Latest changes
Jul 11, 2020
Daily driver
My Primary device
Operating system
Windows 10 Pro
OS version
2004
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
    ClearURLs
    Trace
    Password manager
    Brain.exe + little black book
    Search engine
    Gibiru
    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

    blackice

    Level 27
    Verified
    With a fresh install of 2004 my boot times are the same or faster. Of course, that comes with the time intensive task of a fresh install. I didn’t have boot slowdown when I updated, and I think the issue I encountered was already present pre-update, just windows store breaking things the way windows store does.
     

    oldschool

    Level 53
    Verified
    With a fresh install of 2004 my boot times are the same or faster. Of course, that comes with the time intensive task of a fresh install. I didn’t have boot slowdown when I updated, and I think the issue I encountered was already present pre-update, just windows store breaking things the way windows store does.
    I changed my power plan back to balanced and will check startup. What's the difference between a clean install and a "Reset this PC + remove everything?"

    I still think it's the Intel updates prior to 2004. Once I reverted to 1909 I got those again immediately. My boot time is not horrible, it just seems a tad slower than before those.
     

    blackice

    Level 27
    Verified
    I changed my power plan back to balanced and will check startup. What's the difference between a clean install and a "Reset this PC + remove everything?"

    I still think it's the Intel updates prior to 2004. Once I reverted to 1909 I got those again immediately. My boot time is not horrible, it just seems a tad slower than before those.
    Honestly it seemed like the reset and remove everything took longer than a format and install. I did the reset and remove. I couldn't find a lot of information from M$ explaining the true difference. I think with the reset you don't need a boot media, and obviously with a format and reinstall you need a thumbdrive or disk with bootable installer, if I remember it just used the drive for the reset.
     

    Protomartyr

    Level 5
    Verified
    Nope. All built-in configuration options equivalent to ConfigureDefender High. No 3rd party security apps.
    I plan on doing this down the road as well. Once 2004 becomes stable, I'll upgrade from Home to Pro, then clean install and do everything manually using built-in settings.
    Do you have a list of what group policy settings you have configured?

    For now, I'll just play around with them in a VM to test and eventually transfer everything over to my main system.
     

    Protomartyr

    Level 5
    Verified
    I'd definitely love to see a list. I was digging through the ConfigureDefender manual to see if there were any mentions of what each setting in CD translates to group policy but sadly there doesn't seem to be any references. The only thing I could find was the following:
    The tabs: MAPS, MpEngine, Real-time Protection, Reporting, Scan, Spynet, and Windows Defender Exploit Guard, should be inspected before using the utility, if some settings are switched ensure they are set back to the defaults.
    So at least I know where to look.
     

    oldschool

    Level 53
    Verified
    Re-enabled µBO in medium mode and added Trace to Brave.

    Trace settings --> configured to supplement Brave built-in privacy protection.
    • All Main Protections enabled
    • All Advanced Protections enabled except Cookie Eater and Google Header Removal
    • URL Tracking Cleaner enabled
    • All 3 Web Request Settings disabled as these are handled by µBO and ClearURLs
    I find Trace's Web Request Settings are poorly executed, and I doubt that I would like them any more in the paid version. My 2 cents.
     
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    oldschool

    Level 53
    Verified
    After some trial and error I've reconfigured Trace settings for set-and-forget use. No whitelisting or per-site configuration required. This setup is primarily for fingerprinting protection and should work well on Chromium browsers with any adblocker. YMMV.
    • All Main Protections Enabled
    • E-Tag Tracking Protection Enabled All other Main Protections Disabled
    • All Web Request Settings Disabled as these are handled by µBO and ClearURLs
    Edit/Update: I removed this from Brave since it's duplicative/overkill, and have it installed only in Ungoogled Chromium
     
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