CMLew Security Config

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Home
Primary sign-in
Primary user
Windows UAC
Maximum - always notify
Real-time protection
Emsisoft Anti-Malware
Voodooshield Free (Auto-Mode ON)
Binisoft Window Firewall Control (Paid)
Software firewall
Microsoft Defender Firewall
Malware testing
No malware samples
Periodic security scanners
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Browsers, Search and Addons
Opera Developer Version with VPN Turned-ON*
Google Canary
Firefox Developer Version*

*Protected with Sandboxie (Paid)
Maintenance and Cleaning
Nil
Personal Files & Photos backup
Shadow Defender on Boot (only use External Drive for Saving)
Personal backup routine
Device recovery & backup
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Device backup routine
None

CMLew

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Hi,

I'm really new to this.

Hoping to get a suitable protection without compromising my computer resources

Computer Specs:
UX305FA(MS)-FC051H
Core M-5Y10 processor
4GB RAM
128GB M2.SSD
Intel Integrated Graphics 5300 HD

Currently using this laptop for sourcing study references and materials (like reference medical books, pdfs, etc). You may say that I'm a happy clicker for that reason since I'm taking some "risk" to get those...

At time, I do watch movies online, some online games (those light type).

Any advice/ suggestions would be appreciated.

Thanks!
 
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exterminator20's prescriptions are well proven, I know, as I've filled them each for myself!:p
Since you are using malwarebytes AntiExploit, you might like using their free AntiMalware as a second opinion to Bitdefender. Free Anti-Malware Detection & Removal Software

A free program which illlustrates some important processes as it guards your system is WinPatrol. WinPatrol Downloads Page
First, you may view a very illustrative review posted by MalwareTips' @cruelsister:
A popular password manager I recommend, & learned of from an MT Staff member whom you've recently met is LastPass www.lastpass.com which uses AES (advanced encryption security. I believe it to be more secure than those included with browsers.
You've a well arranged configuration, thanks for sharing it with us!:)
 
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Your config is correct security-wise but weak against potential disasters due to non-use of a backup system.

Win10 integrate a decent backup solution , you can find it in Control Panel (Backup for Win7), and there follow the wizard to create a system image.

Or

Follow the advices above concerning backup solutions.
 

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Bitdefender should be sufficient to your system, if you are worried on going many websites then add a virtualization like Sandboxie.

It isolates your browser so any changes will be undo when you clear the sandbox.
 

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Thanks for the advice. But I'm planning to replace my Bitdefender due to it heavy resource usage. Looking at Webroot or ESET, whichever more affordable.
 

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I think maybe you can continue to use Bitdefender for a few days and see whether the "Photon" technology of Bitdefender could decrease the resource usage.

Regarding Webroot and ESET, in my opinion, any of them is worth to buy.
I think maybe you can try them first before you make your decision to pay for them, because many antivirus programs have problems on particular systems. For example, I remember that @hjlbx once said that Webroot was not compatible with his AMD CPU.
ESET provides 30-days trial, while Webroot has 14-days trial.

I think you can also give Norton a try.
It is really light. I have mentioned in your previous thread that I could only find two processes of Notron in the task manager, each of which only uses 8 ~ 9 MB RAM. Norton on my computer does not slow down anything.
It also has 30-days trial.
 

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I think maybe you can continue to use Bitdefender for a few days and see whether the "Photon" technology of Bitdefender could decrease the resource usage.

Regarding Webroot and ESET, in my opinion, any of them is worth to buy.
I think maybe you can try them first before you make your decision to pay for them, because many antivirus programs have problems on particular systems. For example, I remember that @hjlbx once said that Webroot was not compatible with his AMD CPU.
ESET provides 30-days trial, while Webroot has 14-days trial.

I think you can also give Norton a try.
It is really light. I have mentioned in your previous thread that I could only find two processes of Notron in the task manager, each of which only uses 8 ~ 9 MB RAM. Norton on my computer does not slow down anything.
It also has 30-days trial.

Thanks for the suggestion!
I've been reading through threads and posts in MT, and notice there's tonnes of way to fine tune your security; particularly using non-traditional AV. Right now I'll keep continue using Bitdefender AV and at the same time I'll be testing some softwares on my old laptop.
Anyway definitely I'll get the KeyScrambler / Lastpass Installed later. It's great as I'm a regular online shopper/ banking.
 

