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    Default Spybot Anti-Beacon for Windows 10

    Spybot Anti-Beacon for Windows 10 is a small utility designed to block and stop the various tracking (aka telemetry) issues that come with Windows 10.

    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. Might or might not become part of the next Spybot, since it's similar to immunization, but it's needed now, and it's still work in progress as more and more information evolves.

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    Version 1.6 (November 11th, 2016)

    • Additional Telemetry Immunization Categories
    • Additional Blocked Hosts
    • Immunization of Office 13/16 Telemetry Scheduled Tasks and Options is possible even if Microsoft Office is not installed (previously they appeared to immunize correctly, but the immunization could not be undone in Anti-Beacon)


    Version 1.5 (October 19th, 2015)

    • Implemented /silent
    • Added Office 15 (2013) Telemetry immunization (Group Policies & Scheduled Tasks)
    • Added Office 16 (2016) Telemetry immunization (Group Policies & Scheduled Tasks)
    • Hosts file block IP default changed from 127.0.0.1 to 0.0.0.0
    • Added own group policy for hosts file read only flag
    • Added own group policy for hosts file block IP
    • Added own group policies for hiding each immunizer
    • Added OpenSSL libraries to installer
    • Added OpenSSL credits to About dialog
    • Added own scheduled task


    Version 1.4 (September 16th, 2015)
    • Service names are now read from the registry to be in local language
    • About dialog now has an update checker
    • Added details option to Optional immunizers
    • Added FAQ tab
    • Change log moved to About dialog to avoid too many main tabs and standardize SNL app changelogs
    • Added license to About dialog
    • Height auto-adjusted to screens work area now
    • Base immunization type for adding IPs to firewall
    • Added license to installer


    Version 1.3 (September 9th, 2015)

    • Moved option to show/hide checkboxes to global button
    • Added details for most entries
    • Added task bar color progress
    • Added task bar tasks
    • Fixed hosts file locked issue
    • Improved log output
    • added command line parameters


    Version 1.2 (August 28th, 2015)

    • Added Cortana group policy
    • Added OneDrive service & goup policy
    • Added CEIP scheduled task
    • Added Remote Registry service (choose based on need)
    • Fixed total status
    • Added support for scheduled tasks
    • Added fallback method to disable system services
    • Added German localization


    Version 1.1 (August 24th, 2015)
    • Fixed hosts total count
    • Added Optional tab, new search settings
    • Added more hosts
    • Fixed typos


    Version 1.0 (August 19th, 2015)
    • Initial release
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    Last edited by scht; 2016-12-08 at 16:45. Reason: added new version of AB
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    Default Bug in the Program

    I downloaded your program from MajorGeeks and applied or immunized all protections for my Windows 10 PC. The green bars state protection is applied but at the top, a large red bar states that no protection has been applied. You have a glitch.

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    Thanks for the report. I think this is version 1.1? I can confirm that the "Optional" tab stati are used for the overall status on the "Protection" tab.

    We're working on a 1.2 update with a few more things (including the stuff that comes to Windows 7 and up now).
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    Download link updated to version 1.2 (exe that can be directly used).


    • Includes a bunch of additional protections (now cares about scheduled tasks as well),
    • fixes the total hosts count
    • adds localization (German only),
    • adds optional issues (you can add more privacy based on preferences, e.g. with Cortana and OneDrive).


    To get the German localization as well, pick the installer instead.
    Last edited by PepiMK; 2015-08-31 at 11:48.
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    Available as our first direct PortableApps installer now as well, if you want to help testing, check the PortableApps forum here.
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    Talking

    Thanks PepiMK and Team Spybot for your hardly work ! Greetings from a Chinese guy who works as an IT Tech Support at Sydney CBD, Australia !

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    Hey i just downloaded this on Windows 8.1.

    I have been using this for a while: https://voat.co/v/technology/comments/459263

    When I opened up Anti-Beacon, it said I was only 16% immunized.

    What I would like to know is what exactly does this program do?

    It needs a FULL transparency report ASAP.

    Also: are there arguments to export to an actual log file? The log tab only outputted 2 lines.

    Lastly: there are no options in the Optional tab.

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    Is there a way to block the pinging to bing when you search?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RypeDub View Post
    Hey i just downloaded this on Windows 8.1.

    I have been using this for a while: https://voat.co/v/technology/comments/459263

    When I opened up Anti-Beacon, it said I was only 16% immunized.

    What I would like to know is what exactly does this program do?

    It needs a FULL transparency report ASAP.

    Also: are there arguments to export to an actual log file? The log tab only outputted 2 lines.

    Lastly: there are no options in the Optional tab.
    This is an early version of the program as far as I've been able to gather. To enabing the program after running it you have to press 'Immunize' in the lower right corner. I had somme immunization from before as well, which was at 32%, I can only assume this is from what we have already done on our own to limit the data Microsoft recieves.

    Some information on what this does would be great though, but at least my PC doesn't 'phone home' nearly as much now.

    Thanks guys and gals at Spybot! <3

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    On Windows 8.1, it doesn't show as many options as on Windows 10.

    We heard your call for transparency: the new version 1.3 (see links above) has a button to show details on each entry

    (now that we show what we flag, please feel free to name others we're missing )
    Last edited by PepiMK; 2015-09-09 at 16:29.
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