Manage Windows 10 Privacy and Security Settings with This Free Utility

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Privatezilla

This free utility integrates several Windows 10 privacy and security settings into one easy to use graphical interface where you can check and change privacy and security settings with just a few clicks.

Microsoft collects quite a bit of date through telemetry and some Windows 10 features are unpopular. This free tool allows you to analyze, enable, or disable Windows 10 privacy and security settings.

Privatezilla (formerly Spydish) integrates the most critical Windows 10 privacy policies into a graphical user interface (GUI) where they can be checked and changed. The program is quite simple, there are two panes in a window. Settings are on the left, and the right displays what policies are active on your system after you click the Analyze button. You can check or uncheck any policies you want to change and revert any selected settings.

Some common policies that can be enabled or disabled include blocking ads, disabling Cortana or Bing in Windows Search, disabling forced Windows updates, blocking major Windows updates, disabling access to camera, microphone, call history, contacts, documents, pictures, and more. Hover over the entries for tool tips on what setting does.

The settings are grouped in categories: Privacy, Cortana, Bloatware, App permissions, Windows Updates, Gaming, Windows Defender, Microsoft Edge, and Security.

Privatezilla is small and portable, making it easy to run from a flash drive. The only requirement is Windows 10.

While not as extensive as other utilities, Privatezilla covers the main Windows 10 privacy and security settings. It's a good tool for new users because it's easy to understand, make changes, and revert policies. Experienced users will find it handy for those times a more extensive program isn't needed.

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Thanks for this!
I couldn't find any setting to allow "automatic restore points" but just set a restore point before running PrivateZilla.

You're very welcome. :)
There are various way to enable automatic restore points, some through changing the registry, Task Scheduler, and Group Policy. The reliability of System Restore in Windows 10 has been questioned for some time. I haven't had any issues but it's worth noting that it may not work at some unknown point in the future. 

... formerly Spydish, formerly Debotnet ... what will it be next ?
... and Bloatbox, PatchCleaner, Patchfluent, SharpApp, WPD ...
What next ? Go Compare?

¯\_(ツ)_/¯ No idea. :)

Trouble with this is it doesn't show the consequences of turning stuff off.

Some of them are likely to break Windows.

If you want to try things you MUST create a restore point before you do.

>> Trouble with this is it doesn't show the consequences of turning stuff off.
Did you see the tooltips?

Ah yep I saw them and then managed to promptly forget them. Thanks for the reminder, I've updated the article. :)

Many of the tools I've seen that do this type of thing don't have descriptions, or descriptions are minimal. Winaero Tweak has excellent descriptions and more screen shots and information on the site. I'm not an expert but off the top of my head I didn't see anything in Privatezilla that would break Windows 10 or interefere with functioning. Any changes are easily undone using the "Revert" feature.

I agree with setting a restore point (a backup is better) but you'd have to enable System Restore, it's disabled by default in Windows 10. People who have been using System Restore for years and counting on automatic restore points who don't know it's disabled are out of luck.

Thanks rhiannon,
I could be a little bit slow (or worse) since only now am I just about to stumble to Ten. Se7en to 8ight.1 to Ten in (3) months. Not impressed yet. This program should help with Ten though.

Thanks again,
michael clyde