Latest Changes
Jul 14, 2019
Operating System
  • Windows 7 SP1
  • Windows Edition
    Home
    Version or Build no.
    7601
    System type
    64-bit operating system; x64-based processor
    Security Updates
    Automatic Updates (recommended)
    User Access Control
    Always Notify
    Network Security (Firewall)
    3rd-party Firewall app by a trusted vendor
    Device Security
  • Not available (Previous versions of Windows)
  • User Account
    Administrator
    Sign-in Accounts
    None
    Sign-in Options
  • No device login security
  • Malware Testing
    I participate by downloading malware samples into an isolated VM environment
    Real-time Web & Malware Protection
    ESET Internet Security + AppGuard
    RTP - Custom security settings
  • Major changes for Increased security
  • RTP - Details of Custom security settings
    Custom Firewall Rules
    Virus and Malware Removal Tools
    Not Required
    Browsers and Extensions
    Brave with Bitdefender Trafficlight
    Privacy-focused Apps and Extensions
    F-Secure Freedome VPN
    Password Managers
  • Brain.exe
  • Web Search
  • DuckDuckGo
  • System Utilities
    CCleaner Portable
    Data Backup
    External HDD
    Frequency of Data backups
    Daily
    System Backup
    Windows Backup & Restore
    Frequency of System backups
    Rarely
    Computer Activity
  • PC Gaming
  • Browsing web and email
  • Watch movies and other entertainment content on the Internet
  • Computer Specifications
    i5 7600K
    ASRock Z270 Taichi
    16GB Ram
    Galax GTX 1070 Ti
    1TB SSD

    Lightning_Brian

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    @devjit2018 Good configuration there!

    As @oldschool has mentioned I'd probably look at using Hard_Configurator as it is quite nice.

    I do not have much to add for your configuration. Perhaps using HTTPS Everywhere would be a good addition! Overall, I think you have a nice setup.

    EEK would be a good addition to your second opinion scanners. Its free too! Link: Emsisoft | Emergency Kit: Free Portable Malware Scan and Removal

    I think EEK would be better than AdwCleaner at this point of time.

    CCleaner had some security issues in the past so I gave up on it. If you still use it I would personally use the portable edition only due to the past security nightmare that happened a while back. Otherwise, I would look at different alternatives. CCleaner is a nifty tool though. I think you would like the portable version as it is is the same as the installed version just in a portable format. Keep it on a thumb drive or somethin'. :)

    Please keep in mind that end of support for Windows 7 is coming up quite soon. There is still a way to get your computer upgraded to Windows 10 with a matching version for free, but you have to do so with the latest version of Windows 10 1809 (for the build). This is widely known and posted about. I would look into seeing if your computer is compatible (driver wise) with Windows 10. Microsoft ended mainstream support for Windows 7 on January 13, 2015, but extended support won't end until January 14, 2020. You have a little over a year (366 days) from today to make the jump before things may get a little muddy. I know it is something you wish not to do, but it is best to plan for the future and know if something will work or not. :) (y)(y)

    ~Brian
     

    devjit2018

    Level 12
    Verified
    Malware Tester
    Have you considered Hard_Configurator as it has W7 profiles. Perfect for W7! (y)
    I used H_C in the past but sometimes it prevents the execution of some games so I didn't opt for SRP in my gaming rig. Instead I use ESET HIPS as anti executable and rely on sandboxie/Shadow defender for virtualization(if I need to test some unknown executables).
     

    devjit2018

    Level 12
    Verified
    Malware Tester
    @devjit2018 Good configuration there!

    As @oldschool has mentioned I'd probably look at using Hard_Configurator as it is quite nice.

    I do not have much to add for your configuration. Perhaps using HTTPS Everywhere would be a good addition! Overall, I think you have a nice setup.

    EEK would be a good addition to your second opinion scanners. Its free too! Link: Emsisoft | Emergency Kit: Free Portable Malware Scan and Removal

    I think EEK would be better than AdwCleaner at this point of time.

