Latest changes
May 2, 2019
Windows Edition
System type
64-bit operating system; x64-based processor
Update and Security
Allow all automatic updates
User Access Control
Always notify
Firewall and Network protection
User permissions
Standard account
User account
Malware exposure
No malware samples are downloaded
Real-time Malware protection
Emsisoft Anti-malware (exclusions set)
Malwarebytes anti-malware (exclusions set)
OSarmor (exclusions set)
Sandboxie (custom settings)
(edit) Keepass
Periodic scanners
On-demand only:
  • Hitman pro
  • Zemana anti-malware
  • Norton power eraser
Browser and Extensions
  • uBlock origin
  • noScript
  • Disconnect
  • Emsisoft browser extension
Privacy tools and VPN
uBlock origin
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
Once or multiple times per week
Backup and Restore
Macrium reflect free (system, after large system change or after 2-3 month after last full system back-up)
Backup schedule
Once or more per month
Computer Activity
  • Playing computer games
  • Online banking
  • Browsing the web and checking emails
  • Streaming movies, TV shows and music from the Internet
  • Office and other work-related software (Work from Home)
  • Learning computer languages or creating apps
  • Computer Specifications
    HP Envy 15-AE046ND (laptop)
    i7-5500U 2.4GHz (2 real cores, hyperthreading makes it 4 virtual cores)
    12 GB RAM 1600MHz
    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M
    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 32
    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.