Latest Changes
Jun 14, 2019
Operating System
Windows 10
Windows Edition
1903 (18362.175)
System Architecture
64-bit OS
Security Updates
Check for Updates only - User interaction for download and installation
User Access Control
Always Notify
Windows Firewall - Network security provided by Microsoft
Device Security
Windows Defender SmartScreen (Windows 10)
User Account
Standard - User has some control over the settings
Recent Security Incidents
No malware or privacy issues
Malware Testing
None - No Malware on host PC or VM
Real-time Web & Malware Protection
Avast Free
Custom Settings For Real-Time Protection
Custom - Minor changes for Increased Security
Custom Settings For Real-Time Protection Details
hardened mode enabled
Virus and Malware Removal Tools
on demand scanners:
malwarebytes antimalware free
zemana antimalware free portable
Browsers and Extensions
Chrome + adguard adblocker extension (stealth active)
Web Privacy
avast secureline vpn
Password Manager
important passwords in my head, all the rest in chrome
Web Search
System Utilities
ccleaner portable (all outgoing connections blocked in firewall)
gpg encryption
bandizip archiver
Data Backup
aomei backupper standard (monthly system and data backup)
syncback free (weekly data backup)
Frequency of Data backups
System Backup
aomei backupper standard
Frequency of System backups
Computer Activity
Online banking
Browsing web and email
Watch movies and other entertainment content on the Internet
Download files from different sources
Office and work related tasks
Computer Specifications
Dell xps 13 9380
UHD Graphics 620


Level 28
thanks oldschool, good suggestion.

i've been looking at using adguard dns which encrypts dns requests (currently using cloudflare is this something you guys recommend?
I don't use one but probably a lot of members do. I wouldn't mind using OpenDNS here at home but can't with my ISP. There are some recent posts about Adguard DNS but you'll have to look for them. Sorry I can't offer more help.


Level 1
Hi all, i'm contemplating using bitlocker on my laptop. it has two partitions: C: system drive and D: for data. From what i've read on the net, since i'm on Windows 10 home, i must use command line manage-bde. My laptop has tpm 2.0. I would like the boot up to be seamless with windows ie no additional password entry every time I start windows. From what i've read on the net, the commands i need are:

to check current status:
manage-bde -status

Add TPM key protector for each partition:
manage-bde -protectors -add c: -tpm
manage-bde -protectors -add d: -tpm

Add Recovery password in case i need to decrypt the partitions on another computer:
manage-bde -protectors -add c: -rp
manage-bde -protectors -add d: -rp

save recovery password:
manage-bde -protectors -get c:
manage-bde -protectors -get d:

Turn Bitlocker On with AES256 key and used space only encryption
manage-bde -on c: -em AES256 -used
manage-bde -on d: -em AES256 -used

To turn off:
manage-bde -off c:
manage-bde -off d:

In case of emergency, to unlock the drive using the recovery password:
manage-bde –unlock d: -recoverypassword 111111-222222-333333-444444-555555-666666-777777-888888

To pause protection, for example to update bios
manage-bde -protectors -disable c:
and then to re-enable:
manage-bde -protectors -enable c:

Is there anything I'm missing???