Spybot Anti-Beacon is a standalone tool that was designed to block and stop the various tracking (telemetry) issues present in Windows 10. It has since been modified to block similar tracking functionality in Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 operating systems.
It is small, simple to use, and is provided free of charge. It was created to address the privacy concerns of users of Windows 10 who do not wish to have information about their PC usage sent to Microsoft. Simply clicking “Immunize” on the main screen of Spybot Anti Beacon will immediately disable any known tracking features included by Microsoft in the operating system.
No installation is required when using Spybot Anti-Beacon, so just double-click on the executable file to launch it. Usage is very simple, and no restore point is automatically created, although you are advised to create one beforehand, just to be on the safe side of things.
There are various settings Spybot Anti Beacon can tamper with. There are checkboxes to choose the ones you want but they are not visible unless you choose to ‘Show Options’. So don’t think that it’s all or nothing with Spybot Anti-Beacon and settle for the default list of settings, as you are free to choose the ones to apply.
Additionally, Spybot Anti Beacon displays short explanations of the registry keys, tasks or services each option will modify. This way, you’ll know what exactly are you doing. A universal ‘Undo’ button is there, so you can revert the changes anytime you want to.
Spybot Anti Beacon can block telemetry-related hosts and services, restrict the telemetry group policy and automatically block apps that use the advertising ID. Furthermore, it can tamper with other group policies, such as the CEIP (Consumer Experience Improvement Program), AIT (Application Impact Telemetry), Steps Recorder Group Policy or WiFi Sense, in order to prevent data collection without the user’s permission.
Optional settings enable you to disable web search and Cortana, remove OneDrive and block the remote registry service. For these, you get to pick the settings to apply, with undo options for each.
If any issues occur with your PC while using Spybot Anti Beacon, undoing the changes made can be done by clicking the “Undo” button in the main window. This will re-enable all tracking services.
Spybot Anti Beacon is a new attempt to reach the privacy protection goal when using Windows 10, providing a quick and easy way to disable telemetry application and services, configure group policies and block hosts.
However, there is still room for improvement to meet the users’ requirements. At the moment, there are competitor applications that do more. For instance, it would be great to have the application disable the access of apps to wireless connections, block localization access, and services, disable the automatic Windows updates or the feedback reminders.
Spybot Anti Beacon Frequently Ask Question
Does Anti-Beacon support Windows 10 April Update (1803)?
Yes, they’ve updated Anti-Beacon to support changes made by Windows 10 April Update (Version 1803). To benefit from blocking the new tracking schemes, please use at least Spybot Anti-Beacon version 2.1.
How to activate my Anti-Beacon license?
To activate your Anti-Beacon License:
Press License within the software then click the button Enter License Key.
Here you can enter the license key you’ve received on the purchase confirmation page (and in the email and receipt as well).
Why should I buy Anti-Beacon Plus?
Keeping track of changes that appear in Windows updates requires time and knowledge. A curated list packed into a simple to use application saves you the effort required to research all necessary settings. They are regular updates that will help you to keep your mind on more important things.
|Computer Processor||Pentium 4 2.4 GHz or higher or any AMD64 or Intel64 processor|
|Computer Memory (RAM)||1 GB or more|
|Hard drive space (Spybot – S&D Free Edition)||200 MB or more|
|Hard drive space (Spybot – S&D Licensed Edition)||750 MB or more|
|Software Name||Spybot Anti beacon Software For Windows V 3.5|
|File Size||11.20 MB|
|Languages||English, Italian, French, Spanish, Polish, Chinese, German, Japanese|
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