How to get rid of all the tips and cortana garbage on search toolbar?


  1. Posts : 30
    Windows 10
       #1

    How to get rid of all the tips and cortana garbage on search toolbar?


    I have 3 computers, some behave ok, and some don't...all same settings and fresh installs.

    When I search for something on the taskbar, this blue bubble shows up with a whole buch of spam suggestions, like sports, news and crap from microsoft...it's really annoying.

    I'm signed in with hotmail account, this is a genuine Windows 10 pro 64 bit.

    How to I get rid of that damn thing once and for all? Grrrrrrrrrrrrr!

    How to get rid of all the tips and cortana garbage on search toolbar?-get-rid-cortana-tips.png

    How to get rid of all the tips and cortana garbage on search toolbar?-crap-cortana.png
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  2. flybynite's Avatar
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    Windows 10 ProWorkstation -- Whichever is highest build number.
       #2

    If you want search, but do not want Cortana open a command prompt as administrator, and run these commands, then restart your computer.
    Code:
    reg add "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Windows Search" /v "AllowCortana" /t REG_DWORD /d "0" /f
    reg add "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Windows Search" /v "AllowCortanaAboveLock" /t REG_DWORD /d "0" /f
    reg add "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Windows Search" /v "DisableWebSearch" /t REG_DWORD /d "1" /f
    reg add "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Windows Search" /v "AllowSearchToUseLocation" /t REG_DWORD /d "0" /f
    reg add "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Windows Search" /v "ConnectedSearchPrivacy" /t REG_DWORD /d "3" /f
    reg add "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Windows Search" /v "ConnectedSearchSafeSearch" /t REG_DWORD /d "3" /f
    reg add "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Windows Search" /v "ConnectedSearchUseWeb" /t REG_DWORD /d "0" /f
    reg add "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Windows Search" /v "ConnectedSearchUseWebOverMeteredConnections" /t REG_DWORD /d "0" /f
    reg add "HKLM\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Services\SharedAccess\Parameters\FirewallPolicy\FirewallRules" /v "Block Cortana ActionUriServer.exe" /t REG_SZ /d "v2.26|Action=Block|Active=TRUE|Dir=Out|RA42=IntErnet|RA62=IntErnet|App=C:\Windows\SystemApps\Microsoft.Windows.Cortana_cw5n1h2txyewy\ActionUriServer.exe|Name=Block Cortana ActionUriServer.exe|Desc=Block Cortana Outbound UDP/TCP Traffic|" /f >nul 2>&1
    reg add "HKLM\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Services\SharedAccess\Parameters\FirewallPolicy\FirewallRules" /v "Block Cortana PlacesServer.exe" /t REG_SZ /d "v2.26|Action=Block|Active=TRUE|Dir=Out|RA42=IntErnet|RA62=IntErnet|App=C:\Windows\SystemApps\Microsoft.Windows.Cortana_cw5n1h2txyewy\PlacesServer.exe|Name=Block Cortana PlacesServer.exe|Desc=Block Cortana Outbound UDP/TCP Traffic|" /f >nul 2>&1reg add "HKLM\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Services\SharedAccess\Parameters\FirewallPolicy\FirewallRules" /v "Block Cortana RemindersServer.exe" /t REG_SZ /d "v2.26|Action=Block|Active=TRUE|Dir=Out|RA42=IntErnet|RA62=IntErnet|App=C:\Windows\SystemApps\Microsoft.Windows.Cortana_cw5n1h2txyewy\RemindersServer.exe|Name=Block Cortana RemindersServer.exe|Desc=Block Cortana Outbound UDP/TCP Traffic|" /f >nul 2>&1reg add "HKLM\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Services\SharedAccess\Parameters\FirewallPolicy\FirewallRules" /v "Block Cortana RemindersShareTargetApp.exe" /t REG_SZ /d "v2.26|Action=Block|Active=TRUE|Dir=Out|RA42=IntErnet|RA62=IntErnet|App=C:\Windows\SystemApps\Microsoft.Windows.Cortana_cw5n1h2txyewy\RemindersShareTargetApp.exe|Name=Block Cortana RemindersShareTargetApp.exe|Desc=Block Cortana Outbound UDP/TCP Traffic|" /f >nul 2>&1reg add "HKLM\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Services\SharedAccess\Parameters\FirewallPolicy\FirewallRules" /v "Block Cortana SearchUI.exe" /t REG_SZ /d "v2.26|Action=Block|Active=TRUE|Dir=Out|RA42=IntErnet|RA62=IntErnet|App=C:\Windows\SystemApps\Microsoft.Windows.Cortana_cw5n1h2txyewy\SearchUI.exe|Name=Block Cortana SearchUI.exe|Desc=Block Cortana Outbound UDP/TCP Traffic|" /f >nul 2>&1reg add "HKLM\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Services\SharedAccess\Parameters\FirewallPolicy\FirewallRules" /v "Block Cortana Package" /t REG_SZ /d "v2.26|Action=Block|Active=TRUE|Dir=Out|RA42=IntErnet|RA62=IntErnet|Name=Block Cortana Package|Desc=Block Cortana Outbound UDP/TCP Traffic|AppPkgId=S-1-15-2-1861897761-1695161497-2927542615-642690995-327840285-2659745135-2630312742|Platform=2:6:2|Platform2=GTEQ|" /f >nul 2>&1reg add "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Search" /v "SearchboxTaskbarMode" /t REG_DWORD /d "1" /f >nul 2>&1
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  3. Posts : 30
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #3

