How To Disable Microsoft SpyNet In Windows 7

7 Mar/10

Microsoft SpyNet is a service connected to Microsoft’s security products Windows Defender and Microsoft Security Essentials. The service collects information from users of the two products and makes the findings available to all other users of Microsoft SpyNet.

Windows Defender has been integrated into Windows 7 by Microsoft. The program is automatically running after installation of the operating system. A basic Microsoft SpyNet membership is set as the default relationship to Spynet. Users can configure the option to send data to Microsoft during Windows 7 installation in the “Help protect your computer and improve Windows automatically” screen. The default option is to use recommended settings which will enable Microsoft SpyNet. The other two options provided are to only install important updates or to make the operating system ask later again.

A basic membership will send basic information to Microsoft including malicious software that has been detected, where that software came from and actions that have been applied by the user or by the program automatically.

Personal information might be send (such as form data) and Microsoft stated that they would not use the information to identify the user.

At least some Windows 7 users might want to change their membership level to avoid that reports are send to Microsoft.

This can be done directly in Windows Defender. The easiest way to start the program is to type [defender] in the search programs and files box of the start menu which should display the Windows Defender entry. The program can then be started either with the mouse or by pressing the return key on the computer keyboard.

Microsoft SpyNet can then be disabled by going to Tools > Microsoft SpyNet. This opens the following screen:

The default setting is “join with a basic membership”. Selecting “I don’t want to join Microsoft SpyNet at this time” instead will disable Microsoft SpyNet on the computer system so that no information are transferred to Microsoft.

Users who have Microsoft Security Essentials installed on the other hand need to disable Microsoft SpyNet in the Windows Registry where they need to locate the Registry key Hkey_LocaL_MachineSoftwareMicrosoftMicrosoft AntimalwareSpyNet.

The Registry parameter SpyNetReporting needs to be set to 0 to disable the reporting to Microsoft.

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