Advanced Plus Security Dark Knights Desktop Config 2023

Last updated
Apr 15, 2024
How it's used?
For home and private use
Operating system
Windows 10
On-device encryption
Log-in security
    • Biometrics (Windows Hello PIN, TouchID, Face, Iris, Fingerprint)
Security updates
Check for updates and Notify
Update channels
Allow stable updates only
User Access Control
Always notify
Smart App Control
N/A - Linux / Mac / Other operating system
Network firewall
About WiFi router
ISP Supplied fiber optic router combined with my Asus RT-AC68U Wifi Router
Real-time security
Trend Micro Maximum Security
Adguard (Lifetime)
Firewall security
Microsoft Defender Firewall
About custom security
Hard_Configurator - Recommended Settings
WindowsFirewallHardening - H_C Recommended
UAC - Always notify
Periodic malware scanners
Malware sample testing
I do not participate in malware testing
Environment for malware testing
Browser(s) and extensions
Firefox (Hardened)
Adguard Adblocker Extension
Ghostery Extension
UBlock Origin
Secure DNS
DNS Over HTTPS at all times
Desktop VPN
VPN Unlimited (Keepsecure)
Password manager
Maintenance tools
Glary Utilities
Self written batch program to clean areas the software doesn't get
File and Photo backup
Macrium Reflect Home 8
    • None
System recovery
One Clean Install Backup with telemetry changes and modifications already made
Weekly Full System Backups
Backed up to:
External Drives : One drive connected to the system , one drive disconnected kept in a fireproof box .(main)
Cloud Based (for redundancy)
Risk factors
    • Browsing to popular websites
    • Working from home
    • Opening email attachments
    • Buying from online stores, entering banks card details
    • Downloading software and files from reputable sites
Computer specs
  • OS: Windows 10 Pro 22H2 build 19045.4353
  • Computer type: PC/Desktop
  • Manufacturer/Model: self built Non OEM
  • CPU: Intel i5-6500 3.5 Ghz quad core
  • Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-170-HD3
  • Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB
  • Display Monitor: Samsung Curved 23" Screen Resolution 1920x1080
  • Hard Drives: 8 Drives total: One 1TB M.2 SSD (for OS) Three internal Seagate Barracuda 1TB HDD's , 4 Western Digital External removable drives , 3 @ 1TB each and 1 8TB
  • Browser:Firefox
  • Antivirus: Bitdefender
Notable changes
29.11.23 Added Fast Forward Firefox Browser Extension
3.4.24 Switched to Trend Micro Maximum Security (Bitdefender subscription ran out , wasn't enthusiastic about paying twice what I paid for the original subscription)
What I'm looking for?

Looking for maximum feedback.

Dark Knight

Level 5
Thread author
Aug 17, 2013
3 April , switched to Trend Micro Maximum Security , not overly excited about it ( a lot of popup notifications) but it will do for now. My Bitdefender subscription ran out and I wasn't real keen on paying twice what I paid for the original subscription to keep it.

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