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Disable Windows 10 Tracking & Remove Traces

Since the Initial launch of Windows 10, privacy has been a major concern for those utilizing the operating system. The OS collects Information such as the types of Installed apps, the nature of registered user accounts, location details, and data from It's default search engine, namely Bing. I'm certainly not comfortable with this, and I'm sure you feel the same. As such, In this tutorial, I will show you how to disable Windows 10 tracking & remove digital traces.

So why Is data collected to begin with? Well, just covering the basics, Microsoft claims that the data Is used to Inform you about security updates, Improve your user account experience, and to provide product Information. They say It's also used to provide you with ads, that are relevant to your environment.

Really? Do they truly need to collect data In order to Inform you about security updates? And what's your data got to do with the product Information they deliver? It will (obviously) not be tailored to your needs, hence there's no reason to collect It!

The fact Is, you never know for sure, the nature of the data constantly collected and the alarming part Is, you never will. To help minimize this, I will use a neat little tool named Avira Privacy Pal, which helps to disable tracking and removes digital traces from your computer. You can download It from the official website. So without further ado, let's rip Into this tutorial.

Step One:

Once you've downloaded Avira Privacy Pal, execute It and It will begin the Installation process. It may sit there for a while whilst It checks and configures all settings, so patience Is a must.

Step Two:

On completion, simply click on Open Avira as shown below.

Step Three:

There's a number of Items listed but what's of relevance here, Is Privacy Pal, so hit the Open button next to It.

Step Four:

Avira Privacy Pal, will now execute, so hit the little pencil Icon as marked In red.

Step Five:

This Is where the privacy levels are applied, by adjusting the green slider from the Off to the On position for each setting as per the Image below.

Step Six:

Scroll down and apply each setting accordingly. I want complete privacy, hence I've selected the lot. When you've finalized yours, click Apply.

Step Seven:

The tool Is now ready to apply your privacy settings, so hit Start.

Step Eight:

In my case, It's Identified quite a few digital traces that require cleaning so to proceed, I've clicked the Clean button. Although your settings will differ, the procedure will be somewhat similar.

Step Nine:

As you can see, the job completed successfully, as confirmed by the message of All done! It only took a few minutes to finish, which Is quite Impressive for the settings that had to be applied, and the amount of data that was removed. Click Close to exit the tool.

Final Thoughts:

Unfortunately, there Isn't a single tool that can guarantee your privacy and prevent Windows 10 from tracking your computing activity, but Avira Privacy Pal, certainly attempts to exhaust all avenues In preventing the collection of data. The good thing about It, Is that It's totally free of charge, so you have nothing to lose and everything to gain. Be sure to use It every so often.


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