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Windows 7: Is it possible to disable the Windows 7 clock?

04 Feb 2012   #1

Is it possible to disable the Windows 7 clock?

Hi everyone - I'm interested to know whether its possible to disable the system clock? We all know applications and websites can get access to our time zone, etc. I often use anonymous browser clients such as TOR & JonDo to protect my online privacy. For example, I might be set an IP address in Russia, but live in America. The thing is - websites can still access our time zone on the computer
so they will I'm not in Russia but actually in xxxx state in America. I don't want to change the time to something random as I've heard this can destabilize the computer and its applications. So is it possible to disable it? If not - is there a browser configuration to block access to it? I did attempt running it under Sandboxie but that doesn't work either.

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04 Feb 2012   #2

Windows 7 Pro x64 SP1

TD7BA, As you say, to change the time to a random date/time would be a disaster for your system.

I Would not recommend randomly changing the system time/date.

Of course unless you make images of your system before you do this, Even then your system could change it back to the correct one without you recognizing it. Not a good idea..
Unless you like the thrill of re-installing your operating system.

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05 Feb 2012   #3

Windows 7 Pro with SP1 32bit

Don't you find Tor extremely slow? I don't think the system clock can be disabled. It is used for many other activities.

I think that deleting history, cookies etc. as you exit a browser should afford you more than enough protection. Disabling the computer clock seems like paranoia to me. I think even the most secure sites like Banks, a Nation's Defense Establishments etc. don't do that.
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05 Feb 2012   #4

Windows 8.1 Pro (x64)

Websites are not getting your timezone unless they have Javascript send it back. Javascript runs locally on your machine thus it is able to get it.
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