Evjl's Rain's security config

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Home
Primary sign-in
Primary user
Security updates
Off
Windows UAC
Off - never notify
Real-time protection
Avast Premier (HM aggressive), Voodooshield Pro, Shadow Defender
Software firewall
Provided by a third-party security vendor. Refer to 'Real-time protection' for details.
Malware testing
Periodic security scanners
Zemana portable, herdProtect, Emsisoft EK, VirusTotal Uploader, Hitman Pro
Browsers, Search and Addons
Google Chrome x64, uBlock Origin, Avira Browser Safety, Popup Blocker (strict), Checker Plus for Gmail™, h264ify, Violentmoney, VTchromizer, uBlock Origin Extra, GIFUR
Maintenance and Cleaning
CCleaner (CCenhancer-ed), Privazer, DiskMax, Spybot Anti-beacon, O&O ShutUp, Everything
Personal Files & Photos backup
Windows built-in
Personal backup routine
Device recovery & backup
Norton Ghost (Hirenboot CD)
Device backup routine
Computer specs
https://malwaretips.com/threads/rains-laptop.61841/

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Added: avast free

Removed:
- KIS 2017 - temporary
- HMP.A - conflicted with a game, unable to run without any notification, even added to exclusion -> uninstalled -> the game was able to run
Which game Rain ?
I am curious as I have a vast library of games and want to avoid any issues, so far I haven't had any.
 

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Removed:
- crystal security: bugs, countless popups after installing itunes although I whitelisted all those. Sorry Kardo. I have to move on

Added:
- Voodooshield: will receive a 2-year license soon
- Privacy Badger
- HTTPS everywhere
You will enjoy VS, Dan is a very attentive dev so any issues are quickly dealt with, and he is an amazing friend.
 

Evjl's Rain

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Added:
- Avast Internet Security with AV + web shield + firewall + secureDNS + sandbox
- Updated OS to the latest version

Removed:
- Kaspersky IS 2017
- Disable Windows System Protection/System restore: unable to fix it after an hour of googling and appling fixing tools :(
- Windows Defender: high CPU, RAM & disk usage, slowed down general performance
 
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Removed avast firewall + sandbox + secureDNS -> now avast IS = free without ads
I confirmed avast firewall caused problems with Voodooshield that VoodooAi took years to process a file. After removing firewall, it is x100 faster
 

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@Evjl's Rain, Avast! without ads + Voodooshield is (imho) quite the secure combination.:) At an earlier time (..and on the same Acer lap top I type from now) I'd installed Avast! Premier, and likewise omitted it's firewall. There are times when less is preferable as you've illustrated here. Thank you for sharing this winning example with all of us!:D
 

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Added:
- Windows Firewall - forgot to mentioned
- (Right Click) Allow, Block or Remove - Windows Firewall
- Avira Browser Safety
- Switched to Microsoft account (don't really like it): fixed the problem not being able to change default browser in W10 PC settings

Removed:
- BitDefender TrafficLight -> resource hog, too much CPU usage (x2-3 compared to avira), same in firefox
- Privacy Badger: same as above
- HTTPS everywhere: slowed down browsing speed, RAM hog
 
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Added:
- Slimjet browser x64 portable - ramdrive caching
- canvas defender
- animation policy (by Google)
- Popup blocker (strict)
- sumatraPDF
- herdProtect

Removed:
- Stealth mode (by Adguard) -> not so useful, a bit high CPU usage
- (Right Click) Allow, Block or Remove - Windows Firewall -> some bugs
- Zemana antilogger -> bugs still persists
- Emsisoft Internet Security -> too high ram usage, PC froze for a minute after booting
- Poper blocker
- Coc Coc browser
 

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Hi Evjl's Rain.
My own Acer lap top has begun dragging for more than a few seconds during startups too!:confused: I've since disabled some startup programs, Zemana among them, so it's either not quite as sluggish anymore, or I might just be fooling myself!:rolleyes::p Our installed Emsisoft I.S. now has less than 2 months remaining, but it's eye openingo_O to read here that these slow-ish startups have not only been me!

