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Ridrok

Visual Studio 2015 also adds spys to Win7/8.1

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Hello,

 

I needed Visual Studio 2015, then I did install VS2015 Pro.

What a surprise when I discovered that after the reboot my Win 8.1 was as chatty as a Win 10 can be!!!

 

So I removed it along with patches added at the same time and my Win 8.1 is nearly clean again.

That's it, I lost my trust in MS for good. Back to April state about patches on my Win 7 and 8.1 systems, and disabled Win Update for good on all of them. Win 7/8.1 + Office 2010 + VS2013 is my final choice for coming years in regard to MS products.

 

Some log from my squid running transparent on my linux router after I installed VS2015 (yes I have some filters in place):

[Fri Sep 18 13:44:04 2015].073      0 192.168.10.1 TCP_DENIED/403 3923 POST http://dmd.metaservices.microsoft.com/dms/metadata.svc - HIER_NONE/- text/html[Fri Sep 18 13:44:04 2015].139     64 192.168.10.1 TCP_MISS/302 331 POST http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/? - HIER_DIRECT/2a02:26f0:f7:183::2c1a -[Fri Sep 18 13:44:04 2015].142      0 192.168.10.1 TCP_DENIED/403 3923 POST http://dmd.metaservices.microsoft.com/dms/metadata.svc - HIER_NONE/- text/html[Fri Sep 18 13:44:04 2015].207     63 192.168.10.1 TCP_MISS/302 331 POST http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/? - HIER_DIRECT/2a02:26f0:f7:183::2c1a -[Fri Sep 18 13:44:04 2015].209      0 192.168.10.1 TCP_DENIED/403 3923 POST http://dmd.metaservices.microsoft.com/dms/metadata.svc - HIER_NONE/- text/html[Fri Sep 18 13:44:04 2015].274     63 192.168.10.1 TCP_MISS/302 331 POST http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/? - HIER_DIRECT/2a02:26f0:f7:183::2c1a -[Fri Sep 18 13:44:04 2015].276      0 192.168.10.1 TCP_DENIED/403 3923 POST http://dmd.metaservices.microsoft.com/dms/metadata.svc - HIER_NONE/- text/html[Fri Sep 18 13:44:04 2015].345     64 192.168.10.1 TCP_MISS/302 331 POST http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/? - HIER_DIRECT/2a02:26f0:f7:183::2c1a -[Fri Sep 18 13:44:04 2015].348      0 192.168.10.1 TCP_DENIED/403 3923 POST http://dmd.metaservices.microsoft.com/dms/metadata.svc - HIER_NONE/- text/html[Fri Sep 18 13:44:13 2015].594      2 192.168.10.1 TCP_MEM_HIT/200 472 GET http://winaero.com/updates/opaquet.txt - HIER_NONE/- text/plain[Fri Sep 18 13:44:58 2015].507      0 192.168.10.1 TCP_DENIED/403 3532 CONNECT watson.telemetry.microsoft.com:443 - HIER_NONE/- text/html[Fri Sep 18 13:45:24 2015].562    184 192.168.10.1 TCP_MISS/302 616 GET http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/? - HIER_DIRECT/2a02:26f0:f7:183::2c1a text/html[Fri Sep 18 13:45:24 2015].674     10 192.168.10.1 TCP_MISS/301 561 GET http://download.microsoft.com/ - HIER_DIRECT/2001:1458:1:106::c05b:f4e7 text/html[Fri Sep 18 13:45:24 2015].900      0 192.168.10.1 TCP_DENIED/403 3511 CONNECT vortex.data.microsoft.com:443 - HIER_NONE/- text/html[Fri Sep 18 13:45:24 2015].973    281 192.168.10.1 TCP_MISS/301 876 GET http://www.microsoft.com/downloads - HIER_DIRECT/2a02:26f0:2d:38f::2768 text/html[Fri Sep 18 13:45:25 2015].240    266 192.168.10.1 TCP_MISS/301 686 GET http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/default.aspx'>http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/default.aspx - HIER_DIRECT/2a02:26f0:2d:38f::2768 text/html[Fri Sep 18 13:45:27 2015].101    137 192.168.10.1 TCP_MISS/302 764 GET http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/? - HIER_DIRECT/2a02:26f0:f7:183::2c1a text/html[Fri Sep 18 13:45:27 2015].109      3 192.168.10.1 TCP_IMS_HIT/304 327 GET http://download.microsoft.com/download/3/6/1/36188D5F-479F-4A46-BF55-6AE5928D1EBB/20150915/fra/feed.xml - HIER_NONE/- application/octet-stream[Fri Sep 18 13:45:27 2015].329   3488 192.168.10.1 TCP_MISS/200 5261 CONNECT az667904.vo.msecnd.net:443 - HIER_DIRECT/2606:2800:133:206e:1315:22a5:2006:24fd -[Fri Sep 18 13:45:27 2015].330   2088 192.168.10.1 TCP_MISS_ABORTED/200 147451 GET http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download - HIER_DIRECT/2a02:26f0:2d:38f::2768 text/html[Fri Sep 18 13:45:28 2015].706    137 192.168.10.1 TCP_MISS/302 548 HEAD http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/? - HIER_DIRECT/2a02:26f0:f7:183::2c1a text/html[Fri Sep 18 13:45:28 2015].737    168 192.168.10.1 TCP_MISS/302 505 HEAD http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/? - HIER_DIRECT/2a02:26f0:f7:183::2c1a text/html[Fri Sep 18 13:45:28 2015].842    134 192.168.10.1 TCP_MISS/302 544 HEAD http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/? - HIER_DIRECT/2a02:26f0:f7:183::2c1a text/html[Fri Sep 18 13:45:28 2015].871    131 192.168.10.1 TCP_MISS/302 501 HEAD http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/? - HIER_DIRECT/2a02:26f0:f7:183::2c1a text/html[Fri Sep 18 13:45:28 2015].983    138 192.168.10.1 TCP_MISS/302 514 HEAD http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/? - HIER_DIRECT/2a02:26f0:f7:183::2c1a text/html[Fri Sep 18 13:45:29 2015].004    132 192.168.10.1 TCP_MISS/302 487 HEAD http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/? - HIER_DIRECT/2a02:26f0:f7:183::2c1a text/html[Fri Sep 18 13:45:29 2015].123    139 192.168.10.1 TCP_MISS/302 551 HEAD http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/? - HIER_DIRECT/2a02:26f0:f7:183::2c1a text/html[Fri Sep 18 13:45:29 2015].137    131 192.168.10.1 TCP_MISS/302 490 HEAD http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/? - HIER_DIRECT/2a02:26f0:f7:183::2c1a text/html[Fri Sep 18 13:45:29 2015].260    134 192.168.10.1 TCP_MISS/302 502 HEAD http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/? - HIER_DIRECT/2a02:26f0:f7:183::2c1a text/html[Fri Sep 18 13:45:29 2015].271    132 192.168.10.1 TCP_MISS/302 528 HEAD http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/? - HIER_DIRECT/2a02:26f0:f7:183::2c1a text/html[Fri Sep 18 13:45:29 2015].400    138 192.168.10.1 TCP_MISS/302 548 HEAD http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/? - HIER_DIRECT/2a02:26f0:f7:183::2c1a text/html[Fri Sep 18 13:45:29 2015].405    132 192.168.10.1 TCP_MISS/302 547 HEAD http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/? - HIER_DIRECT/2a02:26f0:f7:183::2c1a text/html[Fri Sep 18 13:45:29 2015].537    130 192.168.10.1 TCP_MISS/302 551 HEAD http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/? - HIER_DIRECT/2a02:26f0:f7:183::2c1a text/html[Fri Sep 18 13:45:29 2015].541    138 192.168.10.1 TCP_MISS/302 551 HEAD http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/? - HIER_DIRECT/2a02:26f0:f7:183::2c1a text/html[Fri Sep 18 13:45:29 2015].672    132 192.168.10.1 TCP_MISS/302 537 HEAD http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/? - HIER_DIRECT/2a02:26f0:f7:183::2c1a text/html[Fri Sep 18 13:45:29 2015].680    137 192.168.10.1 TCP_MISS/302 540 HEAD http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/? - HIER_DIRECT/2a02:26f0:f7:183::2c1a text/html[Fri Sep 18 13:45:29 2015].805    131 192.168.10.1 TCP_MISS/302 532 HEAD http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/? - HIER_DIRECT/2a02:26f0:f7:183::2c1a text/html[Fri Sep 18 13:45:29 2015].821    140 192.168.10.1 TCP_MISS/302 547 HEAD http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/? - HIER_DIRECT/2a02:26f0:f7:183::2c1a text/html[Fri Sep 18 13:45:29 2015].945    137 192.168.10.1 TCP_MISS/302 531 HEAD