Advanced Security Asterixpl Security Configuration 2022

Last updated
Jun 3, 2022
About
Personal, primary device
Additional PC users
Not shared with other users
Desktop OS
Windows 11
OS edition
Home
Login security
    • Password-less (PIN, Biometric, Face)
Primary sign-in
Microsoft account
Primary user
Standard user - Limited permissions
Security updates
Default - allow security updates
Windows UAC
Maximum - always notify
Network firewall
Third-party router
Real-time protection
Bitdefender Internet Security
VoodooShield Pro

I still hold licenses for:

  • Arcabit Internet Security
  • AVG internet Security
  • G Data Total Security
Software firewall
Microsoft Defender Firewall
Custom RTP, Firewall and OS settings
Bitdefender Firewall enabled
Modifying Windows 11:

Auto Play - disabled
O&O shut up 11 (recommended settings)
O&O app buster (slimmed-down system)
Malware testing
No malware samples
Periodic security scanners
Once a month scan with the following scanners:
  • EMSISOFT Emergency Kit
  • Malwarebytes Anti Malware
  • Norton Power Eraser
  • Kaspersky Virus Removal Tool
Secure DNS
NextDNS
VPN
NO
Password manager
KeePass
Browsers, Search and Addons
BRAVE as my main browser with add-ons :
  • AdGuard
  • Bitdefender TrafficLight
Maintenance and Cleaning
Once a week cleanup with the Hibit Uninstaller package tools.
Once a month with PrivaZer (portable version)
Occasionally using the cleaning tools built into Windows 11
Personal Files & Photos backup
Macrium Reflect Free
Personal backup routine
Manual (maintained by self)
Device recovery & backup
Once every two weeks a copy of the entire system partition is made to an external drive.
Device backup routine
Manual (maintained by self)
PC activity
  1. Working from home. 
  2. Browsing the web. 
  3. Emails. 
  4. Shopping. 
  5. Banking. 
  6. Downloading software. 
  7. Multimedia. 
Computer specs
Brand and model:
ACER AN515-54-551F

CPU model:
Intel Core i5-8300H

GPU model:
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050

RAM type and size:
8 GB

Storage type and size:
512 GB SSD
Personal changelog
03/21/2022 - MKS_VIR Internet Security + VoodooShield for free
03/22/2022 - Windows User Account Control - Maximum (always notify) added
13/04/2022 - Sandboxie Plus added
16/04/2022 - Simple Windows Hardening + Macrium Reflect Free added
17/04/2022 - Mozilla Firefox added
22/04/2022 - Deleted Mozilla Firefox, Sandboxie Plus. Added Opera
03/05/2022 - Testing AVIRA Free Antivirus for a few days
05/05/2022 - Comodo Secure Shopping added
06/05/2022 - Avira stays for good + VS PRO
10/05/2022 - TinyWall added
11/05/2022 - Delete TinyWall, added Windows Control Firewall
12/05/2022 - Test kit: MS Defender + DefenderUI (aggresive mode) + VodooShield Pro
16/05/2022 - AVIRA Free AV + VS Pro
21/05/2022 - Bitdefender TS + VS Pro
25/05/2022 - Bitdefender IS + VS Pro
Feedback Response

General feedback

silversurfer

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Aug 17, 2014
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There seems to be a conflict to me. NextDNS crashed after installing Windscribe.

As expected, probably it's nonsense trying to use both, just choose either Windscribe VPN or NextDNS. Keep in mind when using any VPN then all your network traffic including browsing all running through your VPN, that means a special DNS (NextDNS, Quad9, Cloudflare, etc.) would be useless if your VPN is always enabled 24/7.
 

SecureKongo

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Feb 25, 2017
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And I took advantage of the one-year promotion on Kerish Doctor 2022.
Hope it doesn't crash my Windows :)
Been using it in the past and never had any issues. Still I don't think that any of the tools are necessary in Windows 10 or 11 and it only increases the chance of something breaking on your system. Trust me, Microsoft knows best what is good for your system. Just use the built in tools of Windows and ditch Kerish Doctor. Thats my opinion. (y)
 

Asterixpl

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Mar 19, 2022
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Today (04/01/2022) - a return to the proven fast 7-zip. I don't like other archivers (PeaZip, BandiZip). And so archiving all other programs comes down to 7z. Today I quit Shadow Defender. Little used. And secondly, I don't need to "bunker" like that