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

    Andy Ful

    Level 60
    Verified
    Trusted
    Content Creator
    Thanks Andy (y)
    This is the complete line in the log:
    De beheerder heeft de toegang tot ...
    \AppData\Local\Temp\7zS6ECF\FileExtractor.exe beperkt op locatie met de beleidsregel {1016bbe0-a716-428b-822e-3e544b6a3281} voor het pad C:\Users\*\AppData\Local\Temp\7z?????????\*.exe.
    Your post was helpful to me.:)
    Thanks to you I figured out how to avoid blocking software updates made via 7-Zip SFX installers. Simply, if one tries to run the executable from 7-Zip GUI, it is unpacked and executed in the temporary folder ...\AppData\Local\Temp\7zO....\ . But, when the application updates via SFX, it uses the folder ...\AppData\Local\Temp\7zS....\.
    So the improved H_C rule should block only the first scenario by applying the SRP rule: ...\AppData\Local\Temp\7zO????????\*.exe
     

    Gandalf_The_Grey

    Level 32
    Verified
    Your post was helpful to me.:)
    Thanks to you I figured out how to avoid blocking software updates made via 7-Zip SFX installers. Simply, if one tries to run the executable from 7-Zip GUI, it is unpacked and executed in the temporary folder ...\AppData\Local\Temp\7zO....\ . But, when the application updates via SFX, it uses the folder ...\AppData\Local\Temp\7zS....\.
    So the improved H_C rule should block only the first scenario by applying the SRP rule: ...\AppData\Local\Temp\7zO????????\*.exe
    Great (y)
    That means there is no more block when extracting a fresh copy of HP Print and Scan Doctor in future versions of HC?
    You're spoiling me :D
     

    Lenny_Fox

    Level 12
    @Gandalf_The_Grey

    I am not using Office365, so I don't know anything about Office365 ransomware protection. Does his ransomware protection works without Windows Defender (since you are using Ziggo's rebranded F-secure)?

    @Andy Ful
    With all the Office and Script Attack Surface Reduction rules available for Windows Defender, my guess is that Windows Defender is probably the best AV to companion Microsoft Office. What is your take on this assumption?
     

    Andy Ful

    Level 60
    Verified
    Trusted
    Content Creator
    ...
    @Andy Ful
    With all the Office and Script Attack Surface Reduction rules available for Windows Defender, my guess is that Windows Defender is probably the best AV to companion Microsoft Office. What is your take on this assumption?
    It is the best solution among free AVs. Some MS Office 365 subscriptions (Office 365 Enterprise E5, Office 365 Education A5, and Microsoft 365 Business) additionally include Advanced Threat Protection.
    Some paid AVs have also got dedicated protection for MS Office documents.
    Most of the home users can simply tweak MS Office or use a configurator to block active content in documents, which also will provide strong protection.
     

    Gandalf_The_Grey

    Level 32
    Verified
    @Gandalf_The_Grey

    I am not using Office365, so I don't know anything about Office365 ransomware protection. Does his ransomware protection works without Windows Defender (since you are using Ziggo's rebranded F-secure)?

    @Andy Ful
    With all the Office and Script Attack Surface Reduction rules available for Windows Defender, my guess is that Windows Defender is probably the best AV to companion Microsoft Office. What is your take on this assumption?
    This ransomware protection works without Windows Defender and is accessible through Windows Security Center:
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    Aantekening 2020-04-06 165416.png
     

    Gandalf_The_Grey

    Level 32
    Verified
    To celebrate the comeback of @cruelsister I am using the combination of Windows Defender enhanced by @Andy Ful together with Comodo Firewall enhanced by @cruelsister :cool:
    Q&A - What Browser Extensions are you using in 2020? made me install I don't care about cookies again.
    By replacing Ziggo Safe Online and AdGuard with Windows defender and uBlock origin my browsing speed has improved.
    Added Bitdefender TrafficLight to beef up the web protection of Edge and Windows Defender.
     

    Gandalf_The_Grey

    Level 32
    Verified
    Controlled folder access is still a major pain in the ass... But like shown in the HUB tests done by @Solarquest necessary.

    So far, I had to allow:
    HP Officejet Pro 9015:
    HPScan.exe
    Comodo:
    Autoruns.exe (not needed if you don't use that utility)
    CCE.exe (not needed if you don't use that utility)
    cis.exe
    cmdagent.exe
    Hitman Pro:
    HitmanPro.exe
    Windows:
    svchost.exe
    taskhostw.exe
    WmiPrvSE.exe
    TiWorker.exe

    Hope I'm not punching too many holes in its protection 🤔
     
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    SeriousHoax

    Level 29
    Verified
    Malware Tester
    To celebrate the comeback of @cruelsister I am using the combination of Windows Defender enhanced by @Andy Ful together with Comodo Firewall enhanced by @cruelsister :cool:
    Q&A - What Browser Extensions are you using in 2020? made me install I don't care about cookies again.
    By replacing Ziggo Safe Online and AdGuard with Windows defender and uBlock origin my browsing speed has improved.
    Added Bitdefender TrafficLight to beef up the web protection of Edge and Windows Defender.
    Now this makes me wanna try CF too 😖 I'll do a fresh install of my system when Windows 10 2004 releases on May 12 so this is a good time for me to do some experiments 🧐
     

    Gandalf_The_Grey

    Level 32
    Verified
    I had Comodo Firewall at CS settings and Windows Defender with Configure Defender for nearly a year .A few days ago,I ditched Comodo for H_C. How do you like CF version 12.2 ? Any glitches?
    I just ditched H_C for Comodo Firewall :D
    But keep being interested in its development.

    There are so many great programs to choose from...Windows Defender (with Andy's tools), Kaspersky Security Cloud Free, F-Secure Safe, Comodo Firewall, VoodooShield (and of course the complete Hard_Configurator package).

    The latest version 12.2.2.7036 of Comodo Firewall works great and without any issues on my system (y)
     
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