Advanced Plus Security Brambedkar59's Security Config 2024

Last updated
Jan 6, 2024
How it's used?
For home and private use
Operating system
Windows 11
Other operating system
2 older laptops running Win 10 (one with F-secure and other Kaspersky Free)
On-device encryption
N/A
Log-in security
    • Biometrics (Windows Hello PIN, TouchID, Face, Iris, Fingerprint)
    • Basic account password (insecure)
Security updates
Check for updates and Notify
Update channels
Allow stable updates only
User Access Control
Notify me only when programs try to make changes to my computer
Smart App Control
Off
Network firewall
Enabled
Real-time security
Kaspersky Free 2023
Firewall security
Microsoft Defender Firewall
About custom security
Idle scanning, inject script and https scanning disabled
Periodic malware scanners
Norton Power Eraser
EEK
Malware sample testing
I do not participate in malware testing
Environment for malware testing
N/A
Browser(s) and extensions
Common extension/Search in all browsers: Bitwarden, Google Search
Edge (Default): Adguard, BD TrafficLight, Lyrics Here, Shazam
Firefox (Secondary): Adguard
Chrome (Just in case above 2 doesn't work): Adguard
Secure DNS
NextDNS
Desktop VPN
Windscribe VPN
Password manager
Bitwarden
Maintenance tools
Biweekly run: Windows Built-in, CCleaner, WiseCare 365 (Rarely used), Driver Store Explorer [RAPR] (for deleting old drivers not needed)
For finding program updates: PatchMyPC, UCheck & RuckZuck
HiBit Uninstaller
File and Photo backup
Google Drive, OneDrive
System recovery
Hasleo Backup Suite
Risk factors
    • Browsing to popular websites
    • Working from home
    • Making audio/video calls
    • Opening email attachments
    • Buying from online stores, entering banks card details
    • Logging into my bank account
    • Downloading software and files from reputable sites
    • Sharing and receiving files and torrents
    • Gaming
    • Gaming with third-party mods
    • Streaming audio/video content from trusted sites or paid subscriptions
Computer specs
11400H (UV via ThrottleStop), 3050Ti (UV via G-Helper), 16 GB, 0.5TB + 1 TB NVMe, 1 TB & 4 TB HDD (for image backup and downloads)
Notable changes
Kaspersky Security Cloud Free -> Avira Prime
Avira Prime -> Kaspersky Security Cloud Free
Kaspersky Security Cloud Free -> MalwareBytes
MalwareBytes- > Emsisoft AM
Emsisoft AM -> Bitdefender TS
Bitdefender TS -> Kaspersky Free
Kaspersky Free -> MS Defender
MS Defender -> Kaspersky Free
What I'm looking for?

Looking for medium feedback.

Notes by Staff Team
  1. This setup configuration may put you and your device at risk!
    We do not recommend that other members use this setup. We cannot be held responsible for problems that may occur to your device by using this security setup.

brambedkar59

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I like Malwarebytes Windows Firewall Control so far but there is one annoying thing about it. The first time you launch a program it will block it no matter if it auto allowed or blocked
(& then shown a notification). It's not a deal breaker but pretty annoying.

Edit: Context menu option to allow/block items in firewall is a solid pro.
 
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brambedkar59

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Removed: KSC, WFC

Added: Avira Prime (just trying out for now)

Anyone know how to remove Kaspersky certificate? (screenshot is from Edge) I checked the windows certificate store I couldn't find it there, I also checked for any leftover Kaspersky drivers, there are none.
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Edit: Also tried Kaspersky Uninstaller didn't help
 
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Shadowra

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Removed: KSC, WFC

Added: Avira Prime (just trying out for now)

Anyone know how to remove Kaspersky certificate? (screenshot is from Edge) I checked the windows certificate store I couldn't find it there, I also checked for any leftover Kaspersky drivers, there are none.
View attachment 268249

Did you try to pass the Kaspersky uninstaller? It may help
 

SeriousHoax

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Removed: KSC, WFC

Added: Avira Prime (just trying out for now)

Anyone know how to remove Kaspersky certificate? (screenshot is from Edge) I checked the windows certificate store I couldn't find it there, I also checked for any leftover Kaspersky drivers, there are none.
View attachment 268249


Edit: Also tried Kaspersky Uninstaller didn't help
Yeah, Kaspersky doesn't usually remove the certificate, which I don't like.
Anyway, deleting is easy. Check this GIF. Look for the Kaspersky certificate here and delete it:
K.gif
 

brambedkar59

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Yeah, Kaspersky doesn't usually remove the certificate, which I don't like.
Anyway, deleting is easy. Check this GIF. Look for the Kaspersky certificate here and delete it:
View attachment 268253
Nope, that's didn't remove the Kaspersky certificate, I am still seeing same certificate while browsing MT even after a reboot. Can I put this one back to where it was?
 

