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[–] 146Dissident_Fulcrum 1 point 63 points (+64|-1) ago 

It has literally come to people hiding behind their firewalls from Microsoft.

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[–] arallu ago 

even then its tough since a lot of that traffic is http/https.

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[–] faissaloo 0 points 40 points (+40|-0) ago 

Have you blocked the following addresses?

dns.msftncsi.com
ipv6.msftncsi.com
win10.ipv6.microsoft.com
ipv6.msftncsi.com.edgesuite.net
a978.i6g1.akamai.net
win10.ipv6.microsoft.com.nsatc.net
en-us.appex-rf.msn.com
v10.vortex-win.data.microsoft.com
client.wns.windows.com
wildcard.appex-rf.msn.com.edgesuite.net
v10.vortex-win.data.metron.life.com.nsatc.net
wns.notify.windows.com.akadns.net
americas2.notify.windows.com.akadns.net
travel.tile.appex.bing.com
www.bing.com
any.edge.bing.com
fe3.delivery.mp.microsoft.com
fe3.delivery.dsp.mp.microsoft.com.nsatc.net
ssw.live.com
ssw.live.com.nsatc.net
login.live.com
login.live.com.nsatc.net
directory.services.live.com
directory.services.live.com.akadns.net
bl3302.storage.live.com
skyapi.live.net
bl3302geo.storage.dkyprod.akadns.net
skyapi.skyprod.akadns.net
skydrive.wns.windows.com
register.mesh.com
BN1WNS2011508.wns.windows.com
settings-win.data.microsoft.com
settings.data.glbdns2.microsoft.com
OneSettings-bn2.metron.live.com.nsatc.net
watson.telemetry.microsoft.com
watson.telemetry.microsoft.com.nsatc.net

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[–] 2716057 0 points 6 points (+6|-0) ago 

I'm not a heavy Windows user... but I HAVE to use it for school...

How do I go about blocking these? It appears that I can Windows Firewall only works with IP addresses and not DNS addresses.

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[–] woofcat 1 point 12 points (+13|-1) ago 

I figure you could modify your hosts file to point all those addresses to 127.0.0.1 and that would prevent updates.

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[–] mort 1 point 5 points (+6|-1) ago 

From what I have heard, and this could be completely wrong, you basically have to block them at a level above Windows; in your router or something. Another possibility would be to run Windows in a virtual machine, blocking that VM's access to those domains.

As to how you would actually block those domains, I don't know. If you figure out how to block IPs outside of Windows somehow, you could get the IP the domain points to, though that will stop working if Microsoft ever change IP addresses for their servers and change where the domain points to.

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[–] HinkMyDinkD00d 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Don't quote me on this, but I remember pirating Adobe Premiere Pro CC (overpriced software is bad enough, but a subscription? fuck off, I bought CS3 you cunts) a few months ago and I had to block DNS addresses in my host file. If you'll allow me a few hours (Just got home and I have to study), I can list a bunch of steps if you need them.

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[–] NotThisMind 0 points 1 point (+1|-0) ago 

you block it on your hosts file that's located in Windows\System32\drivers\etc\hosts

To edit it you need admin privileges, you then add this to the file:

0.0.0.0 dns.msftncsi.com
0.0.0.0 ipv6.msftncsi.com
0.0.0.0 win10.ipv6.microsoft.com
0.0.0.0 ipv6.msftncsi.com.edgesuite.net
0.0.0.0 a978.i6g1.akamai.net
0.0.0.0 win10.ipv6.microsoft.com.nsatc.net
0.0.0.0 en-us.appex-rf.msn.com
0.0.0.0 v10.vortex-win.data.microsoft.com
0.0.0.0 client.wns.windows.com
0.0.0.0 wildcard.appex-rf.msn.com.edgesuite.net
0.0.0.0 v10.vortex-win.data.metron.life.com.nsatc.net
0.0.0.0 wns.notify.windows.com.akadns.net
0.0.0.0 americas2.notify.windows.com.akadns.net
0.0.0.0 travel.tile.appex.bing.com
0.0.0.0 www.bing.com
0.0.0.0 any.edge.bing.com
0.0.0.0 fe3.delivery.mp.microsoft.com
0.0.0.0 fe3.delivery.dsp.mp.microsoft.com.nsatc.net
0.0.0.0 ssw.live.com
0.0.0.0 ssw.live.com.nsatc.net
0.0.0.0 login.live.com
0.0.0.0 login.live.com.nsatc.net
0.0.0.0 directory.services.live.com
0.0.0.0 directory.services.live.com.akadns.net
0.0.0.0 bl3302.storage.live.com
0.0.0.0 skyapi.live.net
0.0.0.0 bl3302geo.storage.dkyprod.akadns.net
0.0.0.0 skyapi.skyprod.akadns.net
0.0.0.0 skydrive.wns.windows.com
0.0.0.0 register.mesh.com
0.0.0.0 BN1WNS2011508.wns.windows.com
0.0.0.0 settings-win.data.microsoft.com
0.0.0.0 settings.data.glbdns2.microsoft.com
0.0.0.0 OneSettings-bn2.metron.live.com.nsatc.net
0.0.0.0 watson.telemetry.microsoft.com
0.0.0.0 watson.telemetry.microsoft.com.nsatc.net

which reddirects each of these domains to 0.0.0.0 which is an invalid ipv4 address, which automatically fails the connection.

