Windows 10 privacy breaches using Task Scheduler

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As a person that makes games (yea, developer, I hate the word) I too installed Windows 10. I need the ability to make universal apps, to test them etc…

“They just collect data for marketing”

Before starting I heard about a lot of fuss regarding Windows 10 privacy.
“Fuck it.” I said, “Who cares? They just collect data for marketing.” And then I upgraded and I found out it wasn’t only that.

This was the first privacy statement I fully read, not once, but twice and from the whole thing I’ll just mention a few statements:

Contacts and relationships. We collect data about your contacts and relationships if you use a Microsoft service to manage contacts, or to communicate or interact with other people or organizations.

Content. We collect content of your files and communications when necessary to provide you with the services you use. This includes: the content of your documents, photos, music or video you upload to a Microsoft service such as OneDrive. It also includes the content of your communications sent or received using Microsoft services, such as the: subject line and body of an email,
text or other content of an instant message, audio and video recording of a video message, and audio recording and transcript of a voice message you receive or a text message you dictate.

What the fuck?

It’s been on for some time already

This thing isn’t new though. It’s been going on for some time with Google and Apple. Now Microsoft decided to jump on the bandwagon. Also they seem to be more open about this as well which is a good thing.

Bonus: just when I was about to post this I was looking through my Resource Monitor and I’ve found “NvStreamNetworkService.exe” constantly sending information to the following addresses:  0koryu0.easter.ne.jp, 224.0.0.251, ff02::fb, ec2-54-200-115-64.us-west-2.compute.amazonaws.com . Curious enough is that the service is for Streaming from your computer to that stupid nVidia game console…which I don’t have. So why the fuck are they constantly sending and receiving data?

Anyway there are a lot of guides out there that will show you how to tell Windows that you don’t want SOME of your data to be shared. Now just because a checkbox is unchecked that does not mean shit. It’s just a button. It can do what it’s supposed to, or it can just do nothing. To make sure of that I started digging a bit deeper and my first stop was the Task Scheduler with which most repetitive programs are started.

It would have been futile to stop a Service or a process itself because on the next logon it would start back up again.

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In the image above you can see the description of the task: “If the user has consented to participate […]” Now this is either a big fat bullshit or it’s bad programming. Since I have not consented from the fucking start of the upgrade, why is the task’s last run time, last night? Why the fuck would it run if I declined? If I declined in the installation, they shouldn’t even add the task to the task scheduler as enabled. How can I trust a company that either does whatever the fuck it wants, or has employees that are bad at what they’re doing?

Disclaimer: Needless to say I found a list of services and processes that are started just to send data to Microsoft; I disabled them and they remained disabled. My computer is running normally but take it with a grain of salt. If you don’t know what you’re doing and how to reverse these things you’d better not try it since it can cause problems…problems I’ve yet to encounter.

So now that you decided to give this a go, open the Task Scheduler (shortcut: Win + X + A and type Taskschd.msc) and start going through the list below although I strongly suggest you do not since it has not been updated with the latest versions Microsoft pushed through.

What to consider disabling if you know what you’re doing

Task Scheduler
> Task Scheduler Library
–> Microsoft
—-> Windows
——> Active Directory Rights Management Services Client: (don’t alter if you’re on your work computer) disable AD RMS Rights Policy Template Management (Automated), AD RMS Rights Policy Template Management (Manual)
——> Application Experience: disable Microsoft Compatibility Appraiser, ProgramDataUpdater, StartupAppTask
——> Autochk: disable Proxy
——> Customer Experience Improvement Program: disable Consolidator, KerlnelCeipTask, Uploader, UsbCeip
——> DiskDiagnostic: Microsoft-Windows-DiskDiagnosticDataCollector
——> Feedback
——–> Siuf: disable DmClient
——> Windows Error Reporting: disable QueueReporting
——> Work Folders: (don’t alter if you’re on your work computer) disable Work Folders Logon Synchronization, Work Folders Maintenance Work
——> Workplace Join: (don’t alter if you’re on your work computer) disable Automatic-Device-Join

If something stops simply revert the process and restart your computer. Optionally you can inform me upon problems so that I can modify this list and not get other people angry at me for something Microsoft is fucking around with.

2 Comments
    • Definitely not unless you’re working on making a game for Windows which could run into problems on the 10 version. Sadly I had Windows 8.1, and 10 is an upgrade for it. However I had a lot of problems upgrading my laptop and tablet to it.

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