Latest changes
Aug 12, 2020
Daily driver
My Primary device
Operating system
Windows 10 Pro
OS version
Version 20H2 Build 19042.450
System type
64-bit operating system; x64-based processor
Security updates
Automatically allow security and feature updates
Windows UAC
Always notify
Firewall protection
Microsoft Defender Firewall
Account privileges
Administrator account
Account type
Sign in with associated Microsoft ID
Account log-in
  • Windows Hello Fingerprint
  • Windows Hello PIN
  • Exposure to malware
    No malware samples are downloaded
    Real-time Malware protection
    Microsoft Defender Antivirus
    Simple Windows Hardening 1.0.0.2
    SpywareBlaster 5.7 Private Beta with MS Edge support
    HomeCare by Trend Micro on TP-Link Archer AX6000 router
    RTP configuration
    ConfigureDefender high settings
    Controlled folder access enabled
    Periodic scanners
    HitmanPro
    Browser and Add-ons
    Microsoft Edge with uBlock Origin, Bitwarden, Microsoft Editor and Bitdefender TrafficLight
    Privacy tools and VPN
    O&O ShutUp10 at almost all recommended settings, SpywareBlaster all protection enabled, MS Edge Tracking Prevention on Strict and uBlock Origin
    Password manager
    Bitwarden Premium
    Search engine
    Google
    Maintenance tools
    Autoruns, CCleaner, PrivaZer Donors version, PatchMyPC, SUMo and Driver Easy Pro
    Photos and Files backup
    Windows File History on external drive (weekly)
    OneDrive with Microsoft 365 ransomware protection (always on sync)
    File Backup schedule
    Automatically sync to the cloud
    Backup and Restore
    Windows system image
    Backup schedule
    Once or more per year
    Computer Activity
  • Online banking
  • Browsing the web and checking emails
  • Streaming movies, TV shows and music from the Internet
  • Shared computer is used by other family members
  • Office and other work-related software (Work from Home)
  • Recording and editing video or photos
  • Computer Specifications
    Acer Aspire VN7-791G-576X
    Intel Core i5-4210H
    Intel HD Graphics 4600 / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M
    Kingston 16GB Dual-Channel DDR3 PC3-12800 RAM
    Samsung SSD 850 EVO M.2 250GB
    Seagate HDD ST1000LM014-1EJ164 1TB
    Realtek High Definition Audio
    Your changelog
    2020.02.23 removed VoodooShield and uBlock Origin and added Kaspersky Security Cloud Free and AdGuard (extension).
    2020.03.09 removed AdGuard and Kaspersky Security Cloud Free and added Hard_Configurator 5.0.0.1 beta uBlock Origin and the Netcraft extension. replaced Bandizip with Explzh because of the advertisements in the free version.
    2020.03.22 removed Hard_Configurator, kept ConfigureDefender, DocumentsAntiExploit and RunBySmartscreen.
    Added NoVirusThanks SysHardener, VoodooShield and the Certificate Info extension.
    2020.03.28 added Ziggo safe Online and Hard_Configurator and removed SysHardner.
    2020.03.30 removed CCleaner Pro
    2020.04.05 installed HC 5.0.01 beta with recommended settings. Removed VoodooShield.
    Tried to minimize extensions: replaced uBlock Origin with AdGuard and removed Certificate Info and Netcraft. Added Microsoft Editor. All extensions are now from the Microsoft Store except Browsing Protection by F-Secure (installed automatically).
    2020.04.22 Removed Ziggo Safe Online and Hard_Configurator Trying Windows Defender with Comodo Firewall.
    2020.05.04 removed Comodo Firewall and installed Emsisoft Ant-Malware Home.
    2020.05.08 replaced Emsisoft Anti-Malware with Kaspersky Security Cloud Free
    2020.05.18 replaced KSC Free with WD and uninstalled some browser extensions.
    2020.07.05 back to Bitwarden and Bitdefender TrafficLight and WhitelistCloud added.
    2020.07.08 switched form WhitelistCloud to VoodooShield Pro. Went from uBlock Origin to AdGuard.
    2020.07.15 Back to KSC Free.
    2020.08.09 added SpywareBlaster 5.7 Private Beta with MS Edge support.
    2020.08.12 back to Microsoft Defender Antivirus

    shmu26

    Level 85
    Verified
    Trusted
    Content Creator
    Got a new HP OfficeJet Pro 9015 All-in-One Printer this weekend:
    Unfortunately I couldn't get scanning over wifi to my laptop to work with Hard_Configurator at recommended settings.
    And I couldn't find any blocks in the logs to help me troubleshoot that problem.
    So I removed Hard_Configurator but kept ConfigureDefender, DocumentsAntiExploit and RunBySmartscreen.
    I added SysHardner (recommended settings) and VoodooShield (AutoPilot Mode).
    Now everything works fine.
    Those HP wifi-enabled printers have a big problem with changing IP. You often need to restart the computer and/or the printer to get it to recognize the IP of the printer. Simply drives me crazy, so I made a wired connection from the printer to the router.
    It is sort of a random issue, you never know when the printer will work and when it will not.
    Just thought I would mention that -- you might have a different problem.
     

    blackice

    Level 27
    Verified
    Those HP wifi-enabled printers have a big problem with changing IP. You often need to restart the computer and/or the printer to get it to recognize the IP of the printer. Simply drives me crazy, so I made a wired connection from the printer to the router.
    It is sort of a random issue, you never know when the printer will work and when it will not.
    Just thought I would mention that -- you might have a different problem.
    I can second that I’ve had this problem. It’s also been worse on some routers than others.
     

