SECURITY: Basic Major changes in ColonelMal's Security Config 2020

Last updated
Oct 25, 2020
About device
Primary device
Operating system
identity
with Local account
Log-in security
    • Account password
Standard user account
Security updates
Automatic - allow all types of updates
Windows UAC
Maximum - always notify
Malware samples
No - malware is not downloaded
Firewall protection
Provided by a third-party security vendor - see details below.
Real-time malware protection
I have ReHIPS installed and I use mainly for Internet browsing and for LibreOffice applications.
Comodo Internet Security Pro
Windows Defender.
I also use Windows Controlled Folders to protect the external backup drives.
HitmanPro Alert (one month trial)

Shadow Defender
WiseVector StopX
RTP & OS hardening settings
Comodo Internet Security's firewall is complemented by Windows Defender is complemented by Malwarebytes Windows Firewall Control.
Periodic scanning
Comodo Internet Security
Windows Defender
WiseVector StopX
Firefox browser with
uBlock Origin
DuckDuckGo Privacy Essentials
Optimisation apps
My Files & Photos backup
Macrium Reflect Home
CrashPlan for Business
My Files backup schedule
Manual - specific days to the cloud, or local attached storage
Device recovery & settings
Macrium Reflect Home image backup of C drive.
Device backup schedule
Manual - backups are made in my own time to local attached storage
Computer specifications
Dell Inspiron 5482 2-in-1
Intel i7 8565U
Intel Graphics
256 GB SSD
Four external drives one of which is for data and the other three for backups.
Device activity usage
  1. Financial and sensitive documents
  2. Generic web browsing
  3. Downloading and installing new software(s)
  4. Streaming audio and video content from the Internet
  5. Downloading files from unfamiliar sites
  6. Working from home
Your changelog
Updated Account Type.
16 Sep 2020 - Added HitmanPro Alert (one month trial).
20 Sep 2020 - Added Shadow Defender
22 Sep 2020 - Uninstalled HitManPro Alert
24 Sep 2020 - Reinstalled HitManPro Alert
10 October 2020 - Uninstalled ReHIPS
10 October 2020 - Installed Comodo Internet Security Pro
10 October 2020 - Updated configuration by noting that I use SimpleWindowsHardening and ConfigureDefender and my default search engine is DuckDuckGo
14 October 2020 - Uninstalled HitmanPro Alert
25 October 2020 - Installed WiseVector StopX


Level 2
Jul 5, 2017
I hope that this is the right place to open this discussion. If not, perhaps the Moderator(s) could move it as appropriate.
I'm thinking about making the following changes to my configuration.

Uninstall: ReHIPS
HitManPro Alert (currently taking advantage of the one month trial)

Install: Comodo Internet Security Complete (currently it's the same price as the Pro, but has more features).
I would use the Cruel Sister's settings that I have seen mentioned many times.

I would like to maintain some sort of protection like ReHIPS, but I understand that Comodo's auto-containment may be sufficient and I would not need to also enable its HIPS.

In addition to the above I shall continue using Shadow Defender, but not all the time.

Lastly, what should I do about my firewall? I use Malwarebytes Windows Firewall Control (Binisoft), Simple Windows Hardening and ConfigureDefender (at Max setting).


Level 42
Content Creator
Apr 24, 2016
Why did you buy Comodo Internet Security Complete?
What are those extra features?
CS setting were done on the free version but can of course also be done on the paid version.
I think that if you use Comodo for firewall there is no more need for Malwarebytes Windows Firewall Control.
Using two kinds of firewall needlessly complicates things.
Interesting discussion and looking forward to other replies (y)
Edit: don't forget to update your config.


Level 2
Jul 5, 2017
Why did you buy Comodo Internet Security Complete?
What are those extra features?
Thank you for your comments. I'll update my config as soon as and if I make any changes.

I haven't actually bought Comodo, but I'm considering it. The extra features that I saw after a brief comparison with the pro version is that the "complete" version has Trust Connect and online storage plus a higher celing for the virus-free guarantee. Anyway, as I wrote the price appears to be the same for the two programs.


Level 2
Jul 5, 2017
I'm settling down to using Comodo Internet Security and I added WiseVector StopX for additional protection.
Based on what I read at Wilders, CruelSister is apparently taking an interest in WVSX and that's good news!

I'm taking a minimal approach to security so that I'll try to understand what's going on.


Level 7
Apr 14, 2019
I used Comodo Firewall with CS settings for nearly a year and a half till version (Windows ) 1903. I tried again to use it with the latest version of Windows 20H2 and Windows Defender . I got a frozen computer twice in a week. I installed F-Secure on October 20 then a few days later SpyShelter and so far so good. I have a lifetime license of SpyShelter Premium so....I did not activate all the modules in SS, just the ones to complement my antivirus.
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