SECURITY: Complete Gandalf_The_Grey's Security Config 2021

Last updated
Oct 24, 2021
About
Personal, primary device
Additional PC users
Not shared with other users
Desktop OS
Windows 11
OS edition
Home
Login security
    • Password-less (PIN, Biometric, Face)
Primary sign-in
Microsoft account
Primary user
Admin user - Full permissions
Security updates
Automatic - allow all types of updates
Windows UAC
Maximum - always notify
Network firewall
Third-party router
Real-time protection
Microsoft Defender Antivirus
DefenderUI Pro 0.95 beta
HomeCare by Trend Micro on TP-Link Archer AX6000 router
Software firewall
Microsoft Defender Firewall
Custom RTP, Firewall and OS settings
DefenderUI Pro 0.95 beta
Started with Recommended Profile, enabled light mode, enabled CFA, blocked notifications for recent activity and threats found that don't need immediate action
Windows 11
Memory Integrity enabled
Foxit PDF Reader 11.1.0.52543
Protected View for all files, Safe Reading Mode enabled, JavaScript disabled
Malware testing
No malware samples
Periodic security scanners
HitmanPro and AdwCleaner (for the kids)
Secure DNS
From ISP (Ziggo)
VPN
AdGuard VPN (seldom used)
Password manager
Bitwarden extension
Browsers, Search and Addons
Microsoft Edge with uBlock Origin, Bitwarden, Bitdefender TrafficLight and Microsoft Editor
Maintenance and Cleaning
Autoruns, CCleaner, Disk Cleanup, PatchMyPC and SUMo
Personal Files & Photos backup
Windows File History on external drive (weekly)
OneDrive with Microsoft 365 ransomware protection (always on sync)
Personal backup routine
Automatic (scheduled)
Device recovery & backup
Windows system image
Device backup routine
Manual (maintained by self)
PC activity
  1. Working from home. 
  2. Browsing the web. 
  3. Emails. 
  4. Shopping. 
  5. Banking. 
  6. Multimedia. 
Computer specs
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
Personal changelog
2020.12.29 Filled the new fields
2020.12.30 installed Ziggo Safe Online
2021.01.04 back to Microsoft Defender with Hard_Configurator and added SpywareBlaster
2021.01.06 removed SpywareBlaster and went with stronger H_C -setup
2021.02.01 back to simpler setup with ConfigureDefender and Simple Windows hardening. Added Process Lasso
2021.02.08 Filled the new fields, no changes to config
2021.02.12 Microsoft Defender caused problems, back to KSCF and removed Process Lasso
2021.03.03 Update Kaspersky Security Cloud Free to the latest version, removed HitmanPro and enabled Microsoft Defender periodic scanning.
2021.03.28 back to Microsoft Defender Antivirus
2021.04.25 back to Ziggo Safe Online
2021.05.03 back to Microsoft Defender Antivirus
2021.05.07 switched from the uBlock Origin to the AdGuard extension
2021.10.04 back to Ziggo Safe Online and uBlock Origin
2021.10.05 back to the AdGuard extension
2021.10.13 upgraded to Windows 11 and back to uBlock Origin
2021.10.24 back to Microsoft Defender enhanced by DefenderUI Pro
Feedback Response

Most critical feedback

CyberTech

Level 36
Verified
Nov 10, 2017
2,501
After reading the latest post in Windows 11 - First look I too installed Windows 11 on an unsupported system.
Enjoying the change and the search for (new) settings :D
The only thing I really dislike is the big taskbar.
Tried the reg fixes that are posted on the net, but small looks horrible with cut off icons in the taskbar.
And I changed from AdGuard to uBlock Origin again, both are great, I just like uBO more.
Just don't follow Mr. Hill on Twitter...
Congrats man
 

carl fish

Level 6
Verified
Mar 6, 2012
276
After reading the latest post in Windows 11 - First look I too installed Windows 11 on an unsupported system.
Enjoying the change and the search for (new) settings :D
The only thing I really dislike is the big taskbar.
Tried the reg fixes that are posted on the net, but small looks horrible with cut off icons in the taskbar.
And I changed from AdGuard to uBlock Origin again, both are great, I just like uBO more.
Just don't follow Mr. Hill on Twitter...
I don't mind personally that the taskbar is bigger but microsoft should allow you to resize it if you want and the fact that drag and drop, options to move it to different sides of the screen is really bad, I hope they decide to put these options back in through an update at some stage.
 
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