    Gandalf_The_Grey

    Level 32
    Verified
    Those HP wifi-enabled printers have a big problem with changing IP. You often need to restart the computer and/or the printer to get it to recognize the IP of the printer. Simply drives me crazy, so I made a wired connection from the printer to the router.
    It is sort of a random issue, you never know when the printer will work and when it will not.
    Just thought I would mention that -- you might have a different problem.
    I can second that I’ve had this problem. It’s also been worse on some routers than others.
    Thanks you both for your replies. Not a problem at the moment but good to know there is a workaround (wired connection) 👍
     

    Gandalf_The_Grey

    Level 32
    Verified
    It was not probably blocked by SRP default-deny, but by one o the hardening restrictions (from the right panel) or by one of FirewallHardening rules. HP printers use HTA scripts, and if mshta.exe outbound connections are blocked the Wi-Fi features may not work properly. Anyway, you did not need the H_C to be safe.:)(y)
    Thanks @Andy Ful 👍
    I had removed all FirewallHardening rules, so it was probably one of the hardening restrictions (from the right panel).
    Good to know where to start troubleshooting if I want to return to the H_C one day.
     

    Gandalf_The_Grey

    Level 32
    Verified
    COVID19 introduced working from home and like our president calls it intelligent self-isolation.
    As a result, I use my personal laptop more and more, also for work and spent even more time here on MalwareTips.
    After discussion with @oldschool and @The Cog in the Machine I realized that Windows Defender and VoodooShield are not the best combo.
    Together they cause a delay when launching apps and that the by my ISP offered Ziggo Safe Online by F-Secure is a great alternative.
    I had my doubts about SysHardner because it's not actively supported at the moment.
    Luckily Hard_Configurator is a well-supported alternative, thanks again @Andy Ful !
    I love to use tools like uBlock Origin, Hard_Configurator, and VoodooShield because of their logs.
    With those logs, you can clearly see what's happening on your system.
     

    The Cog in the Machine

    Level 22
    Verified
    COVID19 introduced working from home and like our president calls it intelligent self-isolation.
    As a result, I use my personal laptop more and more, also for work and spent even more time here on MalwareTips.
    After discussion with @oldschool and @The Cog in the Machine I realized that Windows Defender and VoodooShield are not the best combo.
    Together they cause a delay when launching apps and that the by my ISP offered Ziggo Safe Online by F-Secure is a great alternative.
    I had my doubts about SysHardner because it's not actively supported at the moment.
    Luckily Hard_Configurator is a well-supported alternative, thanks again @Andy Ful !
    I love to use tools like uBlock Origin, Hard_Configurator, and VoodooShield because of their logs.
    With those logs, you can clearly see what's happening on your system.
    F-Secure is very decent and light on system resources. Are you planning to use Voodooshield with it (I would not)?
     

    The Cog in the Machine

    Level 22
    Verified
    I tried f secure 2 months ago. And a year ago. Same results on my system. Low ram and cpu. Slow boot time , and delay the browsers and applications
    While it is surprising to me, I know that the same product might behave differently on different systems. Anyway, I suggest you contact the support if it happens and you try F-Secure again; I feel that there was sth wrong on your device as I did not experience a delay in system startup even on a low-end laptop. The only slowdown happens when you enable F-Secure browser extension.
     

    stefanos

    Level 28
    Verified
    While it is surprising to me, I know that the same product might behave differently on different systems. Anyway, I suggest you contact the support if it happens and you try F-Secure again; I feel that there was sth wrong on your device as I did not experience a delay in system startup even on a low-end laptop. The only slowdown happens when you enable F-Secure browser extension.
    I have one year licence from MT. But for now i am so pleased with Kaspersky. My laptop start like ferari , so low RAM and CPU . Just perfect
     

    stefanos

    Level 28
    Verified
    While it is surprising to me, I know that the same product might behave differently on different systems. Anyway, I suggest you contact the support if it happens and you try F-Secure again; I feel that there was sth wrong on your device as I did not experience a delay in system startup even on a low-end laptop. The only slowdown happens when you enable F-Secure browser extension.
    For this i write on my system ;)
     

    Stopspying

    Level 10
    I noticed that you use PatchMyPC and SUMo, do you find that one of them finds enough updates that the other one misses to make it worthwhile to use both? Currently I'm only using PatchMyPC, I used to use both but I wasn't too sure what KCSoftwares (SUMo's makers) do with the information SUMo gathers from our devices.

    I love to use tools like uBlock Origin, Hard_Configurator, and VoodooShield because of their logs.
    With those logs, you can clearly see what's happening on your system.
    (y)
     

    sepik

    Level 7
    Nice setup, indeed! How about Driver Easy, is it any good? Im using Driver Booster/Snappy Driver Installer Origin.
    According to your hw spec, you are using 850 Evo m.2. About a week ago Samsung released v3.3 nvme m.2 drivers. Im using two years old Lenovo Legion desktop 'puter with OEM Samsung m2 nvme 256gb. So for testing purposes, i "forced" to install the new v3.3 driver. Then i ran crystal disk mark and noticed roughly +7 % read/write speed boost. Well, even +7% is not much, but not bad either. :)
    EDIT: Forgot to say, for OEM nvme m2, Windows uses its own "Microsoft surface..." drivers. Force it to use samsung nvme m2, and speeds goes up to like 15%. Which is quite funny i think.
     
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