Advanced Plus Security Deletedmessiah's 2021 configuration

Last updated
Jan 1, 2021
How it's used?
For home and private use
Operating system
Windows 10
On-device encryption
Log-in security
Security updates
Allow security updates
User Access Control
Notify me only when programs try to make changes to my computer
Smart App Control
Network firewall
Real-time security
F-Secure Safe
Symantec Endpoint(Firewall only)
Simple Windows Hardening
Firewall security
About custom security
I didn't install F-secure browser extensions but the rest is default settings.
Periodic malware scanners
Emsisoft Emergency kit, Hitman pro, Norton Power eraser
Malware sample testing
I do not participate in malware testing
Browser(s) and extensions
Browsers: Edge and Firefox
Extensions: Ublock origin, Dark reader, Enhancer for youtube, Bitwarden, Tampermonkey, IDM extension
Secure DNS
Quad9
Desktop VPN
None
Password manager
Bitwarden
Maintenance tools
Ccleaner(barely used nowadays), Hibit uninstaller
File and Photo backup
Manually to external hard drive and gdrive
System recovery
Macrium Reflect
Risk factors
    • Browsing to popular websites
    • Opening email attachments
    • Logging into my bank account
    • Downloading software and files from reputable sites
    • Sharing and receiving files and torrents
    • Streaming audio/video content from trusted sites or paid subscriptions
    • Streaming audio/video content from shady sites
Computer specs
Dell Inspiron 15 Laptop
Intel core i5 8250U
8GB Ram
1TB HDD, 120GB SSD
What I'm looking for?

Looking for medium feedback.

silversurfer

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I cannot find on your config, you may already using any highly recommended tools from Windows Sysinternals:

 

Gandalf_The_Grey

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I cannot find on your config, you may already using any highly recommended tools from Windows Sysinternals:

I see that you are recommending these tools every time now.
While I understand and use Autoruns I don't know what to use Process Explorer for.
Is there a tuturial somewhere or can you give some examples for how it is used?
 

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While I understand and use Autoruns I don't know what to use Process Explorer for.
Is there a tuturial somewhere or can you give some examples for how it is used?

For me personally, one of the most important setting below, but must be enabled manually...

Verifying Application Identity

One really useful option that we’re surprised isn’t enabled by default is found at Options -> Verify Image Signatures.

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This option will check the digital signature for each executable file in the list, which is an invaluable troubleshooting tool when you are looking at some suspicious application that is running in the list.

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The vast majority of reputable software should be digitally signed at this point. If something isn’t, you should look very carefully at whether you should be using it.
 

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This article will be useful (y)
Here is another article from the same source, explained more details of Autoruns:


Also both ProcessExplorer and Autoruns provide this feature. Same like scanning all with Virustotal but sadly this is currently broken for most processes - at least for me.
Same here, VT lookup is broken for the most of processes, weird as it was recently fixed for a few days been worked properly.
 

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Thanks for confirm this. So it's not my setup :D

Maybe the problem is not on Virustotal side but with the tools like new / invalid used API?
If someone use Twitter, this may be a good place to send Microsoft this as bug info.
VT lookup is working for me when running both programs as admin 🤔
 

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VT lookup is working for me when running both programs as admin 🤔
Just tried once more here... Confirmed all works fine now on both Autoruns and Process-Explorer 👍

But before it was really broken, I haven't taken any screenshot as it's useless to show the UI is partially in German ;)
 

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