Nvidia Graphics Card Drivers

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This article is about the graphics card driver software used for modern Nvidia graphics cards. It is not about any one specific driver.

Spyware Level: Not Rated

Nvidia produces graphics cards, and of course to use this hardware you need to install their drivers. Unfortunately Nvidia's drivers are riddled with spyware and the installation process is a minefield of serious privacy pitfalls, with options selected by default that have serious privacy implications they have if actually enabled. It isn't possible to install any of their drivers without bundled spyware being installed onto your computer, which needs to be cleaned up after the installation.

Nvidia's installer is bundled with other spyware programs

When attempting to install an Nvidia graphics card driver you will be shown an option to install the spyware program GeForce Experience onto your computer. This program is malware that is also developed by Nvidia as well, and has a huge range of serious privacy issues, including scanning and uploading information about the files onto your computer to Nvidia. (An article about GeForce Experience is planned)

Nvidia driver installation screenshot

Nvidia drivers install telemetry services onto the host machine

When the installation is finished, these services will show up (This is on Windows 7):

Nvidia spyware services

These can at least be disabled like so:

Nvidia spyware service disable

Nvidia telemetry domains can also be blocked at the hosts file although the source is two years old:


1. Section 14 of the HTTP/1.1 Specification [webarchive.loc.gov] [web.archive.org] [archive.is] [webarchive.nrscotland.gov.uk] [www.webcitation.org] [arquivo.pt] [veebiarhiiv.digar.ee] [webarchive.proni.gov.uk]
Blocking Nvidia Domains

This article was last edited on 7/22/2018

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