adnage19

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This is my first security config. I guess it's quite good because it's for a very old PC (10 y/o) and I needed to find very light security.

Avast Free Antivirus settings:
  • installed only File System & Web Shields
  • enabled Hardened Mode Aggresive
  • enabled PUP detection
  • HIPS set to max
  • File System Shield heuristic set to max
 
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_CyberGhosT_

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Thats a very lite config, if you practice safe surfing, and click habits then
that will serve you well. I love lite configs in the right hands.
Awesome share !
EDIT: I read further and noticed it's a family access PC ?
If so then you may want to add VoodooShield free to the config ? Just a suggestion ;)
 

adnage19

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Very good, Although getting zemana premium is kind of pointless when you have hmpa, I use it as a second opinion malware scanner.
Well, I think that keeping Zemana's real-protection on is quite good idea because it replaces standard AV scanner and HMP.A doesn't. As I said - I built that config for my family, not for me :) Both apps are 100% automatic and that's important.
 

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Nice light config! If it is working for you,and with no malware problems I would say it is, I wouldn't change anything.
Safe browsing habits and being careful about what you click goes a long way in securing your system.
You could consider HTTPS Everywhere in Firefox as well as some type of system back up solution.
Thanks for sharing your config :)
 
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Well, I think that keeping Zemana's real-protection on is quite good idea because it replaces standard AV scanner and HMP.A doesn't. As I said - I built that config for my family, not for me :) Both apps are 100% automatic and that's important.
I guess that you have enabled WD even if not mentioned, otherwise ZAL does not replace an AV, but it supports it.
Despite the real time protection, ZAL is designed to work alongside an existing antivirus but not to replace it.
 

adnage19

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I guess that you have enabled WD even if not mentioned, otherwise ZAL does not replace an AV, but it supports it.
Despite the real time protection, ZAL is designed to work alongside an existing antivirus but not to replace it.
Nope, I have disabled WD ;) And I know that ZAL doesn't fully replace AV ("supports" is a good word, I forgot about it :p) but it's better to have it enabled, because HMP.A overall is a different protection type.
 

Evjl's Rain

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Nope, I have disabled WD ;) And I know that ZAL doesn't fully replace AV ("supports" is a good word, I forgot about it :p) but it's better to have it enabled, because HMP.A overall is a different protection type.
I suggest you should have an offline AV because sometimes zemana has a problem with its cloud so your PC would be unprotected in this period. It is risky unfortunately

I recommend to you avast free with some security and performance tweaks or WD with PUP protection and speed tweak
 

adnage19

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I suggest you should have an offline AV because sometimes zemana has a problem with its cloud so your PC would be unprotected in this period. It is risky unfortunately

I recommend to you avast free with some security and performance tweaks or WD with PUP protection and speed tweak
Yes, I'm considering that. To be honest, I would go for Emsisoft AM, which runs pretty great on my notebook. It's really light overall, however, sometimes memory usage jumps to 200 mb, which would be pretty heavy for my old PC. But when I'm gonna replace the PC, I will definitely install EAM/EIS.
And what are exactly these speed tweaks for WD? :)
 
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adnage19

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here is my post about tweaks

I think avast and webroot have the lowest memory usage. with speed tweak avast is very light that's why I recommend it. it's free
OK, installed avast (only file shield and web shield), enabled Moderate Hardened mode and PUA detection. After a full scan it's running really good, it's pretty light. Saying speed tweaks you mean disabling Transient caching or something more?
 

Evjl's Rain

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OK, installed avast (only file shield and web shield), enabled Moderate Hardened mode and PUA detection. After a full scan it's running really good, it's pretty light. Saying speed tweaks you mean disabling Transient caching or something more?
yes. disbale transient caching
- disable sound alert. it's annoying
- uncheck 2 boxes in privacy tab
- open quickscan and fullscan config, make sure [...persistent caching...] (I forgot) is checked. then perform a quickscan then it's done. if fullscan box is already checked, you can skip this because you did a fullscan
- moderate hardened mode may cause a lot of false positives. some users suggest to use aggressive, which has less FPs and safer
- reduce avast notification (the 1st one after the one grayed out) to 5s so you may feel less annoyed about avast promotions or something about the company
- (uncheck scan for rootkit on startup) - not recommended but may speed up boot speed if you have to

perhaps there is something I missed because I don't have avast in my main laptop. I install avast on friends and family members' PCs. I wrote these from memory

hope you enjoy avast :cool:

edit: sorry deepscan = fullscan. I always mess them up
 
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