Recent changes
May 2, 2019
Windows Edition
account
Account permissions
Standard account
Security updates
Automatically allow security and feature updates
Windows UAC
Always notify
Malware samples
No - Malware samples are not purposely downloaded
Real-time Malware protection
Emsisoft Anti-malware (exclusions set)
Malwarebytes anti-malware (exclusions set)
OSarmor (exclusions set)
Sandboxie (custom settings)
(edit) Keepass
Firewall protection
Periodic scanners
On-demand only:
  • Hitman pro
  • Zemana anti-malware
  • Norton power eraser
VPN and Privacy
uBlock origin
Browser(s) and Add-ons
  • uBlock origin
  • noScript
  • Disconnect
  • Emsisoft browser extension
Maintenance tools
hard configurator (no default deny policy)
sumo (software updater)
syshardener (no longer used)
Photos and Files backup
Cobian backup (files, biweekly, I try to get it to weekly)
File backup schedule
Manually managed on a weekly basis
Backup and rollback
Macrium reflect free (system, after large system change or after 2-3 month after last full system back-up)
Backup schedule
Manually managed on a monthly basis
Activity usage
  1. Computer games
  2. Financial and sensitive documents
  3. Generic web browsing
  4. Streaming audio and video content from the Internet
  5. Working from home

Computer hardware
HP Envy 15-AE046ND (laptop)
i7-5500U 2.4GHz (2 real cores, hyperthreading makes it 4 virtual cores)
12 GB RAM 1600MHz
1 SSD, 235 GB
1 HDD, 909 GB


Level 1
The security set-up of my laptop. I mainly use it for university work, mostly programming. In my time off I use it for some gaming, which don't run too fast.

For the firewall I use Window firewall control with a default deny policy.
Both EAM and MBAM have exclusion set to prevent them from clashing. As EAM was previously a companion AV and MBAM still is I am not expecting any problems with them interacting. At the moment I am considering the removal of MBAM as it's contribution on my setup seems limited.
I regularly set the firewall to block all and disable MBAM to get a bit more performance but it doesn't help as much as I'd hoped.

To my surprise, this setup passed the atelier firewall test I ran on it. Of all programs it was mostly sandboxie that was the first to intercept.

I curious to what advise the MalwareTips community may have for me.
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Level 38
Content Creator
You also could use fewer extensions.
NoScript and Disconnect are not needed with uBlock Origin in medium mode:
So I would suggest to only use uBlock Origin (ad, iframes and script blocking) and Emsisoft (phishing and malware blocking)


Level 33
My advice:
- Drop MBAM to free on demand scanner
- Keep Emsisoft Anti-Malware
- You can lose NoScript & Disconnect for your browser extensions

Everything else is covered, thanks for sharing.