Comparison of Windows 10 Privacy tools

Windows 10 users can modify the operating system's privacy settings manually, for instance by disabling express setup during installation or upgrade, or by exploring the Privacy section of the new Settings application.

While it gives them full control over each setting, it requires prior knowledge of these settings and time to make the changes.

Privacy tools help users in this regard but may limit the control these users have over what is happening in the background depending on how the tool works.

The following comparison provides you with an overview of these privacy tools highlighting the good, the bad and the ugly for each of them.

Windows 10 Privacy Tools

The following programs are reviewed and compared against each other:

  1. Destroy Windows 10 Spying
  2. Disable Win Tracking
  3. DoNotSpy 10
  4. Windows 10 Privacy and Shit
  5. Windows 10 Privacy Fixer
  6. W10 Privacy
  7. (new) Shut Up 10
  8. (new) Spybot Anti-Beacon for Windows 10
  9. (new) Ashampoo AntiSpy for Windows 10
  10. (new) Windows Privacy Tweaker
  11. (new) Win10 Spy Disable

Please note that you need to run all programs with elevated privileges as the majority of tweaks are not applied otherwise. You do that with a right-click on the program executable and the selection of "run as administrator" from the options.

Overview of Windows 10 Privacy Tools

Backup/Restore Explanation Privacy Tweaks Misc
Destroy Windows 10 Spying No/No No disable services, remove apps, telemetry, tools Command line support
Disable Win Tracking No/No No limit tracking, source
DoNotSpy 10 Yes/No Yes disable services, apps access, telemetry
Windows 10 Privacy and Shit No/No No disable services, telemetry Batch file
Windows 10 Privacy Fixer No/No No disable services, apps access, telemetry, remove apps, source code additional system tweaks
W10Privacy No/No yes disable services and tasks, apps access,telemetry
Shut Up 10 Yes/No yes disable services, telemetry, access
Spybot Anti-Beacon for Windows 10 No/No no disable services, telemetry, access, hosts
Ashampoo AntiSpy for Windows 10 Yes/Yes no disable, telemetry, apps access
Windows Privacy Tweaker No/No no Services, Task Scheduler, Registry, Telemtry
Win10 Spy Disabler Yes/No no Services, Task Scheduler, Telemtry, apps

Destroy Windows 10 Spying

destroy windows 10 spying

Destroy Windows 10 Spying concentrates on a handful of privacy settings and tweaks only. You may use it to disable spyware tasks in the Task Scheduler, block Microsoft domains in the hosts file, to turn Windows Update on or off, and to remove select applications or all applications from the operating system.

The program does not support backup and restore functionality, and there are no explanations for the tweaks it offers.

While some are self-explanatory, others reveal nothing about the task that gets carried out when they are run. For instance, you don't know which tasks are disabled in the Task Scheduler when you select the tweak to disable spyware tasks in it.

You may run the program from the command line. All switches are explained in the readme file it ships with.

Disable Windows 10 Tracking

disable windows 10 tracking

This is the smallest tool functionality-wise but the one that is the largest in size. It displays four options in its interface which all concentrate on disabling tracking.

Disable Windows 10 Tracking lacks a backup option and explanations of entries.

DoNotSyp 10

donotspy 10

Note: The program ships with Open Candy adware offers which are displayed during installation. Make sure you block those if you are not interested in those offers.

You may create a system restore point on start of the program so that you can restore it should the need arise to do so.

The program displays all tweaks as checkboxes in its interface. A detailed description is provided on the right once you select a tweak from the list so that you know what it does and what impact it has on system operations.

You find the usual assortment of tweaks supported by DoNotSpy 10. This includes disabling application access to sensors or system features, disabling Cortana or handwriting data sharing.

Windows 10 Privacy and Shit

windows 10 privacy

This is a batch file that you need to download from Pastebin. Create a new .bat file on your system and paste the contents of it into the newly created file.

When you run it afterwards, it will execute select privacy related tasks including disabling data logging services, uninstalling OneDrive and adding domains to the hosts file to block Telemetry data sending.

