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I haven't seen any randomly-named updates on my system - but I had earlier ripped out all the telemetry and Windows 10-related crap (KB2952664, KB3021917, KB3035583, KB3068708, KB3075249, and KB3080149) and marked them hidden. I've also set my update policy to notify-only.

Now the spy updates are not hidden, and marked as "Important." They're bound and determined to force this crap down our throats. Bastards.

"Because f*ck you, that's why." The rallying cry of the corporate world.

Could you please elaborate on how you did that?

Note this is Windows 7.

I uninstalled each of those KBs manually from the "Installed Updates" screen, then changed the update policy. I used to use "download and install manually" but now I'd prefer only being notified, and THEN deciding whether or not I want to download whatever is offered. I then re-ran the check for updates, and hid the offending KBs.

That was earlier this month. After reading this article, I decided to have a look and see if there was anything fishy in my update history (beyond the listed KBs that I don't want). Nothing there, at least, but my hidden updates were un-hidden (along with Silverlight and Skype, two more "do not want" things that I always hide).

Note you can remove updates from Control Panel -> Programs and Features -> View Installed Updates (link on the left sidebar).

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