ConfigureDefender utility for Windows 10

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Just saying, malware testing shouldn't be done in any virtual system. You will never get fully legit result because of various factors like malware recognizing the environment and acting differently, etc...
Buy a cheap computer, or test on another system drive.
 

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This issue with ShadowDefender should be solved by leaving the ShadowMode, setting WD with ConfigureDefender, checking/correcting the settings in WD Security Center, restarting the computer, and entering the ShadowMode again.(y)
This seems quite a hassle. I'll see what I can do.
 
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Just saying, malware testing shouldn't be done in any virtual system. You will never get fully legit result because of various factors like malware recognizing the environment and acting differently, etc...
This is true but most of the samples tested in the hub here are not environment aware so this is not a huge issue. The hub tests give user a basic idea of how effective a product might be against relatively new samples. For absolute professional grade testing there are other sources out there.
 

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I'm amazed by MS duality... they dismiss the issue saying it need admin rights but at same time when everyone install Windows, the default account is the admin one...and few will know or even create SUA.
99% of the windows users I know, just use Admin account for daily use and the few who use SUA is because they setup it for family members, not for security purposes...
 

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I always get more paranoid about security this time of year. Currently running H_C on Recommended settings with ConfigureDefender set to High Protection Level and H_C recommended FirewallHardening rules only enabled (should I be using the others as well?). I'm thinking of maybe moving ConfigureDefender up to Max Settings but is that necessary? Any advice if I do swap over to Max?

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I always get more paranoid about security this time of year. Currently running H_C on Recommended settings with ConfigureDefender set to High Protection Level and H_C recommended FirewallHardening rules only enabled (should I be using the others as well?). I'm thinking of maybe moving ConfigureDefender up to Max Settings but is that necessary? Any advice if I do swap over to Max?

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Erz
You have already very strong and restrictive protection. Please, try to live with it for a couple of weeks to see if it is not too restrictive for you. Look from time to time at H_C, ConfigureDefender, and FirewallHardening Logs to see if something was blocked. Some software updates may be blocked with this default-deny setup.
After that, you can think about changing ConfigureDefender or FirewallHardening settings, or add some H_C advanced settings. But, this is not recommended, except when you use not updated Windows or vulnerable/unpatched software.
Please let me know if you will encounter problems with default-deny setup.
 

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You have already very strong and restrictive protection. Please, try to live with it for a couple of weeks to see if it is not too restrictive for you. Look from time to time at H_C, ConfigureDefender, and FirewallHardening Logs to see if something was blocked. Some software updates may be blocked with this default-deny setup.
After that, you can think about changing ConfigureDefender or FirewallHardening settings, or add some H_C advanced settings. But, this is not recommended, except when you use not updated Windows or vulnerable/unpatched software.
Please let me know if you will encounter problems with default-deny setup.

Thanks @Andy Ful :D I think I just needed reassurance what I'm currently using is sufficient to protect me. I've had it for a number of weeks and so far no issues with anything being blocked.

Cheers,

Erz
 

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please excuse me if im missing it on the configure utility but anyway to have windows defender check for updates more then the default selected? anyway for the application to check for updates every 1 hours? I'm currently using F secure but set windows defender up on family computers with the utility. just wondering if I can set WD up to updates it's signatures more.
 

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please excuse me if im missing it on the configure utility but anyway to have windows defender check for updates more then the default selected? anyway for the application to check for updates every 1 hours? I'm currently using F secure but set windows defender up on family computers with the utility. just wondering if I can set WD up to updates it's signatures more.
You can via powershell > Set MpPreference but you don't really need to. WD's main protection comes from cloud lookup, which is more up to date than local sigs. I wouldn't bother.

If you insist, then look here Set-MpPreference
 
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