Heads up for those that may not be aware. Since 381.xx, installing nvidia graphics drivers even without geforce experience, also installs NvTelemetry services which are active at all times and constantly sending data back home. Not just stuff about your drivers, but what hardware you have, what programs you have installed and more (including google trackers) There is no real opt out for this data gathering and you wouldn't have known about it unless you bothered to read the EULA (honestly, does ANYONE even waste their time reading them?) or take a look at your running services/processes/scheduled tasks frequently. All the articles online detailing how to disable it are incomplete. At most they detail the following: Nvidia Control Panel > Help > untick "Allow Experience Improvement Program" Stopping & Disabling the NvTelemetry service Using the Autoruns (by sysinternals) program to stop any related scheduled tasks However, even all three of these don't stop it. If you open up msinfo32.exe and go to Software Environment > Loaded Modules > Nvidia Corporation, you will find NvTelemetryAPI64.dll (or 32 bit variant) sitting there. You can try deleting this from the various directories only to find that the file is in use by the nvidia driver executable, even if the telemetry service is stopped and disabled. If you do a blanket search for "nvtelemetry" on your drives you'll find it's been leaving shit all over the place. There's even a .bat file placed into the root windows directory that appears to have something to do with recovering the telemetry services if they are damaged (presumably by people hacking away at it trying to stop it?) To completely kill this you have to boot into safe mode, and remove all the nvtelemetry related files. I left the directories and locked them to read only (I've also had to do this with certain games that have persistent auto-running crap).