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Title: Is there a way to stop windows from taking your pictures and making albums...
Post by: Beamin on June 25, 2018, 02:27:46 am
I absolutely can't stand this and can't figure out how to stop it without uninstalling the picture viewers.

It goes through my images takes pictures of me, or just the ones it recognizes as with faces people etc, and pops up "cute little photo albums". The problem is that these are "personal" pictures and now I can't let other people use my lap top or even look at it because it will show pictures when I'm not expecting it. "No mom you can't borrow my computer for a few minutes because my computer will show you porn with me in it, in the format of a nice little photo album."

It just did this out of the blue today when I adjusted the volume and next to it was an image file. Seems to pop up after automatic updates when windows adds features I don't want or need. I wonder how many people have also had this happen to them when they thought their pictures were safely hidden in some obscure folder name. Seems like that would be a good way for hackers to ransom you by releasing your personal pics.
Title: Re: Is there a way to stop windows from taking your pictures and making albums...
Post by: Ampera on June 25, 2018, 02:29:11 am
The problem and solution is in the question.

"Windows taking your pictures"

"Stop Windows"
Title: Re: Is there a way to stop windows from taking your pictures and making albums...
Post by: amyk on June 25, 2018, 03:12:07 am
Is this Windows 10?

Search online for guides about disabling all the adware/spyware pieces...
Title: Re: Is there a way to stop windows from taking your pictures and making albums...
Post by: rdl on June 25, 2018, 03:31:44 am
https://www.google.com/search?q=windows+turn+off+automatic+photo+albums (https://www.google.com/search?q=windows+turn+off+automatic+photo+albums)
Title: Re: Is there a way to stop windows from taking your pictures and making albums...
Post by: ebastler on June 25, 2018, 03:38:32 am
https://www.google.com/search?q=windows+turn+off+automatic+photo+albums (https://www.google.com/search?q=windows+turn+off+automatic+photo+albums)

Did you have a look at the proposed solutions? The consensus seems to be that you uninstall *photo* via Powershell, which I presume removes the photo viewer app. Beamin mentioned that she was looking for a solution that does not require that.

(Apparently there is a less destructive way if it is OneDrive which creates the photo albums, rather than the local photo app: https://www.digitalcitizen.life/stop-onedrive-creating-automatic-photo-albums (https://www.digitalcitizen.life/stop-onedrive-creating-automatic-photo-albums))
Title: Re: Is there a way to stop windows from taking your pictures and making albums...
Post by: rdl on June 25, 2018, 03:51:35 am
There wasn't enough info in the op for a perfect answer. If it's a Windows 10 program, it may be hard to fix any other way than removing the offending program. Luckily, there are other photo viewer programs available. You can apparently even use the Windows 7 Photo Viewer if you want.
Title: Re: Is there a way to stop windows from taking your pictures and making albums...
Post by: IanB on June 25, 2018, 04:12:37 am
There wasn't enough info in the op for a perfect answer. If it's a Windows 10 program, it may be hard to fix any other way than removing the offending program.

Maybe, maybe not. A Google search shows ways to turn off notifications of automatic photo albums, or to turn off the feature of automatically creating photo albums altogether.

One other thing I learned about Windows 10: it might be a good idea NOT to sign into your Windows 10 machine using a Windows account. If you sign in using a Windows account you automatically get connected to the Microsoft cloud and all the baggage that comes with it. By not using a Windows account it becomes much harder for Microsoft to do stuff behind the scenes that you may not like.
Title: Re: Is there a way to stop windows from taking your pictures and making albums...
Post by: factory on June 25, 2018, 04:40:28 am
https://www.google.com/search?q=windows+turn+off+automatic+photo+albums (https://www.google.com/search?q=windows+turn+off+automatic+photo+albums)

Thanks for that, that piece of crap has been irritating me since updating from Windows 7 (I prefer the older Photo Viewer but it seemed to occasionally force you into the newer one), just uninstalled it using powershell, using the info from the link below.  :-+

https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/apps_windows_10-photos/how-to-disableuninstall-the-photo-app-in-windows/9328ef95-2993-4be8-882a-442b96950f2b (https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/apps_windows_10-photos/how-to-disableuninstall-the-photo-app-in-windows/9328ef95-2993-4be8-882a-442b96950f2b)

