Advanced Plus Security ErzCrz Security Config 2024

Last updated
May 19, 2023
How it's used?
For home and private use
Operating system
Windows 11
On-device encryption
BitLocker Device Encryption for Windows
Log-in security
    • Biometrics (Windows Hello PIN, TouchID, Face, Iris, Fingerprint)
Security updates
Allow security updates and latest features
Update channels
Allow stable updates only
User Access Control
Always notify
Smart App Control
Off
Network firewall
Enabled
About WiFi router
Sky Router with built-in IPV4/IPv6 Firewall
Real-time security
Comodo Firewall 2025
DefenderUI
CyberLock
Firewall security
Other - Internet Security (3rd-party)
About custom security
CF - CruelSister configuration
DefenderUI - Recommended Config
Cyberlock - ON - Create In/Out Firewall Rules for Unsafe Items. Require Captcha to exit.
Periodic malware scanners
Norton Power Eraser
Malware sample testing
I do not participate in malware testing
Environment for malware testing
N/A
Browser(s) and extensions
Primary: Edge with uBO in Medium Mode
Secondary - Firefox with uBO in Medium Mode
Secure DNS
Provided by ISP Sky Shield though occasionally Cloudflare DNS over HTTP.
Desktop VPN
None. Browsing primarily on home private network.
Password manager
Keepass 2.x
Maintenance tools
Windows built-in Disk Clean-up and Storage Sense.
File and Photo backup
Seagate - Toolkit - Weekly Backup
Subscriptions
    • None
System recovery
AOMEI System Backup Monthly to external drive.
Risk factors
    • Browsing to popular websites
    • Working from home
    • Making audio/video calls
    • Opening email attachments
    • Buying from online stores, entering banks card details
    • Downloading software and files from reputable sites
    • Gaming
    • Streaming audio/video content from trusted sites or paid subscriptions
Computer specs
Notable changes
22.01.2022 - Reverted to Comodo Internet Security setup with Firefox as default browser and Thunberbird email client.
15.05.2022 - Reverted to Hard_Configurator setup following errors after uninstall and PC reset with Edge as default browser for MD integration while also sticking to Thunderbird for email & Updated backup routine.
13.08.2022 - Swapped to built-in backup solution.
12.09.2022 - General update in line with new guidelines.
29.10.2022 - Edge Exploit Tweaks re-implimented
15.11.2022 - Edge Exploit Tweaks removed. Removed OneDrive backups.
18.11.2022 - Firefox now my primary browser & Thunderbird primary email client.
12.12.2022 - updated Dec 2022 changes, backup now manual and onedrive. Experimenting with Comodo Internet Security but not fully committed to it yet.
11.01.2023 - Updated Security Configuration for new laptop and having won Emisoft giveaway.
22.01.2023 - Reverted to MD, ConfigureDefender - High & Enabled CFA, FWHardener, Added NPE to scanner, Edge exploit tweaks.
01.02.2023 - Now using Seagate Toolkit for Backup of Documents and Folders
18.05.2023 - Using H_C Beta and few unticks/ticks of PC use.
24.06.2023 - Back to Emsisoft Anti-Malware Home, Changed Password Manager to KeepassXC
02.09.2023 - Switched from Emsisoft Setup to CF/MD Configuration
20.10.2023 - Switched to Firefox, no longer using VPN for as work now has Azure cloud servers. Temporarily removed custom exploit settings.
01.11.2023 - Back to MD H_C setup
12.12.2023 - Added Anti-Exploit Tweaks and uBO in Hard Mode with noop rules.
20.12.2023 - Removed custom exploit rules as having some Edge freezes. Moved back to Comodo Firewall with Cruelsister Configuration.
21.12.2023 - Firefox now primary browser.
27.12.2023 - Edge changed to Primary Browser
06.01.2024 - Removed WFC, Implemented WFH & CL create firewall rules for not safe items.
08.01.2024 - Re-Added WFC
03.01.2024 - Firefox now primary browser.
21.01.2024 - Changed Primary Browser to Edge
28.01.2024 - Removed WFC and replaced with CF
05.02.2024 - Returned to WFC
28.02.2024 - Adjusted uBO Rules & Added Netcraft & BD:TL extensions
25.03.2024 - Changed to CIS .8012
10.04.2024 - Reverted to MD/DefenderUI/Cyberlock/WFC Config
11.04.2024 - Reverted to MD/DefenderUI/Cyberlock/CF
21.05.2024 - CIS Final Beta, AOMEI System Backup Monthly - Scheduled, Firefox Primary Browser and uBO only for browser extensions.
31.05.2024 - CIS Premium 2025 Released
31.12.2023 - New config for 2024 - MD (DefenderUI), CyberLock,WFC
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18.06.2024 - CF 2025, DefenderUI, CyberLock
27.06.2024 - Swapped KeepassXC to Keepass
Disclaimer we use date format DD/MM/YYYY here in the UK
What I'm looking for?

Looking for minimum feedback.

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ErzCrz,​

What is the status of popular script interpreters in your Comodo setup?
I mean: cmd[.]exe, cscript.exe, mshta.exe, powershell.exe, powershell_ise.exe, wscript.exe.
Oeps forgot that @ErzCrz used Comodo. I have used Comodo Cloud AV and that 'light' version had block rules for suspicious execution of the 'usual suspects' scriptors, so I guess Comodo also protects against scriptors somehow making SWH probably the best option to use.
 