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[–] defab67 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Look into adding entries to your hosts file. I haven't used Windows in several versions, so I don't know how to do it, but there should be something like that on Windows. It's basically a file that is consulted just before your computer does a DNS lookup. If you have entries in there, the DNS lookup will be skipped, so it's useful for overriding URL's you don't want accessed.

Of course, I'm speculating since I'm on Linux. Confirm that it worked with some sort of upstream measurement of the packets to ensure your privacy.

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[–] RabidGoat ago 

Commenting to save this information :) thanks for the information

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[–] Emptyeternity ago 

how do you do this?

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[–] faissaloo ago 

Go into your router and block it or modify the hostfile

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[–] schwanstucker 2 points 17 points (+19|-2) ago 

All this stuff surrounding Win10 sure makes Linux look attractive. I'd be using it now if I could have gotten good printer drivers...Linux is logical, not really simple, but logical, and sooo much better...

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[–] NearlyNineInches 1 point 28 points (+29|-1) ago 

I'd be using it now if I could have gotten good printer drivers...

You bought a printer that specifically tries to make things hard?

Printers are EASIER to install on linux. LITERALLY easier.

Unless you've bought one that intentionally tries to be windows only.

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[–] woobie 0 points 14 points (+14|-0) ago 

This. Also easier to share that printer on a network. If a printer doesn't work on Linux, it is likely by design. Also likely to be a printer you don't want.

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[–] schwanstucker 0 points 7 points (+7|-0) ago 

I believe you. I just messed with it long enough to decide, "Dangit!" I don't have time for this!

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[–] taxation_is_slavery 0 points 8 points (+8|-0) ago 

Generally stick to Brother printers and scanners, they make decent Linux drivers.

Epson can scarf down elephant penises.

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[–] TuxInATornado 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Ugh my grandfather bought a brother all in one. I have never had to spend so much time on the phone or at his place fiddling with a device in my life. Decided i would 1)never buy an all in one cause it did everything only sorr of ok 2) never buy brother. However if they are better on linux i may have to reconsider :)

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[–] bilog78 0 points 1 point (+1|-0) ago 

In my experience HP is the one with best support for Linux.

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[–] tiniwinistringbikini 0 points 1 point (+1|-0) ago 

Also HP printers are generally pretty well supported on Linux

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[–] Azriel777 0 points 1 point (+1|-0) ago 

I would be using it now if my PC games would run on it. That is the ONLY reason I stick with PC.

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[–] Idanwin 0 points 1 point (+1|-0) ago 

in my experience I've gotten every printer to work on Linux so far. The one I had most trouble with was one of those large office laser printers, for some reason it was the only model in its series without an official driver for linux :-/ (Has been a few years, might be fixed now)

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[–] NearlyNineInches 1 point 16 points (+17|-1) ago 

Linux is right there.

Also, is there a SINGLE app you run that won't run on a windows 95 virtual machine sandboxed?

They're 200mb, you can run 500 of them on a single $199 plastic laptop and they are mostly in russian.

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[–] taxation_is_slavery 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

It's mainly brown-box licensing issues that come into play. Vendor X has a piece of shit that is Windows only and only runs on a very specific version, eg. Dell OEM with XYZ patches installed. I don't think it will install on a VM unless you can trick it into thinking it's a piece of shit DELL.

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[–] notaseriesoftubes 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

you can. There's a thread on MDL that's just a bunch of modified vmware bioses. You just put the file in the virtual machine bundle and edit a different file and you're OEM activated.

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[–] Laron 0 points 1 point (+1|-0) ago 

See gaming is a big factor for a lot of people. I am not sure how that is handled in a sandbox but the linux support is sadly not up to snuff yet. I honestly hope that the push of Steam OS might change that so we get more Linux versions that are fully game compatible.

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[–] NearlyNineInches ago 

Steam is on linux - if people push to have people develop using cross platform toolchains then we are ok.

People are suckered into the creche of microsofts "indie dev" tools and that's just a pile of cuntshit.