SeriousHoax

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Nope, that's didn't remove the Kaspersky certificate, I am still seeing same certificate while browsing MT even after a reboot. Can I put this one back to where it was?
Just remove the cookie for the websites where you still see Kaspersky's certificate. Even better if you can remove all cookies as well as cache, since Kaspersky does HTTS scanning on most sites. Then the certificate should be gone from the browser.
Check if there are additional K. certificates installed, also using FireFox? -> check also FF certificates store.
I think he uses Edge. In my experience this happens on Chromium browsers only and not exclusive to Kaspersky. Can happen with ESET too, for example. Never had this issue on Firefox.
 
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brambedkar59

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Check if there are additional K. certificates installed, also using FireFox? -> check also FF certificates store.
Not seeing this issue on Firefox, only on Chrome & Edge.

Just remove the cookie for the websites where you still see Kaspersky's certificate. Even better if you can remove all cookies as well as cache, since Kaspersky does HTTS scanning on most sites. Then the certificate should be gone from the browser.
Cleaned Chrome's cookie/cache, didn't solve it. Not sure how cookies/cache are related to certificates.
Edit: No wait that fixed the problem, I checked it earlier in the morning where it still showed the Kaspersky cert but not now. Ty :)
 

SeriousHoax

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Not seeing this issue on Firefox, only on Chrome & Edge.


Cleaned Chrome's cookie/cache, didn't solve it. Not sure how cookies/cache are related to certificates.
Edit: No wait that fixed the problem, I checked it earlier in the morning where it still showed the Kaspersky cert but not now. Ty :)
For me, I noticed this on Twitter only and removing cookies always fixed it. It seems like a browser related issue. Connections are still performed by browser using use the original website's certificate, but Chromium browsers show the wrong/previous one.
Good to know that it's solved.
 

brambedkar59

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For me, I noticed this on Twitter only and removing cookies always fixed it. It seems like a browser related issue. Connections are still performed by browser using use the original website's certificate, but Chromium browsers show the wrong/previous one.
Good to know that it's solved.
So it only required me deleting the cookies or does that old certificate was the issue? Also that old certificate doesn't mention Kaspersky.
 
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SeriousHoax

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So it only required me deleting the cookies or does that old certificate was the issue? Also, that old certificate doesn't mention Kaspersky.
It happened for me with ESET too even when ESET deleted the certificate from Windows. So probably not a certificate related issue. I'm no expert so I'm just saying based on my experience. The screenshot you shared above shows Kaspersky's certificate.
 

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It happened for me with ESET too even when ESET deleted the certificate from Windows. So probably not a certificate related issue. I'm no expert so I'm just saying based on my experience. The screenshot you shared above shows Kaspersky's certificate.
Oops, I deleted the same certificate you were showing in that Gif (good thing I exported it before deleting it) :eek: Installing it back now. Btw there was no Kaspersky certificate in that list.
 
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SeriousHoax

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Oops, I deleted the same certificate you were showing in that Gif (good thing I exported it before deleting it) :eek: Installing it back now. Btw there was no Kaspersky certificate in that list.
Sh*t. I should've been more clear with my comment. I just showed you that as an example of how to delete Kaspersky's certificate from the list. I thought you would see the Kaspersky certificate there.
Ok, now I remember one thing. Kaspersky with their 21.3 version never deleted certificate and Windows Security registration for me, but they fixed both with the newer 21.6 version. So the certificate was deleted when you uninstalled Kaspersky, and only deleting cookies was required.
You did a smart thing by backing up before deleting.
 
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brambedkar59

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Sh*t. I should've been more clear with my comment. I just showed you that as an example of how to delete Kaspersky's extension from the list. I thought you would see the Kaspersky certificate there.
Not ur fault I should have read it with open eyes 😅

You did a smart thing by backing up before deleting.
I knew it, my mom always said I was a smart boi 😎
 

brambedkar59

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Removed: Kaspersky Secure cloud Free (temporary), Sandboxie (wasn't using it that much)

Trying out Malwarebytes Premium (next version, can't talk about it or share SS though, I think :unsure:), like it so far, pretty responsive UI compared to v4 also not CPU/RAM intensive.

Updated: Win 11 Build 22621.521
 
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