New windows 10 installation.
I’ve uninstalled Cortana, Onedrive, etc. Have disabled lots of services including updates. Disabled lots of scheduled tasks. Ran various scripts (like DisableWin10tracking). And use good Norton firewall to block pretty much every program except Svchost and Firefox.
Thought all good now.
Then I installed Wireshark and was amazed on the amount of traffic, just after booting up.
So much still going on, including downloading mysterious images from Akamai addresses which do not work going through a browser! That freaked me out, images of what exactly are they downloading on my computer!
I installed Glasswire and now I can see a list of the sites visited.
Some questions, if anyone knows and can help:
Has anyone successfully secured Windows 10, so it doesn’t communicate to Microsoft/etc? (Actually on Wireshark not just like me switching off 100 settings and thinking all is good).
Do you know of any external hardware firewall that you can recommend? I don’t trust any firewall running on windows, I read that even the hosts file is circumvented/ignored by Microsoft, and that Microsoft goes straight to IP addresses not necessarily using domains.