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Microsoft's Software is Malware
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Back Doors

Microsoft Windows has a universal back door through which any change whatsoever can be imposed on the users.

This was reported in 2007 for XP and Vista, and it seems that Microsoft used the same method to push the Windows 10 downgrade to computers running Windows 7 and 8.

In Windows 10, the universal back door is no longer hidden; all “upgrades” will be forcibly and immediately imposed.

Microsoft has backdoored its disk encryption.

The German government veers away from Windows 8 computers with TPM 2.0 (original article in German), due to potential back door capabilities of the TPM 2.0 chip.

Here is a suspicion that we can't prove, but is worth thinking about: Writable microcode for Intel and AMD microprocessors may be a vehicle for the NSA to invade computers, with the help of Microsoft, say respected security experts.

Windows 8 also has a back door for remotely deleting apps.

You might well decide to let a security service that you trust remotely deactivate programs that it considers malicious. But there is no excuse for deleting the programs, and you should have the right to decide whom (if anyone) to trust in this way.

DRM

Digital restrictions management, or “DRM,” refers to functionalities designed to restrict what users can do with the data in their computers.

Ebooks “bought” from Microsoft's store check that their DRM is valid by connecting to the store every time their “owner” wants to read them. Microsoft is going to close this store, bricking all DRM'ed ebooks it has ever “sold”. (The article additionally highlights the pitfalls of DRM.)

This is another proof that a DRM-encumbered product doesn't belong to the person who bought it. Microsoft said it will refund customers, but this is no excuse for selling them restricted books.

DRM in Windows, introduced to cater to Bluray disks. (The article talks about how the same malware would later be introduced in MacOS. That had not been done at the time, but it was done subsequently.)

Insecurity

These bugs are/were not intentional, so unlike the rest of the file they do not count as malware. We mention them to refute the supposition that prestigious proprietary software doesn't have grave bugs.

Exploits of bugs in Windows, which were developed by the NSA and then leaked by the Shadowbrokers group, are now being used to attack a great number of Windows computers with ransomware.

A flaw in Internet Explorer and Edge allows an attacker to retrieve Microsoft account credentials, if the user is tricked into visiting a malicious link.

Point-of-sale terminals running Windows were taken over and turned into a botnet for the purpose of collecting customers' credit card numbers.

Interference

This section gives examples of Microsoft software harassing or annoying the user, or causing trouble for the user. These actions are like sabotage but the word “sabotage” is too strong for them.

One version of Windows 10 harangues users if they try to install Firefox (or Chrome).

Microsoft is planning to make Windows impose use of its browser, Edge, in certain circumstances.

The reason Microsoft can force things on users is that Windows is nonfree.

Windows displays intrusive ads for Microsoft products and its partners' products.

The article's author starts from the premise that Microsoft has a right to control what Windows does to users, as long as it doesn't go “too far”. We disagree.

The Microsoft Telemetry Compatibility service drastically reduces the performances of machines running Windows 10, and can't be disabled easily.

After forcing the download of Windows 10 on computers that were running Windows 7 and 8, Microsoft repeatedly switched on a flag that urged users to “upgrade” to Windows 10 when they had turned it off, in the hope that some day they would fail to say no. To do this, Microsoft used malware techniques.

A detailed analysis of Microsoft's scheme is available on the Electronic Frontier Foundation's website.

Microsoft has made companies' Windows machines managed by the company's sysadmins harangue users to complain to the sysadmins about not “upgrading” to Windows 10.

Microsoft has desupported all future Intel CPUs for Windows 7 and 8. Those machines will be stuck with the nastier Windows 10. AMD and Qualcomm CPUs, too.

Of course, Windows 7 and 8 are unethical too, because they are proprietary software. But this example of Microsoft's wielding its power demonstrates the power it holds.

Free software developers also stop maintaining old versions of their programs, but this is not unfair to users because the users of free software have control over it. If it is important enough to you, you and other users can hire someone to support the old version on your future platforms.

Sabotage

The wrongs in this section are not precisely malware, since they do not involve making the program that runs in a way that hurts the user. But they are a lot like malware, since they are technical Microsoft actions that harm the users of specific Microsoft software.

