Latest Changes
Dec 1, 2019
Windows Edition
Pro
Version or Build no.
Version 1909 OS Build 18363.476
System type
64-bit operating system; x64-based processor
Security Updates
Automatic Updates (recommended)
User Access Control
Always Notify
Network Security (Firewall)
Windows Defender Firewall
User Account
Administrator
Sign-in Accounts
Microsoft (@outlook.com)
Sign-in Options
  • Password
  • Windows Hello PIN (recommended)
  • Windows Hello Fingerprint
  • Malware Testing
    I do not participate in downloading malware samples
    Real-time Web & Malware Protection
    Ziggo Safe Online (F-Secure Safe) 17.7 and VoodooShield 5.52 beta
    RTP - Custom security settings
  • Minor changes for Increased security
  • RTP - Details of Custom security settings
    Removed Internet Explorer 11.
    Ziggo Safe Online switched off Banking protection.
    VoodooShield enabled WhitelistCloud and added the new Edge to web apps
    Virus and Malware Removal Tools
    HitmanPro and AdwCleaner (for the kids)
    Browsers and Extensions
    Microsoft Edge Dev with uBlock Origin, F-Secure Browsing Protection, Netcraft Extension, Certificate Info and Bitwarden.
    Privacy-focused Apps and Extensions
    Microsoft Edge Dev Tracking Prevention at recommended and uBlock Origin in medium mode:
    Password Managers
  • Bitwarden
  • Web Search
  • Google
  • System Utilities
    O&O ShutUp10, Patch My PC, Autoruns, Bandizip, Driver Easy Pro, 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
  • Online banking
  • Browsing the web and checking emails
  • Streaming movies, TV shows and music from the Internet
  • Shared computer is used by other family members
  • Office and other work-related software (Work from Home)
  • 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

    Gandalf_The_Grey

    Level 28
    Verified
    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 14
    Verified
    Content Creator
    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 28
    Verified
    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

    Level 27
    Verified
    Content Creator
    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 49
    Verified
    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 28
    Verified
    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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