Microsoft 'pushing' ads to your desktop? On 22H2 19045.2728

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  1. Posts : 76
    win 10
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    Microsoft 'pushing' ads to your desktop? On 22H2 19045.2728


    Not sure where to post this one, but I'll try here.

    Last time, I posted under the antivirus / security forum because I was unexpectedly presented with Edge's Quick Search bar in the middle of my desktop when I booted up that morning. I don't use Edge, so wondered why that popped up out of nowhere (maybe due to recent windows update?).

    Today, whilst going about my business and opening up a Youtube video, I had my back turned, but when I glanced back at the monitor, I was presented with what seems to be an ad of some sort from Microsoft Office / 365. Initial thought was the YT ad, but dawned on me seconds later that it wasn't.

    The window with that ad was not in a browser, but seems it was separately pushed by MS. Similar to when you fire up 'Mail' on the taskbar.

    Does anyone know if this is normal and is it a recent thing that MS has introduced? Or is it a setting I might have enabled (although I think highly unlikely)?

    Has MS become more intrusive recently?
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  2. Posts : 9,749
    Mac OS Catalina
       #2

    Those are not ad's and are something that has been around forever. Nothing intrusive about it when you are using Software actually owned by a party and they allow you a privilege to use. If you do not want product suggestions, you are going to have to stop using TV, Radio, Internet, going outside, reading the newspaper, magazines, the list goes on.
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  3. Posts : 42,532
    Win 10 Pro (22H2) (2nd PC is 22H2)
       #3

    You can readily disable that bing search bar- from the searchable Tutorials section I found this for you:
    Enable or Disable Microsoft Edge Desktop Search Bar in Windows 10

    I saw the same recently.
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  4. Posts : 76
    win 10
    Thread Starter
       #4

    bro67 said:
    Those are not ad's and are something that has been around forever. Nothing intrusive about it when you are using Software actually owned by a party and they allow you a privilege to use. If you do not want product suggestions, you are going to have to stop using TV, Radio, Internet, going outside, reading the newspaper, magazines, the list goes on.
    That's it - product suggestions pushed onto the desktop.

    It's new to me as I've never ever encountered them before, hence my curiosity.

    What might have changed for this to suddenly on my desktop out of the blue?

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    dalchina said:
    You can readily disable that bing search bar- from the searchable Tutorials section I found this for you:
    Enable or Disable Microsoft Edge Desktop Search Bar in Windows 10

    I saw the same recently.
    Thanks - again, I only enquired on that due to me not having come across it before. I initially thought it might be something dodgy, hence I posted on security forum.


    Judging by the responses, these 'suggestions' on my desktop are nothing new or unexpected, but as it's fresh to me, I was wondering what may have changed for these push-suggestions to appear on my desktop?

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    Incidentally, I've cloned my drive and have tried to run MS Defender Offline scan, but does nothing after I confirmed YES to the UAC. In the past, the PC restarts and the scan starts...
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  5. Posts : 2,251
    Linux:Debian, Kali-Linux... 2xWin8.1,1x7Pro, Retro:1x2003server.1xXPpro, 1xW2k,1x98SE,1x95,1x3.11
       #5

    News, ads/suggestions. bing internet search results when searching local on the computer.

    Windows should be a freeware as they does that. Gmail+services is free, Facebook is free and they is also paid by ads and user data. So windows should be free too... or free from crap. LOL*
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  6. Posts : 9,749
    Mac OS Catalina
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    Marie SWE said:
    News, ads/suggestions. bing internet search results when searching local on the computer.
    Windows should be a freeware as they does that. Gmail+services is free, Facebook is free and they is also paid by ads and user data. So windows should be free too... or free from crap. LOL*
    The only difference is that Microsoft is highlighting their Office product and Windows 11, nothing more. I find it funny that no one has even adjusted the Personalization settings and such on Windows.
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  7. Posts : 2,251
    Linux:Debian, Kali-Linux... 2xWin8.1,1x7Pro, Retro:1x2003server.1xXPpro, 1xW2k,1x98SE,1x95,1x3.11
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    Windows7 or 8 hadn't those things
    So win10/11 home+pro should be free and LTSC even to private persons and not only to company's with really high licenses costs

    When i installed win10Pro H22 i got a chock over all bling with news, weather, ads, and all it was. So breaking EULA is a must with win10 non-LTSC to rip out the crap


    Edit
    i forgot to quote so you get a notification, so i do a mention instead @bro67
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  8. Posts : 2,098
    Windows 11 Pro (latest update ... forever anal)
       #8

    Could also be a browser thing - add UBlock Origin and Adblock Plus addons/extensions to Edge
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  9. Posts : 9,749
    Mac OS Catalina
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    idgat said:
    Could also be a browser thing - add UBlock Origin and Adblock Plus add-ons/extensions to Edge
    No, it is the Product Placement that Microsoft serves up with their api in Windows system coding for Search and Start area, nothing more. People need to learn how to adjust their Personalization and Privacy settings in Windows.
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    Linux:Debian, Kali-Linux... 2xWin8.1,1x7Pro, Retro:1x2003server.1xXPpro, 1xW2k,1x98SE,1x95,1x3.11
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    "(People need to learn how to adjust their Personalization and Privacy settings in Windows. )"

    I say it should be the opposite.. Microsoft has to learn that people should be able to chose up on install as it was with win7 and its customer experience program....... there you active had to chose to activate it.

    Not as with win10 there you have to dig thru 10 different setting menus and sub menus, just to say no thanks... and not even then its totally off.. for that you need to hack registry and rip out programs for, that almost break windows in the end.
    Privacy should be a default value... and to contribute to software development with your data that should be an active doing from the user to activate.
    and for ads.. Yeah that can be okay.... if they offer an free license for an ads version.... and then ads-free version for those who pay for the licenses. YouTube does that and Avast and several others.. ads=free.. ads-free = pay

    This is why win10 has become to be called spyware. even by tech news sites and tech magazines.
    Dont defend Microsoft/Google etc... for making this as a new world standard.... and they do push more bad updates nowadays, then they did back in XP or win7(before 2014).

    I think all OS's sucks one way or another, so MacOS, ChromeOS, Windows, Linux.. they all sucks but in different ways. So i dont only trash microsoft. *LOL* I still love windows7 over any Linux distro out there.. win7 rules. :)

    Linux has best privacy and security if you know what you are doing... and you can make it look like you whatever you want it to.. even to look like Star trek console computers on Enterprise..... But it is for nerds that like to tweak.... and poor software support from the big software company's... so no MS-office or adobe products or software from Logitech, Symantec, Nvidia etc. etc.

    I will start using win10 LTSC if i can get hold of legal keys, or as i am a nerd both with Linux and windows i have started to create a Pro version to a kind of an LTSC... But it does break windows search, so third party software for search is needed if i can't figure out how to steal some files from the LTSC iso to the pro iso..


    End rant on Microsoft pushing ads/crap to the user. *lol*
    Now i will be quiet.
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