Micro$uck$ is pushing its spyware again to Window$ 7 and 8

Here we go again. Microsoft re-released the Windows 7 telemetry update KB2952664 and the Windows 8.1 telemetry update KB2976978 yesterday.

You can check out our October 2016 article on the last re-release of the updates.

Windows 7 and 8.1 users may still know these updates as they were the prerequisites for Microsoft’s infamous Get Windows 10 (GWX) campaign that haunted users who did not want to upgrade to Windows 10 for almost a year.

Read the complete article at Ghacks.net

Update :

How to block the telemetry

The following Windows updates are related to telemetry and diagnostic data.

KB971033 — Description of the update for Windows Activation Technologies
KB2952664 — Compatibility update for keeping Windows up-to-date in Windows 7
KB2976978 — Compatibility update for keeping Windows up-to-date in Windows 8.1 and Windows 8
KB2990214 — Update that enables you to upgrade from Windows 7 to a later version of Windows
KB3021917 — Update to Windows 7 SP1 for performance improvements
KB3022345 — Update for customer experience and diagnostic telemetry
KB3035583 — Update installs Get Windows 10 app in Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 SP1
KB3044374 — Update that enables you to upgrade from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10
KB3068708 — Update for customer experience and diagnostic telemetry
KB3075249 — Update that adds telemetry points to consent.exe in Windows 8.1 and Windows 7
KB3080149 — Update for customer experience and diagnostic telemetry
KB3123862 — Updated capabilities to upgrade Windows 8.1 and Windows 7


Windows Vista reaches End Of Life

Windows Vista is in about 1 year End Of Live.

It might be a good idea to install a Linux distribution besides your Vista, so you can get used to it 😉

Some great alternatives for Windows Vista are :

Debian GNU/Linux
Linux Mint LTS / Linux Mint Debian Edition
Lubuntu LTS
Xubuntu LTS

Windows 10 upgrade terror and tracking software Windows 7, Part 2

Microsoft is pushing the Windows 10 upgrade files to your system, again …

Yes indeed, today I received the unwanted “updates” again. Fortunately I have no automatic updates, but I get notified wich updates are available.

The next updates install tracking software (spyware) and the Windows 10 upgrade* on your computer :


* I don’t consider Windows 10 an upgrade, to my opinion it’s a huge downgrade when you’re using Windows 7 or even Vista.

See also this post

Exit Windows 10

Yes, you see it right, I quit with the Tech Preview of Windows 10.

When I started with it back in march it looked good. That every keystroke was logged and sent to Microsoft didn’t bother me, for crashreports it was usefull.

But by the end of july Windows 10 was officially released, unfortunately the logging kept going on.

Lately I was wondering my self if I really wanted to go on testing a product from a company that kept spying on his customers. Yesterday I made my decision, I quit with Windows 10 and deleted it from Virtualbox, maybe I’ll give it a new try in a couple of years from now.

Windows 10 upgrade terror and tracking software Windows 7

Microsoft is pushing the Windows 10 upgrade files to your system.

Even though Microsoft says my virtual machine running Windows 7 is not capable of running Windows 10*, I also got this crap on my system ….

Luckily it can easy be undone, just remove updates KB3035583 and KB2952664.
You can find detailed instructions at TechJourney

Edit :

When you’re removing the updates, don’t forget these 6 updates, they install tracking software on your system.


Source : Ghacksnet and Forbes

* And that is strange, Windows 10 Insider Preview runs perfect in Virtualbox 😉

Goodbye Microsoft

I’m really glad I don’t need MS Office or Windows. Everything* I need to do I can do with Linux / LibreOffice.

Microsoft dumps Windows10 installation files on your PC whether you like it or not
Office 2016 will force you to install updates

* In the rare occasion I need to de-DRM an ebook I use Windows7 in VirtualBox

If you want to try Linux, take a look at Linux Mint, it’s the perfect Linux for starters.