Windows 10 Privacy Fixer

win 10 privacy fix

The program ships with a compact interface to modify important privacy settings on Windows 10. You do need to click on check first to retrieve information about tweaks that are already set, but even if you do, some settings are listed as unchecked even though they are checked.

Windows 10 Privacy Fixer lets you disable four core services related to telemetry and feedback, block Telemetry hosts, disable application access to system features such as location or calendar, and make general privacy changes, for instance by disabling the unique advertising ID.

You may use it furthermore to uninstall all Windows apps.

A backup is not created and there is no restore option available as well because of it.

Lastly, there are no explanations provided for features. While most are self-explanatory, additional information about some tweaks are necessary to make sense of them or reveal what they actually do when run.

W10 Privacy

w10 privacy

The program is only available with a German and English interface which makes it unusable for most Windows 10 users.

The application displays privacy settings and general tweaks in its interface on launch. The first tab, Datenschutz (German word for privacy), lists privacy-related tweaks you can make.

The tweaks are mostly self-explanatory but when you hover over an entry additional information about it and its impact are revealed by the app.

W10 Privacy offers no backup and restore functionality. This means that you need to create a System Restore point or other type of backup manually before you use it to modify system settings.

What you can do however is save the program's own configuration. If you do that you may load them again at a later point in time.

Shut Up 10

shut up 10

Shut Up 10 displays a list of tweaks in its interface on launch. A click on a tweak name displays a detailed description underneath it that explains what it does if the title on its own is not sufficient for that.

The program suggests to you to create a system restore point once you start modifying settings.

The settings concentrate mostly on privacy and security, but contain several important other settings such as controlling Windows Update or feedback.

Spybot Anti-Beacon for Windows 10

spybot anti beacon

Anti-Beacon has been created by the authors of Spybot Search & Destroy, a popular anti-spyware program for Windows.

It enables you to block Telemetry data and hosts, the Steps Recorder, the use of advertising ID by applications, P2P Windows Updates and WiFi Sense.

The program checks the current settings of the system on start and displays its findings in the interface afterwards.

Select immunize to make all changes, or undo to restore defaults.

Ashampoo AntiSpy for Windows 10

ashampoo antispy for windows 10

AntiSpy for Windows 10 is a free program that you can run from any location. It suggests to create a System Restore point on start, good.

The program lists all tweaks in list form on start. All privacy related settings are sorted into groups and changeable with a click on the switch displays in front of them.

The actions menu lists options to apply recommended tweaks right away which may be useful to some users as it turns off most features and permissions when applied.

AntiSpy lacks descriptions which is problematic especially for inexperienced users.

Windows Privacy Tweaker

windows privacy tweaker

This is another program that scans the settings on start and displays those as safe or unsafe right away so that you know which ones you have not modified yet.

It displays all tweaks in the four tabs Services, Task Scheduler, Registry and USB Security. The first three display tweaks that are directly related to privacy in Windows 10 while the last provides you with options to change the USB Mode.

It shares some tweaks with other applications listed here but also offers some that offers don't offer at all. Especially Services and Registry hold tweaks that you may not find listed in other privacy applications for the operating system.

One downside is that it won't create a system restore point or other form of backup by default so that you need to take care of that manually before you make any changes using it.

Win10 Spy Disabler

win10 spy disabler

The program is offered as a portable version and installer which, apart from the one requiring to be installed before it can be run are identical.

Win10 Spy Disabler displays the list of tweaks right on start in its interface. They are listed under the tabs privacy tweaks and system tweaks.

Unlike the majority of Windows 10 privacy tools, it is bundling tweaks together in single entries. Disable spying services, spying scheduled tasks or "remove default built-in Windows apps" perform multiple operations on the system.

While that is handy, no information are provided on the nature of what is being changed on the system giving you less control over the functionality.

The program prompts for the creation of a restore point before changes are applied.

