Windows 10: How to prevent creation of list of applications launched

  1.    22 Jun 2017 #1

    How to prevent creation of list of applications launched

    How can I prevent the Registry from creating a list of applications launched from external media? I have App launch tracker turned off, but registry nevertheless contains an entry for example.exe previously launched from, and only contained on, a thumb drive? TIA
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       22 Jun 2017 #2

    Hello :)

    Are you referring to the list that Windows keeps in the registry key UserAssist? These entries are encrypted but there are tools that allow you or others to view it. This is how someone can monitor all the programs that you have ever run on your device.

    CCleaner has an option to remove these entries. There maybe tools that can turn off the logging of these entries but this is not something that you can do within the windows system settings or privacy settings as far as I know.
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  3.    22 Jun 2017 #3

    Thanks PhilC. My registry entry came up on a plain text search in the Regedit search function, so I'm not sure about the encryption of the entry?? I'll wait a day or so in case anyone comes up with a direct removal method (presumably I can just delete it through regedit, but I heed the awful warnings) before saying 'solved'.
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       22 Jun 2017 #4

    If it was a plain text entry then it is something else. Windows logs just about everything you do!
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  5.    22 Jun 2017 #5

    Computer\HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-266190730-1346868948-1307986354-1000\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\AppCompatFlags\Compatibility Assistant\Store\SIGN.MEDIA\hexstring example.exe Reg Binary long binary hex string Sole entry - so you're saying there will be other 'invisible' entries eraseable with CCCleaner?
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