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microsoft outbound connection

Post by darth » Wed Oct 20, 2010 5:13 pm

Some XP users are aware that using local search with(little doggie wagging tail) that Microsoft does phone out. Some are not aware,

Most do not like to do a Registry hack to stop this.

But useing TweakUI a microsoft power toy, which is very simple you can stop this, Search is changed to classic view,

Pro: No more phoning out.

Con: You have to specific choose where you want to search, HD/documents/etc of course whuch is easy to do,

I cnnot speak to Vista/Windows 7 phoning out.
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Re: microsoft outbound connection

Post by techsniper » Sat Oct 23, 2010 6:05 pm

Are you saying that rover (the doggie search companion) phones home while searching for our documents? Why would it do that?
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Post by darth » Sat Oct 23, 2010 9:10 pm

Microsoft designed the OS where it would do that.

Google "sa.windows.com" , there are many comments on the OS doing this.

"sa" suggests "search assistant"
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Post by techsniper » Sun Oct 24, 2010 6:38 am

Thanks....found this while looking it up...

The Search Companion Web service is designed to upgrade automatically as new features become available. It therefore uses the Internet connection periodically to check for and replace necessary files. You can use Group Policy to prevent the Search Companion Web service from upgrading automatically from the Internet.

If you want to disable the Search Companion Web service, you can do so by changing to Classic Search for the Internet. Microsoft Windows does not collect any query information when Classic Search is used. You can also disable Search Companion (change to Classic Search) by modifying the registry settings.
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/libr ... 57178.aspx

No user identifiable information is sent out.
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Post by statm1 » Sun Oct 24, 2010 9:56 am

In my opinion, some people take things a little to far so far as whether info gets "phoned home" or not. I highly doubt they have some massive server that collects and stores the actual search terms you search for on your local computer. Microsoft unlike Google or Facebook takes security seriously.

I am sure the only thing that it phones home about is whether or not you have the latest version of components used in local search on your computer.
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Post by techsniper » Wed Oct 27, 2010 7:29 pm

Agree with Statm1. There's no need to hack registry for things like these.
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Post by darth » Fri Jan 21, 2011 8:25 pm

Sorry wish I could help you. I don't have any expertise with these servers.
I do use a self installing server callled "edexter" which is a http server. This serves to block third party ad servers on a web site. It is used in conjuction with a hosts file.
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Re: microsoft outbound connection

Post by darth » Sun Jan 23, 2011 1:00 am

Sorry, was posted in wrong Avant forum.
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