Use WinPrivacy and WinAntiRansom to Block Get Windows 10 (GWX) App

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As Microsoft keeps abusing the update mechanism of its Windows operating system, I decided to block Get Windows 10 (or GWX for short) completely.

I have already written about the fact that the update process completely ignores any user settings. You can hide the KB3035583 update but it just comes back in a few weeks as a “new” update.

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Microsoft has given me the fourth “opportunity” to move away from Windows 7 and to Windows 10. I hate them for that.

While it was fun counting the times Microsoft has abused its corporate power with this “voluntary” update to Windows 10, I finally decided to kill the GWX app for good on my laptop. The final straw came a few days ago in the form of another GWX app icon emerging in my Taskbar.

To kill GWX for good, I used two commercial tools — WinPrivacy and WinAntiRansom. Both tools are part of the WinPatrol product family.

I rarely promote commercial software. I much more prefer free and open source software, optimally in a portable flavour. But I believe that it is very important not to let yourself get manipulated and pressured into an operating system update that is clearly not in your best interest. And for this reason I am making an exception today for the WinPatrol family of products.

So, let’s do this thing.

Step One — Kill the GWX Process

First you need to kill the GWX process. To do so, use the Ctrl+Shift+Esc keyboard shortcut to open up the Windows Task Manager.

Select the Processes tab, then select the GWX process from the list of processes and click on the End Process button.

Step Two — Purchase the Excellent WinPatrol Family of Products

Click here to purchase lifetime licenses of the WinPatrol PLUS, WinPrivacy PLUS, and WinAntiRansom PLUS products. You can install them on up to 5 computers you personally use.

These are very fine software products with capabilities far greater than to simply make GWX stop annoying you. I have been using WinPatrol for years. And I was also one of the first to purchase the new WinPrivacy and WinAntiRansom products in the autumn of last year. I highly recommend them all!

Step Three — Block Get Windows 10 in WinPrivacy

Next, set up WinPrivacy to block all executables in the C:\Windows\System32\GWX folder from connecting to the internet.

Here is the list of the executables:

To block Get Windows 10 from going online, launch WinPrivacy and click on the Blocked Programs (Ctrl+B) icon in the menu. Then click on the Add… button to manually add the GWX executables to the list of all blocked programs.

You can select several items by holding down the Ctrl button on your keyboard while selecting the items with your mouse.

WinPrivacy keeps GWX offline

WinPrivacy keeps GWX offline

Step Four — Block Get Windows 10 in WinAntiRansom

Finally, set up WinAntiRansom to block all executables in the C:\Windows\System32\GWX folder from being able to execute anything on your computer.

To do this, launch WinAntiRansom and click on the Programs (Ctrl+P) icon in the menu. Then click the Add… > Add Program… button to manually add the GWX executables to the list of programs.

Again, select more than one item by holding down the Ctrl key on your keyboard while selecting the items with your mouse.

Once the GWX executables are added to the list, select them one by one and click on the Block button to block them from executing anything.

WinAntiRansom blocks GWX from launching

WinAntiRansom blocks GWX from launching

The Results

The results were immediately evident and more than satisfactory.

As soon as I started up my laptop, GWXConfigManager.exe tried to launch — and was successfully blocked by WinAntiRansom.

GWX tries to launch right after computer starts up

GWX tries to launch right after computer starts up

Once I restarted my laptop later in the day, GWXDetector.exe tried to launch — and was promptly halted by WinAntiRansom.

GWX tries to launch again after a restart — Block Get Windows 10

GWX tries to launch again after a restart

WinAntiRansom made all attempts of GWX to launch fail. And as a second line of fire, there was still WinPrivacy blocking any potential attempts of GWX to phone home to planet Microsoft.

All this happened four days ago and GWX remained silent since then. Hopefully forever.

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