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Discussion in 'privacy technology' started by Belim7, Apr 17, 2020.

  1. paulderdash

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  2. Belim7

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    You are the lawyer :D
     
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    Debloating Windows 10 and increasing privacy with SharpApp
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    https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/ne...dows-10-and-increasing-privacy-with-sharpapp/
     
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    Is it possible to modify the scripts personaly?
    How is that done easily for a individual user?
     
  5. Belim7

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    Yes, you can adjust the scripts to you desire before or after executing, save them, import custom scripts.
    Commands in the script files/templates can be easily disabled by commenting them out (with a #). I would recommend using the preinstalled "basic" template and if it fits, keep it that way. Otherwise, you are free to shorten or extend it.
     
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    So that would mean that the - blocking telemetry - script is already commented out to some degree. "Issues with W.update" and others?

    So if i change the textbased script does the frame below it with the power shell info also get changed?
     
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    SharpApp v0.32.1 (Achilles) Released (May 4, 2020)
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  8. Be_Ta

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    quick test..

    what i dont like:

    it cant scan system and post settings that are allready deaktivated etc.. Like Blackbird does for example. (blackbird.exe -scan)
    Its also nicer to see if everything was set afterwards..
    Heres the SCAN option of Blackbird and its very informative you see whats activated or deactivated etc etc.... i know its hard to read but i couldnt get it all on one screenshot otherwise.. just zoom a bit :p )


    a scan option would be really nice in for this Tool, it is needed for better understanding and reverse checking....


    Hmmmmmm?!?!?!?
    It uses the HOSTS to Block IP´s.
    Microsoft can go around teh HOSTS file and ignore it..
    Because teh adresses that MS uses are Hardcoded into the DNSAPI.DLL wich didnt change since teh XP days.. Its still the same..

    Wich i also explained here as an proof of concept..
    https://forums.mydigitallife.net/th...lemetry-repository.63874/page-54#post-1563433

    Some Pics that show this behavior.
    First Pic shows that MS ignores the HOSTS File.
    Second Pic is with an manipulated DNSAPI.DLL wich removes teh hardcoded adresses.

    You can check this very easy by putting --> "127.0.0.1 microsoft.com" in your HOSTS file wich in theory should block Microsoft.com when entering this adress in your browser.. AAAAaand Suprise, it doesnt get blocked.

    Better make Firewall rules, etc etc...

    otherwise i really like it, its clean and minimalistic..
    One thing, when using Dark theme in windows, SharpApp is really hard to read..
    Will there be an Dark Theme support?

    Best Regards and Thank you for all the Privacy software you create.
     
    Last edited: May 4, 2020
  9. Belim7

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    @Be_Ta

    Never heard of Blackbird but it sounds scary :D So this is a console application. A scan like in Blackbird can't be done with SharpApp. It's based on script files, similar to when you open a shell, enter your code and fire it, i would have to completely rebuild the app and that's not my goal. This will not happen.

    I'm also not a big fan on these kind of gui for the end user (not all people like to look at black windows like you, me and the developer of Blackbird :D) and SharpApp pursues a completely different concept.
    I attach great importance to transparency, so I switched using PowerShell as frontend for my app. You can follow every step and see what is being done.

    You are not wrong about hosts files and they are not always effective. I will add also template for blocking telemetry ips via firewall.

    Yes, a dark theme is on my to-do list and i'm open to wishes and opinions. Maybe you could also post your request for a darkmode on github so that it will not be forgotten. So I also see how many users have the same wish and can better prioritize.
     
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    SharpApp v0.33.0 (Achilles) Released (May 5, 2020)
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  11. Be_Ta

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    @Belim7

    Thank you for your answer and the consideration of also using Rules for the Firewall.. .
    Aaand you allready implented the IP blocking.. nice.. Youre Fast :p
    Im looking forward to your updates.

    Best Regards, BeTa
     
  12. Belim7

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    Technical principle is quite simple as it uses a PowerShell script. Could be optimized, I will keep it in mind for future versions

    It uses the same rules as WPD from https://github.com/crazy-max/WindowsSpyBlocker
    I couldn't find a way to see the rules that WPD feeds into the system. You can enable and disable them, right?
     
  13. Belim7

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    Yes, you can apply your changes anytime to the script before executing it. If something bothers you, just comment it out, run it or save it as a new script file :)
     
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    to be honest im not 100% shure, i do think yes, you can.. I tested WPD a while ago and the IP blocks it added i think can be revertet. But dont quote me on that, like i sayd im not a 100% shure.

    Im using a different approach to all this.
    A good firewall with default DENY. So i have to check everything and make rules for it.
    My Router wich i feed with blocked domains.
    And i use DNSCryptProxy (And the DNS-Client SERVICE in windows DEACTIVATED) wich also has an Block function. This works really well...

    Best Regards
     
    Last edited: May 6, 2020
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    SharpApp v0.34.0 (Achilles) Released (May 7, 2020)
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    0.34.0
    • Added dynamic loading of templates (data is retrieved from #templates.xml The templates file is localizable. If you want to translate it please open a issue on github)
    • Fixde bug in high DPI scaling #10
    • Fixed bug in retrieving settings of previous versions
    • Fixed unhandled exception if hosts file not available on system #11
    • Included template to download hosts file to SharpApp's dashboard
    • Revised software packaging system
    • Spelling corrections
    • Revised some template descriptions
    • UI Improvements
    • Several other minor improvements
    It is recommended to delete previous versions (do not replace and overwrite it) before using this one as some locations has changed (host and packages directory does no longer exists) and otherwise some files may appear twice.
     
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    SharpApp v0.34.1 (Achilles) Released (May 9, 2020)
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    Hello are these all safe to remove? windows 10
     

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    SharpApp v0.34.2 (Achilles) Released (May 12, 2020)
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  19. Belim7

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    The most of them are hidden system apps and can't be removed. Also if you remove them all including the Microsoft Store everything is reversible, you can reinstall them anytime you want with PowerShell
     
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    so?? I take that as a yes B?
     
  21. Belim7

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    Nothing will happen if you try to remove these apps as SharpApp can't remove system applications (MessageBox will pop, telling you that they could't be removed). You can try it.
    PowerShell is behind the removal process.
     
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    Mirinsoft focuses development on SharpApp, phases out Debotnet
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    Going forward with SharpApp Only
    May 13, 2020
    https://www.mirinsoft.com/blog/19-apps/27-going-forward-with-sharpapp-only
     
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    M.Store is not reinstallable is says on the net. How come it is with your app?
     
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    SharpApp will never uninstall it. To reinstall it just needs a PowerShell one-liner
    Code:
    Get-AppXPackage *WindowsStore* -AllUsers | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml”}
     
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    Ok.
    So what is actualy happening when you "remove" as you say W. Store in your app?
     
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