    CCleaner had some security issues in the past so I gave up on it. If you still use it I would personally use the portable edition only due to the past security nightmare that happened a while back. Otherwise, I would look at different alternatives. CCleaner is a nifty tool though. I think you would like the portable version as it is is the same as the installed version just in a portable format. Keep it on a thumb drive or somethin'. :)

    Please keep in mind that end of support for Windows 7 is coming up quite soon. There is still a way to get your computer upgraded to Windows 10 with a matching version for free, but you have to do so with the latest version of Windows 10 1809 (for the build). This is widely known and posted about. I would look into seeing if your computer is compatible (driver wise) with Windows 10. Microsoft ended mainstream support for Windows 7 on January 13, 2015, but extended support won't end until January 14, 2020. You have a little over a year (366 days) from today to make the jump before things may get a little muddy. I know it is something you wish not to do, but it is best to plan for the future and know if something will work or not. :) (y)(y)

    ~Brian
    You're right. There's no need for adwcleaner. In fact I don't even need HitmanPro. I just keep it for peace of mind and run a scan weekly, it never finds anything. I'll add EEK to my external HDD and add Zemana portable too once version 3 is released.

    Nowadays most of the sites use HTTPS by default so I didn't consider httpseverywhere. I use Brave without any extentions but with the inbuilt adblocker supplemented by AdGuard and the built in script blocker.

    CCleaner portable is a good suggestion but I have blocked CCleaner in my firewall. So I should be safe right?
     

    Lightning_Brian

    Level 13
    Verified
    Content Creator
    @devjit2018 ,

    Glad to hear you'll use EEK. You could use Zemana Portable right now if you wanted v2 is pretty good. v3 will be amazing once it is out.

    HTTPS Ever where has its place giving various web browsers one will use. I see your point though. AdGuard is quite powerful and once anyone makes some tweaks the security of it goes up (so as long as it is stable for you).

    CCleaner portable should be used. I have lack of trust (trust is broken) now in CCleaner after the big mishap. Blocking it on the firewall is ok. I would still go for the portable version as it is the same as it is installed - just not physically on your computer.

    Keep us posted on any changes there @devjit2018 !

    ~Brian
     

    Kuonirath

    Level 1
    @devjit2018 tell me you do not have any conflict between eset and spyshelter? I ask because I would like to use nod32 and ssfw but both programs have hips and I do not know if this will not cause any conflict
     
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    devjit2018

    Level 12
    Verified
    Malware Tester
    @devjit2018 tell me you do not have any conflict between eset and spyshelter? I ask because I would like to use nod32 and ssfw but both programs have hips and I do not know if this will not cause any conflict
    Yes apparently I thought that they don't have any conflicts but internally they do. If you have both SS and ESET, ESET GUI becomes sluggish when you try to open or change any settings. ESET Banking Protection does not seem to work(the browser is not sandboxed). Another strange problem I noticed that whenever I would start typing, the first letter would not be registered. Sandboxie also seems to have problem with ESET when launching Chrome(it does not open in sandboxie and throws error). My guess is that ESET Banking Protection seems to have a conflict. So I uninstalled Sandboxie and SpyShelter and added Shadow Defender(on demand). The softwares which coexist peacefully with ESET are AdGuard, OSArmor, Shadow Defender, AppGuard.
     
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    devjit2018

    Level 12
    Verified
    Malware Tester
    @devjit2018 tell me you do not have any conflict between eset and spyshelter? I ask because I would like to use nod32 and ssfw but both programs have hips and I do not know if this will not cause any conflict
    If you have SS Firewall, I would advise you not to go with ESET. Instead go for Kaspersky if you want a paid suite or go with Avast if you want a free AV.
     
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    Threadripper

    Level 6
    ESET and AppGuard damn, that's a fortress. Personally I wouldn't use CCleaner and would use something like Bleachbit but that's just my love for FOSS and staying as far away from Avast and their telemetry as possible. Mind PMing me those ESET rules?
     
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