The massive update process behind Microsoft’s Windows 10 rolls on, with over 60 million installs so far and counting. This is huge. But there are a number of issues with the whole process, not only broken drivers which stop things working, but also the rather unpleasant range of privacy settings which Windows inflicts on the user. Things like tracking your movements on the web, or your communications, stuff like that. Not surprisingly, a fair number of people are objecting, which is why tools are starting to arrive to tackle the issue. Here’s one to avoid.
DoNotSpy is a simple little free utility from German coding house pXc-coding. It has one simple job, to let you disable all the horrible little privacy intrusions baked into Windows 10 at one go. Such has been the fervent over this privacy stuff, that even Fox News has covered this little utility, although they did miss one very important fact.
The software does indeed appear to let you disable all of Windows 10 privacy ‘issues’, (although it’s hard to tell, because there’s no test feature in the utility we could see) but it comes with a price. For one thing it’s only free for non-commercial use, as the company’s license states (for anyone that bothers to read it). But much much worse to my mind is the fact that during the installation it deviously tries to install two pieces of scumware, and not only that, but it shrinks the screen text on the installation panel to an almost unreadable size to try and confuse people.
Take a look at the two screengrabs above. Notice anything different about the text sizes? Look closer. You’ll have to. The two pieces of trash are Baidu Desktop Weather and AVG Tune Up, both of which have nothing to do with Windows 10 privacy of course. It’s only when you select the custom option that you ‘see’ – if you squint really hard – the option to avoid installing The Desktop Tool. Amazingly underhand, and disgusting for a company that is purporting to help people avoid intrusive privacy issues on their computer. Irony much?
So our advice to you is, if you see this product being pushed around as a solution to your Windows 10 privacy woes, DO NOT INSTALL. Do yourself a favor and look for another less grubby utility, or go through the settings yourself as per the many articles out there. This sort of perversion and corruption of freeware nowadays is really disgusting.