Microsoft has been force-installing a “remediation” program on computers running certain versions of Windows 10. Remediation, in Microsoft's view, means tampering with users' settings and files, notably to “repair” any components of the updating system that users may have intentionally disabled, and thus regain full power over them. Microsoft repeatedly pushed faulty versions of this program to users' machines, causing numerous problems, some of which critical.

This exemplifies the arrogant and manipulative attitude that proprietary software developers have learned to adopt toward the people they are supposedly serving. Migrate to a free operating system if you can!

If your employer makes you run Windows, tell the financial department how this wastes your time dealing with endless connections and premature hardware failures.

Microsoft has made Windows 7 and 8 cease to function on certain new computers, effectively forcing their owners to switch to Windows 10.

Microsoft has dropped support for Windows 7 and 8 on recent processors in a big hurry.

It makes no difference what legitimate reasons Microsoft might have for not doing work to support them. If it doesn't want to do this work, it should let users do the work.

In its efforts to trick users of Windows 7 and 8 into installing all-spying Windows 10 against their will, Microsoft forced their computers to silently download… the whole of Windows 10! Apparently, this was done through a universal back door. Not only did the unwanted downloads jeopardize important operations in regions of the world with poor connectivity, but many of the people who let installation proceed found out that this “upgrade” was in fact a downgrade.

Once Microsoft has tricked a user into accepting installation of Windows 10, they find that they are denied the option to cancel or even postpone the imposed date of installation.

This demonstrates what we've said for years: using proprietary software means letting someone have power over you, and you're going to get screwed sooner or later.

FTDI's proprietary driver for its USB-to-serial chips has been designed to sabotage alternative compatible chips so that they no longer work. Microsoft is installing this automatically as an “upgrade”.

Windows 10 “upgrades” delete applications without asking permission.

Microsoft cut off security fixes for Windows XP, except to some big users that pay exorbitantly.

Microsoft is going to cut off support for some Internet Explorer versions in the same way.

A person or company has the right to cease to work on a particular program; the wrong here is Microsoft does this after having made the users dependent on Microsoft, because they are not free to ask anyone else to work on the program for them.

Microsoft informs the NSA of bugs in Windows before fixing them.

Subscriptions

Microsoft Office forces users to subscribe to Office 365 to be able to create/edit documents.

Surveillance

Microsoft recorded users of Xboxes and had human workers listen to the recordings.

Morally, we see no difference between having human workers listen and having speech-recognition systems listen. Both intrude on privacy.

Skype refuses to say whether it can eavesdrop on calls.

That almost certainly means it can do so.

Windows 10 telemetry program sends information to Microsoft about the user's computer and their use of the computer.

Furthermore, for users who installed the fourth stable build of Windows 10, called the “Creators Update,” Windows maximized the surveillance by force setting the telemetry mode to “Full”.

The “Full” telemetry mode allows Microsoft Windows engineers to access, among other things, registry keys which can contain sensitive information like administrator's login password.

DRM-restricted files can be used to identify people browsing through Tor. The vulnerability exists only if you use Windows.

By default, Windows 10 sends debugging information to Microsoft, including core dumps. Microsoft now distributes them to another company.

In order to increase Windows 10's install base, Microsoft blatantly disregards user choice and privacy.

Windows 10 comes with 13 screens of snooping options, all enabled by default, and turning them off would be daunting to most users.

It appears Windows 10 sends data to Microsoft about what applications are running.

A downgrade to Windows 10 deleted surveillance-detection applications. Then another downgrade inserted a general spying program. Users noticed this and complained, so Microsoft renamed it to give users the impression it was gone.

To use proprietary software is to invite such treatment.

Windows 10 sends identifiable information to Microsoft, even if a user turns off its Bing search and Cortana features, and activates the privacy-protection settings.

Windows 10 ships with default settings that show no regard for the privacy of its users, giving Microsoft the “right” to snoop on the users' files, text input, voice input, location info, contacts, calendar records and web browsing history, as well as automatically connecting the machines to open hotspots and showing targeted ads.

We can suppose Microsoft look at users' files for the US government on demand, though the “privacy policy” does not explicitly say so. Will it look at users' files for the Chinese government on demand?

Microsoft uses Windows 10's “privacy policy” to overtly impose a “right” to look at users' files at any time. Windows 10 full disk encryption gives Microsoft a key.

Thus, Windows is overt malware in regard to surveillance, as in other issues.

We can suppose Microsoft look at users' files for the US government on demand, though the “privacy policy” does not explicit say so. Will it look at users' files for the Chinese government on demand?