ErzCrz

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ErzCrz,​

What is the status of popular script interpreters in your Comodo setup?
I mean: cmd[.]exe, cscript.exe, mshta.exe, powershell.exe, powershell_ise.exe, wscript.exe.
Just the default for Proactive Configuration for those as Runtime Detection and Autoruns Scan which includes some others as well. I know some people who have an extensive list beyond what's there by default but not something I've played around with. All the files in the Autoruns scan have Embedded Code Detection enabled.
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Andy Ful

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Just the default for Proactive Configuration for those as Runtime Detection and Autoruns Scan which includes some others as well. I know some people who have an extensive list beyond what's there by default but not something I've played around with. All the files in the Autoruns scan have Embedded Code Detection enabled.

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If you run powershell.exe, is it contained in Comodo's sandbox?
 
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Andy Ful

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No, you'd have to set containment rules for that and any changes you did make with powershell wouldn't affect the system. The default setting is just script analysis/detection. Maybe it's something I should look into ;)

So, Comodo can detect scripts by heuristics like most AVs. I am not sure how effective it can be (no tests).
The Comodo Client Security can use advanced heuristics based on AMSI but I am not sure about Comodo AV.

Anyway, Comodo with your settings can be sufficient at home.(y)
 

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Just updating. No real isses for the most part. The Noeval uBO rule has been a little annoying to whitelist but that's only been on the occasional site. CIS updates slow the machine when running and full scans seem to get automatically aborted, maybe I'm not using the machine long enough when that's running.
Still on an old machine that isn't Win 11 compatible, hoping I at some point get around to an upgrade though I may have to go to an older one I have spare as this faster one is starting to fall apart. Time to think about an upgrade at some point soon.
 

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Got the itch to move back to Hard_Configurator update before long. I like CIS but I think the last bug fix was almost a year ago. We'll just see bit but it's a move I'm thinking about doing.
 

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So decided to try going back to MD. Uninstalled CIS and restarted as normal but now MD not working :( I might have a system restore but it's been a couple of weeks sine I did an install.

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When it comes to Comodo, never rely on uninstallation. In my experience, they are the worst at uninstalling. For all AV in general, it's better to create a backup before installing a third party AV.
Anyway, found a restore point from last week, will have a go at that.
Glad to hear that.
 

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So decided to try going back to MD. Uninstalled CIS and restarted as normal but now MD not working :( I might have a system restore but it's been a couple of weeks sine I did an install.

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I'm not really surprised.
When I tried it, Comodo even blocked Windows updates with HIPS enabled (to put it simply, the installation failed)
I had to uninstall it.
I hope they fixed the problem.
 

Kongo

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System restores just sticks at Initializing. I think I need to run SFC scan and see if that does anything.
You might want to check out this tool. Was quite helpful to me in some cases.


It's the same dev who created the Antivirus Removal Tool: Antivirus Removal Tool - The technician friendly tool to detect and completely remove antivirus software.
 

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So System Restore didn't fix the issue or it just kept hanging and I had to repair install to get Windows loading again. I do have an old full backup from years ago but I'd have to figure out what I've added and back that up. Alternatively, do a fresh install but that'll mean finding program discs again and a long download of a game (40gig).

I think Reset this PC might just be the best option and use Open Office or something for Word, Excel etc and Thunderbird for emails. Just doing a backup of my keepass files.
 

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So System Restore didn't fix the issue or it just kept hanging and I had to repair install to get Windows loading again. I do have an old full backup from years ago but I'd have to figure out what I've added and back that up. Alternatively, do a fresh install but that'll mean finding program discs again and a long download of a game (40gig).

I think Reset this PC might just be the best option and use Open Office or something for Word, Excel etc and Thunderbird for emails. Just doing a backup of my keepass files.
System Restore failed on me too many times that I stop trusting it. I disable it to save disk space and ssd TBW. Macrium Reflect is so reliable that I even bought 4 licenses.
 

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So System Restore didn't fix the issue or it just kept hanging and I had to repair install to get Windows loading again. I do have an old full backup from years ago but I'd have to figure out what I've added and back that up. Alternatively, do a fresh install but that'll mean finding program discs again and a long download of a game (40gig).

I think Reset this PC might just be the best option and use Open Office or something for Word, Excel etc and Thunderbird for emails. Just doing a backup of my keepass files.
Why not create a separate partition for games?
 

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Why not create a separate partition for games?
Yeah, I didn't think of that at the time. I do have a second partition on the drive with plenty of space so I'll do that this time around. Just checking if I can move the files over to the 2nd partition for the game to save me spending all weekend downloading it ;)

Not sure I can face this system reset but I better get on with it so I'm not up all night.
 

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It looks like you didn't backup system image every two weeks or month? that's a reason, System restore is bad sometime..
 

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It looks like you didn't backup system image every two weeks or month? that's a reason, System restore is bad sometime..
Yeah, intention was for that to be the case but the exernal drive became a hassle and I've been planning to get a separate drive just dedicated to backups. Anyway, a lesson I needed to learn I think.

OFFLINE for the rest of today but hopefully it won't take long.
 
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