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edit your host file on windows
Press the Windows key.
Type Notepad in the search field.
In the search results, right-click Notepad and select Run as administrator.
From Notepad, open the following file: c:\Windows\System32\Drivers\etc\hosts.
Make the necessary changes to the file.
Click File > Save to save your changes.
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This will block traffic from your computer to that server. You can block it from reporting through your modem or your router as well.
Hey guys small update. I got contacted back by a R.S. employe:
We were working with Bethesda to determine how you can pull the Bethesda Account ID we need from you to implement the opt-out for ESO in particular. Hopefully we will have it all sorted by EOD.
In general though, in order to opt you out from tracking we need to know your SteamID64. You can find this ID if you don't already know it using a website like https://steamidfinder.com/. That can at least get us started while we are waiting to hear back from the Bethesda team.
Let me know if you have any questions,
Just heard back from Bethesda. It sounds like if you can provide either the email address or the user name tied to your account and they can provide us with the internal ID we need. If you can provide that I'll get the process started on the Bethesda end and give you an update as soon as the optout is done.
So yes, you can remove the information like this no-problem. Contacting Zos via email is probaly pointless as they watch this thread. Just use this page: https://redshell.io/optout?success=1
If you want a response quickly, you'd need to send this as a tip to lower-tier bloggers, MMO news sites and other gaming media.
For example, the sites that covered the Guild Wars 2 spyware debacle included: Massively OP, Motherboard (Vice), Kotaku, Bleedingcool, Pcgamesn, TechRaptor, N4G etc.
My apologies for the confusion over the integration of Red Shell into ESO. Here’s what happened: we have been experimenting with a better way to link which advertisements and web content new players see to the eventual account that is created in the game. The ONLY purpose this would be used for is to determine from which origin points our new players come from, so we can better plan where to place advertisements and other web content. Existing accounts will never encounter this, as they are already created.
Several factors came together in Update 18 and Red Shell was erroneously added to the live build when we were still testing and evaluating it. It has never been active in ESO, even though the base tech is in the client – i.e. it was never enabled. So, we will remove it from Update 18, which will take place in the PC/Mac incremental build scheduled for this coming Monday (it was never considered for Console, so won’t be in Tuesday’s U18 launch). We never should have done this without giving everyone a heads up it was coming, and we will learn from this mistake.
That being said, we are still investigating how to use this technology in the future to grow and sustain ESO more effectively. When/if we do so, we will give everyone a heads up with clear instructions as to what it is doing, how it is doing it, and how to opt-out should you so desire.
Check out the patch notes on Monday for the notice that Red Shell has been removed from U18, and we will keep everyone posted – and again, my apologies.