David
Title: Re: Is there a way to stop windows from taking your pictures and making albums...
Post by: Yansi on June 25, 2018, 04:50:03 am
Use IrfanView instead. The windows photo viewing software always sucked and was always pure garbage with almost zero functionality and usability.
Title: Re: Is there a way to stop windows from taking your pictures and making albums...
Post by: edpalmer42 on June 25, 2018, 05:40:09 am
Use IrfanView instead. The windows photo viewing software always sucked and was always pure garbage with almost zero functionality and usability.

+1 for Irfanview.  I've used it for years and I've always been happy with it.  I've even bought a few copies even though it's freeware.  It's one program that I don't have to relearn every time Microbrain comes out with some new, wonderful add-on for their latest OS.

But DON'T get Irfanview from the Microsoft Store.  Then it's a 'Windows App' with all the baggage that includes.  Just get the standard executable from the Irfanview site.

Ed
Title: Re: Is there a way to stop windows from taking your pictures and making albums...
Post by: factory on June 25, 2018, 05:50:06 am
Use IrfanView instead. The windows photo viewing software always sucked and was always pure garbage with almost zero functionality and usability.

I do also have & use IrfanView, mainly for editing & also the slideshow feature.

Edit, have been using Irfanview since updating from XP to 7, when the editing software for my ancient Lexmark scanner got updated to a total pile of crap. Really should buy a new one but it still works.

David
Title: Re: Is there a way to stop windows from taking your pictures and making albums...
Post by: Brumby on June 25, 2018, 10:32:53 am
Another +1 for Irfanview.

If you just want a picture viewer, then it's fine - but there is a whole lot more you can do with it ... if you want.

One of my favourites is batch processing.  Want to resize and watermark 1,000 images?  It takes less than a minute to set up and then start the batch - and go do something else.
Title: Re: Is there a way to stop windows from taking your pictures and making albums...
Post by: Cyberdragon on June 25, 2018, 03:18:47 pm
Never seen that before, of course I beat-up Win10 and most of it's garbage along time ago.

No idea if this will help, but it kills OneDrive and all tracking stuff like that.

https://www.safer-networking.org/spybot-anti-beacon/ (https://www.safer-networking.org/spybot-anti-beacon/)

It might be Cortana Nosey Bitchbot 9000 (R) being a perv. Murder it.

https://www.howtogeek.com/265027/how-to-disable-cortana-in-windows-10/ (https://www.howtogeek.com/265027/how-to-disable-cortana-in-windows-10/)

(https://media.giphy.com/media/NcjR88aJPaFj2/giphy.gif)
Title: Re: Is there a way to stop windows from taking your pictures and making albums...
Post by: bob225 on June 25, 2018, 07:27:41 pm
spybot anti beacon kills Cortana and disables a lot of the telemetry

https://forums.spybot.info/downloads.php

photo and viewer is a pain, if you can find it windows essentials 2012 gives you the photo gallery and import tools
Title: Re: Is there a way to stop windows from taking your pictures and making albums...
Post by: Zero999 on June 25, 2018, 08:22:25 pm
Have you tried storing all of your pictures in a ZIP file?

I've not heard of this issue before, but I hardly ever use Windows 10 these days. I use Linux at home and we have 7 at work. My only experience is on my dad's PC and it's a nightmare.
Title: Re: Is there a way to stop windows from taking your pictures and making albums...
Post by: Cyberdragon on June 25, 2018, 11:22:43 pm
spybot anti beacon kills Cortana and disables a lot of the telemetry

https://forums.spybot.info/downloads.php

photo and viewer is a pain, if you can find it windows essentials 2012 gives you the photo gallery and import tools

*sigh* link repost... ::)
Title: Re: Is there a way to stop windows from taking your pictures and making albums...
Post by: TerraHertz on June 26, 2018, 08:17:50 pm
Another vote for http://www.irfanview.com/ (http://www.irfanview.com/) here.  Was there EVER a photoviewer that came with an OS that was any good?

