Latest Changes
Jul 28, 2019
Operating System
  • Windows 8.1
  • Windows Edition
    Pro
    Version or Build no.
    9600
    System type
    64-bit operating system; x64-based processor
    Security Updates
    Manual Updates - User intervention required
    User Access Control
    No Dim Desktop
    Network Security (Firewall)
    Windows Defender Firewall
    Device Security
  • Windows Defender SmartScreen (Windows 10)
  • User Account
    Administrator
    Sign-in Accounts
    None
    Malware Testing
    I participate by downloading malware samples into an isolated VM environment
    Real-time Web & Malware Protection
    WiseVector StopX + Syshardener (checked almost everything)

    Extra: Windows smartscreen, RunBySmartscreen, blocked inbound connections for most used apps, Bandizip adding zone.identifier for archives
    RTP - Custom security settings
  • Major changes for Better performance
  • RTP - Details of Custom security settings
    Syshardener:
    Virus and Malware Removal Tools
    Zemana Portable
    Norton Power Eraser
    HitmanPro
    Emsisoft Emergency Kit
    ESET Online Scanner (rarely used, only for PUPs, super time-consuming)
    Browsers and Extensions
    Chromium portable (Woolyss, full options)
    Extensions: ublock origin, Windows Defender Browser Protection, Bitdefender Trafficlight, Checker Plus for Gmail, Google Translate, h264ify, Enhancer for Youtube
    Privacy-focused Apps and Extensions
    ublock origin custom filters
    Password Managers
  • Browser's default password manager
  • Web Search
  • Google, Duckduckgo
  • System Utilities
    CCleaner (enhanced), Wise Disk/Registry cleaners, HDCleaner, Dism++, Everything, Firewall App Blocker, Softperfect RAMdisk, Windscribe, SumatraPDF, Notepad++, Sandboxie, Bandizip,...
    Data Backup
    Google Drive, Google Photos, Dropbox, MEGA
    Frequency of Data backups
    Monthly
    System Backup
    Macrium Reflect
    Frequency of System backups
    Occasionally
    Computer Activity
  • Browsing web and email
  • Watch movies and other entertainment content on the Internet
  • Malware testing
  • Computer Specifications
    i7-3630QM, 8GB RAM, GT650M, SSD Crucial 240GB

    Evjl's Rain

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    Hi, everybody
    This is my 2019 configuration
    My laptop is really old and I only use it for basic tasks so no dangerous actions anymore

    I fully focus on performance and usability. I cherry-picked softwares which use the least amount of CPU, RAM and disk storage/activity as much as possible to extend the lifespan of the machine
    Avast is my top choice because it is almost the only AV which fits my requirements
    Other AVs tend to cause a lot of read/write to the disk or they are not free or they have something I can't cope with

    I also tweaked my windows to reduce resource consumption to minimum level but still keep basic usability

    Windows 8.1 v9600 is million times faster than Windows 10 (from version 1507 to the latest 1809) on my laptop
    Windows 10 v1511 is the most stable and the fastest/smoothest version of all but it's still not comparable to W8.1 in terms of smoothness and stability
    W7 doesn't have smartscreen so I don't use it
     

    Back3

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    For browser protection, you have both Windows Defender Browser Protection,and Emsisoft Browser Security . I only have Emsisoft .I don't use Chromium but Chrome. With the protection already included in Chrome, would it be too much to add Windows Defender Browser protection? Any significant gains by doing that? Windows Defender is my antivirus on Windows 10.
    Thanks
     

    Evjl's Rain

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    The only "cons" would be UAC -> " No Dim Desktop"... and browser's default PassWord Manager...

    Thanks for sharing :giggle:
    hello, I'm fine. sorry, I fixed it
    For browser protection, you have both Windows Defender Browser Protection,and Emsisoft Browser Security . I only have Emsisoft .I don't use Chromium but Chrome. With the protection already included in Chrome, would it be too much to add Windows Defender Browser protection? Any significant gains by doing that? Windows Defender is my antivirus on Windows 10.
    Thanks
    chrome and chromium are basically the same but chromium doesn't have a few privacy-related module that google packed into chrome. Chromium also doesn't have software_reporter_tool.exe (occasionally causes high CPU and disk usage)
    about the extensions, windows defender and WD browser protection are entirely different products. They have different databases
    about emsisoft, I'm really questioning its effectiveness because during several months of using emsisoft browser protection, it has blocked very very few malicious links while WDBP blocked a lot a lot more, besides google safe browsing
    WDBP and emsisoft are extremely lightweight and almost consume no resource + they don't conflict. It's definitely helpful to use both
    I have seen lots of links missed by A but blocked by B and the other way around. Since they have no impact, I see no problem using them both
    I don't care about vulnerability and privacy hypes people are talking about having many extensions
     

    Evjl's Rain

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    Added:
    - WiseVector StopX: very very light, great signatures. Feels like a portable AV (it does)
    - Bitdefender Trafficlight
    - Dism++: for cleaning WinSxS folder
    - Macrium Reflect (bootable)

    Removed:
    - Avast: nothing against it. ViseVector is just a lighter, writes much less data to disk -> better SSD longevity. Avast is still better overall
    - Emsisoft Browser Security: ineffective, never blocked anything
    - Violentmonkey: doesn't need it anymore
     
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    Evjl's Rain

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    I mean if You keep all these settings enabled:
    Those ones are because I have WV SX as on demand scanner + KTS2021beta.
    yes, I keep everything enabled because WV is now my main AV
    ps: you can convert WV into a portable scanner by copying the whole folder to another location and uninstall WV using an uninstaller. It's fully functional
     

    Evjl's Rain

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    Although I don't use Kaspersky 2020 because I can't install it, I want to update my tweaks for Kaspersky Security cloud free 2020 for maximum performance without reducing security

    Basic tweaks - should do
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    Additional tweak for faster reading -> creates caches
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    Another tweak to ignore scanning of browser caches
    Open Threats and Exclusions -> Manage Exclusion -> add your browser's cache folders to Kaspersky
    you have to find cache folders yourself because the locations are changed in different computers

    for chrome: cache, GPUcache, Media cache, code cache