Latest Changes
Jan 31, 2019
Operating System
Windows 10
Windows Edition
Pro
Build
Version 1809 OS Build 17763.292
System Architecture
64-bit OS
Security Updates
Automatic Updates - All security and feature updates
User Access Control
Always Notify
Firewall
Windows Firewall - Network security provided by Microsoft
Device Security
Windows Defender SmartScreen (Windows 10)
User Account
Administrator - User has complete control over the device
Recent Security Incidents
No malware or privacy issues
Malware Testing
None - No Malware on host PC or VM
Real-time Web & Malware Protection
Emsisoft Anti-Malware 2019.1.1.9207 and Hard_Configurator 4.0.0.2
Custom Settings For Real-Time Protection
Custom - Minor changes for Increased Security
Custom Settings For Real-Time Protection Details
1.Install H_C (ConfigureDefender is already in H_C). Press <ConfigureDefender> button and apply <Defender High> settings.
Change the four Audit settings in ConfigureDefender to Disabled.
Close ConfigureDefender.
2. Use <Load Profile> option in Hard_Configurator and apply "Windows_10_Recommended_Enhanced" profile.
3. Use <Block Sponsors> button to block mshta.exe and iexplore.exe.
4. Configure browsers
a) Disable IE11 in Windows10 (programs and features)
b) Add AdGuard extension to Windows Edge (enable malware protection to add chrome's + Yandex safe browsing) and Emsisoft Browser Security
and set Edge to start with blank new page.
c) Install Chrome and add the extensions AdGuard, Emsisoft Browser Security and Windows Defender Browser Protection.
Set the chrome flag "Extension Content Verification" to "Enforce strict.
5. Install Emsisoft Anti-Malware and disable all notifications except "required computer restarts". Under Updates disable "Don't run automatic updates in Silent Mode".
Virus and Malware Removal Tools
Windows Defender periodic scanning, HitmanPro and Zemana AntiMalware,
Browsers and Extensions
Google Chrome with AdGuard, Emsisoft Browser Security, Windows Defender Browser Protection and LastPass.
Microsoft Edge with AdGuard, Emsisoft Browser Security and LastPass.
Web Privacy
AdGuard.
Password Management
LastPass
Default Web Search
Google
System Utilities
Hard_Configurator, O&O ShutUp10, CCleaner Pro and Disk Cleanup
Data Backup
OneDrive, File History
Frequency of Data backups
Always-on Sync
System Backup
Windows system image
Frequency of System backups
Occasionally
Computer Activity
Banking
Browsing Internet and email
Watch movies and other video content on the Internet
Device is used by family members
Office and work related tasks
Video or photography editing
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

Gandalf_The_Grey

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Took a break from Kaspersky for the new year. Had already an active license for Emsisoft Anti-Malware.
Surprised how much faster my laptop is going from Kaspersky (almost at default settings) to Emsisoft (almost at default settings).
When eventually returning to Kaspersky I will tweak it for performance according to the post of @Evjl's Rain :
https://malwaretips.com/threads/kas...december-2018-report.88397/page-3#post-787210
Removed Windows Defender Browser Protection extension. So I have now only 4 extensions in Google Chrome: uBlock Origin, uBlock Origin Extra, Emsisoft Browser Security and LastPass.
 

Lightning_Brian

Level 13
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Great configuration there @Gandalf_The_Grey !

Have you looked into using Macrium Reflect free and viBoot (also free) together by any chance? I would highly recommend it. Read more here about Macrium Reflect Free: Macrium Software | Macrium Reflect Free viBoot: Macrium Software | Macrium viBoot

You could virtualize your images from Macrium Reflect free in viBoot. From there you could try stuff out as if you were working on your actual PC without changing up the actual image backup. It is very nice and nifty!
 

Gandalf_The_Grey

Level 13
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Great configuration there @Gandalf_The_Grey !

Have you looked into using Macrium Reflect free and viBoot (also free) together by any chance? I would highly recommend it. Read more here about Macrium Reflect Free: Macrium Software | Macrium Reflect Free viBoot: Macrium Software | Macrium viBoot

You could virtualize your images from Macrium Reflect free in viBoot. From there you could try stuff out as if you were working on your actual PC without changing up the actual image backup. It is very nice and nifty!
No I haven't yet. Interesting stuff indeed (y) Thanks, I will have a look at that when I have more time to play with it. Bookmarked your links.
 

Moonhorse

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Welcome to club, i love how detailed you have mentioned setup of Configuredefender & H_C

i will quote unofficially @oldschool and say andy has the best customer support. Nice config, cant suggest anything...just waiting for ''october 2019 update'' whatever it is called this time. for possible chromedge browser and WD changes
 

oldschool

Level 22
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New config using mostly Windows own tools configured with Hard_Configurator.
Inspired by and with many thanks to: @Andy Ful , @Windows_Security and @Evjl's Rain
Still have to learn how to handle some blocks and warnings.
Best to ask those questions in the main Hard_Configurator thread ?
Update - Hard_Configurator - Windows Hardening Configurator
Yes, H_C thread is best place for questions. BTW: you copied my config! :LOL: except for VoodooShield. Nice setup! (y)

Edit: Whitelisting is easy by process or hash. My main gripe is CFA. Exclusions are possible but don't always seem to work. I'm on the fence with enabling it or not.
 
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Gandalf_The_Grey

Level 13
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Welcome to club, i love how detailed you have mentioned setup of Configuredefender & H_C

i will quote unofficially @oldschool and say andy has the best customer support. Nice config, cant suggest anything...just waiting for ''october 2019 update'' whatever it is called this time. for possible chromedge browser and WD changes
Thank you and a nice club it is (y)
I'm also looking forward to chromedge. Hope it's good and I can ditch Google chrome.
 

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