Latest changes
Jan 1, 2020
Daily driver
My Primary device
Operating system
Windows 10 Home
OS version
2004
System type
64-bit operating system; x64-based processor
Security updates
Automatically allow security and feature updates
Windows UAC
Always notify
Firewall protection
Custom - Provided by a third-party security vendor
Account privileges
Administrator account
Account type
Sign in with associated Microsoft ID
Account log-in
  • Windows Hello PIN
  • Account Password
  • Exposure to malware
    No malware samples are downloaded
    Real-time Malware protection
    MIcrosoft Defender
    Macrium Reflect Image Gurdian
    OSArmor
    RTP configuration
    Configure Defender: High
    OSArmor tweaked to cover extra functions I don't use.
    Periodic scanners
    EEK, MBAM, ESET online scanner
    Browser and Add-ons
    Firefox-
    Malwarebytes Browser Guard
    uBlock Origin
    1PasswordX

    Edge Chromium Beta-
    Smartscreen enabled
    1PasswordX
    uBlock Origin

    Chrome-
    uBlock Origin
    Malwarebytes Browser Guard
    1PasswordX
    Privacy tools and VPN
    IVPN
    Windscribe
    Password manager
    1Password Families
    Search engine
    Google, Bing
    Maintenance tools
    RunBySmartscreen
    Process Monitor
    HWinfo64
    MSI Afterburner
    Bandizip
    Photos and Files backup
    Onedrive - Microsoft 365
    Google Drive
    File Backup schedule
    Automatically sync to the cloud
    Backup and Restore
    Macrium Reflect Home - weekly
    Image Guardian Enabled
    Backup schedule
    Once or more per week
    Computer Activity
  • Playing computer games
  • Online banking
  • Browsing the web and checking emails
  • Streaming movies, TV shows and music from the Internet
  • Computer Specifications
    i7 6700
    16 GB DDR4 3000
    RTX 2060 Super
    256 SSD
    512 SSD
    1 TB HDD

    All home devices behind a Gryphon router.

    fabiobr

    Level 9
    Verified
    So apparently with a fresh install, even on the same M$ account, Windows 10 doesn’t recognize apps in their windowsapps folders outside the c:. It is also a folder that is basically impossible to delete. I managed to mostly empty them, but windows failed to be able to use the secondary drives to install windows apps because of those old folders. The solution is apparently format the drives. This is only really a problem for gamers who need the space of a secondary drive for windows apps. Very much a bummer.
    This is a headache! I suffered when did a clean install of Windows and later discovered the Xbox Game pass games is not recognized in the new clean install of Windows. Had to format all the drive and install games all over again.
     
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    blackice

    Level 27
    Verified
    This is a headache! I suffored when did a clean install of Windows and later discovered the Xbox Game pass games is not recognized in the new clean install of Windows. Had to format all the drive and install games all over again.
    That is exactly what happened to me. If you are just reimaging an old image I found that starting the install on the same drive can cause it to detect the games sometimes. Windows Apps have a lot of promise, but they just miss the mark.
     

    fabiobr

    Level 9
    Verified
    I installed ESET after an update to 2004 that went pretty well. Apparently the old version of the HEIF Image Extension app isn’t compatible with ESET’s 2004 update. I reinstalled windows with a refresh and data wipe. Now reinstalled ESET and it’s working fine. Going to compare performance to Bitdefender and see which one will stay on the gaming machine. I’m inheriting my wife’s XPS 15 as she decided to go back to a Mac for better compatibility with her uses. Filming on an iPhone is a pain in the butt with a PC. But a win for me, already have new RAM in hand.


    Removed-
    WD

    Added-
    ESET IS
    I love ESET lightness, well designed and highly configurable. But I still feel more protected with Bitdefender or Kaspersky.

    ATC at Bitdefender is very godd, while ESET doesn't even have a behavior blocker.
     

    fabiobr

    Level 9
    Verified
    I went back to Bitdefender for the gaming rig and am putting ESET on my inherited laptop, ladyice's macbook arrived :)

    Removed-
    ESET IS

    Added-
    Bitdefender IS
    I have a 4GB old laptop and feel Bitdefender lighter than Kaspersky, although it uses more RAM.

    It's a 4 core Celeron and BD uses less CPU than Kaspersky for what I see. But, of course, nothing beats the lightness of ESET.
     

    fabiobr

    Level 9
    Verified
    That is exactly what happened to me. If you are just reimaging an old image I found that starting the install on the same drive can cause it to detect the games sometimes. Windows Apps have a lot of promise, but they just miss the mark.
    You mean the games being installed on the same system drive or installing the system on the previous same drive and game on another?

    Here I let SSD to the system/main softwares and HDD for the games.
     

    blackice

    Level 27
    Verified
    You mean the games being installed on the same system drive or installing the system on the previous same drive and game on another?

    Here I let SSD to the system/main softwares and HDD for the games.
    In this case it was setup so my system was on SSD and the games were in a separate hdd. So when I reimage the SSD the hdd still has the game folder. But occasionally W10 won’t recognize the HDD as being the right format...o_O very annoying to reformat.
     

    blackice

    Level 27
    Verified
    Never heard back from Bitdefender about issues with auto profile switching. It was updating even with the game profile on, and the game profile was getting stuck on with various launchers running, even with no game running. It was also the thing preventing windows from keeping it's sleep settings. I did their basic trouble shooting and they were responsive through that, but once they asked for me to use their recording tool and reproduce the issue I never heard back. They didn't even confirm they received the file from the recording tool. So:

    Removed:
    Bitdefender

    Applied:
    Configure Defender on High for now. May use ESET while I still have the license. But my experimenting patience has worn thin. ESET is reliable and less buggy.

    Note: The bug I encountered with BD isn't a deal breaker for most people. Most of the time nobody would be affected by this. I would still recommend it. But as I was using it as a family solution and my wife moved back to Mac, I have no reason to stick with it.
     
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