For my part, I'd like a way to stop 4chan downloader from creating thumbnails in the root of the work drive. Or anywhere for that matter.  Similar problem to Beamin's. It's weird that config-->Thumbnails has no 'don't create thumbnails' option.
Title: Re: Is there a way to stop windows from taking your pictures and making albums...
Post by: Beamin on June 28, 2018, 12:12:57 am
https://www.google.com/search?q=windows+turn+off+automatic+photo+albums (https://www.google.com/search?q=windows+turn+off+automatic+photo+albums)

Did you have a look at the proposed solutions? The consensus seems to be that you uninstall *photo* via Powershell, which I presume removes the photo viewer app. Beamin mentioned that she was looking for a solution that does not require that.

(Apparently there is a less destructive way if it is OneDrive which creates the photo albums, rather than the local photo app: https://www.digitalcitizen.life/stop-onedrive-creating-automatic-photo-albums (https://www.digitalcitizen.life/stop-onedrive-creating-automatic-photo-albums))


I went through this computer when I first got it and shut off all the spyware and settings I could find twice so far seems like I'm always finding another level of spying. Ridiculous how much work that is and how hidden they make those options.
Title: Re: Is there a way to stop windows from taking your pictures and making albums...
Post by: Beamin on June 28, 2018, 12:17:00 am
There wasn't enough info in the op for a perfect answer. If it's a Windows 10 program, it may be hard to fix any other way than removing the offending program.

Maybe, maybe not. A Google search shows ways to turn off notifications of automatic photo albums, or to turn off the feature of automatically creating photo albums altogether.

One other thing I learned about Windows 10: it might be a good idea NOT to sign into your Windows 10 machine using a Windows account. If you sign in using a Windows account you automatically get connected to the Microsoft cloud and all the baggage that comes with it. By not using a Windows account it becomes much harder for Microsoft to do stuff behind the scenes that you may not like.


Exactly. The windows account on this is just the bare minimum needed to set it up one time. No email, back up, sync, calendar , contacts, outlook, cloud storage or any of that BS. If I need files stored I put them on flash or external HDD.
Title: Re: Is there a way to stop windows from taking your pictures and making albums...
Post by: CJay on June 28, 2018, 12:24:05 am
Another vote for the awesome Irfanview, absolutely excellent.

If you *have* to use Windows then this is the best way to stop Win 10

https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/software-download/windows7 (https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/software-download/windows7)
Title: Re: Is there a way to stop windows from taking your pictures and making albums...
Post by: Beamin on July 21, 2018, 10:00:46 am
Another vote for the awesome Irfanview, absolutely excellent.

If you *have* to use Windows then this is the best way to stop Win 10

https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/software-download/windows7 (https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/software-download/windows7)


No. These new lap tops don't come with restore CDs or CD drives so I would rather not mess with it and risk being without my 6 hours a day internet habit.


I have a few lap tops that would be like new if I had the windows CD with all the weird drivers specific to them to restore them. I have an ASUS that looks like new with no hard drive in it and can't remember why I stopped using it but more then likely the touch pad or something got messed up and was a huge PITA to fix and I bought a new one.
Title: Re: Is there a way to stop windows from taking your pictures and making albums...
Post by: Mr. Scram on July 21, 2018, 10:28:03 am
The problem and solution is in the question.

"Windows taking your pictures"

"Stop Windows"
How about we stop the religious wars for once and actually try to help someone?

I really haven't seen this issue before. Maybe OP can post a screenshot of what he's seeing, obviously with a family friendly example picture. What version and release are you using, Beamin?
Title: Re: Is there a way to stop windows from taking your pictures and making albums...
Post by: Beamin on July 21, 2018, 01:26:01 pm
The problem and solution is in the question.

"Windows taking your pictures"

"Stop Windows"
How about we stop the religious wars for once and actually try to help someone?

