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Spybot Anti-Beacon 3.7.0.0      

Size:  14.2MB

License:   FREE

Publisher:  Publisher | Listed Programs

Release Date:   2021-05-04  | Changelog

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OS:  Windows 10 (32-Bit/64-Bit)

Downloads:   10533

Popularity:   Popularity:0/10


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The release of Windows 8 has brought with it a lot of concerns about privacy and security issues. Many people are especially worried about the telemetry features that Microsoft says are meant to improve the users' overall experience by making things more personal. Spybot Anti-Beacon is a program that is specifically designed to block the tracking services in the latest Windows operating system.

Using Spybot Anti-Beacon

The installation process was quick and simple, and we could choose among four installation languages. The software gave us the option to create a desktop shortcut and launch it immediately after installation.

The program displayed a Protection tab that listed the current status of 10 areas on our system, namely:

  • Application Impact Telemetry Group Policy
  • 'Apps use advertising ID'
  • Telemetry Group Policy
  • Telemetry Services
  • Telemetry Hosts
  • Consumer Experience Improvement Program Scheduled Tasks
  • Consumer Experience Improvement Program Group Policy
  • Steps Recorder Group Policy
  • P2P Windows Updates outside local network
  • WiFi Sense

Spybot Anti-Beacon displayed blocked settings in green while the unblocked ones were displayed in red. It also displayed the protection level as a percentage. The program did not automatically create a restore point, but we considered creating the point as important considering that the application did not provide any hints about the effects of the changes we were making.

There were check boxes for selecting various options, which only became visible when we clicked the 'Show Options' button. We could block everything or only the selected options at once by clicking the 'Immunize' button. The program provided a way of undoing the changes we had made if we wanted to.

The Optional tab showed additional areas we could block, such as the Remote Registry Service. The Log tab showed us the features that our system did not support while the Change Log tab showed us the changes in the subsequent versions of the software.

Conclusion

Spybot Anti-Beacon is a simple program for disabling the features that collect personal data in Windows 10. Although the free privacy-protection software is easy to use, it requires technical knowledge to apply individual changes because it provides no hint about what you are doing. Thankfully, it gives you the opportunity to undo the changes you have made.

Software Product Description

A free utility designed to block and stop the various tracking issues that come with Windows 10.
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