Windows 10 has plenty of new features, but along with that you also get several privacy leaking settings which send your private information about PC usage to Microsoft. Of course, these settings can be disabled anytime, but the main challenge faced by users is where to find them.
Thankfully, several developers have come up with new programs that fish out these settings into a simple, usable user interface where you can choose to disable the privacy setting you want. But it is hard to find a single application that does everything, that’s why we hunted down the good ones for you, and using them cautiously can keep your privacy in Windows 10 secure.
The makers of immensely popular ‘SpyBot -Search & Destroy’, Safer Networking, has released the Spybot Anti-Beacon free tool to tackle the Windows 10 privacy settings. When enabled, it will immediately disable most of known tracking features in Windows 10. Apparently, the makers made it compatible with Windows 7 and Windows 8 too, so you can use this tool in these OS too.
A single button ‘Immunize’ will disable lot of privacy issues including Telemetry Hosts, Telemetry Services, Telementry Group Policies, Consumer Experience Improvements Program, Application Impact Telemetry, Steps Recorder, Wi-Fi Sense, Apps using advertising ID, and P2P Windows Updates outside local network. By chance if you run into any issues due to immunization using Anti-Beacon, you can simply undo the changes anytime.
O&O ShutUp10 is one of the popular anti-spy tools used for Windows 10. The user interface is good, sleek and nicely categorized including Security, Windows Defender and Microsoft SpyNet, Privacy, Cortana, Location Services, User Behavior, Windows Update, and miscellaneous.
I believe that this is what all you need to protect your privacy. You can choose to apply all recommended settings as a initial level, and there are two more levels that needs some caution in using. The greatest part is the ability to undo all settings and revert to factory settings. You can also set a Windows restore point from with in the program.
Windows Privacy Tweaker
This portable application is another freeware utility that removes telemetry and tracking services in Windows 10. The program is slightly complex in approach, and first thing to do before attempting anything is to create a system restore point. The program pops-up whether to create s system restore point when launched, so you don’t forget doing it.
The program’s features are divided into 5 tabs – Information, Services, Task Scheduler, Registry, and USB Security, and you will see lot of Red and Green colors when launched. As usual, Red is not safe, green is safe.
Windows Privacy Tweaker is also a 100% freeware and contains no adware or malware.
W10Privacy is yet another privacy protector program that comes with loads of options, you just need to be cautious and have enough patience to go through each option and disable the privacy setting which you don’t want. The ‘Privacy’ tab is the most useful section of the program where you the settings are neatly explained and all you need to do is un-check or check the box against each item.
The program shows the settings in color codes to distinguish the complexity and effect of setting on your Windows 10. Green implies Recommended settings, Yellow is for conditionally recommended, Red seeks attention and is typically for expert users for which the program needs to run as administrator.
Win10 Spy DisablerDownload
If you prefer something that is simpler and does the most important privacy protection instead of every small thing, then Win10 Spy Disabler is for you. Although it is not as powerful as other, this program is especially useful for beginners who aren’t sure which settings okay to disable and what not. The program comes with options such as Disable spying services, Disable Spying Scheduled Tasks, Disable Telemetry & Data Collection, Clear Internet Explorer History on Exit, Block Microsoft Telemetry Hosts, Disable Help Improve Microsoft Location Services, and several other options.
Other features include option to uninstall OneDrive, and ability to remove several built-in apps like Windows Store App, Get Office App removal, Get Skype App removal etc.. The last tab in the program is VPN service tab which is advertising for their paid service, you don’t need it, considering the scope of this article.
The reason we choose 5 best is to let users to choose based on their needs, but if you want to know which one we liked out of these, then the Winner is here!