Latest changes
May 15, 2019
Operating system
Windows 7 SP1
System type
64-bit operating system; x64-based processor
Security updates
Do not check for updates
Windows UAC
Always notify
Firewall protection
Custom - Provided by a third-party security vendor
Account privileges
Administrator account
Account type
Sign in with local account
Account log-in
  1. No login security
Exposure to malware
No malware samples are downloaded
Real-time Malware protection
Using Kaspersky Internet Security
Periodic scanners
Kaspersky Internet Security
Browser and Add-ons
IE11, Portable Firefox
Privacy tools and VPN
None
Password manager
None
Search engine
Google
Maintenance tools
CCleaner old version
Photos and Files backup
None
File Backup schedule
No data backups
Backup and Restore
None
Backup schedule
No system backups
Computer Activity
  1. Online banking
  2. Browsing the web and checking emails
  3. Streaming movies, TV shows and music from the Internet
  4. Downloading files from different websites
  5. Office and other work-related software (Work from Home)
  6. Learning computer languages or creating apps
Computer Specifications
HP Elitebook G2
1Tb WD SATA drive
8GB Ram
Intel i5-5300U CPU
Staff notes
  1. This computer configuration is using an unsupported operating system. If possible, we recommend to upgrade to an operating system that is supported by its developers.

RoboMan

Level 31
Verified
Content Creator
Malware Tester
Hi! Thanks for sharing! Have you considered migrating to Windows 10? Windows 7 has reciently been abandoned and has no longer support, means a potential risk to malware and vulnerabilities.

I highly recommend enabling updates, important risk factor.

As for your malware protection, is Kaspersky default or customized? Check this thread on how to configure it for best protection: Discuss - RoboMan's Light Kaspersky Settings

That's as far as I go with "you must do" advice. Now suggestions:
  • Add a couple of second opinion scanners (ex. Norton Power Eraser, Emsisoft Emergency Kit, Zemana Antimalware)
  • Add an adblocking extension (uBlock Origin, Adguard)
  • Bitwarden is a good, free, opensource password manager
  • Make sure to grab a good backup software, for both data and system images! You never know when you can lose access to it!
Why a password manager? The lack of it usually leads to one of these two:
  1. Writing down your passwords on paper/on your phone
  2. Using the same passwords on every site (or changing a tiny factor like one number or symbol)
These are good reasons to be worried since one attack on a random server can vulnerate one account and therefore all of them (there are several software to crack the rest of your passwords with little combinations to guess the other ones). A password manager will store them securely, auto fill every site, and save new passwords when you create an account or change your password.

Why a system image software?
  1. Updates can break your OS and make it unusable
  2. Malware can do it too
  3. You can break your OS by corrupting installs or similar
  4. You wouldn't need to format every time this happens
Why data backup software? You can lose your data at any time! Pictures, videos, documents.
  1. With malware attacks (ransomware)
  2. When your hard disk fails
  3. When your OS corrupts
 
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grrr

Level 3
Verified
1: Why not upgrade to W10? W7 is already obsolete and will not have security patches.
In addition, the specifications of your PC are fully compatible with W10.
2: I suggest a backup program.
Macrium Reflect or AOMEI Backupper in its free versions.
Thanks for sharing.(y)

Thanks bribon77 for the suggestions. I had planned to upgrade to Win10, however due to my travel I'm postponing it and might do at a later time. I also plan to use Macrium Reflect free, had tried it once and it worked fine.


Hi! Thanks for sharing! Have you considered migrating to Windows 10? Windows 7 has reciently been abandoned and has no longer support, means a potential risk to malware and vulnerabilities.

I highly recommend enabling updates, important risk factor.

As for your malware protection, is Kaspersky default or customized? Check this thread on how to configure it for best protection: Discuss - RoboMan's Light Kaspersky Settings

That's as far as I go with "you must do" advice. Now suggestions:
  • Add a couple of second opinion scanners (ex. Norton Power Eraser, Emsisoft Emergency Kit, Zemana Antimalware)
  • Add an adblocking extension (uBlock Origin, Adguard)
  • Bitwarden is a good, free, opensource password manager
  • Make sure to grab a good backup software, for both data and system images! You never know when you can lose access to it!
Why a password manager? The lack of it usually leads to one of these two:
  1. Writing down your passwords on paper/on your phone
  2. Using the same passwords on every site (or changing a tiny factor like one number or symbol)
These are good reasons to be worried since one attack on a random server can vulnerate one account and therefore all of them (there are several software to crack the rest of your passwords with little combinations to guess the other ones). A password manager will store them securely, auto fill every site, and save new passwords when you create an account or change your password.

Why a system image software?
  1. Updates can break your OS and make it unusable
  2. Malware can do it too
  3. You can break your OS by corrupting installs or similar
  4. You wouldn't need to format every time this happens
Why data backup software? You can lose your data at any time! Pictures, videos, documents.
  1. With malware attacks (ransomware)
  2. When your hard disk fails
  3. When your OS corrupts


Thanks Robbie for the suggestions. I had planned to upgrade to Win10, however due to my travel I'm postponing it and might do at a later time. I also plan to use Macrium Reflect free, had tried it once and it worked fine.
I'm using Kaspersky default, but remember making 5-6 changes on my own, especially as it was not allowing some sites to load. I had thought of using MBAM free, but dropped the plan as laptop became too slow to use with KIS.
I'll revisit your suggestions once I upgrade to Win10.

Thanks, Grr
 
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