System Tweaks are non-privacy tweaks only, and System Utilities, the third tab in the interface, links to core Windows tools. The last tab, VPN Service, is an ad for the Hide Your Ass service.

Closing Words

All tools discussed in the comparison provide you with options to modify settings of Windows 10 systems to improve privacy. Some offer more tweaks than others, and only one suggests to create a system restore point before making any changes to the underlying system.

It comes down to your personal preference in the end and what you want to achieve. All tools disable most of the phone home functionality of the operating system while others go further and let you uninstall apps or make other tweaks that are not necessarily privacy related.

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Responses to Comparison of Windows 10 Privacy tools

  1. Hawk August 14, 2015 at 10:13 am #

    Why do you promote DoNotSpy again? Wasn't it shown to contain malware in the previous article?

    • Martin Brinkmann August 14, 2015 at 10:25 am #

      No, it is not malware. It contains OpenCandy, that is all.

      • Michael October 12, 2015 at 4:20 am #

        Since when is Open Candy not malware? It sneaks crap onto your computer in a deceptive way.

      • Sylv January 6, 2016 at 5:59 am #

        The term you're looking for is "adware" not malware. The former while shitty and underhanded, does no actual harm to your PC. It just bugs the hell out of you. Also an all time lesson never to Next/Accept ^ ∞.

    • Tom Hawack August 14, 2015 at 12:45 pm #

      It was but is no more blocked by OpenDNS. I guess this is relevant.

    • wiwi2301 September 3, 2015 at 11:26 pm #

      Backup/restore option add in w10privacy http://winprivacy.de

  2. Caio August 14, 2015 at 10:46 am #

    Windows 10 Privacy Fixer seems to be the only one that check if something has already been changed

  3. wildersfellow August 14, 2015 at 11:56 am #

    Hi, Martin. Do each of these tools require installation? Could you add that information to your article? I like stand-alone tools when it comes to tweaking operating system.

    • Martin Brinkmann August 14, 2015 at 12:06 pm #

      If I recall correctly, only DoNotSpy requires installation.

  4. happysurf August 14, 2015 at 12:15 pm #

    Fundamental article for everyone with W10.
    Thanks Martin..

    • DonGateley August 14, 2015 at 10:39 pm #

      Upvote! Thanks again, Martin, for providing and aggregating priceless information. Nobody does it better. For the hell of it I just checked and find I have bookmarks to 40 of your articles. :-)

      • Martin Brinkmann August 14, 2015 at 10:51 pm #

        Don that is wonderful. Thanks for the praise!

  5. Tom Hawack August 14, 2015 at 12:44 pm #

    Great synthesis, Martin. Nice work, thanks a lot. I'm archiving all valuable information regarding Win10 for the day I'll install it...
    By the way, homepage of above mentioned DoNotSpy 10 (pxc-coding) is no longer blocked by OpenDNS... now what do you say about that?!

    An interesting article at arsTechnica, "Even when told not to, Windows 10 just can’t stop talking to Microsoft" ( http://arstechnica.co.uk/information-technology/2015/08/even-when-told-not-to-windows-10-just-cant-stop-talking-to-microsoft/ )

  6. ad August 14, 2015 at 1:43 pm #

    Avast reports 'infected' (FileRepMetagen [Malware]) and blocks download of:
    - win10privacyfix
    - donotspy10

  7. Mark August 14, 2015 at 2:24 pm #

    This is good for people who are concerned about privacy but don't bother to read and turn off features they don't want during Windows 10 instalation.

    • Tom Hawack August 14, 2015 at 2:53 pm #

      Default settings to the disadvantage of the user's privacy have always been the secret weapon of manufacturers. It is in a way the alloy of a democracy's freedom and a dictatorship's efficiency : you can opt out (to what point?) but most won't. Manipulation is the word. We often believe that having the right and the mean to refuse is a guaranty of the honesty of the object and consequently we let go when in fact we are simply bypassing our legal and legitimate interests.

