Latest Changes
Jan 3, 2019
Operating System
  • Windows 10
  • Windows Edition
    Pro
    Version or Build no.
    17763.195
    System type
    64-bit operating system; x64-based processor
    Security Updates
    Automatic Updates (recommended)
    User Access Control
    Always Notify
    Network Security (Firewall)
    3rd-party Firewall app by a trusted vendor
    Device Security
  • Windows Defender SmartScreen (Windows 10)
  • User Account
    Administrator
    Sign-in Accounts
    Malware Testing
    I do not participate in downloading malware samples
    Real-time Web & Malware Protection
    Emsisoft Anti-Malware 2018.12.0.9137 , Comodo Firewall 11.0.0.6728
    RTP - Custom security settings
  • Minor changes for Increased security
  • Virus and Malware Removal Tools
    HitmanPro, Zemana AntiMalware
    Browsers and Extensions
    Google Chrome with AdGuard, Emsisoft Browser Security, and LastPass
    Microsoft Edge with AdGuard and LastPass
    Privacy-focused Apps and Extensions
    AdGuard extension
    Password Managers
  • LastPass
  • Web Search
  • Google
  • System Utilities
    CCleaner Pro, PrivaZer, SysHardener, O&O ShutUp10 and Run By SmartScreen
    Data Backup
    OneDrive, File History
    Frequency of Data backups
    Always-on Sync
    System Backup
    Acronis True Image WD Edition
    Frequency of System backups
    Occasionally
    Computer Specifications
    https://malwaretips.com/threads/gandalf_the_greys-laptop.61853/

    Gandalf_The_Grey

    Level 21
    Verified
    Thank you all for your comments.
    I have a WD Elements 500GB portable drive for backups using the file history of windows 10.
    So my important files are backed up.
    For imaging (strongly suggested here) what would be the preferred and most simple program?
    Aomei Backupper and Macrium Reflect are mentioned.
    But having a Seagate HDD and a Western Digital portable drive I can also use Seagate DiscWizard or Acronis True Image WD edition.
     

    frogboy

    Level 75
    Verified
    Trusted
    Thank you all for your comments.
    I have a WD Elements 500GB portable drive for backups using the file history of windows 10.
    So my important files are backed up.
    For imaging (strongly suggested here) what would be the preferred and most simple program?
    Aomei Backupper and Macrium Reflect are mentioned.
    But having a Seagate HDD and a Western Digital portable drive I can also use Seagate DiscWizard or Acronis True Image WD edition.
    For me Macrium Reflect would be my first choisefollowed by Aomei. ;)
     

    Gandalf_The_Grey

    Level 21
    Verified
    Once again, I really appreciate everybody commenting on my config.
    As recommended I added image backup software.

    I briefly tried all 4 mentioned here.
    Macrium Reflect: IMO not noob friendly. Didn't really know what to select and how to start.
    Aomei Backupper: Didn't scale well on my display, was very tiny. Didn't go any further.
    Acronis True Image WD edition: noob friendly, simple and fast.
    Seagate DiscWizard: was an older version of Acronis True Image than the one from WD.

    So I went with Acronis True Image WD edition.
     

    Gandalf_The_Grey

    Level 21
    Verified
    Removed the Adguard extension and replaced that with uBlock Origin and uBlock Protector because that combo is better in defeating anti adblock measures.
    Removed HTTPS Everywhere.

    Using these filters in uBlock origin:
    uBlock filters
    uBlock filters - Badware risks
    uBlock filters - Experimental
    uBlock filters - Privacy
    uBlock filters - Unbreak
    Adblock Warning Removal List
    EasyList
    uBlock Protector List
    EasyPrivacy
    Adguard Annoyances List
    Fanboy's Anti-Thirdparty Social
    Peter Lowe's Ad and tracking server list
    NLD: EasyList Dutch
    Adguard Social media filter
     
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    Gandalf_The_Grey

    Level 21
    Verified
    Added HTTPS Everywhere again in Google Chrome and Tampermonkey in Edge for AAK-Cont Filters For uBlock Origin: Hugo Xu / AAK-Cont · GitLab
    Tried a lot of alternatives for CCleaner and ended up with reusing the latest CCleaner (nothing comes close) and using Wise Disk Cleaner just for the "slimming system" feature.
    Added the latest beta HitmanPro.Alert 3.7.0 Build 717 BETA.
    I really like HitmanPro.Alert and it's developers the Loman brothers.
    I'm just not sure if i'm not over complicating my protection again....