How to delete unwanted Windows 10 ‘spying’ programs [Tip]

DoNotSpy10While it may seem most of the world had problems installing Windows 10, for most it has been a huge success. Once you’ve successfully completed the Windows upgrade, the general consensus is that Windows 10 is a much better operating system than Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. The Redmond company were under a great deal of pressure to produce the goods since earlier versions were not well liked by the public.

As great as the reception for Windows 10 has been, it’s extremely rare to never find any issues with an operating system. One of the problems a multitude of people have is with Microsoft’s new Privacy Policy. While many are applauding Microsoft for finally including a privacy Policy in their work, others are shaking at the knees after reading it.

If you are one of the people who prefer to remain as anonymous online as possible, you can go to extra lengths to stop Microsoft from ‘spying’ on you.

Note: your Windows security might detect this as a Trojan horse. The file is not a Trojan, and is detected as one for what it does.

HOW TO STOP WINDOWS 10 SPYING ON YOU

1. Download the DoNotSpy10 free tool from here.

2. Click the tool after it finishes downloading and run the program.

3. Rather than clicking a “Scan” button, the tool shows you a list of potentially unwanted programs that come with a spying agenda.

3. It’s your job to click each individual box on the left that corresponds with the title you don’t want to have running.

DoNotSpy10

4. Click the “Apply” button toward the bottom of the program and it will apply the updated settings of your choice.

That’s all there is to stop the potential spying. You can now use Windows 10 rest assured the options you chose to have are working.

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  • watcher

    All this does (apparently) is present in one menu all the Win 10 options that are available in settings. That is, MS allows you to do the same thing as this, if you search enough menus. That’s not a bad thing for this program; just that it isn’t mysterious or (evidently) dangerous.

  • watcher

    FWIW, The command line switch /NOCANDY seemed to work for me

  • RawData

    [@John]
    So… you’re saying that the command line option /NOCANDY has stopped working?

  • Col. Panek

    Turn off everything? I don’t think that’s going to always work. And how do you shut off the back doors to the NSA? And sending data to Microsoft via Bing?

    My solution: use Linux instead. You oughta at least try ZorinOS, Elementary or Mint.

  • Mathew

    [@WKKos]

    There is a slight paradox in providing people with a tool to remove spyware and doing so by selling off a few extensions.

    The main difference is this tool is made for a reason and it does do what the description says. It doesn’t just act like a program with false pretenses and infect your computer with harmful adware or Trojans.

    The pXc-coding team are a trusted team who make some pretty good tools. You can find them all over social media, they have their own official website that gets decent traffic and so forth.

    What does all that mean? Well, not a lot. You could easily make a case for or against it. I will say that it’s highly unlikely your computer suffers from any problems directly relating to this tool.

    It just doesn’t make a great deal of sense for this to be harmful. Their goal would be to continue making tools and money and to go all out with a harmful virus here would completely ruin that objective.

    At best, you get a few PUP’s if you don’t uncheck boxes during the installation which I’ve already said. If that’s too risky for you and you want to follow a free virus removal tool which probably hasn’t even had time to learn what DoNotSpy10 is, you are more than welcome to do that.

  • WKKos

    [@John]
    I have submitted to the program’s developer the following:
    Today (11.08.15) my Avast antivirus has blocked the download of your file DoNotSpy10-1.0.0.1-Setup.exe. I disabled Avast for 10 min, downloaded the file, and then sent it for analysis to Virus Total. Detection ratio was 16 / 56. Too bad! I have given up any further dealing with your tool. Any comments?

    So, this should be treated as a warning: DO NOT ATTEMPT TO RUN DoNotSpy10 (also because there are hardly unconditionally “free” things in this world!).

  • Mathew

    [@Sam] It is a legit tool and the pioneer of any anti-spying Windows 10 tool. It’s not open source. It’s made by a German team called pXc-coding.

    The tool has gone viral over the last few days and many trusted sources are sharing the tool. It definitely works.

    There are third-party programs you can opt out of installing during the installation. The tool is supported by advertising those third-party programs.

  • Sam

    Did you test if this program really works? How can I check this myself? Is it open source?

  • MIke S.

    I just read today that some peole are having an issue with a new Win10 cumulative update. Apparently, because of Win10’s automatic updating, when the new update results in a glitch, the system tries to uninstall the update but then goes back to try to reinstall, etc., etc., caught in a vicious loop due to the mandatory updating setting. The author of the article felt that this situation showed how the new mandatory updating coud cause issues (in addition to those commented upon others earlier, with a bad update mandatorily getting placed on everyone’s PC).

  • Mathew

    [@John]
    Hi John,

    Thanks for the kind words.

    There are a few things you can try manually, although the list on offer is far less advanced as the tool itself.

    Try heading to Settings, followed by Privacy and turn off options from the list as you see fit.

  • John

    This program installed open candy, which is an issue in of itself. Do you have the directions for doing these manually? Your articles tend to be pretty awesome and relying on third party tools for many of these features seem unnecessary.

  • Mike S.

    Interesting software there–thanks! As a Win10 neophyte, I guess one question that I would have is the unexpected effect of some of the disable options.

    I do find of interest, one of the options is to turn off Automatic Windows Updates–given that some people have objected to Microsoft’s forcing of updates with Win10, some may especially find this option intriguing.