http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/? - HIER_DIRECT/2a02:26f0:f7:183::2c1a text/html[Fri Sep 18 13:45:29 2015].965    142 192.168.10.1 TCP_MISS/302 532 HEAD http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/? - HIER_DIRECT/2a02:26f0:f7:183::2c1a text/html[Fri Sep 18 13:45:30 2015].077    131 192.168.10.1 TCP_MISS/302 537 HEAD http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/? - HIER_DIRECT/2a02:26f0:f7:183::2c1a text/html[Fri Sep 18 13:45:30 2015].104    138 192.168.10.1 TCP_MISS/302 548 HEAD http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/? - HIER_DIRECT/2a02:26f0:f7:183::2c1a text/html[Fri Sep 18 13:45:30 2015].172    242 192.168.10.1 TCP_MISS/200 4328 CONNECT go.microsoft.com:443 - HIER_DIRECT/2a02:26f0:f7:183::2c1a -[Fri Sep 18 13:45:30 2015].210    131 192.168.10.1 TCP_MISS/302 554 HEAD http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/? - HIER_DIRECT/2a02:26f0:f7:183::2c1a text/html[Fri Sep 18 13:45:30 2015].243    138 192.168.10.1 TCP_MISS/302 557 HEAD http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/? - HIER_DIRECT/2a02:26f0:f7:183::2c1a text/html[Fri Sep 18 13:45:30 2015].343    131 192.168.10.1 TCP_MISS/302 561 HEAD http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/? - HIER_DIRECT/2a02:26f0:f7:183::2c1a text/html[Fri Sep 18 13:45:30 2015].379    134 192.168.10.1 TCP_MISS/302 534 HEAD http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/? - HIER_DIRECT/2a02:26f0:f7:183::2c1a text/html[Fri Sep 18 13:45:30 2015].476    130 192.168.10.1 TCP_MISS/302 546 HEAD http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/? - HIER_DIRECT/2a02:26f0:f7:183::2c1a text/html[Fri Sep 18 13:45:30 2015].519    137 192.168.10.1 TCP_MISS/302 537 HEAD http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/? - HIER_DIRECT/2a02:26f0:f7:183::2c1a text/html[Fri Sep 18 13:45:30 2015].608    130 192.168.10.1 TCP_MISS/302 554 HEAD http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/? - HIER_DIRECT/2a02:26f0:f7:183::2c1a text/html[Fri Sep 18 13:45:30 2015].655    134 192.168.10.1 TCP_MISS/302 554 HEAD http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/? - HIER_DIRECT/2a02:26f0:f7:183::2c1a text/html[Fri Sep 18 13:45:30 2015].741    131 192.168.10.1 TCP_MISS/302 494 HEAD http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/? - HIER_DIRECT/2a02:26f0:f7:183::2c1a text/html[Fri Sep 18 13:45:30 2015].792    135 192.168.10.1 TCP_MISS/302 552 HEAD http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/? - HIER_DIRECT/2a02:26f0:f7:183::2c1a text/html[Fri Sep 18 13:45:30 2015].874    131 192.168.10.1 TCP_MISS/302 544 HEAD http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/? - HIER_DIRECT/2a02:26f0:f7:183::2c1a text/html[Fri Sep 18 13:45:31 2015].761  21970 192.168.10.1 TCP_MISS/200 5241 CONNECT spynet2.microsoft.com:443 - FIRSTUP_PARENT/127.0.0.1 -[Fri Sep 18 13:45:48 2015].651      0 192.168.10.1 TCP_DENIED/403 3532 CONNECT watson.telemetry.microsoft.com:443 - HIER_NONE/- text/html[Fri Sep 18 13:45:49 2015].187      0 192.168.10.1 TCP_DENIED/403 3532 CONNECT watson.telemetry.microsoft.com:443 - HIER_NONE/- text/html[Fri Sep 18 13:45:49 2015].824      0 192.168.10.1 TCP_DENIED/403 3532 CONNECT watson.telemetry.microsoft.com:443 - HIER_NONE/- text/html[Fri Sep 18 13:45:51 2015].062    136 192.168.10.1 TCP_MISS/302 758 GET http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/? - HIER_DIRECT/2a02:26f0:f7:183::2c1a text/html[Fri Sep 18 13:45:51 2015].199    132 192.168.10.1 TCP_MISS/200 53646 GET http://download.microsoft.com/download/0/F/1/0F1C92F7-F5B0-4892-B548-4CF1B221FB72/22321.01b/Feed.xml - HIER_DIRECT/2001:1458:1:106::c05b:f4e7 application/octet-stream[Fri Sep 18 13:45:52 2015].769    131 192.168.10.1 