  8. Anonymous Coward August 14, 2015 at 3:20 pm #

    And for Windows 7...

    wusa /kb:3021917 /uninstall /quiet /norestart
    wusa /kb:3035583 /uninstall /quiet /norestart
    wusa /kb:2952664 /uninstall /quiet /norestart
    wusa /kb:3022345 /uninstall /quiet /norestart
    wusa /kb:3068708 /uninstall /quiet /norestart
    wusa /kb:2990214 /uninstall /quiet /norestart

    • Tom Hawack August 14, 2015 at 4:07 pm #

      Same here. I hope this "Mission : Possible" regarding Windows 10 will start to forget non Windows 10 users. It's getting bored of having to check WUpdates on every release. Last Patch Tuesday (2015-08-11) was ok here : none of the previous updates I had hidden popped up again and no new Win10 incentive. I felt it like the calm after a storm :)

    • DonGateley August 15, 2015 at 2:15 am #

      This does what? Exactly and specifically.

      • Andrew September 3, 2015 at 4:53 pm #

        It removes all the windows updates associated with the telemetry collection.

    • Anonymous April 25, 2016 at 1:07 pm #

      You can also set all the update files as "viruses" in your anti virus.

    • Andrew June 28, 2016 at 6:55 pm #

      Better yet, download Steve Gibson's Never10 tool: https://www.grc.com/never10.htm

  9. Dave Watkins August 14, 2015 at 3:28 pm #

    Interesting stuff.
    I was interested that freeware portable XP-Antispy was not included in the lineup. While not being exclusively for Win10 it is compatible with the OS and seems to have similar functionality to the reviewed programs. It prompts the user to backup existing configuration on the first run, has several privacy profiles to choose from or can be used to review existing privacy settings.

  10. Daren August 14, 2015 at 4:51 pm #

    Take your pick of these apps, or use all of them if you'd like... but I can 100% guarantee that there is still PLENTY of spying/tracking going on. Run a packet sniffer or any software firewall that alerts you of every outgoing connection & then trace those IP's.

  11. aNoobieS August 14, 2015 at 5:12 pm #

    What happens if you set the Windows Firewall to block all outgoing traffic by default? (Windows Firewall Properties => Outbound Connections => Block)
    If the telemetry and such is still being uploaded that means Windows is bypassing its own security feature.
    (EDIT: never mind, found my answer in another page -- there appears to still be traffic even with this in place)

    • Tom Hawack August 14, 2015 at 5:22 pm #

      If it's really too bad for them it'll be bad for you. The ultimate -- the critical point -- is to protect yourself as much as possible and still be able to walk : too heavily armored the knight wouldn't advance :)
      Otherwise, Ultimate number duo : to be a true, authentic pirate, but that's far out of my scope. No armor, simply furtive.

  12. A different Martin August 14, 2015 at 9:58 pm #

    Once Windows 10's kinks, glitches, and privacy holes are patched, I'm looking forward to some real-world feedback from former Windows 7 users, particularly regarding how steep the learning curve was, what new features and improvements they appreciate most, and what they miss most.

    As of now, I haven't been able to identify a single compelling reason to upgrade -- I'm not a gamer and don't need DirectX 12, not that my hardware would support it anyway -- and plenty of reasons not to, including the privacy holes this article addresses. Elsewhere, I've read that even measures like the ones discussed here won't stop all behind-the-scenes "phoning home," and that Microsoft's user-data policies for Windows 10 are particularly worrisome.

    But I digress. I am actually looking forward to some objective, real-world feedback that might balance out my own skeptical take on Windows 10.

    • Tom Hawack August 14, 2015 at 10:29 pm #

      I stand in a position similar to yours so I won't be the required speaker. As you perhaps as many others who haven't adopted Windows 10 (yet) I'm in the expectation and have no feelings guided by a whatever anti-Microsoft demagogy or fashion. Who doesn't prefer passion to cynicism, sympathy to awareness, love to haste? Personally if I ever had an opinion about the company it would rather have been that of confidence (I may be naive) for another way of behaving in the computer and network arena(s) than "youngsters" like Google, like Facebook. Hard to explain. I admit a disillusion with the way the company pushed Windows 10, but I believe I would have forgotten those griefs if the product -- THE new OS -- had not proven to be a snake-pit of inquisition, of tracking, on the border edge of a total lack of respect for the user's privacy. That's the way I feel it, and I read everywhere too many testimonies of what Windows 10 has under the hood.
      I hope, I really hope that time and users comments of their experience with the OS once the furniture in place, settled, will bring the ratio to a higher level of attraction.

