SECURITY: Risk Grr PC Config 2019

Last updated
May 15, 2019
Desktop OS
Windows 7
Login security
    • None
Primary sign-in
Local account
Primary user
Admin user - Full permissions
Security updates
Off
Windows UAC
Maximum - always notify
Real-time protection
Using Kaspersky Internet Security
Software firewall
Provided by a third-party security vendor. Refer to 'Real-time protection' for details.
Malware testing
No malware samples
Periodic security scanners
Kaspersky Internet Security
Browsers, Search and Addons
IE11, Portable Firefox
Maintenance and Cleaning
CCleaner old version
Personal Files & Photos backup
None
Personal backup routine
None
Device recovery & backup
None
Device backup routine
None
PC activity
  1. Banking. 
  2. Browsing the web. 
  3. Streaming. 
  4. Browsing to unknown sites. 
  5. Working from home. 
Computer specs
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 to remain protected from the latest threats.

bribon77

Level 34
Verified
Jul 6, 2017
2,386
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)
 

RoboMan

Level 32
Verified
Content Creator
Jun 24, 2016
2,175
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
Jun 17, 2011
151
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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