Performance optimizations or not, every prior version suffering from multiple security vulnerabilities makes for a compelling case to keep up with nVidia driver updates.
Unfortunately, recent versions of nVidia GeForce drivers now include telemetry spyware, even if the optional GeForce Experience bloatware is not installed.
There is an option to Allow Experience Improvement Program under the Help menu in nVidia Control Panel that is enabled by default (of course) but it’s unclear whether disabling it is really sufficient to switch the telemetry off.
Making sure that nVidia spyware is prevented from running takes more than that. Although it can still be done via the GUI with just the Task Scheduler, the MMC Services applet, and RegEdit, having to go through the menus and dialogs to reapply these manually with every update can be annoying, as new driver versions get released frequently.
To address the issue comprehensively I wrote a simple batch script, unVidia.bat, that helps to get rid of all the sneaky stuff running in the background:
@echo off rem unVidia.bat rem Disable nVidia Telemetry rem Author: Piotr Szczepanski rem Comments & Updates: http://www.piotr.szczepanski.name/tech/nvidia-geforce-disable-telemetry/ setlocal call :DisableImage NvProfileUpdater64.exe call :DisableImage NvTelemetryContainer.exe call :DisableImage NvTmMon.exe call :DisableImage NvTmRep.exe call :DisableService NvTelemetryContainer call :DisableTaskLike NvProfileUpdater call :DisableTaskLike NvTm goto end :DisableImage echo * %~1 reg add "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\%~1" /v Debugger /d "B:\NoVidia.exe" /f >nul 2>&1 exit /b :DisableService echo * %~1 net stop "%~1" >nul 2>&1 sc config "%~1" start= disabled >nul 2>&1 exit /b :DisableTask echo * %~1 schtasks /Change /TN "%~1" /Disable >nul 2>&1 exit /b :DisableTaskLike echo * %~1* for /f "tokens=1 delims=," %%t in ('schtasks /Query /FO CSV ^| find /v "TaskName" ^| find "%~1"') do call :DisableTask "%%~t" exit /b :end
The content should be self-explanatory, except perhaps for the trick disabling the execution of an image by associating it with a nonexistent debugger. Alternatively, instead of the last step, the telemetry executables can be replaced with a dummy .exe file that does nothing.
Run it as an administrator once after the installation completes, and enjoy the drivers for your overpriced GPU free from spyware, whether planted by hackers exploiting security holes (in older versions), or by the manufacturer themselves (in newer versions).
Note: There are probably additional things to switch off if the optional GeForce Experience component is installed but I don’t install it so I don’t know.