes, it looks like all of them are attached to one fishing line.

SO my question is should you be more worried about windows10 or...
 

Yeah, the sale of customer information to 3rd parties is ever growing... sadly.  Even MS does it now, with customer data going  to MS partners such as HP and others.  For mine, it should be totally 100% illegal and punishable by very hefty fines.  For example, just because I purchase Microsoft Office, it doesn't necessarily mean that I want to purchase a HP printer, scanner and/or inks.  Similarly, if I purchase Adobe Photoshop it doesn't mean that I'm in the market for a camera, printer or inks, etc.

Now I'm very careful about unticking those 3rd party offers, etc, because I simply do not want advertising or offers on items I have no intention of ever purchasing, yet I was inundated with 3rd party spam when I purchased a copy of Paintshop Pro a few years ago.  If I want/need something, I will research it for myself and will purchase that which I see as good value and preforming the task[s] at hand, so I have no need of a trillion spam emails directing me to buy this, that or whatever.  If/when I need a printer, I'll go to a store and purchase the one most suited to my needs and budget, it's as simple as that.

The other thing that pisses me off about this spam that arrives after a seller has on-sold your information, it is very hard to opt out of.  Despite trying several times to opt out of the junk that arrived after I purchased Paintshop Pro, it kept coming in waves and even increased in number, with companies I'd never even heard of sending crap for software, hardware and other electronics.... and yes, it was all connected to my PSP purchase: "Due to your recent purchase of Paintshop Pro, we thought you might be interested in......"

It turned out that I did not in fact make my purchase through Corel, but a licensed reseller with fingers in a lot of pies.  Yeah, I made a complaint to Corel about the spam and I received an apologetic email stating that it had been investigated and the that reseller had been ordered to cease and desist.  Obviously it was enough and the spam stopped, though I rather it hadn't begun at all.

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September 27, 2015 5:51:47 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Companies will sell data. W10 is a smart OS...to do some of those 'smart' things, it needs your data. Let's say you're NOT interested in those 'smart' things. Ashampoo's AntiSpy can help control access to that vast amount of data.

benmanns...if you think Ashampoo's collecting data and calling home, it should say something about that in its EULA. Since I did not install it (not on W10), perhaps someone might help and report back regarding the privacy aspects and it collecting data?

 

 

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September 27, 2015 8:02:04 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

I was not speaking about Ashampoo AntiSpy it does the job it claims to do.
However even if you stop MS snuffing - It (Ashampoo AntiSpy) does not target your AV from doing so.
Would be great if it would though.

If i install an Antivirus program i do so to have a certain protection/privacy - but this does no longer apply with some AV´s.
That is all im saying, since im more worried that there might be personal/information traded from them instead of MS itself. 
I hope this makes more sense now. 

Since im not trying to criticize your post DOC - Havent read anything negative about Ashampoo AntiSpy to make this clear just thought i point out the other issue that is now real with certain AV manufacturers and their new policies.

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September 27, 2015 9:42:07 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

benmanns...that's just how I read what you wrote...so I suggested a remedy.

No big deal...wasn't taking it as a criticism. I thought it was a valid question.

 

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September 27, 2015 7:00:40 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting DrJBHL,

Companies will sell data. W10 is a smart OS...to do some of those 'smart' things, it needs your data. Let's say you're NOT interested in those 'smart' things. Ashampoo's AntiSpy can help control access to that vast amount of data.

I'm certainly not interested in those 'smart' things, and I'm not the only ones, yet companies persist in forcing 'smart' things [read advertising] down our throats like there's no tomorrow.... so when Microsoft jumps on the 'smart; bandwagon there's the major problem for me.  I hate advertising 'full stop', so when my OS generates it by default there is a breach of trust as far as I'm concerned.  I want my OS to run my PC and be non-intrusive.... PERIOD!!!!

While I'm thankful for the efforts of Ashampoo and others to nullify the intrusions, one of the major writers, Martin Brinkmann, I think, discovered that some of the 'spying' elements of Win 10 are in fact hard coded into the shell and cannot be turned off.  So much for being transparent!!!   

For me, there's too muck to dislike and distrust about Win 10.... the UI and icons being two major yuk factors I cannot get past unless Stardock updates WB and IP for Win 10.... and last I heard, IP isn't in the mix of things to get updated.

