Windows 10 Privacy Fixing Tool Contains Malware – Here Is How to Fix It Manually
Windows 10 is already installed on more than 14 million computers, which is an amazing number for a 10 day period. With a lot of excitement about new operating system and its new features comes a negative hype concerning major privacy issues.
While Windows 10 is one of the best operating systems out there, it is probably most privacy intrusive too. Many people are concerned about Windows 10 privacy issues which gathers following information about its user:
- Location Data
- Biometrics and Handwriting data
- Advertisement and its Tracking Code
- Apps access to your personal information
- Windows Defender and Sample submissions
- Microsoft OneDrive
- Cortana & Web search
- Telemetry services
- Webcam and Microphone Access
- Sync Data with other Devices
- Using Microsoft account, Instead of local account
- Sending Feedback & diagnostics reports to Microsoft
There have been countless guides published by blogs and websites about how to stop Windows 10 from gathering your private information, however as usually malicious actors decided to “help users in fixing privacy issues” too.
One of them is pXc-coding which has released a tool called DoNotSpy10. Coders claim that:
DoNotSpy10 is the world’s first antispy tool for Windows 10. Its straight-forward user interface allows you to manage
how Windows 10 respects their privacy.
TheHackerNews wrote in the article that “DoNotSpy10 prevents you from going through dozens of various features settings in Windows 10 and lets you adjust all privacy and security settings in one place with just a click.”
We at Securityzap decided to check this tool on malware in order to make it sure that DoNotSpy10 is a trustworthy software.
We downloaded DoNotSpy10-22.214.171.124-Setup.exe from pXc-coding website and ran it against several AntiVirus software. And a result we got was 10/55, meaning 10 out of 55 AV software detected it as a malware.
AV software that detected DoNotSpy10-126.96.36.199-Setup.exe as a malware:
|ESET-NOD32||a variant of Win32/OpenCandy.C potentially unsafe|
|K7AntiVirus||Unwanted-Program ( 004b8f6f1 )|
|K7GW||Unwanted-Program ( 004b8f6f1 )|
OpenCandy is the adware-PUP (Potentially Unwanted Program) alone represent, the most important vector of infection now. These are programs that may be unwanted but can still install if you do not pay attention. This family consists of infection commercial adware, they hijack the toolbars and Browsers (Changing the start page of your browsers and link your web searches to a poor reputation site or bad site)..
According to Symantec Trojan.Gen2 is a generic detection for many individual but varied Trojans for which specific definitions have not been created. A generic detection is used because it protects against many Trojans that share similar characteristics. Meaning that the file might be containing a variation of Trojan.
We recommend NOT to download DoNotSpy or any file promising privacy on Windows 10.
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