Latest changes
Jul 11, 2020
Daily driver
My Primary device
Operating system
Windows 10 Pro
OS version
System type
64-bit operating system; x64-based processor
Security updates
Automatically allow security and feature updates
Windows UAC
Always notify
Firewall protection
Microsoft Defender Firewall
Account privileges
Standard account
Account type
Sign in with local account
Account log-in
  • Account Password
  • Exposure to malware
    No malware samples are downloaded
    Real-time Malware protection
    Bitdefender Free
    RTP configuration
    Advanced settings enabled via group policy + hardened exploit protection + SRP
    Periodic scanners
    Hitman Pro (paid)
    Browser and Add-ons
    Brave/Brave Nightly --> µBO + ClearURLs + Trace
    Edge Chromium --> Strict tracking protection + ClearURLs
    Privacy tools and VPN
    Emsisoft Browser Security (Brave)
    Adguard DNS
    µBlock Origin
    Password manager
    Brain.exe + little black book
    Search engine
    Maintenance tools
    Windows built-in
    Photos and Files backup
    Copy/Paste --> Free Agent drive
    File Backup schedule
    Once or multiple times per month
    Backup and Restore
    Aomei Backupper Pro --> image monthly or as needed
    System protection --> restore points as needed @ app or data changes
    Backup schedule
    Once or more per month
    Computer Activity
  • Browsing the web and checking emails
  • Streaming movies, TV shows and music from the Internet
  • Downloading files from different websites
  • Office and other work-related software (Work from Home)
  • Recording and editing video or photos
  • Computer Specifications
    Lenovo L340 i3 8145U CPU @ 2.10 GHz 2.300 GHz 8GB DDR4 RAM 1 TB HDD
    Your changelog
    5/3/20 --> Removed Bitdefender and back to Windows Defender --> Updated RunBySmartscreen
    May 2020 ---> various small changes
    3 June, 2020 --> updated to W10 2004
    7 June 2020 --> rolled back to 1909
    8 August 2020 --> Back to Bitdefender until M$ figures out a fix for buggy Network Inspection Service
    10 August 2020 --> Added Trace and re-enabled µBO in Brave

    The Cog in the Machine

    Level 22
    Which is why I watch for sales on whatever license I want to play around with. For the price of a little more than a movie ticket you can get a license for most paid products.
    You're completely right. We have two major ISP in my country one offering EIS and the other BIS. Both for $10 a year per device. I believe the price is very reasonable. One can also find legit sellers on eBay selling Panda, AVG, Mcafee and Bullguard. I will never use a free product (except WD as it is preinstalled and integrated in the system); either because of ads or missing functionality.


    Level 53
    BD Free's Active Threat Control is active in BD Free. I tested running ConfigureDefender (which BD blocked on initial opening) and, after adding an exclusion, it blocked any setting change requiring powershell. Definition updates eat up a bit of CPU and disk but are short-lived.


    Level 53
    Forgive my ignorance, but I can’t figure out what BIS has that BD free doesn’t it just the firewall? At this point I’d be fine just using Windows FW. I don’t worry about outbound connection control.
    I can't say because I've never used BIS. Maybe just the firewall, IDK. Free has everything I need and nothing I don't.(y)

    Edit: I don't worry about outbound connections either. WF is fine.

    Edit #2: You'd likely be missing ransomware remediation (in BD AV+, BIS, BTS) Ask @Robbie, he'll know.
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    Level 30
    Content Creator
    Malware Tester
    I couldn't tell you precisely, but I think it's pretty good. Again, ask @Robbie @stefanos maybe @SeriousHoax. They will know better than I.
    Haven't had ANY issues uninstalling or installing BitDefender, at least from versions 2019 and after. Doesn't leave much remnant or at least that complicates the stability of the OS. Anyways, as always, I use Revo Uninstaller Free to uninstall any software to make sure to leftovers are left behind.