Latest changes
Sep 27, 2020
Daily driver
My primary device
Operating system
Windows 10 Pro
OS version
Version 20H2 Build 19042.541
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
  1. Windows Hello Fingerprint
  2. Windows Hello PIN
Exposure to malware
No malware samples are downloaded
Real-time Malware protection
Microsoft Defender Antivirus
Hard_Configurator 5.1.1.2
SpywareBlaster 6.0
HomeCare by Trend Micro on TP-Link Archer AX6000 router
RTP configuration
ConfigureDefender High settings
Hard_Configurator with Windows_10_Basic_Recommended_Settings profile
Under Core Isolation set Memory Integrity to enabled
Periodic scanners
HitmanPro and AdwCleaner (for the kids)
Browser and Add-ons
Microsoft Edge with uBlock Origin, Bitwarden and Microsoft Editor
Privacy tools and VPN
SpywareBlaster all protection enabled, MS Edge Tracking Prevention on Strict and uBlock Origin, Windscribe 50GB free VPN
Password manager
Bitwarden Premium
Search engine
Google
Maintenance tools
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
  1. Online banking
  2. Browsing the web and checking emails
  3. Streaming movies, TV shows and music from the Internet
  4. Shared computer is used by other family members
  5. Office and other work-related software (Work from Home)
  6. 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
2020.08.15 back to Kaspersky Security Cloud Free
2020.08.31 removed O&O ShutUp 10 and went back to Microsoft Defender
202.09.27 removed Bitdefender TrafficLight and went back from Simple Windows Hardening to Hard_Configurator

Stopspying

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Did a clean install of Windows 10 version 20H2 Build 19042.423.
Got SpywareBlaster 5.7 Private Beta with MS Edge support from javacool at Wilders.
SpywareBlaster - there is a blast from the past. I used this for a long time, javacool were good at what they did IMO. Some AVs clashed with it so I stopped using it, it would be good to know if it still does does its job well.
 

Gandalf_The_Grey

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how is spywareblaster so far after you added, considering it can be irrelevant due to your current security configuration. If you were running Windows Defender, then i would fully agree having SB in the system.
Well it still is a simple added layer of browser protection.
It blocks stuff like tracking cookies (example double-click) and scripts (example coin miners).
You can see the blocked items in the program itself and in the settings of the (supported) browsers.
No magic but less work for your adblocker and antivirus program.
It's more like privacy tools and system hardeners, you can do it yourself but not that easy.
 

Gandalf_The_Grey

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Block 3th party cookies in browser.


Mainstream browser do that already.

stay secure, not paranoid ;)
Well I do block third party cookies, but sometimes it's not easy.
Microsoft Teams on the web is a difficult one with third party cookies blocked.
Some media also need third party cookies to play.

I hope I stay secure and a little bit paranoid ;)
All those data leaks these days fuel my healthy paranoia :D
 

Gandalf_The_Grey

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This thread Q&A - Free Kaspersky Security Cloud’s notification, is it a mitm attack?? inspired me to go back to Microsoft Defender Antivirus and Bitdefender TrafficLight as extra browser protection.
Two annoying bugs left on my system:
Optimize drives tool doesn't remember when it was last run:
Had to turn off memory integrity to let Windows Defender Network Inspection Service run automatically:
Hope these will be fixed soon.
Then I can recommend Windows 10 2004 (20H2 is just a small upgrade) and Microsoft Defender Antivirus without any doubt.
 

Gandalf_The_Grey

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Back to Kaspersky Security Cloud Free.
Simply seems to work the best with my laptop, no delays opening folders, programs and when browsing and no unnecessary blocks.
From my SpywareBlaster thread, trying to keep things simple:
I use O&O ShutUp10 for privacy (also covers Edge), Simple Windows Hardening from @Andy Ful for as the name implies Windows hardening and SpywareBlaster for browser hardening next to uBlock Origin (adblocker).
It seems that MS Outlook uses IE11 for displaying HTML mails, so in that case SywareBlaster also protects MS Outlook in my system.
Programs and drivers are kept UpToDate using Internet, PatchMyPC, SUMo and Driver Easy Pro.
 

Gandalf_The_Grey

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Inspired by the blog postings of Wladimir Palant the developer of Adblock Plus I decided to go back to Microsoft Defender Antivirus.
The Windows Defender network inspection service fails to start bug was fixed with a platform update.
So, I could enable Memory Integrity again.
Removed O&O ShutUp 10 because I needed full telemetry to update to the latest beta builds.
Doing my own privacy settings manual with the help of these 2 resources:
 

blackice

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Inspired by the blog postings of Wladimir Palant the developer of Adblock Plus I decided to go back to Microsoft Defender Antivirus.
The Windows Defender network inspection service fails to start bug was fixed with a platform update.
So, I could enable Memory Integrity again.
Removed O&O ShutUp 10 because I needed full telemetry to update to the latest beta builds.
Doing my own privacy settings manual with the help of these 2 resources:
I leaning the same way. Feeling kind of done with the messiness in 3rd party apps.
 
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sepik

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Hello,
Are you fighting against Microsoft telemetry or network and host mitigation or both? Andy's software is good, no question about that, but never ever rely on the windows own stuff, i suggest for Symantec SEP firewall IDS with Andy's own tool. You do need a proper IDS firewall, and Symantec SEP component is only that can provide that.
 
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Gandalf_The_Grey

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Hello,
Are you fighting against Microsoft telemetry or network and host mitigation or both? Andy's software is good, no question about that, but never ever rely on the windows own stuff, i suggest for Symantec SEP firewall IDS with Andy's own tool. You do need a proper IDS firewall, and Symantec SEP component is only that can provide that.
Well not really fighting Microsoft telemetry because some telemetry is useful to fix bugs, but it's more wanting to limit what's out there on me.
Not sure if a firewall and thus more third-party code is needed for me.
I have tried many firewall's in the past but found them more a nuisance than helpful when prompting to let stuff access the internet, but I have never tried Symantec SEP.
 

Gandalf_The_Grey

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@Gandalf_The_Grey when did you move to Windows Insider?

Thanks for the lead to that resource. (BTW, Malwarebytes BG blocked that site! :LOL:)
I moved to insider at the end of July too see the improved start menu and see if some bugs present in 2004 were resolved.
The optimize drives bug is still fixed only in the beta channel and still not in 2004.

It's an interesting blog from the developer/CEO of Adblock Plus, maybe there were some bugs in Malwarebytes published there in the past?
 

security123

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Doing my own privacy settings manual with the help of these 2 resources:
The askvg article is:
last updated on November 21, 2015 by VG

But the kaspersky is a good one (y)
 
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