I really haven't seen this issue before. Maybe OP can post a screenshot of what he's seeing, obviously with a family friendly example picture. What version and release are you using, Beamin?

Windows 10 build 1803
installed 5/25/ 2018. <--- I don't understand that I bought this computer in 2017 or 16 unless it did some major update.


It's not doing it now but seems to pop up on the right side of the start menu or when you are looking at pictures; you double click on a picture and other pics then come up in a family photo album that is X rated. When it first happened I was like "She has nice legs and I have heels just like that was I downloading porn on ambian? OH SHIT THATS ME!!!"


Yes obviously if I am using windows it's for a reason. All my SDR stuff doesn't work on linux or mac. OK maybe linux but I don't like messing with installing wrappers and spending an hour to try out software that I may tire of in a few minutes.

Then trying to get the touch pad SD card wireless etc etc on Linux is more work then I want to spend.
Title: Re: Is there a way to stop windows from taking your pictures and making albums...
Post by: Mr. Scram on July 21, 2018, 02:17:48 pm
Windows 10 build 1803
installed 5/25/ 2018. <--- I don't understand that I bought this computer in 2017 or 16 unless it did some major update.


It's not doing it now but seems to pop up on the right side of the start menu or when you are looking at pictures; you double click on a picture and other pics then come up in a family photo album that is X rated. When it first happened I was like "She has nice legs and I have heels just like that was I downloading porn on ambian? OH SHIT THATS ME!!!"


Yes obviously if I am using windows it's for a reason. All my SDR stuff doesn't work on linux or mac. OK maybe linux but I don't like messing with installing wrappers and spending an hour to try out software that I may tire of in a few minutes.

Then trying to get the touch pad SD card wireless etc etc on Linux is more work then I want to spend.
It automatically installs updates and new releases. 1803 is a 2018 release and was therefore installed in 2018. That's expected behaviour.
Title: Re: Is there a way to stop windows from taking your pictures and making albums...
Post by: Beamin on July 23, 2018, 02:25:09 pm
Windows 10 build 1803
installed 5/25/ 2018. <--- I don't understand that I bought this computer in 2017 or 16 unless it did some major update.


It's not doing it now but seems to pop up on the right side of the start menu or when you are looking at pictures; you double click on a picture and other pics then come up in a family photo album that is X rated. When it first happened I was like "She has nice legs and I have heels just like that was I downloading porn on ambian? OH SHIT THATS ME!!!"


Yes obviously if I am using windows it's for a reason. All my SDR stuff doesn't work on linux or mac. OK maybe linux but I don't like messing with installing wrappers and spending an hour to try out software that I may tire of in a few minutes.

Then trying to get the touch pad SD card wireless etc etc on Linux is more work then I want to spend.
It automatically installs updates and new releases. 1803 is a 2018 release and was therefore installed in 2018. That's expected behaviour.
Title: Re: Is there a way to stop windows from taking your pictures and making albums...
Post by: Beamin on July 23, 2018, 02:27:04 pm
Windows 10 build 1803
installed 5/25/ 2018. <--- I don't understand that I bought this computer in 2017 or 16 unless it did some major update.


It's not doing it now but seems to pop up on the right side of the start menu or when you are looking at pictures; you double click on a picture and other pics then come up in a family photo album that is X rated. When it first happened I was like "She has nice legs and I have heels just like that was I downloading porn on ambian? OH SHIT THATS ME!!!"


Yes obviously if I am using windows it's for a reason. All my SDR stuff doesn't work on linux or mac. OK maybe linux but I don't like messing with installing wrappers and spending an hour to try out software that I may tire of in a few minutes.

Then trying to get the touch pad SD card wireless etc etc on Linux is more work then I want to spend.
It automatically installs updates and new releases. 1803 is a 2018 release and was therefore installed in 2018. That's expected behaviour.

For me it always does the update when I am in a rush and need to check the internet for a minute before I go. A long time ago I needed MapQuest to go some where and CrapAfee took so long to get going I missed an important appointment. Also the MapQuest directions were wrong.