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[–] plankO 8 points 47 points (+55|-8) ago 

yes, linux.

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[–] 404_SLEEP_NOT_FOUND 5 points 1 points (+6|-5) ago  (edited ago)

The NSA assassinated the founder of Debian and tried to entrap Linus with false rape accusations (presumably for not playing ball as his ego is huge).

Redhat, corporate interests and their DoD benefactors have compromised all of the important Linux userland packages in all distros. It's too the point where Russia and China run entirely unrelated UNIX like systems.

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

May I have links talking about this?

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[–] skidmark-steve 1 points 21 points (+22|-1) ago 

Yes, dd.

Seriously though, Microsoft can update Windows 10 at any time. They can work around any "fixes" or "hacks" people come up with to block the forced collection of data. Its a cat and mouse game that I will not play.

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[–] White_Raven 1 points 7 points (+8|-1) ago 

I wouldn't put it past M$ to corrupt your linux drive/partition. Heres how you solve the problem: stop using the product of a company that only wants to spy on you and force you to use their trash product.

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[–] theoldguy 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

I have Windows 7 on a separate HDD but haven't installed the drivers necessary to use the wireless dongle.

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[–] tame 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Linux on your desktop, with separate Windows VMs to sandbox the things that actually require Windows.

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[–] wuzizname 0 points 18 points (+18|-0) ago 

It's proven to be cat-and-mouse. There's a lot of small stand-alone software, I've used this one: https://github.com/Nummer/Destroy-Windows-10-Spying

It removes patches and updates, uninstalls several previously-uninstallable MS system apps like OneDrive, and adds a metric shitload of IPs and domains into the HOST file to (hopefully) block the OS from phoning home.

But, it's like putting up blinds in the windows of a house you don't own, where the landlord can come in at anytime and take the blinds out. MS can just push through a patch that renders all the changes meaningless or sets everything back to their defaults. I have myself experienced first-hand an instance where MS pushed a patch over and it reset several of my privacy settings back to being ON when I purposefully set them OFF manually.

Best bet, install Ubuntu on a second partition (or another Linus distro), which you'll use for your day-to-day (email, web surfing, music, watching vids, working on spreadsheets, etc.) and run Win 10 parallel for playing games. There really isn't anything Win 10 does better than Ubuntu except for playing games.

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

It is hopeless. You can't expect to remove a virus if it has a rootkit unless you remove the rootkit. Microsoft has the ultimate rootkit, its own boot loader. As long as that's the case no matter how this cat and mouse game plays out Microsoft has ultimate control of what software runs on the machine at the end of the day.

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

Well, you want the security patches. You don't want the "reset everything" patches. How do you differentiate? What if a security patch is bundled with a "reset everything" patch?

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

There's gigabytes of executable Microsoft binaries on your system. Explain again how you were blocking all updates and patches?

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

I thought I might give a helpful response. You know, for the sake of novelty.

The answer to your question is yes, yes there is. https://www.safer-networking.org/spybot-anti-beacon/

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[–] 3774385? 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

Yes. A user on Voat has made a program. I strongly recommend what others said about dual booting windows 10 and a linux install though as well. https://voat.co/v/technology/comments/459263

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

Anyone ever attempt to run the script in win10?
(Its for win 7/8)

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

I have actually tried a bunch in a VM and monitored outgoing connections. EVERY program I tried so far is snake oil.

If you really need to run Windows, stay on 7 or 8.1 and be selective about your updates.

Edit: I see a bunch of you recommending Spy bot. That's one of the programs I tried and no, it doesn't stop the spying.

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

Spybot Anti-Beacon link/discussion

edit: Download 1.5.0.35 for win10. https://forums.spybot.info/downloads.php?id=58
Show Options. Hit "apply" on each category

Crap... program is stuck at 4% protected....

Fixed my problem= hit "immunize" = Full protection in place

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

Suse. Or any Linux distro with a KDE GUI. KDE is CUA-compliant, so it already looks a lot like the Windows "Classic" GUI.

They're similar enough that Mom, eighty, sat down in front of a KDE box and just started using it. Configuration is arranged a bit differently, but because older Windows distros comply with the same standard as KDE it's not difficult.

(Older Windows, older Macs, older Ubuntu, etc. comply with Common User Access, part of the System Application Architecture standard, which is about 40 years old.)

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