TCP_MISS/302 501 HEAD http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/? - HIER_DIRECT/2a02:26f0:f7:183::2c1a text/html[Fri Sep 18 13:45:52 2015].775    136 192.168.10.1 TCP_MISS/302 544 HEAD http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/? - HIER_DIRECT/2a02:26f0:f7:183::2c1a text/html[Fri Sep 18 13:45:52 2015].909    130 192.168.10.1 TCP_MISS/302 551 HEAD http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/? - HIER_DIRECT/2a02:26f0:f7:183::2c1a text/html[Fri Sep 18 13:45:52 2015].915    137 192.168.10.1 TCP_MISS/302 551 HEAD http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/? - HIER_DIRECT/2a02:26f0:f7:183::2c1a text/html[Fri Sep 18 13:45:53 2015].046    135 192.168.10.1 TCP_MISS/302 548 HEAD http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/? - HIER_DIRECT/2a02:26f0:f7:183::2c1a text/html[Fri Sep 18 13:45:53 2015].073    156 192.168.10.1 TCP_MISS/302 514 HEAD http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/? - HIER_DIRECT/2a02:26f0:f7:183::2c1a text/html[Fri Sep 18 13:45:53 2015].180    131 192.168.10.1 TCP_MISS/302 505 HEAD http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/? - HIER_DIRECT/2a02:26f0:f7:183::2c1a text/html[Fri Sep 18 13:45:53 2015].214    138 192.168.10.1 TCP_MISS/302 548 HEAD http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/? - HIER_DIRECT/2a02:26f0:f7:183::2c1a text/html[Fri Sep 18 13:45:53 2015].312    130 192.168.10.1 TCP_MISS/302 487 HEAD http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/? - HIER_DIRECT/2a02:26f0:f7:183::2c1a text/html[Fri Sep 18 13:45:53 2015].356    140 192.168.10.1 TCP_MISS/302 528 HEAD http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/? - HIER_DIRECT/2a02:26f0:f7:183::2c1a text/html[Fri Sep 18 13:45:53 2015].446    131 192.168.10.1 TCP_MISS/302 551 HEAD http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/? - HIER_DIRECT/2a02:26f0:f7:183::2c1a text/html[Fri Sep 18 13:45:53 2015].494    136 192.168.10.1 TCP_MISS/302 547 HEAD http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/? - HIER_DIRECT/2a02:26f0:f7:183::2c1a text/html[Fri Sep 18 13:45:53 2015].579    131 192.168.10.1 TCP_MISS/302 502 HEAD http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/? - HIER_DIRECT/2a02:26f0:f7:183::2c1a text/html[Fri Sep 18 13:45:53 2015].634    137 192.168.10.1 TCP_MISS/302 490 HEAD http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/? - HIER_DIRECT/2a02:26f0:f7:183::2c1a text/html[Fri Sep 18 13:45:53 2015].723    142 192.168.10.1 TCP_MISS/302 548 HEAD http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/? - HIER_DIRECT/2a02:26f0:f7:183::2c1a text/html[Fri Sep 18 13:45:53 2015].770    134 192.168.10.1 TCP_MISS/302 531 HEAD http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/? - HIER_DIRECT/2a02:26f0:f7:183::2c1a text/html[Fri Sep 18 13:45:53 2015].856    131 192.168.10.1 TCP_MISS/302 547 HEAD http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/? - HIER_DIRECT/2a02:26f0:f7:183::2c1a text/html[Fri Sep 18 13:45:53 2015].908    136 192.168.10.1 TCP_MISS/302 544 HEAD http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/? - HIER_DIRECT/2a02:26f0:f7:183::2c1a text/html[Fri Sep 18 13:45:53 2015].990    131 192.168.10.1 TCP_MISS/302 532 HEAD http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/? - HIER_DIRECT/2a02:26f0:f7:183::2c1a text/html[Fri Sep 18 13:45:54 2015].044    135 192.168.10.1 TCP_MISS/302 537 HEAD http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/? - HIER_DIRECT/2a02:26f0:f7:183::2c1a text/html[Fri Sep 18 13:45:54 2015].128    137 192.168.10.1 TCP_MISS/302 537 HEAD http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/? - HIER_DIRECT/2a02:26f0:f7:183::2c1a text/html[Fri Sep 18 13:45:54 2015].180    134 