    • eikelein May 7, 2016 at 10:20 pm #

      Martin,
      I wonder why nobody makes any distinction between Microsoft "just" collecting information about and data from their users on one side and collecting information about the internal workings of the system on the other side.
      I would want them to collect all Windows internal error and functional things that then (hopefully?) are used to improve performance, stability, hardware support and so on.
      Just not for the price of the seemingly vast amount of data and info about myself.
      MS does not help them selves (or us) to distinguish the former from the latter so all I can do is to turn as much of their so-called "telemetry" off; And I have done that, with SD Anti Beacon if you are interested.
      My "production machine" is still Win 7; it has an older i7 cpu and and a BIOS mobo so why bother.
      PLUS: MS said clearly that we can get the free upgrade of Win7/8.1 systems "for the lifetime of the system". What they have not said is how they, MS, define "lifetime". So far that would end for Win 7 in Jan. 2020 when extended support for Win 7 ends. If the machine still runs - and I expect that! - what then? My guess is I have to pay from then on for Windows 10 anyway.
      Real life experiences? One of about 30 - 40 of my customers that I know have upgraded to Win 10 had to revert because his older printer/scanner is not supported under Win 10. Can't blame that on Win 10, that belongs in this case in Epson's yard.
      All other upgrades caused no problems and differences in the Menu system are easily alleviated by installing Classic Shell (free!).

  13. MyBlackBox August 14, 2015 at 11:07 pm #

    As a matter of fact, it's not bad to see so many efforts by 'final users' to change the behaviour of an Operative System. Bear with me, as to be sure that the OS doesn't tamper with the customer's own decisions, an analysis of various network protocols should be done. But this will leave something unspotted, as the bios. So you have to check the bios and other hardware parts. Now, hardware drivers are proprietary and closed-source, so the common windows user has some difficulties at grasping what is happening inside a desktop or laptop PC. Moreover, malware as BadUSB could easily be ignored (0day) and hack down to the hardware drivers, allowing Man In The Middle Attacks (MITM). So, low level protocols are totally out of the power of intervention by a standard windows user. Windows 10 Codename Threshold clearly communicates with Onedrive and sends many personal information. Even if the patches operated by the aforementioned applications do work, the next update by Microsoft Corp. will revert any modification by untrusted third party groups (as the good devs. of the apps above).

    So, the final user of Windows 10 has no power to change the OS. The OS is still owned by Microsoft Corp. and who doesn't like how it behaves should either look at GNU/Linux distributions or simply enjoy the botnet-embedded experience of Microsoft(TM).

    Bye.

  14. jasray August 15, 2015 at 1:45 am #

    The time and effort to unearth all of the wonderful tools may prove futile; some of the latest news in the tech world comes from "BetaNews":

    "Research carried out by Ars Technica shows that even with features disabled and privacy settings activated, Windows 10 continues to send information back to Microsoft. The data is sent by a series of tools including OneDrive, Cortana, and Bing -- even when a local account is used."

    "Even when a local account is used . . . ."

    • MyBlackBox April 22, 2016 at 2:55 am #

      There are many users with higher privileges than the human who thinks to own this Windows OS.

  15. Teo Romeo August 15, 2015 at 2:41 am #

    I noticed the lack of better tool. It's called "Remove Windows 10 Spying Features" and can be downloaded here: http://wintoflash.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=42295

  16. Josh Harper August 15, 2015 at 10:40 am #

    I found another script that from the looks of it cleans out A LOT of things.. maybe worth checking out:
    http://pastebin.com/Y5UGBanc

    • DonGateley August 15, 2015 at 9:03 pm #

      Thanks, Josh. Just the sort of thing I've been waiting for. Says it's for Enterprise so I wonder how effective it is on Home edition.

