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/

    Nightwalker

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    Inspired by @cruelsister and @Nightwalker (on wilders) I wanted to create a simple, free and safe security configuration.
    Windows Defender (at default, only activated protected folders) and Comodo Firewall (at @cruelsister latest settings).
    What do you think of it?
    IMO it is perfect, very powerful yet light and the rest of your setup is fine-tuned, no need to add anything else.
     

    shmu26

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    I personally don't like to rely on comodo as my sole protection, because users sometimes complain that the protection inexplicably stops working after a while. I have seen this happen myself, although I must admit that I don't always stick strictly to CS's rules...

    But you do have WD, so you are not going it alone with comodo. IMO it's a good config, just keep an eye on it, to make sure it is actually working as intended.

    You might want to check out the @Andy Ful ConfigureDefender tool. He makes it so easy to use the advanced features of WD, it's hard to say no.

    My two cents (again): The problem with running WD at high settings is you might have a program or two that WD keeps scanning at every launch -- and thus delaying the program launch. WD when maxed out has a bad memory. The workaround is to add those applications to the WD exclusion list, and problem solved.
     

    Gandalf_The_Grey

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    I personally don't like to rely on comodo as my sole protection, because users sometimes complain that the protection inexplicably stops working after a while. I have seen this happen myself, although I must admit that I don't always stick strictly to CS's rules...

    But you do have WD, so you are not going it alone with comodo. IMO it's a good config, just keep an eye on it, to make sure it is actually working as intended.

    You might want to check out the @Andy Ful ConfigureDefender tool. He makes it so easy to use the advanced features of WD, it's hard to say no.

    My two cents (again): The problem with running WD at high settings is you might have a program or two that WD keeps scanning at every launch -- and thus delaying the program launch. WD when maxed out has a bad memory. The workaround is to add those applications to the WD exclusion list, and problem solved.
    Thanks @shmu26 (y) I will try the ConfigureDefender tool of @Andy Ful and keep an eye on WD's memory use.
    How do you notice that WD keeps scanning a program at every launch?
    @Nightwalker Did you tweak WD on your config?
     

    shmu26

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    Thanks @shmu26 (y) I will try the ConfigureDefender tool of @Andy Ful and keep an eye on WD's memory use.
    How do you notice that WD keeps scanning a program at every launch?
    @Nightwalker Did you tweak WD on your config?
    I noticed a delay in the program launch. It was slower than it used to be. Okay, one time. But every time? Seems like WD has amnesia.
     

    shmu26

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    Okay, a little misunderstanding can happen when not everybody is a native speaker of English :D
    Can you elaborate on what WD forgets?
    It's the same issue that I was talking about. I meant to say that WD forgets that it has already scanned this application and found it safe.
    When WD is at max settings, it gives extra time for cloud lookup, and the heuristics are more sensitive, too. So you can have a situation where a certain program looks a little suspicious, and WD wants to give extra time to look it up on the cloud. Then it forgets that it has already done so, and the next time you launch, it looks up again.
    That is my understanding of the issue, although @Andy Ful probably understands it a lot better.
     

    Gandalf_The_Grey

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    Windows 10 Pro tweaked for privacy with O&O ShutUp10 and for security with @NoVirusThanks SysHardener.
    Main protection is Windows Defender set on high with Configure Defender made by @Andy Ful and Comodo Firewall at @cruelsister 's recommended settings.
    Using Quad9 for DNS.

    Added: @NoVirusThanks OSArmor
    Hope it won't conflict, but so far so good (y)
    I only had to make an exclusion for Configure Defender.