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Dec 31, 1969
Operating System
  • Windows 8.1
  • Windows Edition
    System type
    64-bit operating system; x64-based processor
    User Access Control
    Always Notify
    Network Security (Firewall)
    3rd-party Firewall app by a trusted vendor
    Device Security
  • Windows Defender SmartScreen (Windows 10)
  • User Account
    Sign-in Accounts
    Malware Testing
    I do not participate in downloading malware samples
    Real-time Web & Malware Protection
    ESET internet security 10
    RTP - Custom security settings
  • Virus and Malware Removal Tools
    EEK, Herdprotect, HitmanPro
    Browsers and Extensions
    Chrome, Mozilla and Vivaldi
    uBlock origin, HTTPS everywhere
    Privacy-focused Apps and Extensions
    uBlock origin
    Password Managers
  • None
  • Web Search
  • Google
  • System Utilities
    Frequency of Data backups
    Frequency of System backups


    Level 4

    I've always wondered "what would happen if my AV got hacked?!", and AV companies got hacked before. That's why I thought it was wiser to be on the safe side, and have more than one AV.
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    Consider some type of backup solution or at least an external HHDD to store your important files
    CCleaner or Privazer
    Consider adding an additional Browser and removing both ABD & ABD+ an installing uBlock
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    Level 23

    I've always wondered "what would happen if my AV got hacked?!", and AV companies got hacked before. That's why I thought it was wiser to be on the safe side, and have more than one AV.
    I think running 2 antivirus programs at once is fine in my opinion, just exclude them from scanning each other
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    Level 4
    Nice config, but because you are using the FREE version of avast! I recommend you install a more powerful firewall and or Zemana AntiLogger (free if you want)
    Thank you @Anti-Malware Reviewer :)!

    As a matter of fact, I started a thread about antiloggers Best R.A.T/Keylogger protection?, and searched for Avast IS (which, unlike the free version, has a sandbox. I need a sandbox) giveaways or even extended trials like this one Extended Trial - Avast Internet Security (2016) [6 months free]. Avast IS giveaway is still open and I'll participate in it. if I don't win, I'll add an antilogger.


    Level 4
    I have recently upgraded to Avast internet security, and now with 1-year F-Secure Safe license:D, I'm confused as whether I should keep Avast IS, or switch to F-Secure.
    As a happy clicker Happy clicker, frequent downloader; how to minimize risks? Avast's sandbox seems invaluable, but as a privacy-freak, F-Secure privacy policy seems intriguing to me.
    And judging by opinions on F-Secure Internet Security vs Avast Internet Security it seems to be a close call, both have very good detection rates (slightly higher rates for F-Secure), both have some FPs (more FPs for Avast), deepGuard vs. deepScreen (?), Avast is lighter, Avast offers aggressive hardened mode, F-Secure has a much better privacy policy...... STILL CONFUSED:rolleyes:


    Level 61
    @mal1: For me you may have a test with F-secure, because their concept is straightforward + Deepguard is totally an active against suspicious behavior. A worthwhile to test beyond mainstream products. ;)
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    Level 37
    I agree with jamescv7. Why not try F-Secure Safe, and you can use Sandboxie
    Sandboxie - Download Sandboxie which is a reliable software, and it's free.;) You may find F-Secure to be everything you hope it to be.. or not.:oops: Either way, it's worth finding out.:):) I'd truly liked Avast!, and was happy with their Premier for an entire year before the release of their own sandbox. I would love to try F-Secure Safe myself ..if Santa had only delivered on that extra computer I asked for!:rolleyes:
    As far as I know, Avast! does not have a compatibility mode, although I did try conceptualclarity's suggestion & used Adaware with it's compatibility mode. It was essentially an additional on-demand scanner.
    I'd popped over to Avast!'s forums to investigate further.
    Here's the discussion:
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    Level 21
    Content Creator