Latest Changes
Jan 13, 2019
Operating System
  • Windows 10
  • Windows Edition
    Home
    Version or Build no.
    17134.523
    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)
  • Not available (Previous versions of Windows)
  • User Account
    Standard
    Sign-in Accounts
    Malware Testing
    I do not participate in downloading malware samples
    Real-time Web & Malware Protection
    • Avast Free Antivirus Version 19.1.2360 (build 19.1.4142.0)
    • Voodooshield (Untrusted program blocker/whitelist creator)
    RTP - Custom security settings
  • Minor changes for Increased security
  • RTP - Details of Custom security settings
    Activated: Hardened Mode
    Virus and Malware Removal Tools
    Emsisoft Emergency Kit (accessed from external USB drive)
    Browsers and Extensions
    Microsoft Edge: LastPass (password manager) uBlock Origin (blocker).
    Mozilla Firefox: LastPass, uBlock Origin, HTTPS Everywhere, & Decentraleyes
    Vivaldi: LastPass, Adguard Adblocker
    Privacy-focused Apps and Extensions
    Tunnel Bear (Free version) - 500 MB monthly
    For some reason 1037 MB are listed available this month! :D
    Password Managers
  • LastPass in addition to memory (sometimes)
  • Web Search
  • DuckDuckGo is preferred for privacy
  • System Utilities
    CCleaner
    Data Backup
    One Drive, Gmail (for text & subscription keys), Google Drive, & External Drives
    Frequency of Data backups
    Daily
    System Backup
    None (presently) other than Windows 7 backup & created restore points
    Frequency of System backups
    None
    Computer Activity
  • PC Gaming
  • Online banking
  • Browsing web and email
  • Watch movies and other entertainment content on the Internet
  • Shared device is used by family members
  • Computer Specifications
    SONY VAIO - VPCEH
    Intel Pentium CPU - B950
    2.10 GHz
    Installed memory (RAM) 4.00 GB
    Staff Notes

    This setup configuration doesn't have a backup plan. We strongly recommend to add a backup solution for your data so that you can restore it in the case of an emergency.
    Backing up allows the recovery of data that has been lost due of a malware attack (eg. ransomware) or a hard disk crash. In such events you might lose family photos, your music collection, documents, or financial data. Backups are fast and simple to perform so it should be done on a regular basis.

    Cats-4_Owners-2

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    Originally, my wife's Windows 7 (new in 2013) Pink Vaio lap top, now runs a bit hot after a while,
    but still operates reliably; and even better in Windows 10!
    We keep it in the coldest room in the house. :)

    In addition to UAC, VOODOO Shield adds an additional warning when executable programs are activated.

    Shadow Defender, & occasionally Sandboxie, provide virtual <RESET> button raincoat(s) for residual cookies, trackers, & any invisible junk possibly missed day to day.
     
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    Svoll

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    Thanks for sharing, nice config for sharing between users and the ability to sandbox or virtualize the PC with shadow defender is a nice touch.

    For system tools, might want to add OOSU, for saving bandwidth and some pc processes and possibly privacy.
     

    Svoll

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    Thank you, Svoll, for uplifting comments which bring rise to more. I now shall look forward to experiencing the benefits of OOSU!
    Much thanks for Your sharing too! :D
    Windows 10 Home is quite a different beast itself that it wants to control what it downloads, uploads, and updates regardless of what settings you put and it does not allow you the option to opt out. Without a group policy in home edition, there are some tweaks that must be performed manually if you want to wrestle some control on Windows 10, and that is if you want to =D

    Happy Computing!
     

    Cats-4_Owners-2

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    Great setup! With VPN's you could try ProtonVPN Free or Windscribe 10GB or 15GB plan.

    ~LDogg
    Thank you, I shall look into both Proton & Windscribe! :)

    Please edit config to indicate VoodooShield as real time protection. Have you considered some form of OS hardening like Hard_Configurator, etc.? Nice setup. (y)
    I appreciate your mention of Hard_Configurator, and looking toward OS hardening.
    Voodooshield's now listed in the correct spot, but I've also noticed (now) there is an update.
    Thanks! :D

    Please specify exact version number of Avast Free, also add a Backup Plan with a reliable solution: Macrium Reflect Free or AOMEI Backupper.

    Thanks for sharing :giggle:
    I truly wish I would have used one of these reliable backup solutions...
    for my "Old Faithful" Acer lap top which recently shut down (This during a Malwarebytes scan) and, now, cannot be logged onto because of a missing/corrupt log-in program.

    Avast's version listing Done, backup solutions forthcoming.
    Thanks! :):)
     
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    Cats-4_Owners-2

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    Nice secure config for a shared PC!
    I had a Sony Vaio and had the same problem.
    At times it was so hot it should have been called a table top instead of a laptop.
    I had a good laugh with this, my Friend! :D

    As I'd just posted, the Acer which was new when I'd first joined MalwareTips hasn't been able to heat up lately, although I'm confident it can be revived to sail, once more, the seas of the internet!
     

    Cats-4_Owners-2

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    I suggest that a backup program like Macriun Reflect free has already been mentioned. By @harlan4096:giggle:
    I may just have a key for their paid version as I prepare to search for the "needle" in that famously frustrating "haystack"! :)
    Nice and lite my brother, all ur missing is Macrium, but you know that :p Happy New Year :)
    Yes, Happy New Year to You too, my Friend! Macrium, it feels so good to say it!
    Santa still hasn't found my address to deliver the external hard drive I wrote him about... ;)
    (..but do not blame him if he purposely avoids Los Angeles Helicopter Rush Hour rather than deliver the external hard drive I wrote him about... :X3:)
     
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