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How To Remove/Disable Windows 10 Spywares

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You’ll find this setting where all the other Windows Update settings now exist, in the Settings app. Open it by clicking the Start button and selecting “Settings” at the bottom-left corner of the Start menu.

In the Settings window that appears, click (or tap) the “Update & Security” icon.

Click the “Advanced Options” link under Update settings in Windows Update pane.

Click the “Delivery Optimization” link here.

Select the option you prefer under “Allow downloads from other PCs”. We recommend just selecting “PCs on my local network” here.

  • Off: This disables the peer-to-peer update feature entirely. Updates will only be downloaded from Microsoft’s servers, and won’t be uploaded to anywhere.
  • PCs on my local network: This is the best option. With this enabled, you’ll benefit from peer-to-peer updates on your home or work network. This means faster downloads and less download bandwidth used. You’ll only have to download the updates once, and they’ll be shared amongst all your PCs. Your PC will never upload updates over the Internet.
  • PCs on my local network, and PCs on the Internet: This option is the default, although it probably shouldn’t be. With this enabled, Windows 10 will upload updates from your PC to other computers over the Internet. These computers would normally just download updates from Microsoft, but Microsoft will save on bandwidth because those PCs are getting some updates from your Internet connection.

Windows 10 includes a peer-to-peer download feature for updates and Store apps. By default, Windows will automatically use your PC’s Internet connection to upload updates, hiding the option to disable this five clicks deep in the operating system.

You can continue to use peer-to-peer updates on your local network, but you may not want to waste upload bandwidth to help reduce Microsoft’s bandwidth bills. This is especially true if you have data caps on your Internet connection.

According to Microsoft, this feature is named “Windows Update Delivery Optimization.” Microsoft says it also uses your computer’s Internet connection to upload universal apps you’ve downloaded to other PCs over the Internet, so it isn’t just about Windows updates. This isn’t made clear in the Settings app itself, but only on Microsoft’s website.

For more information, consult the official Windows Update Delivery Optimization FAQ on Microsoft’s website lINK

You can also download DWS

Destroy Windows 10 Spying is a portable app that can block anonymous data being sent, remove apps and more. Video tutorial available.

I liked that Destroy Windows 10 Spying can delete some of the Windows default programs that are not removable under Apps & Features, an annoyance I immediately discovered since I prefer to “slim” down Windows.

However, some actions are irreversible, so you should know what, and how, you can restore should a particular problem appear.

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Updated: May 1, 2020 — 9:26 pm

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