Tuesday January 12, 2016

Banishing 'Get Windows 10' Nagware Isn't As Easy As You Think

By now we all know that getting rid of the 'Get Windows 10' nagware isn't as easy as we thought. In fact, the only surefire way I know of to permanently get rid of the nagware is to upgrade to Windows 10. wink

Both approaches temporarily block the immediate threat of "Get Windows 10" by removing the GWX icon in the Win7 and Win8.1 system tray and by derailing some of the Windows 10 update programs that are currently installed. Neither approach, however, will remove background tasks that bring GWX back, reclaim the 3GB to 6GB of hidden installation files Microsoft may have surreptitiously stored in the $Windows.~BT folder, nor will they keep your system protected if future Microsoft-initiated GWX attacks similar to the old ones occur again.