Latest changes
Jul 18, 2020
Daily driver
My Primary device
Operating system
Windows 10 Pro
OS version
2004
System type
64-bit operating system; x64-based processor
Security updates
Automatically allow security and feature updates
Windows UAC
Always notify
Firewall protection
Microsoft Defender Firewall
Account privileges
Administrator account
Account type
Sign in with local account
Account log-in
  • Windows Hello PIN
  • Account Password
  • Exposure to malware
    Malware samples are downloaded on a Virtual machine
    Real-time Malware protection
    Windows Defender only
    RTP configuration
    ConfigureDefender HIGH with NP disabled
    Periodic scanners
    EEK, HitmanPro and NPE
    Browser and Add-ons
    Firefox:
    • Bitwarden browser extension
    • uBlock Origin with CNAME uncloaking (block WebRTC & CSP)
    Edge Chromium:
    • uBlock Origin
    • Bitwarden
    Privacy tools and VPN
    WPD, Windscribe and ProtonVPN
    Password manager
    Bitwarden
    Search engine
    Google and Duckduckgo
    Maintenance tools
    Throttlestop, built-in defrag, portable CCleaner and Sysinternals Suite
    Photos and Files backup
    Google Drive
    File Backup schedule
    Automatically sync to the cloud
    Backup and Restore
    Macrium Reflect
    Backup schedule
    Once or more per week
    Computer Activity
  • Playing computer games
  • Browsing the web and checking emails
  • Regularly installing new software every week
  • Streaming movies, TV shows and music from the Internet
  • Testing security software using malware samples
  • Downloading files from different websites
  • Office and other work-related software (Work from Home)
  • Recording and editing video or photos
  • Learning computer languages or creating apps
  • Computer Specifications
    Acer Predator Helios 300 (G3-571-77QK):
    • i7-7700HQ
    • GTX 1060 6GB
    • 16GB DDR4
    • 256GB SSD
    • 1TB HDD

    geminis3

    Level 13
    Verified
    Malware Tester
    If you are unable to mount an existing NTFS disk into Linux just run:
    sudo ntfsfix /dev/your-disk (sdb1 in my case)

    I installed Nvidia ISO, if you're using a laptop you can easily enable Optimus by switching to hybrid graphics mode, then you can right click an app or game to run with dedicated graphics as in Windows.
     

    Raiden

    Level 17
    Verified
    Content Creator
    Switched to Pop_OS! everything is working as expected (including games), bye Windows!
    Glad to hear it!

    System 76 has done a great job with Pop!_OS.

    If i could install fortnite on linux i would go to my loved manjaro distro :cry:
    I hear you! It's all because of anti-cheat. It ties itself into the Windows kernel, so it makes it impossible (right now anyways) to run these games on Linux. Interestingly enough, I question if these anti-cheats are even worth it? After all, people still find ways around it to cheat.:whistle:

    You should also join anti-Windows support group to fully recover from addiction.
    It is very hard to recover from Windows.:(:)
    Where do I sign up, I have an ago old Windows addiction!🥴😁
     

    geminis3

    Level 13
    Verified
    Malware Tester
    What are your impressions of Pop!_OS so far?
    I run it in a VM on my Windows laptop and I am really impressed with it. It's a more refined Ubuntu in my opinion that is geared towards productivity.
    It's Ubuntu but optimized for laptops with Nvidia GPU, IE: by default Ubuntu would use either the integrated or the dedicated graphics for everything. Pop_OS! runs like Windows rendering the screen with the integrated GPU and calling dedicated GPU for certain programs when the user wants (games for example).
     

    SeriousHoax

    Level 29
    Verified
    Malware Tester
    It's Ubuntu but optimized for laptops with Nvidia GPU, IE: by default Ubuntu would use either the integrated or the dedicated graphics for everything. Pop_OS! runs like Windows rendering the screen with the integrated GPU and calling dedicated GPU for certain programs when the user wants (games for example).
    I see that they have two versions available. One is Intel and the other one is Nvidia. So, for the example you gave above, does one need to download the Nvidia edition?
     

    Raiden

    Level 17
    Verified
    Content Creator
    For Intel + Nvidia you need Nvidia ISO, otherwise graphics won't work as expected
    That is correct.

    The different ISOs are for the GPUs only, not the CPUs. So if you have an AMD Ryzen CPU, but an Nvidia GPU, get the Nvidia ISO. Technically if you accidently installed via the AMD/Intel ISO, but have an Nvidia GPU it will still work, but you would have to download and install the Nvidia drivers separately. The Nvidia ISO already has these drivers built in and running, so it make it for a much easier/smoother experience.

    Another distro where you can do this is Manjaro. Just download the ISO for your preferred desktop environment. When this iso first loads, you will see a section that lists "Drivers=FREE." This option is for AMD/Intel GPUs, but if you want Nvidia, just select that option and change it to "Non-Free," which is the Nvidia drivers.;)
     

    SeriousHoax

    Level 29
    Verified
    Malware Tester
    Another distro where you can do this is Manjaro. Just download the ISO for your preferred desktop environment. When this iso first loads, you will see a section that lists "Drivers=FREE." This option is for AMD/Intel GPUs, but if you want Nvidia, just select that option and change it to "Non-Free," which is the Nvidia drivers.;)
    Great! Manjaro is my preferred distro. I always thought the "Non-Free" version is for systems with a single Nvidia GPU only.
    So, it should work for laptops with Intel + Nvidia combo too similar to PoPos?
     

    Raiden

    Level 17
    Verified
    Content Creator
    Great! Manjaro is my preferred distro. I always thought the "Non-Free" version is for systems with a single Nvidia GPU only.
    So, it should work for laptops with Intel + Nvidia combo too similar to PoPos?
    Afaik it should, but I have not tried that myself as I don't have a laptop with an Nvidia GPU. Both AMD and Intel have open sourced their drivers so they are actually part of the Linux kernel, which is quite nice. Nvidia on the other hand has not, so they fall under the proprietary (non-free) option. Being that Pop!_OS is being designed by System 76, they may have a slightly better edge in this regard as they are a system builder. In saying that though, recently Manjaro partnered up with Tuxedo computers to launch laptops that come with Manjaro by default, so I would assume that they are working on improving this, if they haven't already.

    One thing that Pop!_OS has that Manjaro doesn't (at least I don't think they have this....yet anyways), is the ability to right click an application and specifically tell it to run using the dedicated GPU. Which is also quite nice.
     

    geminis3

    Level 13
    Verified
    Malware Tester
    One thing that Pop!_OS has that Manjaro doesn't (at least I don't think they have this....yet anyways), is the ability to right click an application and specifically tell it to run using the dedicated GPU. Which is also quite nice.
    This is so convenient, VirtualBox lags with iGPU but rans smoothly with dedicated GPU (VMware in Windows also forces the use of dedicated GPU to avoid lag).
     

    geminis3

    Level 13
    Verified
    Malware Tester
    21/06/2020

    Using Arch Manjaro btw
    • Windscribe is broken in Arch so replaced it with ProtonVPN
    • Browsers: FF, Chromium (from Arch repo), Opera and Brave
    • Pamac is the best Linux store, everything from OSS to propietary software, snaps, AUR, flatpak, etc in a fast and simple GUI
    • Free SoftMaker Office
    • Games work the same as in Windows
    • Virtualbox instead of VMware
    • Optimus working out of the box with non-free drivers, just use prime-run (app) and enjoy
     
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