So began the "Utility Wars" of 2015-2016, as I like to call them, as it seemed everyone who wrote a utility also wrote a utility allowing you to turn off a lot of what MS wanted you to send. Privacy this! Privacy that! Turn all this off! Personally, I just went into the Windows 10 settings and turned a few things off and enjoyed the rest of my day.
However, we do have some folks in the audience who have no idea how to do what I just spoke about and that's where ShutUp10 comes in.
ShutUp10 is released for free by the folks from O&O Software. They make some other tools such as Defraggers, PC System Cache Programs, Recovery Software, etc...
Here is the description from the company itself: O&O ShutUp10 means you have full control over which comfort functions under Windows 10 you wish to use, and you decide when the passing on of your data goes too far.
Using a very simple interface, you decide how Windows 10 should respect your privacy by deciding which unwanted functions should be deactivated.
O&O ShutUp10 is entirely free and does not have to be installed – it can be simply run directly and immediately on your PC. And it will not install or download retrospectively unwanted or unnecessary software like so many other programs do these days!
Why you need it.
Since Microsoft has released the Windows Creators update some of the Microsoft "Privacy" settings has changed so, you might want to revisit those settings you set previously or, run something like ShutUp10.
ShutUp10 is free and is loaded with settings you can leave alone or, disable.
What I also like about this program is the simple icon at the end of each setting
- Green Check = good!
- Yellow Triangle = Somewhat recommended - which means you get to decide.
- Red Exclamation Point - They recommend you disable this.
But, don't just look at the icon and think that's what you should do.
Click on any of the presented settings and a description will appear advising you of what that particular setting does so you can make and educated decision for yourself.
However, as I said before maybe some of you have no idea or, simply the time, to go through all these settings (dozens are available) and would just like to take the recommendations of the O&O folks who spent more than a few hours putting this together. Well, you can do that also.
At the very top of the utility is a dropdown which allows you to simply click, choose, enable, close, and done.
Now, before everyone runs off and starts changing all kinds of settings the folks over have O&O Software have done you a solid.
Notice in the screenshot above the "Create a System Restore Point"? I recommended you do that just in case something does go wrong. You, at least, have a way back to where you started.
Another very cool feature, which is what I have already done since my C: drive has limited space until my new M.2 SSD gets here, is as soon as you open ShutUp10 (and all your default settings are shown) go to:
- File - Export and save those settings. Those settings are the default settings you already have on your PC so save them and THEN start turning on and off some settings.
You know what blows me away the most? Just how many settings ARE sending back info or, collecting data from one's PC, Laptop, etc...
As I said, this is very nice utility, It's free. No install is required (which is very cool) and once you get the settings you like, you can archive the utility along with the defualt settings unless, of course, you decide the new settings you have created need to be applied to other Windows 10 machines then you can simply export your new settings, load ShutUp10, and import those settings onto a different computer.
I like this utility and apprecaite it when a company puts out a very useful product for free.
If you would like to try it, vist the page by clicking here.