Latest Changes
May 8, 2019
Operating System
Windows 10
Windows Edition
Home
Build
1903
System Architecture
64-bit OS
Security Updates
Automatic Updates - All security and feature updates
User Access Control
Default
Firewall
Windows Firewall - Network security provided by Microsoft
Device Security
Windows Defender SmartScreen (Windows 10)
User Account
Standard - User has some control over the settings
Recent Security Incidents
No malware or privacy issues
Malware Testing
None - No Malware on host PC or VM
Real-time Web & Malware Protection
Windows Defender (ConfigureDefender: High), RunBySmartscreen, NVT OSArmor
Custom Settings For Real-Time Protection
Custom - Minor changes for Increased Security
Virus and Malware Removal Tools
Malwarebytes, EEK, Zemana (3.0 Beta)
Browsers and Extensions
Chrome: uBlock Origin, WDBP, Privacy Badger, CSS Exfil Protection
Firefox: AdGuard, MBEB, Privacy Badger, CSS Exfil Protection
Web Privacy
IVPN (ocassionally)
Windscribe (occasionally)
Cloudflare DNS over TLS with DNSSEC enabled
Password Manager
Lastpass
Web Search
Google
System Utilities
Process Explorer, HWMonitor, Veracrypt, 7zip
Data Backup
Windows File History, OneDrive
Frequency of Data backups
Daily
System Backup
Macrium
Frequency of System backups
Regularly
Computer Activity
PC Gaming
Online banking
Browsing web and email
Watch movies and other entertainment content on the Internet
Download files from different sources
Computer Specifications
Custom

blackice

Level 6
Removed Syshardener for the time being. It caused ConfigureDefender not to run after restoring defaults. I had to re-image. I wonder if it had to do with being run on SUA, which I remember mention that some rules don’t work correctly when that is done. I have pretty strict rules in OS Armor to cover my tail in the meantime.
 

oldschool

Level 28
Verified
Removed Syshardener for the time being. It caused ConfigureDefender not to run after restoring defaults. I had to re-image. I wonder if it had to do with being run on SUA, which I remember mention that some rules don’t work correctly when that is done. I have pretty strict rules in OS Armor to cover my tail in the meantime.
You're well covered with that "in the meantime" setup. If you like, you could use Hard_Configurator in Default-Allow setup if Default-Deny interferes with or complicates using gaming or other apps. IMO H_C beats SH for ease of use and better hardening, and you eliminate the risk of borking your system with no explanation. And great customer support as well. But you're definitely covered "in the meantime".

Stay safe, not paranoid! :D(y)
 

blackice

Level 6
You're well covered with that "in the meantime" setup. If you like, you could use Hard_Configurator in Default-Allow setup if Default-Deny interferes with or complicates using gaming or other apps. IMO H_C beats SH for ease of use and better hardening, and you eliminate the risk of borking your system with no explanation. And great customer support as well. But you're definitely covered "in the meantime".

Stay safe, not paranoid! :D(y)
Haha, I’m even thinking of sticking with this for a while. I’m a low risk user in general by my estimation. I may try fiddling with H_C when I have time, but my toddler isn’t fond of me using computers when he doesn’t get to play too, so changes sometimes take a while. Downside to a desktop, it’s not mobile so I can’t hide it.
 

blackice

Level 6
Removed:
Emsisoft Browser Extention (Firefox)
Zemana 2.0
Google Drive

Added:
Malwarebytes Browser Extension (Beta) (Firefox)
Zemana (3.0 Beta)
OneDrive

Added MBEB for firefox since it's shown recently to have higher detection rates, this seems to really slow down browsing though. Zemana 3.0 Beta was added since the launch and has seemed useful so far, but it hasn't detected anything...so either it isn't working or I have good habits/luck. I changed our house to OneDrive for more file storage for less cost since we need an Office 365 subscription for my wife's job anyway. I also learned that home users now have encryption at rest on their servers (finally).

Edit: I forgot I made a change just to try this out.
Removed: uBlockOrigin for FIrefox
Added: AdGuard for Firefox
 
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