Latest Changes
Jan 1, 2019
Operating System
  • Windows 10
  • Windows Edition
    Home
    Version or Build no.
    1809 (October 2018 Update)
    System type
    64-bit operating system; x64-based processor
    Security Updates
    Automatic Updates (recommended)
    User Access Control
    Always Notify
    Network Security (Firewall)
    Windows Defender Firewall
    Device Security
  • Windows Defender SmartScreen (Windows 10)
  • User Account
    Administrator
    Sign-in Accounts
    Malware Testing
    I do not participate in downloading malware samples
    Real-time Web & Malware Protection
    Windows Defender
    NVT SysHardener
    RTP - Custom security settings
  • Minor changes for Increased security
  • RTP - Details of Custom security settings
    Windows Defender - defaults + pup protection
    NVT SysHardener - defaults + most powershell actions blocked + office outbound connections allowed
    Virus and Malware Removal Tools
    Zemana Portable
    Browsers and Extensions
    Opera (built-in adblocker)
    Edge (Nano Adblocker)
    Privacy-focused Apps and Extensions
    Browser content filtering (defaults+fanboy's problematic/cookies/regional)
    Neustar UltraDNS (threat protection)
    Password Managers
  • Opera's (regular sites); pen and paper (email, social media)
  • Web Search
  • Google
  • System Utilities
    Windows Disk Cleaner
    VirusTotal context menu uploader
    Data Backup
    OneDrive (ransomware protection)
    Frequency of Data backups
    Always-on Sync
    System Backup
    Macrium Reflect Free
    Frequency of System backups
    Regularly
    Computer Activity
  • PC Gaming
  • Browsing web and email
  • Office and work related tasks
  • Video or photography editing
  • Computer Specifications
    MSI PS42 Modern 8RC
    Intel® Core™ i7-8550U Quad-Core, 1.80 GHz (Turbo up to 4.00 GHz), 8 MB Cache
    GeForce® GTX 1050 (Max-Q), 4GB GDDR5
    M.2 SSD Combo slot (NVMe PCIe Gen3), 512 GB
    DDR4-2400 RAM, 16 GB

    brod56

    Level 15
    Verified
    MAIN GOALS
    - Simplicity - I hate to see clutter, I try to keep things as minimalistic as possible.
    - Zero cost - Spending money on security suites is not my thing.

    ADVISES FOR ADOPTERS
    - Check downloaded files in VirusTotal before running them
    - Be careful with email links
    - Avoid pirated software
     
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    brod56

    Level 15
    Verified
    UPDATE (01/01/2019)
    - Removed Andy Ful's Configure Defender - most important WD tweaks were performed manually via Powershell
    - Added Controlled Folder Access - took some time to exclude my favorite programs and add another layer of security
    - Switched to Opera's native adblocker - fastest solution, good enough
     

    brod56

    Level 15
    Verified
    UPDATE (04/01/2019)
    - Added device specs, use purposes
    - Simplified main post
    - Disabled WD Network protection (Neustar+Google Safe Browsing filterings are perfectly enough)
    - Disabled WD Controlled Folder Access (a good idea with bad execution, seeing Windows built-in tools like Notepad or System32 processes being blocked is just too much)
    - Added VT context menu uploader for convenience
     

    Moonhorse

    Level 26
    Verified
    Content Creator
    MAIN GOALS
    - Simplicity - I hate to see clutter, I try to keep things as minimalistic as possible.
    I kind of want to adopt this style aswell, i have improved alot......but youre superman since you can keep rocking opera with built in adblocker (y)

    ADVISES FOR ADOPTERS
    - Check downloaded files in VirusTotal before running them
    - Be careful with email links
    - Avoid pirated software
    Simple and effective
     

    brod56

    Level 15
    Verified
    I kind of want to adopt this style aswell, i have improved alot......but youre superman since you can keep rocking opera with built in adblocker (y)
    Yeah, I was only using uBlock Origin, and while it's objectively a better blocker, it's not as fast as the built-in one.
    With Opera, I reached my goal of running no extensions, while having a enjoyable web experience and fine security.