Windows 8 automatically connecting to unsecured wireless networks (MAKE IT STOP!)

Issue: Windows 8.1 w/ Intel wireless driver will automatically connect to “free”, unsecured, wireless networks.

This issue has been bugging me for a little bit, but has not been at the top of list until there were a large number of unsecured wireless networks available while traveling. So here’s the solution.


  1. open the control panel
  2. Open “Network and Internet”
  3. Select “Intel ProSet/Wireless Tools”
  4. Select “Settings…” under “Intel Wifi HotSpot Assistant”
  5. Remove all check boxes
  6. Close out of the dialog box