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Apr 28, 2018
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    Automatic Updates (recommended)
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    3rd-party Firewall app by a trusted vendor
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  • Windows Defender SmartScreen (Windows 10)
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    Malware Testing
    I participate by downloading malware samples into an isolated VM environment
    Real-time Web & Malware Protection
    Kaspersky Internet Security 2019 TR
    NVT Exe Radar Pro v4.0 Beta
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    RTP - Custom security settings
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  • Virus and Malware Removal Tools
    NPE
    Trend Micro Housecall
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    Browsers and Extensions
    Opera
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    Windows Defender Browser Protection
    Ublock Origin
    Nano Defender
    UMatrix
    Privacy-focused Apps and Extensions
    Unlock Origin
    Nano Defender
    Umatrix
    Cloudflare DNS
    Password Managers
  • Bitwarden
  • Web Search
  • Google
  • System Utilities
    Process Lasso Pro
    Shadow Defender Pro
    Sandboxie
    Data Backup
    Dropbox
    Frequency of Data backups
    Daily
    System Backup
    Macrium Reflex Free
    Frequency of System backups
    Occasionally

    XhenEd

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    Looking into Appguard but there is no trial and the price tag on it is pretty hefty.
    If you want an AppGuard trial, download and install the 4th version. AppGuard 4 and 5 have no important differences right now. So, how the 4th version works is how the 5th version works. :)

    After that, if you like AppGuard, you may upgrade to the 5th version, and pay. :)
     

    mekelek

    Level 28
    If you want an AppGuard trial, download and install the 4th version. AppGuard 4 and 5 have no important differences right now. So, how the 4th version works is how the 5th version works. :)

    After that, if you like AppGuard, you may upgrade to the 5th version, and pay. :)
    Nice, thanks :)
     
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    mekelek

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    Update:
    Removed Zemana Antilogger, keeping it for on-demand only.
    Trying Adguard desktop instead of UBlock origin.

    Thinking of removing Hitman Pro Alert after how it failed with Wannacry and how bad Sophos Home is doing on malware tests.
     
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    mekelek

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    Update:
    Removed Adguard due to it randomly and frequently BSODing the netio.sys driver while browsing.
    Ublock origin reinstated
     
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    Parsh

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    Update:
    Removed Adguard due to it randomly and frequently BSODing the netio.sys driver while browsing.
    Ublock origin reinstated
    Suspect any specific reason why (compatibility issues)?
    I'm trying Adguard desktop for the first time and it's working well.

    EDIT: This link describes possible causes and troubleshooting regarding BSODs and errors of netio.sys driver. I'm sure you looked about this.
    Did you try sfc, driver troubleshooting using 'verifier' command..?
     
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    mekelek

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    Suspect any specific reason why (compatibility issues)?
    I'm trying Adguard desktop for the first time and it's working well.

    EDIT: This link describes possible causes and troubleshooting regarding BSODs and errors of netio.sys driver. I'm sure you looked about this.
    Did you try sfc, driver troubleshooting using 'verifier' command..?
    happens only when Adguard is installed, never had a netsysio BSOD before.
    not planning to go deep into it when Adguard is doing the same job with more performance hit than Ublock Origin.
    sites load slowly, Gmail needs a refresh to load, etc, it's such a useless program.
     
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    Andy Ful

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    I think, that your computer hates you. :)
    Installing and uninstalling security software = total system mess up.:(
    I know it, because I had everything, that you tried (and many more), on my computers.
    Please try (realtime security):
    Windows Defender + AppGuard + Shadow Defender
    Windows Defender + Anti-exe (NVT ERP, VoodooShield) + Shadow Defender
    Kaspersky + Shadow Defender (if you do not like System Watcher).
    Kaspersky + NVT ERP (if you like to know what is happening)
     
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    Glashouse

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    Consider some form of system backup software to easily restore your computer in case of a software malfunction or a malware infection.

    I recommend Windows Backup and Restore for this task.

    Alternatively, here are some good 3rd party backup applications:
    OR

    You're good to go as far as real-time protection software is concerned.

    Thanks for sharing your config with us! :p
    just because I see it hardly mentioned in all the posts, you could also take a look at CrashPlan as a backup solution. works good for me since years, has the option for hybrid backups (NAS, Cloud, other computer), can backup files on change (incl unlimited history for the files), unlimited cloud storage capacity and it is somehow quitte inexpensive.

    Data Backup Software Features | Free Computer Backup
     

    Andy Ful

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    A word about overkill setups - more, does not mean better.
    Security suite (like Kaspersky) includes many security modules. It is very hard for a developer to make all modules work flawlessly, in constantly evolving Windows 10. Adding another security, always make this harder. So, even when overkill setup works for a year, it can easily hang your computer the day after. Furthermore, the new security may weaken your setup, because of silent conflicts. It is like fighting using 2 swords, when you are trained to use only one.
    But, experimenting is so much fun.:)
     

    mekelek

    Level 28
    I think, that your computer hates you. :)
    Installing and uninstalling security software = total system mess up.:(
    I know it, because I had everything, that you tried (and many more), on my computers.
    Please try (realtime security):
    Windows Defender + AppGuard + Shadow Defender
    Windows Defender + Anti-exe (NVT ERP, VoodooShield) + Shadow Defender
    Kaspersky + Shadow Defender (if you do not like System Watcher).
    Kaspersky + NVT ERP (if you like to know what is happening)
    I have Kaspersky and Shadow Defender together, they don't have an issue.
    I do regular full system drive clone backups(with Macrium Reflect and AOMEI Backupper) on a separate removable HDD, and keep my PC clean from remnants with Revo uninstaller/Privazer/CCleaner so it isn't an issue.
    I love testing software and looking for the ultimate combination :D
     

    Andy Ful

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    I have Kaspersky and Shadow Defender together, they don't have an issue.
    I do regular full system drive clone backups(with Macrium Reflect and AOMEI Backupper) on a separate removable HDD, and keep my PC clean from remnants with Revo uninstaller/Privazer/CCleaner so it isn't an issue.
    I love testing software and looking for the ultimate combination :D
    Shadow Defender is great if one wants to test many programs (it allows to logoff and logon again).:)
     
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    Maxwell Sien

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    I'm paranoid of getting infected.
    You can't avoid data collection, it's impossible, so i just don't fight it.
    Will look into backups, I reinstall Windows every 3-4 months.
    Thanks for sharing.. Good to know another well-known user's config like this..

    But, why do you reinstall Windows periodically? Don't you feel inconvenience with that?
     

    mekelek

    Level 28
    Thanks for sharing.. Good to know another well-known user's config like this..

    But, why do you reinstall Windows periodically? Don't you feel inconvenience with that?
    If it's not necessary to reinstall, I don't do it, especially now that I have backups.