Let’s block that Microsoft Spying

windows-7-8-data-collectingSo, with the last Windows 10 and the complete tracking from Microsoft, and the fact they also decided to implement this sucking feature in Windows 7 and 8, here are some tips ( nice article on gHacks ):

Block those URL / Domains in your Firewalls (not the local Windows one, but in your internet Firewall – Juniper, PaloAlto, Checkpoint, Fortinet …)

cs1.wpc.v0cdn.net
df.telemetry.microsoft.com
i1.services.social.microsoft.com
i1.services.social.microsoft.com.nsatc.net
oca.telemetry.microsoft.com
oca.telemetry.microsoft.com.nsatc.net
paramètres-win.data.microsoft.com
pre.footprintpredict.com
reports.wes.df.telemetry.microsoft.com
settings-win.data.microsoft.com
sqm.telemetry.microsoft.com
sqm.telemetry.microsoft.com.nsatc.net
statsfe1.ws.microsoft.com
telecommand.telemetry.microsoft.com
telecommand.telemetry.microsoft.com.nsatc.net
telemetry.appex.bing.net
telemetry.ASM-WindowsDefault.json
telemetry.urs.microsoft.com
utc.app.json
vortex.data.microsoft.com
vortex-sandbox.data.microsoft.com
vortex-win.data.microsoft.com
win.data.microsoft.com-Vortex

Check the presence of those Windows Updates and remove them if installed, or block them in Windows Update :

  • KB3068708 This update introduces the Diagnostics and Telemetry tracking service to existing devices. By applying this service, you can add benefits from the latest version of Windows to systems that have not yet upgraded. The update also supports applications that are subscribed to Visual Studio Application Insights.
  • KB3022345 (replaced by KB3068708) This update introduces the Diagnostics and Telemetry tracking service to in-market devices. By applying this service, you can add benefits from the latest version of Windows to systems that have not yet been upgraded. The update also supports applications that are subscribed to Visual Studio Application Insights.
  • KB3075249 This update adds telemetry points to the User Account Control (UAC) feature to collect information on elevations that come from low integrity levels.
  • KB3080149 This package updates the Diagnostics and Telemetry tracking service to existing devices. This service provides benefits from the latest version of Windows to systems that have not yet upgraded. The update also supports applications that are subscribed to Visual Studio Application Insights.

In admin mode, run :

wusa /uninstall /kb:3068708 /quiet /norestart
wusa /uninstall /kb:3022345 /quiet /norestart
wusa /uninstall /kb:3075249 /quiet /norestart
wusa /uninstall /kb:3080149 /quiet /norestart

	

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