W10Privacy is without doubt one of the most comprehensive privacy-focused tweaking tools for Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system. Recent updates introduced new tweaks and support for changes introduced in the November 2015 update of Windows 10.
Design and layout of W10Privacy has not changed. The program creates a system restore point on start, and displays tweaks in tabs named privacy, telemetry or OneDrive that reveal their focus.
Tweaks are color-coded for easier access. Green preferences are recommended and have no side-effects usually, while yellow and red tweaks need to be checked out individually before they are applied as they may have side-effects and may even affect the system negatively.
On to the changes.
The developer has released four application updates that introduce new features to it.
Network > Disable changeable Wi-Fi services (for Windows 10 10.0.10586, November Update 1511)
This takes care of the three Wi-Fi options "Connect to suggested open hotspots", "connect to networks shared by my contacts" and "paid Wi-Fi services". The last option is new in Windows 10 Build 10586.
You can change the settings in the official Settings application as well. Open Settings and go to Network & Internet > Wi-Fi > Manage Wi-Fi Settings for that.
The update corrects several hostnames on top of that.
The new applications that Microsoft shipped with the November update of Windows 10 are integrated. You find Candy Crush, Sway, Skype Video and Phone listed there now next to all other applications already supported by W10Privacy. Apps can be uninstalled from the tab.
Windows 10 seems to re-install system applications near instantly on recent systems. This is triggered by the Windows Store application which runs in the background. You can prevent it from running in the background by deactivating it under background apps in the interface.
The IP addresses that you can block using the application have been updated.
This release introduces the cache.ini file which records preferences which the program uses for comparison after updates and to indicate new preferences in its interface after updates.
It furthermore added two Office 2016 preferences, and French and Spanish interface translations,
New Windows Defender options under Privacy:
New setting to turn off smart multi-homed name resolution under "Tweaks". This prevents that DNS requests are sent to all available network interfaces.
Check out our comparison of privacy tools for Windows 10 for additional suggestions.
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