192.168.10.1 TCP_MISS/302 554 HEAD http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/? - HIER_DIRECT/2a02:26f0:f7:183::2c1a text/html[Fri Sep 18 13:45:54 2015].260    130 192.168.10.1 TCP_MISS/302 532 HEAD http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/? - HIER_DIRECT/2a02:26f0:f7:183::2c1a text/html[Fri Sep 18 13:45:54 2015].318    136 192.168.10.1 TCP_MISS/302 537 HEAD http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/? - HIER_DIRECT/2a02:26f0:f7:183::2c1a text/html[Fri Sep 18 13:45:54 2015].393    131 192.168.10.1 TCP_MISS/302 561 HEAD http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/? - HIER_DIRECT/2a02:26f0:f7:183::2c1a text/html[Fri Sep 18 13:45:54 2015].398    266 192.168.10.1 TCP_MISS/200 4328 CONNECT go.microsoft.com:443 - HIER_DIRECT/2a02:26f0:f7:183::2c1a -[Fri Sep 18 13:45:54 2015].455    135 192.168.10.1 TCP_MISS/302 557 HEAD http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/? - HIER_DIRECT/2a02:26f0:f7:183::2c1a text/html[Fri Sep 18 13:45:54 2015].526    130 192.168.10.1 TCP_MISS/302 494 HEAD http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/? - HIER_DIRECT/2a02:26f0:f7:183::2c1a text/html[Fri Sep 18 13:45:54 2015].594    137 192.168.10.1 TCP_MISS/302 552 HEAD http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/? - HIER_DIRECT/2a02:26f0:f7:183::2c1a text/html[Fri Sep 18 13:45:54 2015].658    130 192.168.10.1 TCP_MISS/302 546 HEAD http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/? - HIER_DIRECT/2a02:26f0:f7:183::2c1a text/html[Fri Sep 18 13:45:54 2015].730    133 192.168.10.1 TCP_MISS/302 534 HEAD http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/? - HIER_DIRECT/2a02:26f0:f7:183::2c1a text/html[Fri Sep 18 13:45:54 2015].792    132 192.168.10.1 TCP_MISS/302 554 HEAD http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/? - HIER_DIRECT/2a02:26f0:f7:183::2c1a text/html[Fri Sep 18 13:45:54 2015].869    137 192.168.10.1 TCP_MISS/302 554 HEAD http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/? - HIER_DIRECT/2a02:26f0:f7:183::2c1a text/html[Fri Sep 18 13:45:54 2015].925    130 192.168.10.1 TCP_MISS/302 540 HEAD http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/? - HIER_DIRECT/2a02:26f0:f7:183::2c1a text/html[Fri Sep 18 13:45:55 2015].008      0 192.168.10.1 TCP_DENIED/403 3549 CONNECT vortex.data.microsoft.com:443 - HIER_NONE/- text/html[Fri Sep 18 13:45:55 2015].601      0 192.168.10.1 TCP_DENIED/403 3523 CONNECT sqm.telemetry.microsoft.com:443 - HIER_NONE/- text/html[Fri Sep 18 13:45:55 2015].610      0 192.168.10.1 TCP_DENIED/403 3523 CONNECT sqm.telemetry.microsoft.com:443 - HIER_NONE/- text/html[Fri Sep 18 13:46:04 2015].888      0 192.168.10.1 TCP_DENIED/403 3549 CONNECT vortex.data.microsoft.com:443 - HIER_NONE/- text/html[Fri Sep 18 13:46:13 2015].344  18336 192.168.10.1 TCP_MISS/200 4628 CONNECT dc.services.visualstudio.com:443 - FIRSTUP_PARENT/127.0.0.1 -[Fri Sep 18 13:46:25 2015].012      0 192.168.10.1 TCP_DENIED/403 3511 CONNECT vortex.data.microsoft.com:443 - HIER_NONE/- text/html[Fri Sep 18 13:46:55 2015].016      0 192.168.10.1 TCP_DENIED/403 3511 CONNECT vortex.data.microsoft.com:443 - HIER_NONE/- text/html[Fri Sep 18 13:47:12 2015].162   1386 192.168.10.1 TCP_MISS/403 1345 GET http://config.messenger.msn.com/config/msgrconfig.asmx? - FIRSTUP_PARENT/127.0.0.1 text/html[Fri Sep 18 13:47:25 2015].020      0 192.168.10.1 TCP_DENIED/403 3511 CONNECT vortex.data.microsoft.com:443 - HIER_NONE/- text/html[Fri Sep 18 13:47:55 2015].024      0 192.168.10.1 TCP_DENIED/403 3511 CONNECT vortex.data.microsoft.com:443 - HIER_NONE/- text/html[Fri Sep 18 13:48:25 2015].028      0 192.168.10.1 TCP_DENIED/403 3511 CONNECT vortex.data.microsoft.com:443 - HIER_NONE/- text/html

