Spybot Anti-Beacon for Windows 10

Safer Networking, the developers of Spybot have released a new tool fro Windows 10, called Spybot Anti-Beacon, that allows Windows 10 users to immunize their computers and changes settings so that Windows 10 phones home less.

Concerns have been raised about Windows 10 Privacy settings, with users fearing rightly or wrongly that Windows 10 collects a lot of data, which it send home to Microsoft. Seeing that there was currently no good tool which can safely disable tracking in Windows 10, Spybot decided to release this tool.

Seeing the bunch of incomplete or broken scripts to disable tracking in Windows 10, and the tools that install adware or worse in exchange for their function, we wrapped disabling tracking up in a small tool that’s free and clean, says Spybot.

Spybot Anti-Beacon

You will have to download the portable tool from Dropbox, as Spybot has preferred to host the download there. Once you have downloaded the tool, run the executable file. You will see the following window. Create a system restore point first and then click on Immunize.

This will disable the following:

  • Telemetry Hosts
  • Telemetry Services
  • Consumer Experience Improvements Program
  • Application Impact Telemetry
  • Steps Recorder
  • Wi-Fi Sense
  • Apps using advertising ID
  • P2P Windows Updates outside the local network.

Spybot Anti-Beacon

The tool, unfortunately, does not give you the option to select the feature/s that you may want to disable. If you wish to reverse the changes, click Undo, or go back to the created system restore point.

This download has been hosted by Spybot on Dropbox.

Incidentally, our Ultimate Windows Tweaker 4 also lets you tweak Windows 10 privacy settings easily.

Here is a list of Windows 10 Privacy Tools & Fixers that help you further harden your privacy.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com, an end-user Windows enthusiast, & a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows for the period 2006-16. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.

4 Comments

  1. Ziggy

    Another tool which has just been released is “O&O ShutUp10 1.0.134” and looks as though it does the same thing. I haven’t tried either program as you can pretty well stop privacy issues with Win 10’s own settings.

  2. Frank

    O&O ShutUp does a much better job, provides greater flexibility, and provides details of exactly what is being disabled.

    I have been working in IT for 30 years and you should NEVER trust a “shot gun effect” program of this type that keeps you in the dark as to exactly what it is doing….anyone who says other wise is an idiot.

  3. Vince Thor

    Bitdefender Internet Security 2015 flags its action as a Virus (Trojan.QHost.Gen), please check !!!!
    O&O ShutUp is a better Option ………

  4. TJay75

    So what programs do you use for your system privacy and security?

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