An app that disables the tracking services in Windows 10 and also tweaks the registry in order to block any other processes from tracking your activities while using the operating system, as in addition to the features we can see and disable, there are also some hidden ones working in the background.
Privacy on Windows 10 continues to be a very controversial topic these days, especially because Microsoft remains rather tight-lipped on this, so it’s no surprise that so many users turn to third-party apps that can block data from being collected in the operating system and sent to the company.
“The program is meant for inexperienced users who don't want to have to fiddle with the registry and don't want to take the chance of messing up something.
And no, most of it can't be disabled in the built-in menus, there are still some ‘hidden’ ones,” he points out.
Microsoft hasn't yet commented on this little app, but everything seems to be working smoothly on Windows 10.
You can download DisableWinTracking from Softpedia.
Keep in mind that administrator privileges are needed to apply the changes and the app can disable telemetry, tracking services, block tracking servers with HOSTS file, and clear the DiagTrack log.
We've contacted the software giant for a word on this and will update the article, should we receive an answer.
In the meantime, use this app at your own risk (make sure you create a backup before anything else).
While there are many ways to edit the HOSTS file and add any website to the blocking list, we’ll detail the easiest one, which doesn’t involve any other third-party app.
It should be noted that if you obtained your copy of Windows 10 from the Windows Insider program, you agreed that Windows could keep tabs on how you use the OS when you installed it.
Therefore ethically it behooves you to not use any of the above tactics to prevent Windows from collecting usage data from your copy of Windows Ten.
They make the claim that they are doing this to help refine and improve the OS.
I myself will not be blocking them because I am using a copy from the Windows Insider program and have agreed to be transparent while using Windows Ten.