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Yes, I was mainly talking about watson.telemetry, vortex.data, sqm.telemetry and dmd.metaservices and many go.microsoft.com/fwlink

winaero.com is fine yes, it's used by opaque taskbar application.

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Well, it probably contains also all these spy in it since PRO version is for companies and supposed to have less if any.

 

But, I cleaned my 3 PC running Win 7 and 8.1 from patches after April so that I don't have to chase and block these spywares, not too add another program that add them back.

 

Ridrok

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Read the link I put up.  No communications attempts are made after those components are blocked from running- and that's with VS 2015 Community Edition.

 

Try not to overgeneralize; not every part of the software is bad.

 

-Noel

Edited by NoelC

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More and more of Microsoft's stuff is becoming a hassle.

So which updates are responsible?

Edited by shae

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Read the link I put up.  No communications attempts are made after those components are blocked from running- and that's with VS 2015 Community Edition.

 

Did you lose any functionality at all?  Such as was found by some of the commentators to the suggestion to simply delete the VsHub folder such as the ability to display performance information about the running process during debugging.

Another suggestion by Frederik, below yours, suggested "blocking instantiation with your Anti Virus", but I'm not sure I understand exactly what that means or how to do that. Do you? ( I would ask at stackoverflow, but I don't have enough points there to comment on another person's answer, yet. ) Would this accomplish the same thing as your suggestion, or could it be used in addition for another layer of protection?

 

Cheers and Regards

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Regarding loss of performance info while debugging... 

  • Windows symbols load okay from online symbol servers (provided i allow the addresses through the firewall).
  • I'm able to do source code breakpoints.
  • I can see the call stack and watch variables.
  • I get little elapsed time notes on screen when I step through the code.

 

VS2015Debugging.png

 

I've noticed no loss of function so far, but I am but an egg regarding doing performance measurement in Visual Studio as I rely on some pretty sophisticated instrumentation and logging built into the code itself for that. 

 

The reason I chose to try to read- and execute-protect the code vs. delete the folder is so that a future update might have a chance of working.  But probably an installer would still balk at the way I've protected the folders.  So it will likely be an ongoing hassle no matter what way you do it.  Yes, I'd prefer a "high privacy" setting available in the Options.  But alas, that's not the way of the future.

 

Edit:  Blocking instantiation probably refers to some kind of blocking of executables, possibly by process name.  I've no experience with that, but it seems to me someone else mentioned something like it in a recent thread on privacy here.

 

-Noel

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