      • JB October 28, 2015 at 7:13 pm #

        Or Pro.
        You'd think they'd at least leave most if not all of this crap out of the Pro & Enterprise editions.

  17. jimbobillyjoe August 15, 2015 at 11:55 am #

    Nice writeup!

    Word needs to get out about the Hosts file however. It is no longer the all powerful behemoth it used to be. Some of the phone-homes Win10 does can be blocked in Hosts and they will still work just fine. In Win10 Microsoft put these addresses in system dll's (effectively making them unchangeable/blockable) to prevent precisely this from happening (although Microsoft would probably say they did it to ensure none of the phone-homes could get hijacked by evil terrorists/hackers/Apple employees). Not everything was made untouchable like this though, so Hosts will provide some benefit - but it wont be doing as much as you think it's doing.

    The only real way to block the phone-homes is to block the addresses on your firewall - hardware firewall, or your router if it has that functionality. A software firewall installed on your computer can work too if it's built well. No Windows Firewall does NOT block these - Microsoft bypassed Hosts, you really think they wouldn't bypass their own built-in firewall too?

  18. smaragdus August 16, 2015 at 1:16 pm #

    It was not a good idea to include the mouse pointer in the screen-shots above.

  19. Mystique August 16, 2015 at 3:55 pm #

    There are going to be loads of applications/tweakers made available but at the end of the day they are going to be made null by constant updates and checks via windows update.
    The only way I can see these tweakers actually keeping an upper hand is to add some sort of driver layer (forgive my bad terminology) to monitor and instantly block or rollback changes that windows updates make to the affected files.
    This kind of software and Firewalls may help but at the end of the day Microsoft will just add more "features" to leak out data so unless we have some sort of community to analyze the updates and certify them in house prior to them being public or accepted, of course this adds a delay in which people react to updates but given home users have no choice Microsoft always has the upperhand.

    Windows 10 is not looking so great. We all knew Microsoft was a huge corporation but now they are crossing some sort of line in the sand which puts them at odds with ones right to privacy.

    I wonder how applications like Glasswire fares against something like this. Will it detect the traffic flow and block it or will it stand idly by and allow such breaches to occur.

    • MyBlackBox August 17, 2015 at 7:13 pm #

      Glasswire, as cool as it appears, uses Microsoft Firewall drivers.

    • Dave Simpson April 4, 2016 at 7:40 am #

      Ultimately, the operating system will always defeat apps. It just has more privileges. Hardware is the only thing that can defeat an operating system, and I don't see Intel or HP going against the wishes of the FBI or even Microsoft. Maybe Chinese hardware companies will, but that will open a whole new can of worms.

      But these apps will at least work in the short-term and if there are so many of them and if they are updated regularly, and if they run immediately after Windows Update and re-set everything again, then maybe they can make it too much work for Microsoft for a while at least. Nothing a £50m buyout by MS won't resolve, though.

      As we've seen with Apple, the whole idea that devices can be secure - even payment systems such as Apple Pay is, ultimately, something the US Government does not want - it just demonstrated it is prepared to go to court to make sure that no device or system is fully secure or exempt from its reach.

  20. tim smith August 18, 2015 at 4:55 pm #

    DONOTSPY 10 is blocked by Malware bytes which is easy to turn off and Avast.
    When I tried to use it reported it would not run on home version of windows 10 (upgraded form 8.1) I didn't see a home version on the web page of DoNotSpy10.

  21. Rage August 19, 2015 at 2:35 pm #

    XP-Antispy awakes from the dead:

    http://winfuture.de/news,88519.html

    It's in German, but in short - XP-Antispy is being re-vamped for Win 10.

