Latest Changes
Jun 15, 2019
Operating System
  • Windows 10
  • Windows Edition
    Pro
    Build Version
    1903
    System Architecture
    64-bit
    Security Updates
    Automatic Updates (recommended)
    User Access Control
    Always Notify
    Network Security (Firewall)
    Windows Defender Firewall
    Device Security
  • Windows Defender SmartScreen (Windows 10)
  • User Account
    Standard
    Malware Testing
    None - No Malware on host PC or VM
    Real-time Web & Malware Protection
    AVG Free Beta - current build
    VoodooShield Pro
    Custom Settings For Real-Time Protection
    Custom - Minor changes for Increased Security
    Custom Settings For Real-Time Protection Details
    AVG Free Beta - hardened mode + high sensitivity
    VoodooShield - custom configuration
    OS hardening - various
    Virus and Malware Removal Tools
    Emsisoft Emergency Kit
    Hitman Pro (free)
    Browsers and Extensions
    Brave Beta - Hardened via Brave:flags + µBlock Origin @ medium mode + Windows Defender Browser Protection
    Edge Dev Chromium - Hardened via Edge:Flags + µBlock Origin + Decentraleyes + Privacy Possum
    Web Privacy
    Brave - µBlock Origin
    Edge (Dev) - µBlock Origin + Decentraleyes + Privacy Possum
    Password Manager
    Brain exe + little black book
    Web Search
    StartPage
    System Utilities
    RunBySmartscreen 3.0.0
    Firewall Hardening Tool 1.0.0
    Document Anti-Exploit Tool
    BleachBit - "Hillary uses it!"
    Wise Disk Cleaner
    Windows built-in
    Data Backup
    Windows Backup -> Free Agent Drive
    Frequency of Data backups
    Monthly
    System Backup
    Aomei OneKey Recovery - one-click imaging!
    Frequency of System backups
    Regularly
    Computer Activity
  • Browsing web and email
  • Watch movies and other entertainment content on the Internet
  • Shared device is used by family members
  • Download files from different sources
  • Office and work related tasks
  • Video or photography editing
  • Programming
  • Computer Specifications
    Lenovo E531 i3 3120M CPU @ 2.50GHz 8GB DDR3 RAM 500GB Samsung SSD

    Gandalf_The_Grey

    Level 18
    Verified
    I've switched adblockers in Edge -> Adguard and Brave -> uBlock Origin. I really like the Windows Defender + VoodooShield combo. I can check sketchy files with WD, VS and RunBySmartscreen. The Cuckoo sandbox in VS is a nice feature as well for those special occasions.

    Also testing HDCleaner since it cleans Brave thanks to @Gandalf_The_Grey. You're Da Man! :) We'll see how this compares to cleaning via Brave itself.
    Unfortunately VoodooShield doesn't work well on my laptop. Discussed it with Dan before It has something to do with my internet connection.
    So for me it is Windows Defender and Hard Configurator.
    What's your opinion on HDCleaner?
     

    oldschool

    Level 30
    Verified
    Added Edge Beta + select Edge://flags enabled. I'm still trying to figure out site permissions for cookies. It seems a little buggy to me, or I don't understand exactly how it works, :unsure::emoji_thinking: always a possibility for me. :)Waiting for clear history, etc. on exit to be added.
     

    Gandalf_The_Grey

    Level 18
    Verified
    Added Kaspersky Free AV. Thought I'd jump on the Kaspersky bandwagon and see what's what.

    Also, I updated to Windows 10 v. 1903 when it was first released. I've noticed a couple of UI bugs but nothing else. I suppose I'm a M$ Beta tester? :LOL:
    Another volunteer MS beta tester :D
    I had a bug showing multiple monitors attached to my laptop, solved by reinstalling the graphics driver. Hope 1903 works great for you. It's a bit faster, more responsive to me. What do you think?

    After a reboot you should be on patch f now for Kaspersky. Fully compatible with Windows 10 version 1903.
     

    blackice

    Level 7
    Added Kaspersky Free AV. Thought I'd jump on the Kaspersky bandwagon and see what's what.

    Also, I updated to Windows 10 v. 1903 when it was first released. I've noticed a couple of UI bugs but nothing else. I suppose I'm a M$ Beta tester? :LOL:
    Always gotta try something different huh? Admittedly I have been considering messing with ESET some more, or the big K after seeing what happened with our poor friend and ESET. But also like just having something that works (WD and OSA). Will practicality or curiosity win out? Definitely will be interested to hear what you think of Kaspersky.
     

    oldschool

    Level 30
    Verified
    It's a bit faster, more responsive to me. What do you think?
    I agree. I've noticed my lock screen choice, Windows Spotlight is frozen on one photo and does not alternate or take suggestions as it is supposed to. Today I found my scroll bar hidden without making changes in Settings. They are annoying, little bugs that I see.

    Always gotta try something different huh? Admittedly I have been considering messing with ESET some more, or the big K after seeing what happened with our poor friend and ESET. But also like just having something that works (WD and OSA). Will practicality or curiosity win out? Definitely will be interested to hear what you think of Kaspersky.
    I think MT induces subtle changes in members' brains, enticing them to change security apps and configurations - often out of curiosity. Someone once ridiculed the forum, or certain members, as Kindergarten Security. I look at it from a more joyful perspective: MT is our playground, and kids love playing in the sandbox! :LOL: I think we should experiment in whatever way suits our fancy!(y)
     

    oldschool

    Level 30
    Verified
    Added AVG Free Beta @ hardened mode + high sensitivity, with settings > balanced for security and performance.

    AVG Free now has a number of available personal privacy settings, which may indicate they've responded to the backlash they've experienced the last few years. In any case, I've blocked AVGUI and overseer.exe in firewall. I quite enjoy this AV.

    I installed this last weekend and have now joined the AVG Anti-hate Coalition started by @stefanos! :LOL::LOL::LOL:

    Hardened mode really works. It blocked VoodooShield! :LOL::LOL::LOL:

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    Edit: This new version removes overseer.exe upon uninstall.
     
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    blackice

    Level 7
    Added AVG Free Beta @ hardened mode + high sensitivity, with settings > balanced for security and performance.

    AVG Free now has a number of available personal privacy settings, which may indicate they've responded to the backlash they've experienced the last few years. In any case, I've blocked AVGUI and overseer.exe in firewall. I quite enjoy this AV.

    I installed this last weekend and have now joined the AVG Anti-hate Coalition started by @stefanos! :LOL::LOL::LOL:

    Hardened mode really works. It blocked VoodooShield! :LOL::LOL::LOL:

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    I have a soft spot for AVG. Can't wait to see how it goes.
     

    stefanos

    Level 22
    Verified
    Added AVG Free Beta @ hardened mode + high sensitivity, with settings > balanced for security and performance.

    AVG Free now has a number of available personal privacy settings, which may indicate they've responded to the backlash they've experienced the last few years. In any case, I've blocked AVGUI and overseer.exe in firewall. I quite enjoy this AV.

    I installed this last weekend and have now joined the AVG Anti-hate Coalition started by @stefanos! :LOL::LOL::LOL:

    Hardened mode really works. It blocked VoodooShield! :LOL::LOL::LOL:

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    First impressions after one week. It is very light in the system. My laptop have very fast startup. Very good web filter. I tried it with many samples new and old. The protection is very good. Much better protection from many paid protection products.