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[–] Creative_voat_user 0 points 15 points (+15|-0) ago 

I'm so damn happy I switched to linux

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[–] ZENerve ago 

I am so damn angry I cannot buy laptops without windows (Pointers appreciated: generic, branded stuff, not the overpriced niche guys like system76 and such. Recently down to hacked chromebooks, which has all sorts of limits.)

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[–] 2033268? 0 points 10 points (+10|-0) ago 

Do you have a comprehensive/updated list of the 7/8 updates you're banning?

I applied some of the spyware updates but then did a windows update cleanup and now they won't uninstall.

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[–] dalek_caan 0 points 33 points (+33|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Windows updates to NEVER install:

KB2952664 – prepares system for upgrade to Windows 10 (sends a bunch
of telemetry data to M$, reported to corrupt system files)
KB2976978 – prepares system for upgrade to Windows 10
KB2977759 – prepares system for upgrade to Windows 10, installs telemetry
KB2990214 – prepares system for upgrade to Windows 10
KB3021917 – prepares system for upgrade to Windows 10
KB3022345 – installs diagnostic tracking service, reported to corrupt system files
KB3035583 – pitches the free Windows 10 upgrade
KB3044374 – prepares system for upgrade to Windows 10
KB3050265 – supposedly fixes an issue with windows update, but also changes system files to support upgrade to Windows 10
KB3050267 – prepares system for upgrade to Windows 10
KB3068708 – installs telemetry service, prepares system for upgrade to Windows 10
KB2922324 – (reportedly pulled, uninstall it anyway if already installed)
KB3014460 – affects windows 8 only
KB3015249 – adds more damn telemetry
KB3065987 – makes “improvements” to the windows update client (really just more Win10 bullshit)
KB3075249 – adds yet more telemetry
KB3075851 – makes “improvements” to the windows update client (really just more Win10 bullshit)
KB3080149 – adds yet more telemetry

I can't tell the source because I don't remember the site. I have a notepad where I put things that may be useful later.

EDIT: I found the original comment, thanks /u/scrubhero for the link and Greg for the actual comment.

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[–] 2033997? 0 points 9 points (+9|-0) ago 

It would be great if someone could make a utility to clean those out of a system where it's already infected with these.

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[–] GPardal 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Shameless comment to save this information for later. Thanks!

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[–] NearlyNineInches 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

People won't realize that microsoft are pulling the trigger on intentionally sabotaging people's systems.

The only difference between this and a "trojan" a "worm" or "malware" is """""intent"""""

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[–] scrubhero 0 points 1 point (+1|-0) ago 

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[–] itshappening- 0 points 8 points (+8|-0) ago 

I would fucking love to run Linux Mint, but I am a software developer that is involved with a lot of graphics applications as well. Our only option would be to dump the Autodesk suite and go to Blender. As tempted as I am, that would create massive problems in our work flow. If Autodesk did reliable Linux versions or the emulation was 100% - I'd definitely leave Windows.

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[–] taxation_is_slavery 0 points 14 points (+14|-0) ago 

You're more fucked being tied to AutoDesk than you are Windows.

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[–] itshappening- 0 points 7 points (+7|-0) ago 

lol true. I feel like maybe I should really search to see if Blender can take over some of the functions we need. It's just insane to switch and add potentially hundreds of man hours in cost. I hate the situation.

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[–] Fahrvergnaked 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

I love all these workarounds people are suggesting when the problem is much, much deeper, like, why are we allowing Microsoft this power in the first place? Vote with your feet.

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[–] Laron ago 

A majority of the issue is that windows is still the most compatible OS for PC there is atm. iOS and Linux have made huge leaps in a very short time but in lot of areas they are still miles behind. The biggest issues is compatibility of a lot of things. While a lot of office applications are now either fully functional or got replacements for iOS and Linux others don't work well or at all. Especially more niche programs often face a total lack of support on those platforms due to there scope. Games also tend to be tailored for windows though both GoG and steam have been pushing for Linux compatibility the results aren't as fantastic as they could be with the different distributions having a variable amount of support and compatibility.

Quite honestly I would consider switching to console for gaming so I can run Linux on my PC, if Sony didn't prove time and again that there security isn't fantastic either. As a gamer you are really left hanging between all fronts with what to pick.

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[–] Fahrvergnaked 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

I know what you're saying, I really do, but choosing to stay with Microsoft because "it's the most compatible OS" is like staying in an abusive relationship because the sex is good. Will you sacrifice privacy for convenience? Will we, as a nation, allow Microsoft to do whatever they want because they believe, perhaps correctly, that they have us buffaloed? If there is no alternative, we must create one, we cannot let apathy get in the way of principle. Microsoft is a consumer company, they have long stopped creating products for us, they are making products to us. It is time to find a solution that caters to, rather than ignores- and indeed, violates, it's user base.

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