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Windows 7: *&^%$#@! MSpy did it again!

18 Sep 2015   #1
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 
*&^%$#@! MSpy did it again!

Yesterday, Windows Updates posted one Important and two Optional updates. The Important on was new definitions for Windows Defender. I hid one of the optional updates, then I was going to wait to download and install the remaining Optional and Important update for a few days like I normally do.

A few minutes ago, I noticed the Windows Update icon in the Notification area had disappeared again (the past few months, it comes and goes when there are updates pending) so I manually checked it and the Important update was gone. I checked and *&^%$#@! MSpy had downloaded and installed the thing despite my having Windows Updates set to only notify me and NOT download and install anything until I decide. This is around the third time this year this has happened. What the hell, MSpy!


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18 Sep 2015   #2
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

What were the KB's that Microsoft sneaked in.
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19 Sep 2015   #3
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
What were the KB's that Microsoft sneaked in.
KB915597

It gets even more insidious. I went into Windows Defender to see what was going on (the update was definitions for Windows Defender) and found it had turned itself back on (I had it turned off since I have an AV), was checking for definitions before running scans, apparently downloading and installing them, and also has something I hadn't seen before: Microsoft SpyNet. Supposedly, it only sends information about detected spyware threats but one line in what SpyNet does was especially chilling: "In some instances, personal information might be unintentionally sent to Microsoft." Unintentionally my Aunt Fanny! MSpy went too far a long time ago and has been steadily getting worse. I may not wait until 2020 to tell MSpy to go to hell!
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19 Sep 2015   #4
NoelDP

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 x64 Home Premium (and x86 VirtualBox VM)/Win10
 
 

MS SpyNet has existed and been part of Defender since Vista as in Beta.
Live with it.
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19 Sep 2015   #5
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Interesting
Don't manually check for updates
If updates disappear they might not of been too important could of been recalled.
Might of been referring to these ?
Today's Windows Update have two Kb Article IDs!
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19 Sep 2015   #6
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by NoelDP View Post
MS SpyNet has existed and been part of Defender since Vista as in Beta.
Live with it.
Funny I never saw it before. Live with it? Hell, no! I shut Defender off. Hopefully, it will stay off this time!
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19 Sep 2015   #7
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Yea windows defender :/
Kind of the utility that has never found anything ever
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19 Sep 2015   #8
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ThrashZone View Post
Yea windows defender :/
Kind of the utility that has never found anything ever
...except how to turn itself back on.
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19 Sep 2015   #9
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Probably second in one of the slowest scanners ever created
Second to MSE

Still though both should comply with CEIP preferences again I say "should"
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19 Sep 2015   #10
Callender

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

RE: Windows Defender. I have always disabled it. However there's a scheduled task that will run even if you disable the windows defender service and registry entries:

*&^%$#@! MSpy did it again!-taskschedulerview.jpg

Checked registry for MS Spynet and all entries seem to be disabled. I don't use MSE.

*&^%$#@! MSpy did it again!-spynet.jpg


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