  22. John August 20, 2015 at 4:12 am #

    "It's in German, but in short - XP-Antispy is being re-vamped for Win 10"
    https://translate.google.com.au/translate?hl=en&sl=de&u=http://www.winprivacy.de/versionshistorie/&prev=search

  23. Anonymous August 23, 2015 at 11:27 pm #

    Would be easier to use Linux instead.

    • DonGateley August 24, 2015 at 8:40 am #

      Thanks for sharing. :S

  24. consorts August 24, 2015 at 8:29 pm #

    DoNotSpy10 1.0.0.2 fails to backup a setpoint, fails to disable Cortana so it does not restart in your task list, and succeeds at putting shovelware on your PC.

  25. tom August 26, 2015 at 12:59 pm #

    A new Tool: http://www.evorim.com/, "Win10 StopSpy"

  26. thanks! September 2, 2015 at 6:04 am #

    Thank you for collecting this information in one place! Really appreciated.

  27. BBB September 9, 2015 at 11:29 am #

    Destroy Windows 10 Spying is open source : https://github.com/Nummer/Destroy-Windows-10-Spying

  28. asdf September 17, 2015 at 7:33 am #

    these 3 works on windows 7
    1. destroy windows 10
    2. windows privacy tweaker
    3. spybot anti-beacon

  29. Eric September 29, 2015 at 3:41 pm #

    Thanks for the September update and a HUGE thank you! Look forward to another update in upcoming months if possible.

  30. Sebastian November 16, 2015 at 11:03 am #

    Hi Martin,

    Great article, thanks! I get a lot of questions regarding this subject. I'll forward those interested to this page.
    Keep up the good work :-)

    Thanks again!

  31. Andry November 17, 2015 at 2:31 am #

    Which program that you recommended or you use now?

  32. Alexamenos November 17, 2015 at 9:54 am #

    Hey Martin! Thanks for the article. But I also have the same question than "Andry", please: "Which program would you recommended and/or you use now?".
    Thnxs! ;-)

    • Martin Brinkmann November 17, 2015 at 10:06 am #

      I like W10 Privacy but that is just a personal preference.

  33. Leandro December 8, 2015 at 5:26 pm #

    Very good article.
    Thanks Martin!

  34. john neijzen December 10, 2015 at 12:32 pm #

    DisableWinTracking Has been update lot since you have post this article can pls do update :)

    it also has option remove default app of windows

  35. Weltall December 21, 2015 at 4:50 pm #

    After testing the most of them, skipping the ones that seemed too simplistic and lacking options, I have to admit that my favorite is the O&O Shutup 10. I like the slick interface and the nice descriptions, making the program feel really user friendly and nice. I use that in most computers of friends that have Windows 10 and we end up talking about it.

    WIth that said, I feel the best though is W10Privacy. If I want to turn off more options, after using O&O Shutup 10, I use W10Privacy, looking to turn off the options that Shutup did not have. There are a handful of options that W10Privacy has more and even if the user interface does not look so user friendly, every option has details about what it does. Even if the user is not so advanced, if they can read something and understand it and of course it is green, they can turn it off. The screenshot might not show it, but W10Privacy has now options marked with colors, to show which are safe to turn off, which are potentially dangerous and which are dangerous if you do not know what you are doing.

    Definitely W10Privacy is the best amongst all that I tried, but still if I would suggest an app to someone that does not know much about computers, that would definitely be O&O Shutup10.

    • dominator April 24, 2016 at 4:04 pm #

      O&O Shutup10 has opencandy adware hidden in it, not sure about W10Privacy. I use Spybot Anti-Beacon, it doesn't come with hidden adwares/malwares.

  36. Anonymous December 25, 2015 at 3:31 pm #

    Easiest way is to just not use win 10.

  37. Cranky December 25, 2015 at 11:51 pm #

    I feel DoNotSpy is not reputable. MALWARE. If the developers are so proud of their software, Drop the Candy Crap (MALWARE!!!! Plain and simple - just try removing the crap!)
    My vote is AVOID DoNotSpy - not trustworthy.

