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Hi!

I found a free tool to stop Microsoft from spying on my notebook. It works on Windows 7, 8, 8.1 and 10.

 

"Destroy Windows 10 Spying" (DWS Light)
http://dws.wzor.net/ 

 

More info: http://tinyurl.com/hw6yupm

 

During install it shows a long list of items related to the MS spying being altered. It seems very thorough, but I've not had any issues with it so far.
 

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Hi!

I found a free tool to stop Microsoft from spying on my notebook. It works on Windows 7, 8, 8.1 and 10.

 

"Destroy Windows 10 Spying" (DWS Light)
http://dws.wzor.net/ 

 

More info: http://tinyurl.com/hw6yupm

 

During install it shows a long list of items related to the MS spying being altered. It seems very thorough, but I've not had any issues with it so far.
 

 

+1 for DWS Light, found it to be extensive in what it does, which was satisfying.
 
 

 

Yes, many tools available out there. I'd suggest O&O ShutUp10 for simpler use, or W10Privacy for more advanced users who can understand exactly what each option does.

 

 

Will try W10Privacy also thanks for the suggesiton :) 

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Thanks, I shall have a go with this later when Emissoft has re-installed itself.

 

I note that the new update to Visual Studio 2015 has a pile of surveillance stuff as well.

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Hi,

I've used "O&O ShutUp10" months ago. Later I noticed that I have checked to many options.

My problem is that the search in the start menu only shows Windows settings but no local files. The index is created but no results are shown on start menu.

Can anyone tell me, which cross I need to remove? I don't need cortana but want my search back, like on Win7

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I've tested all hints I found: rebuild index, move index to another folder, check the folder permissions, and others I can't remember right now. Nothing helped. After running a full backup I also tried ShutUp10 to restore factory settings but it made no difference.

Maybe you are right: ShutUp10 is not to blame. Any other suggenstions? What else could I try?!

I use Windows 10 x64 Build 1511.

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Updating Windows might solve your issue (you should update anyway). Another option would be the excellent Windows Repair, make sure to read and follow all instructions. Read the descriptions of each repair and select the ones that could help (don't just select all of them).

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With all these various tools, I note that some people think some are better than others.  Is that because they seem - more robust, or they have better documentation (if they have any) for what the options do, or better support from their authors.... or more to the point that there's some way to see what spy operations are being blocked?   Do people also run tools like Wireshark (if that's appropriate) to see spy traffic being sent before they turn on these products options, and then see the traffic no longer being sent?

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