Oh well, I'm more than happy to stay with Win 8.1.

 

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September 27, 2015 8:44:19 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

I was somewhat skeptical when Microsoft announced that the Windows 10 upgrade for those folks on Windows 7 and 8.1 was going to be free.  I wondered just how are they going to work the Financial Balance Sheet with the lose of those revenues.  From all the news about data gathering/collection that appears to be inbeded in Windows 10 it is starting to become somewhat clear, atleast to this old fart, that they just might have swithced to a new business plan.

I guess it is true, in life there are no free lunches.  

Now this is just my opinion and not based on any facts or proof, but it does make you wonder.  

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September 27, 2015 9:54:43 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting Philly0381,

I was somewhat skeptical when Microsoft announced that the Windows 10 upgrade for those folks on Windows 7 and 8.1 was going to be free. I wondered just how are they going to work the Financial Balance Sheet with the lose of those revenues. From all the news about data gathering/collection that appears to be inbeded in Windows 10 it is starting to become somewhat clear, atleast to this old fart, that they just might have swithced to a new business plan.

When I first read about some of the improvements in Win 10 I was excited and couldn't wait to have it on my PCs, but my joy was soon dashed to bits when I found out about the in-built snooping abilities.... meaning both the obvious and not so obvious [read hidden] ones.  To call Win 10 a major disappointment is an enormous understatement in my book, and none of the so-called improvements make up for all that is wrong with it.

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September 28, 2015 1:33:21 AM from Stardock Forums Stardock Forums

 

Man starkers......sometimes you just come across as so cranky!....

 

Obviously to each his/her own and I absolutely respect your opinion......but I just have to voice mine again.  As Doc also pointed out above obviously some of the mentioned 'privacy concerns' about Win10 are necessary to its smart operation and while some (you obviously as well) feel strong disdain for anything resembling 'smart technology' some of us actually use it and quite happily/sucessfuly in our day to day.

For instance.....every screen (TV or otherwise) in my home has the capability to have content delivered to it from any computational device (desktop, notebook, tablet, phone) by way of some very 'smart technology' (ie. Chromecast, Miracast etc. etc.).  It doesn't matter where I find myself in or around the home nor does it matter which device I am presently using, any and all content available to me can be delivered anywhere.  Hell......thanks to a little wonder called 'slingbox' I can even deliver my own live HD satellite feed (or anything residing on a DVR) to any device on the road while driving to the cottage.  All of that is pretty 'smart tech'.  Sure there are 'privacy' trade-off's and I'm sure all companies involved in my tech utopia (MS, Google, Slingmedia, Samsung, Nokia etc. etc.) are probably rubbing their hands in glee over all of the 'advertising data' they garner through me.  Thing is.........I don't really care.  If it means I can enjoy what I just described to you.......I'm good.

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September 28, 2015 8:34:35 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

As long as I can play with my toys I'm happy. So what if a bunch of ads get to my email. Spam folder is your friend. Delete...delete...delete. Besides, if my personal stuffs not out there, what can they do? They can't see nuthin' 'cause my camera's eye has been covered with black electrical tape and been disabled. So even if some dastardly dildo manages to turn it on remotely all they get is....................black on black.

*my two cents* 

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September 28, 2015 12:57:02 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting the_Monk,

Man starkers......sometimes you just come across as so cranky!....

Yeah, I got a thorn in my paw while out walking and no good Samaritan to pull it out.

Thing is, I neither want or need all that smart tech you speak of enjoying so much.  I have a Bluray player that plays all my discs, and I have a media player that plays any music or video I have on HDD, but I don't need them connected to everything including the fridge, washing machine and toilet.  I then have my Pcs with Win 8.1 that provides access to the internet, and my phone to send and receive calls 

Yup, I'm pretty happy with that... but if ever I get that old and infirm.... and/or just plain lazy, I'll get me some of those smart ass gadgets that do everything.... including wipe my arse and clean my dentures.

Seriously, while I like new toys, I'm not prepared to surrender everything that's me to get them. 

 

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September 28, 2015 2:41:25 PM from Stardock Forums Stardock Forums

Quoting starkers,


Yup, I'm pretty happy with that... but if ever I get that old and infirm.... and/or just plain lazy, I'll get me some of those smart ass gadgets that do everything.... including wipe my arse and clean my dentures.