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Your config is correct security-wise but weak against potential disasters due to non-use of a backup system.

Win10 integrate a decent backup solution , you can find it in Control Panel (Backup for Win7), and there follow the wizard to create a system image.

Or

Follow the advices above concerning backup solutions.

Hi @Umbra ,

Just want to know is that system restore point? or is it there is another function? I'm concerned on the back-up due to limited storage space to create another image? I only have 128GB SSD and there is no partition (now left 50GB). It is ok if I create back-up image into external drive? what possible complication I would have then?
 
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Hi @Umbra ,

Just want to know is that system restore point? or is it there is another function? I'm concerned on the back-up due to limited storage space to create another image? I only have 128GB SSD and there is no partition (now left 50GB). It is ok if I create back-up image into external drive? what possible complication I would have then?
Using an external HDD to create a back-up image is an excellent option!:) In fact, I hope Santa Claus brings me one (maybe even before Christmas!:p) because I could really use one too!:D
 
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That shouln't be a problem if HDD is your primary storage of system image. As long you have a bootable device to enter for recovery to restore a snapshots.

Just check for sufficient capacity since system image are based on the size you have on system.
 

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Upgraded:
Bitedefender AV to Bitdefender IS 2016


Since I got a free 6 month key to try from MT giveaway thread. Just curious to try how heavy is this software.

On a side track,
Does installing/uninstalling going to burden your SSD lifespan? Heard it somewhere from another forum thread.
So far I heard the best advice from them is NEVER to defrag the SSD. Instead in Windows 10, there is a TRIM functions that does the job.
Due to that, I wonder if regular install/uninstall (specially testing software) would shorten ur SSD lifespan?
 
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Since SSD contains limited lifespan then you don't need to defrag as critically involved reading and writing so goes to installing and uninstalling more often .

Yes TRIM job is design to locked down those unneeded sectors to wipe them internally.
 

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I wish to look for threads or posts that can teach me how to configure the Bitdefender Internet Security Settings. Somehow I couldn't find it in MT. Anyone care to enlighten me?
 
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Removed:
Bitdefender Internet Security 2016
- after the update, BSOD twice Furthermore, resource usage increase alot... I removed it.

Added:
Window Defender
- still think this is the lightest and safest.

Ideas:
Window Defender + Shadow Defender
? Since I got MBAM+ MBAE.
 
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Removed:
Bitdefender Internet Security 2016
- after the update, BSOD twice Furthermore, resource usage increase alot... I removed it.

Added:
Window Defender
- still think this is the lightest and safest.

Ideas:
Window Defender + Shadow Defender
? Since I got MBAM+ MBAE.
Windows Default security on W10 with Shadow Defender will be more then enough protection, and very light. You will find Windows Defender to not only be light, but also free of false positives and compatibility issues. Shadow Defender is an excellent product, one I would recommend to anyone, even though I do not show it in my config, when I need it, I have a lifetime license I can apply to my configuration for added security.
 

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Windows Default security on W10 with Shadow Defender will be more then enough protection, and very light. You will find Windows Defender to not only be light, but also free of false positives and compatibility issues. Shadow Defender is an excellent product, one I would recommend to anyone, even though I do not show it in my config, when I need it, I have a lifetime license I can apply to my configuration for added security.

Thanks! @illumination ,
Actually I tried to scroll through the MT thread for Window Defender with Shadow Defender combo, and sems it is quite complicated especially getting the update part. Also another search frm Shadow Defender's Facbook, it says:-
"Shadow Defender can also use system RAM for its buffer. In this case Windows will essentially be running from RAM, with all the speed and security benefits this entails. Using Shadow Defender with a large RAM buffer will essentially prolong the lifespan of all your shadowed storage devices, as it saves shadowed disks from all daily write hits. All temporary files that Windows creates with each session will be strictly confined in RAM, with none of it hitting your actual disks. No actual disk writes also means no recoverable leftovers after file deletions, perfect for the more paranoid amongst us or for professionals who regularly work with very sensitive projects. This will also dramatically reduce future fragmentation on conventional hard disks and is extremely beneficial to the lifespan of devices with limited IOPS like solid state drives, USB sticks, memory cards etc"

I only have 4GB of RAM. Averagely I'm downloading/uploading 4 - 6GB of documents (pdfs and excels). Would that going to be an issue for me? This includes surfing website as well.
 
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