Support ends for Windows XP

Released on august 24, 2001, on april 8 Microsoft Windows XP is finally End Of Life.

What does this mean?

You don’t get security updates anymore, vulnerabilities will not be fixed, so your system is a sitting duck.
No virusscanner or firewall can save you.

What to do now?

Replace your XP with an operating system that get security updates as soon as possible. In fact you should have done this a long a time ago …

Is there an alternative?

Yes, there is, it’s called Linux :

Linux is a free and open source operating system ( it means you can download it for free, share with your friends or even alter it the way you want to ), it’s reliable and sturdy.

My favorite is Debian GNU/Linux, but if you’re new to Linux I suggest Linux Mint LTS (based on Ubuntu LTS). An other good and reliable distribution is openSUSE.*
Non commercial (community) support is offered by forums like Debian net, Debian Users, openSUSE Forums and Linux Mint.

* You can find more Linux distributions and reviews at Distrowatch.com


Upgrade from Windows 8

Microsoft has shelled out a mind-boggling estimated $1.8* billion to convince the public that it needs Windows 8. Why the record-breaking marketing deluge? Because a slick ad campaign is Microsoft’s best shot at hiding what Windows 8 really is :

A faulty product that restricts your freedom, invades your privacy, and controls your data.

Read more at : Free Software Foundation

* Estimate from Forbes.

Microsoft Looking At Office For Linux In 2014

Just read it on Phoronix :

It seems thanks to the increasing market-share of Android devices and the rise of Linux on the desktop thanks to the many commercial Linux gaming initiatives that have been shared in recent months, Microsoft is being forced to take a serious look at Linux and a meaningful look at releasing their popular Office software for Linux in 2014.

It’s already known that Microsoft will be releasing a port of their Office suite for Android in 2013. As I tweeted this morning, “heard this weekend in #Brussels that #Microsoft might release a native #Linux version of #Office in 2014.”

From a source in Brussels, Belgium during the Free Open-Source Developers’ European Meeting (FOSDEM) this past weekend, I was informed that Microsoft is having a “meaningful look” at a full Linux port of Office thanks to Linux showing signs of commercial viability on the desktop. Right now some versions of Microsoft Office will work under Linux via the use of Wine or CodeWeavers’ CrossOver to varying extents, but this port being evaluated internally at Microsoft is a fully native implementation. Evidently there’s already some port to unknown completion that has been done internally at the company.

Office on Android will be an interesting stepping stone and Microsoft already does contribute to the upstream Linux kernel in the form of their Hyper-V virtualization drivers for the enterprise. Microsoft has also been an unlikely sponsor of various Linux projects from continuing to back the great LinuxTag conference to large targeted ad buys on this very site.

Source : Phoronix

Minder dan 500 dagen over voor Windows XP

Over minder dan 500 dagen wordt de ondersteuning van Windows XP door Microsoft beëindigd. Op dit moment draaien nog 500 miljoen computers het antieke besturingssysteem.
Zodra die 500 dagen voorbij zijn, zal Microsoft geen beveiligingsupdates meer vrijgeven voor XP. Dit zal als gevolg hebben dat deze Windows-versie al snel een beveiligingsrisico zal worden.

Is dit erg? Nee hoor er is een prima alternatief : Linux.

Als je nu Linux naast windows installeerd ( dualboot ) kan je op je gemak wennen aan dit solide besturingssyteem.

Linux Steunpunt Regio 0181 * kan je hierbij helpen en adviseerd Linux Mint 13 LTS, deze versie krijgt tot april 2017 veiligheids updates.

Gratis support is te krijgen op de Nederlandse en Engelse forums, dit laatste forum heeft ook een Nederlandstalig onderdeel

Bron : Techzine

* Update 20 mei 2013 : Ondanks dat ik gestopt ben als Linux Steunpunt wil ik evt nog wel helpen bij de overstap van Windows naar Linux.