Seriously, while I like new toys, I'm not prepared to surrender everything that's me to get them. 

 

 

That's just it, it's not about getting old, lazy, liking new toys or 'surrendering everything that's me'.  For me it is about making available tech work for me.  What good is all of the tech in the world if it can't be used to make my life better/easier in some way?  The example I posted about is not about me being lazy or being impressed by the latest toys, it is purely about making my life (and the lives of those connected to me) easier in even some small way.  When friends/family come by instead of crowding around someone's tiny phone/tablet in order to view that all important youtube video, family photo or other media with one simply click/tap of a button the desired content is sent to one of the screens/audio systems (wireless soundbars etc. are so handy for this as well) in the home.  Placeshifting media and being able to access anything anywhere has also cut down on what I carry with me when I travel.  Carrying USB sticks or external HD's around has been eliminated, all of which is technology working for me.  If that makes me lazy or just impressed by new toys in your eyes I guess it'll have to do.  Obviously the both of us use tech in different ways, no problem there........and while (as I already stated in my previous reply) I'm sure all of the corporations involved are gleaning some info which may be valuable to them from my activities I do not agree that I am having to 'surrender everything that is me' in order to enjoy same.

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September 28, 2015 2:47:08 PM from Stardock Forums Stardock Forums

 

Excellent read ID, thanks for the link.  

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September 28, 2015 4:04:10 PM from Stardock Forums Stardock Forums

 

It's a shame that article makes no mention of WiFi Sense.  That one feature has Win 10 banned from my household.

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September 28, 2015 4:28:29 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

And the part about the big Torrents not being worried...well...not sure that's a recommendation.

Everyone can decide for him/herself...I don't trust MS to be on the up and up. They've got their interests, I have mine.

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September 28, 2015 9:20:55 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

@ the_Monk

I'm happy that you're happy with your smart tech and devices, but really, I have no need of such sophistication.  I don't travel very far or wide due to vertigo and mobility issues, so my needs are down to a tablet to check forums and etc, a phone to send or receive calls.  I don't bother with viewing video on my phone, screen is too small and piddly to bother, so IF I want to view a movie while out I'll do so on my 13.5" tablet via a USB stick... cos really, it's not a lot extra to carry in my satchel case with my other bits n' pieces [wallet; relevant documents; glasses; prescriptions, etc]

At home I'm happy enough to watch pay TV/free-to-air [IF there's anything decent on] and fiddle around on my PCs... meaning I have neither high expectations or high demands.  I'm happy that my Bluray player is internet capable, if I ever needed it, but so are my TVs and PCs... but I can only watch/focus on one at a time and have no need to stream from this device to that device to another.  I can only be in one room at a time, and while I have 3 TVs, I generally plan to watch whatever in whichever situation suits me best at the time.... in the man cave, feet up in bed or sitting on the lounge, etc.  To have stuff streaming all over the place would be overkill for me cos it's just me, and my needs are fairly simple.

I suppose some would say 3 TVs and 3 working PCs is overkill, but such things aren't portable and I don't live in just the one room.  Anyway, this is far removed from the OT and not relevant to it.

As for Win 10, if people are happy to use it then good for them.  I'm just not that trusting.  Yes, there are opinions on both side of the 'privacy' fence, and both sides present plausible arguments, but my reason for not upgrading is not just about 'snooping' concerns.  I simply don't like the look of it, what with the butt ugly UI, horrendous icons and a start menu that looks like it was retrieved from a Fisher Price Dumpster.  Without WindowBlinds, IconPackager and CursorFX, it is unusable for me.

Oh, and this article http://www.zdnet.com/article/no-microsoft-is-not-spying-on-you-with-windows-10/ doesn't prove a thing,  It's just another opinion by another tech writer.  Look, they can all interpret the EULA and privacy agreement however they want, when Microsoft says it will read the content of my emails and personal documents so it and its partners can target me with specific ads, well that's more than enough for me.  I don't want ads.  Period.

 

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September 29, 2015 7:48:58 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting jwdR1,




 

It's a shame that article makes no mention of WiFi Sense.  That one feature has Win 10 banned from my household.



It was an optional thing in preview and it still is optional
Settings-Manage WI-FI Settings
If not just use
#_optout?
Unpractical but works. 

 

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