Laughing at Microsoft Microsofts controversial data mining and privacy invasions within Windows 10? Well Windows 7 and Windows 8 users should laugh no longer as this most hated spying is now headed your way
Software specialist site gHacks has discovered that Microsoft has pushed four new updates to both Windows 7 and Windows 8 which introduce new data collecting and user behaviour tracking features.
The four updates in question and the official Microsoft descriptions are:
Furthermore gHacks notes that these four updates ignore existing user preferences stored in Windows 7 and Windows 8 (including any edits made to the Hosts file) and immediately starts exchanging user data with vortex-win.data.microsoft.com and settings-win.data.microsoft.com.
These, and maybe others, appear to be hardcoded which means that the Hosts file is bypassed automatically, gHacks explains.
I have reached out to Microsoft about the new patches and will update when the companys response if/when it is received.
But until then the bigger question for those uncomfortable with these changes is: How do you stop them?