How to disable Nvidia's Telemetry process

How to disable Nvidia's Telemetry process

How to disable Nvidia's Telemetry process

How to disable Nvidia's Telemetry process

Over the past 24 hours, there has been a lot of controversy surrounding Nvidia due to their recent addition of Telemetry tools on their latest GPU drivers. While these tools are likely harmless and should be no cause for concern, Nvidia has not detailed the specific uses of these tools, leaving many to jump to conclusions regarding their intended purpose. 
At this time we are waiting for Nvidia to provide us with a response regarding how Nvidia plans on using these tools in the future, but for now, we have decided to create a guide on how to stop Nvidia's telemetry tools, providing users with an opt-out option.  


Nvidia's Telemetry is likely harmless

To start off Telemetry is a method of sending data back and forth, in this case between your PC and Nvidia. This is often considered as spying, as it is done without the specific consent of the end user and can be used to access personal information. At this time it is unknown what Nvidia is using this tool for, but it has nonetheless concerned a lot of Nvidia users. 

Usually, telemetry is completely harmless and is added to programs for good reasons, to share with companies crash reports and other data that is intended to fix bugs and better direct system resources in future versions of the application. 

In Nvidia's case, they did not add the inclusion of Telemetry in the release note of their drivers and have not provided users with an opt-out, leaving many security conscious Nvidia users concerned. 



Thankfully there is a way to disable Nvidia's newly added Telemetry, which is added in Nvidia's latest drivers. In our test system, these telemetry processes were installed with Nvidia's basic drivers, which were installed without the Geforce Experience.  

To disable Nvidia's Telemetry processes you will first need to download Microsoft Autoruns, which is an application which is a program which is designed to show all startup applications and allows users to disable them at will. 

Once you download Autoruns for Windows you will need to extract the files from your downloaded Zip file and then run Autoruns64 as administrator.  


How to disable Nvidia's Telemetry process


In the Autoruns Filter box type in Nvidia and press enter, which will make the application show only Nvidia Autorun entries like shown below.  

The image below shows a list of all Nvidia autorun entries, with the red box highlighting all telemetry options. To disable telemetry simply uncheck the highlighted registry entries, NvTmMon, NvTmRep and NvTmRepOnLogon. After this, you can simply close the Autoruns application.  


How to disable Nvidia's Telemetry process


Like we have said above Nvidia's Telemetry tools are likely nothing to be concerned about, making this guide more of an opt-out option for Nvidia's Telemetry rather than a system security measure.  

We will update with Nvidia's response regarding the communities Telemetry concerns as we learn more. 


You can join the discussion on Nvidia's Telemetry tools on the OC3D Forums.  


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