    flybynite said:
    If you want search, but do not want Cortana open a command prompt as administrator, and run these commands, then restart your computer.
    Code:
    reg add "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Windows Search" /v "AllowCortana" /t REG_DWORD /d "0" /f
    reg add "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Windows Search" /v "AllowCortanaAboveLock" /t REG_DWORD /d "0" /f
    reg add "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Windows Search" /v "DisableWebSearch" /t REG_DWORD /d "1" /f
    reg add "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Windows Search" /v "AllowSearchToUseLocation" /t REG_DWORD /d "0" /f
    reg add "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Windows Search" /v "ConnectedSearchPrivacy" /t REG_DWORD /d "3" /f
    reg add "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Windows Search" /v "ConnectedSearchSafeSearch" /t REG_DWORD /d "3" /f
    reg add "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Windows Search" /v "ConnectedSearchUseWeb" /t REG_DWORD /d "0" /f
    reg add "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Windows Search" /v "ConnectedSearchUseWebOverMeteredConnections" /t REG_DWORD /d "0" /f
    reg add "HKLM\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Services\SharedAccess\Parameters\FirewallPolicy\FirewallRules" /v "Block Cortana ActionUriServer.exe" /t REG_SZ /d "v2.26|Action=Block|Active=TRUE|Dir=Out|RA42=IntErnet|RA62=IntErnet|App=C:\Windows\SystemApps\Microsoft.Windows.Cortana_cw5n1h2txyewy\ActionUriServer.exe|Name=Block Cortana ActionUriServer.exe|Desc=Block Cortana Outbound UDP/TCP Traffic|" /f >nul 2>&1
    reg add "HKLM\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Services\SharedAccess\Parameters\FirewallPolicy\FirewallRules" /v "Block Cortana PlacesServer.exe" /t REG_SZ /d "v2.26|Action=Block|Active=TRUE|Dir=Out|RA42=IntErnet|RA62=IntErnet|App=C:\Windows\SystemApps\Microsoft.Windows.Cortana_cw5n1h2txyewy\PlacesServer.exe|Name=Block Cortana PlacesServer.exe|Desc=Block Cortana Outbound UDP/TCP Traffic|" /f >nul 2>&1reg add "HKLM\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Services\SharedAccess\Parameters\FirewallPolicy\FirewallRules" /v "Block Cortana RemindersServer.exe" /t REG_SZ /d "v2.26|Action=Block|Active=TRUE|Dir=Out|RA42=IntErnet|RA62=IntErnet|App=C:\Windows\SystemApps\Microsoft.Windows.Cortana_cw5n1h2txyewy\RemindersServer.exe|Name=Block Cortana RemindersServer.exe|Desc=Block Cortana Outbound UDP/TCP Traffic|" /f >nul 2>&1reg add "HKLM\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Services\SharedAccess\Parameters\FirewallPolicy\FirewallRules" /v "Block Cortana RemindersShareTargetApp.exe" /t REG_SZ /d "v2.26|Action=Block|Active=TRUE|Dir=Out|RA42=IntErnet|RA62=IntErnet|App=C:\Windows\SystemApps\Microsoft.Windows.Cortana_cw5n1h2txyewy\RemindersShareTargetApp.exe|Name=Block Cortana RemindersShareTargetApp.exe|Desc=Block Cortana Outbound UDP/TCP Traffic|" /f >nul 2>&1reg add "HKLM\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Services\SharedAccess\Parameters\FirewallPolicy\FirewallRules" /v "Block Cortana SearchUI.exe" /t REG_SZ /d "v2.26|Action=Block|Active=TRUE|Dir=Out|RA42=IntErnet|RA62=IntErnet|App=C:\Windows\SystemApps\Microsoft.Windows.Cortana_cw5n1h2txyewy\SearchUI.exe|Name=Block Cortana SearchUI.exe|Desc=Block Cortana Outbound UDP/TCP Traffic|" /f >nul 2>&1reg add "HKLM\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Services\SharedAccess\Parameters\FirewallPolicy\FirewallRules" /v "Block Cortana Package" /t REG_SZ /d "v2.26|Action=Block|Active=TRUE|Dir=Out|RA42=IntErnet|RA62=IntErnet|Name=Block Cortana Package|Desc=Block Cortana Outbound UDP/TCP Traffic|AppPkgId=S-1-15-2-1861897761-1695161497-2927542615-642690995-327840285-2659745135-2630312742|Platform=2:6:2|Platform2=GTEQ|" /f >nul 2>&1reg add "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Search" /v "SearchboxTaskbarMode" /t REG_DWORD /d "1" /f >nul 2>&1
    That sounds pretty insane, not saying I don't trust you...but are you sure I won't brick my system with this?