The unique “advertising ID” for each user enables other companies to track the browsing of each specific user.

It's as if Microsoft has deliberately chosen to make Windows 10 maximally evil on every dimension; to make a grab for total power over anyone that doesn't drop Windows now.

It only gets worse with time. Windows 10 requires users to give permission for total snooping, including their files, their commands, their text input, and their voice input.

Microsoft SkyDrive allows the NSA to directly examine users' data.

Skype contains spyware. Microsoft changed Skype specifically for spying.

Spyware in older versions of Windows: Windows Update snoops on the user. Windows 8.1 snoops on local searches. And there's a secret NSA key in Windows, whose functions we don't know.

Tethers

Tethers are functionalities that require constant (or very frequent) connection to a server.

The recent versions of Microsoft Office require the user to connect to Microsoft servers at least every thirty-one days. Otherwise, the software will refuse to edit any documents or create new ones. It will be restricted to viewing and printing.

Jails

Jails are systems that impose censorship on application programs.

Windows 10 S was a jail: only programs from the Windows Store could be installed and executed. It was however possible to upgrade to Windows 10 Pro. The successor of Windows 10 S is a special configuration of Windows 10 called S mode. The major difference with Windows 10 S is that there is an easy way to switch out of S mode.

Windows 8 on “mobile devices” (now defunct) was a jail.

Tyrants

Tyrants are systems that reject any operating system not “authorized” by the manufacturer.

Microsoft accidentally left a way for users to install GNU/Linux on Windows RT tablets, but now it has “fixed” the “error”. They have the gall to call this “protecting” the users. The article talks of installing “Linux”, but the context shows it is really GNU/Linux that users install.

Mobile devices that come with Windows 8 are tyrants.
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Disable Windows update service and install updates manually, job done

Tools to achieve this over on the MDL forums
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Complaining  about windows being malware and still using windows is a moot  point .  There other OS  if you dont like it. They nothing in OP that could not  be applied to anything else made by the other Big Tech companies but only  worse . When you talk about Linux M$  belongs to Linux Kernel   Security because they make WSL  that use  a real Linux Kernel  . Many distros work  with them to provide it.

All those workarounds  just to give yourself a false sense  of privacy, That   is  one of the reasons i moved  on from Windows.  If  you use Linux you could  be using your OS  instead to be looking for ways to contain  it . I use  to do all that  stuff block Windows update service with Windows Firewall Control  but that  not the  only thing you need to block .  Ether  you trust  Microsoft or you dont  if you think  you have to do  all  this stuff to make it not spy on you , really Windows is not for you . Invest in a Mac  or switch  to Linux or something . People  been complaining about Windows  for years in 2015 -2016  they were 100s of  articles saying windows was malware  but that  did not make them   make a new OS like XP  or Windows 7   they moving every off  everyone into the cloud and still make Windows 10.

Since Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 is the only supported OS they have left if you dont want to get  hacked  you have to use them if your going to use Windows and there no use in complaining .The only choices  on Desktop  is Apple  MAC OS  there  over controlling  you think  Windows is a jail  try  stuff made by Apple  and you see a jail lol.  And there Linux  it has a learning  curve for new users and  you  have to learn PC  all over again  and  how to utilize   free software  and use emulators to run windows software.

That  what puts windows  in the best position on Desktop there somewhere  between Apple  and Linux . Desktop  is for production  , Mobile is for consumption. Microsoft lost most  of there consumers  to mobile  already . Theses other  Big Tech companies polices  are way worse  than M$  is  and the masses migrated  to it.   Windows users   have  declined every year since they made Windows 10 . Only thing that sparked a interest  in Desktop  at home again  was production  working at home .
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Who is using M$ OS not me might be you. Switched to macOS since a year & most happy using it . Apple Services are Awesome.

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Not an issue for me bro... 9
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We already know windows is malware, but if you don't want to use malware as an os either remove everything from windows that allows them to force actions upon your pc or switch to a different OS, there are plenty out there that don't act as malware.
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(12-23-2019, 10:50 AM)davey_40 Wrote: Disable Windows update service and install updates manually, job done

Tools to achieve this over on the MDL forums

If only it was as easy to do as Windows 7 when you can disable them from a dropdown and job done. Madness that we now have to use tools to force this now.
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