Slimjet has long been my favorite Chromium Browser (currently installed on our linux systems). Maybe it's time to get it back as a portable Windows version too.:p

Since you use O & O Shut up, and privacy is a great concern, you might consider turning Microsoft account to a "local" one as others (staff here) have illustrated it effects more personal privacy protection.

To do this, follow these steps:
  1. Click on the Windows symbol
  2. Find, & <click> on your own Windows avatar (picture)
  3. Choose "Change Account Settings"
  4. Below your name/picture you may choose "Sign in with local account instead"
Thank you for sharing your configuration, experiences, ..and inspiration to improve performance with us!:cool:
 

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Hi Evjl's Rain.
My own Acer lap top has begun dragging for more than a few seconds during startups too!:confused: I've since disabled some startup programs, Zemana among them, so it's either not quite as sluggish anymore, or I might just be fooling myself!:rolleyes::p Our installed Emsisoft I.S. now has less than 2 months remaining, but it's eye openingo_O to read here that these slow-ish startups have not only been me!

Slimjet has long been my favorite Chromium Browser (currently installed on our linux systems). Maybe it's time to get it back as a portable Windows version too.:p

Since you use O & O Shut up, and privacy is a great concern, you might consider turning Microsoft account to a "local" one as others (staff here) have illustrated it effects more personal privacy protection.

To do this, follow these steps:
  1. Click on the Windows symbol
  2. Find, & <click> on your own Windows avatar (picture)
  3. Choose "Change Account Settings"
  4. Below your name/picture you may choose "Sign in with local account instead"
Thank you for sharing your configuration, experiences, ..and inspiration to improve performance with us!:cool:
thank you for your comment :D
I love using local account but I experienced a problem that I couldn't change my default apps (browser, media players...) via w10 settings. Some apps don't show themselves in control panel so I cannot make them default. This forced me to use microsoft account which I don't want to. This is the only option since if I change it back to local, the problem appears again
 

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Evjl's Rain, this sounded like a mystery I wanted to see myself (..although this tired cat really wanted, instead, to get warm & curl up to sleep!).:p
So, (obsessed as I was)o_O I looked under "Set Default Programs", and found just 1 of the 2 non-Microsoft Browsers I have installed, Vivaldi, located under programs. The other, Cyberfox, which is the browser I am typing from now, neither shows up nor is revealed when typed in the upper right "search control panel" corner.:confused: I'll mention here that I have no browser set as default, and Edge is what responds to searches on the Cortana line.:)
When I went in another way, under "Set Program Access and Computer Defaults" instead, I saw that under "Choose a configuration" o Microsoft windows, o Non Microsoft, & only the circle beside o*Custom was darkened.
Beneath "Choose a default browser" another circle darkened indicates o*Use my current browser (below is a line for Cyberfox, and another for Explorer. Neither of their circles were selected, but only the box to the right of Explorer, "Enable access to this program" was actually checked.
I'm guessing that maybe the reason I didn't see "Cyberfox" listed under "Set Default Programs" was because "Enable access..." was unchecked, ..but who knows?:oops:

I'd decided to <click> "Cancel" because :eek: I was just not certain what I might mess up!:rolleyes:

The moral of this long winded narrative is 2 fold:
  1. There are lots of nooks & crannies within Windows many of us have yet to explore even in the old familiar "Control Panel"!:cool: and...
  2. If the Microsoft Account is what you need for things to work correctly, by all means enjoy your Windows 10 Microsoft account!;)
  • ..and Thank God "It" works!:D
 

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Added:
- Avast Premier (got a free license from someone)
- Chrome x64

Removed:
- Slimjet x64: caused problems with facebook messenger, unable to use microphone' couldn't find the culprit after 45 minutes
- canvas defender
- animation policy
 
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