    You mean I run the command line and paste that in?

    What if it fries things up? Can I revert this somehow if for some reason I wanted Cortana back later?
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  4. Posts : 1,289
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       #4

    I have this one set:
    Code:
    HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Windows Search
    AllowCortana = 0
    That's all I needed to disable Cortana.

    Enable or Disable Cortana in Windows 10 | Windows 10 Tutorials
    Last edited by Brink; 13 Oct 2018 at 09:39. Reason: added tutorial link for more info
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  5. flybynite's Avatar
    Posts : 4,670
    Windows 10 ProWorkstation -- Whichever is highest build number.
       #5

    From mine, which does a much more thorough job, to re-enable you would use this:
    Code:
    reg delete "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Windows Search" /freg delete "HKLM\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Services\SharedAccess\Parameters\FirewallPolicy\FirewallRules" /v "Block Cortana ActionUriServer.exe" /f
    reg delete "HKLM\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Services\SharedAccess\Parameters\FirewallPolicy\FirewallRules" /v "Block Cortana PlacesServer.exe" /f
    reg delete "HKLM\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Services\SharedAccess\Parameters\FirewallPolicy\FirewallRules" /v "Block Cortana RemindersServer.exe" /f
    reg delete "HKLM\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Services\SharedAccess\Parameters\FirewallPolicy\FirewallRules" /v "Block Cortana RemindersShareTargetApp.exe" /f
    reg delete "HKLM\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Services\SharedAccess\Parameters\FirewallPolicy\FirewallRules" /v "Block Cortana SearchUI.exe" /f
    reg delete "HKLM\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Services\SharedAccess\Parameters\FirewallPolicy\FirewallRules" /v "Block Cortana SearchUI.exe" /f
    reg delete "HKLM\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Services\SharedAccess\Parameters\FirewallPolicy\FirewallRules" /v "Block Cortana Package" /f
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  6. Posts : 30
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #6

    margrave55 said:
    I have this one set:
    Code:
    HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Windows Search
    AllowCortana = 0
    That's all I needed to disable Cortana.
    My PC doesn't have the Windows Search folder..!
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  7. dalchina's Avatar
    Posts : 30,119
    Win 10 Pro (1903)
       #7

    Hi, I don't have anything like that appearing as i've never configured more than the most basic Cortana settings.

    Try Notebook (icon left on Cortana), Lists - clear those.
    How to get rid of all the tips and cortana garbage on search toolbar?-lists-clear.png

    Likewise, check for any Reminders

    My PC doesn't have the Windows Search folder..!
    - you've shown the search field for Cortana at the bottom of your screenshots.

    (And remember there's one top right of file explorer too).


    Try this:
    Turn On or Off Cortana Suggested Reminders in Windows 10 | Windows 10 Tutorials

    Turn On or Off Cortana Tips in Windows 10 | Windows 10 Tutorials
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  8. flybynite's Avatar
    Posts : 4,670
    Windows 10 ProWorkstation -- Whichever is highest build number.
       #8

    xuzo said:
    My PC doesn't have the Windows Search folder..!
    ???
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  9. dalchina's Avatar
    Posts : 30,119
    Win 10 Pro (1903)
       #9

    Yep, I think we need a screenshot of what you don't have
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  10. Posts : 1,289
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       #10

    xuzo said:
    My PC doesn't have the Windows Search folder..!
    In that case ... just create it.
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