Latest Changes
May 2, 2019
Operating System
  • Windows 10
  • Windows Edition
    System type
    64-bit operating system; x64-based processor
    Security Updates
    Automatic Updates (recommended)
    User Access Control
    Always Notify
    Network Security (Firewall)
    Device Security
  • Windows Defender SmartScreen (Windows 10)
  • User Account
    Sign-in Accounts
    Malware Testing
    I do not participate in downloading malware samples
    Real-time Web & Malware Protection
    Emsisoft Anti-malware (exclusions set)
    Malwarebytes anti-malware (exclusions set)
    OSarmor (exclusions set)
    Sandboxie (custom settings)
    (edit) Keepass
    Virus and Malware Removal Tools
    On-demand only:
    • Hitman pro
    • Zemana anti-malware
    • Norton power eraser
    Browsers and Extensions
    • uBlock origin
    • noScript
    • Disconnect
    • Emsisoft browser extension
    Privacy-focused Apps and Extensions
    uBlock origin
    System Utilities
    hard configurator (no default deny policy)
    sumo (software updater)
    syshardener (no longer used)
    Data Backup
    Cobian backup (files, biweekly, I try to get it to weekly)
    Frequency of Data backups
    System Backup
    Macrium reflect free (system, after large system change or after 2-3 month after last full system back-up)
    Frequency of System backups
    Computer Activity
  • PC Gaming
  • Online banking
  • Browsing web and email
  • Watch movies and other entertainment content on the Internet
  • Office and work related tasks
  • Programming
  • 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 29
    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.