  38. Noel January 5, 2016 at 4:34 pm #

    Just curious if there is any utility that will do this job with one click, esp for novice users.

    • Sylv January 6, 2016 at 6:09 am #

      You know, the difference between novice and savvy is just a couple of hours worth of research on what most of these toggled features do. Better than have the software do all the magic with one click and leaving you in blissful ignorance not knowing what you supposedly did to your PC to make it better. Just a thought.

      • Dave Simpson April 4, 2016 at 7:20 am #

        Just one click, in blissful ignorance: select "Express Settings" for Winows 10. That was the problem in the first place!

        Its very touching that there is still so much trust and novices believe that just because they move a slider from Yes to No, Windows will actually take notice. Evidence is growing that Windows will not. Windows 10 does some very, very bad stuff - which they are now porting to Win 7 and 8 to deal with Windows 10 Refuse-niks.

        That raises a huge question: why would Microsoft work so hard to "develop" old operating systems? Is that clear evidence that it is now NSA Windows rather than MS Windows? And because such "wonderful" hacking ability is built in - watch young girls in their bedrooms, capture keystrokes used to enter user-ids and passwords, maybe for banking - how long before those "features" are used by malware and it becomes Mafia Windows?

        And if you think Apple is the solution, well, they don't even pretend to offer the choice of Yes or No. Everything is online, synched, recorded, secret user-ids, device-ids and advertising-user-ids are built-in, and they link all that to your credit card. They only drew the line at being required to hack their own operating system - everything else was clearly absolutely fine with them.

  39. Sylv January 6, 2016 at 6:06 am #

    Well this little article here is near priceless . I've been putting off upgrading to W10 ever since it came out, just waiting for people to comeup with their own inventive responses to Microsoft's outrageous invasion of privacy practice. Well, new year new OS I thought. So in preparation I've been diving up to my nose in articles about undoing some of the worst mandatory/hidden tricks W10 forces on you. Now if only I came upon this article sooner, might've saved me a couple of hours of research. Thanks a lot Martin, you saved me from more pointless research.

  40. tom January 21, 2016 at 5:31 am #

    Looks to be a few good features there like remove the metro apps crap , stop it auto updating without you first choosing what updates are installed and which aren't that's how it should be end user in control of their PC's and not some big corporate organisation who doesn't care about a our privacy rights or us

  41. Dominus January 28, 2016 at 10:27 am #

    Thank you for organizing the mess of anti-privacy programs out there.
    Helped me alot.

  42. dominator April 24, 2016 at 3:40 pm #

    Which one is the best and doesn't come with hidden adwares/malwares shit?

    We need a all-in-one single anti-spy software that will disable or delete all spy crap of latest w10.

  43. Dan April 25, 2016 at 1:22 pm #

    Due to the valid points of MS changing things to bypass these tools,
    I opt for using these tools PLUS running a small linux box between my cable modem and router.
    On this linux box have wireshark and iptables with block first ask questions later type setup.

    • dominator April 25, 2016 at 4:35 pm #

      Do you have link to small linux box? I am thinking a hardware based firewall between modem and computer.

      • Dan April 26, 2016 at 9:17 am #

        If I had a Pi I would do it on there.
        But as it is I am going to design my own on my smallest microATX box.
        I tend to trust what I code over just getting a prepackaged util or OS.

  44. surfer100 May 28, 2016 at 4:52 pm #

    O&O ShutUp10 (v 1.3.1356) (free) works well for me. Easy to use and understand. And it monitors subsequent changes to settings so user can either accept or reject them.

    • surfer100 May 29, 2016 at 3:12 pm #

      Followup: Also, no opencandy adware was installed. Checked with both Malwarebytes and Norton. Each has caught opencandy adware from other software installs, quarantines them, and makes it easy to delete. But nothing with O&O ShutUp10. I downloaded directly from the O&O's website.

  45. duhhhh May 29, 2016 at 12:44 pm #

    in reply to sylv adware is still a form of spyware and considering that the whole point of this topic is privacy then you can see why it is stupid to post something that is infected with it

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