Latest Changes
Aug 8, 2019
Operating System
  • Windows 10
  • Windows Edition
    Pro
    Version or Build no.
    1903
    System type
    64-bit operating system; x64-based processor
    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
    Sign-in Accounts
    None
    Sign-in Options
  • Password
  • Malware Testing
    I do not participate in downloading malware samples
    Real-time Web & Malware Protection
    Windows Defender
    Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit Beta v 1.13.1.117
    RTP - Custom security settings
  • Minor changes for Increased security
  • RTP - Details of Custom security settings
    ConfigureDefender @ Max + individual tweaks
    OS hardening
    Virus and Malware Removal Tools
    Emsisoft Emergency Kit
    Hitman Pro (free)
    Browsers and Extensions
    Brave Beta - Hardened via Brave:flags + Built-in Ad/Tracking/Script protection + Privacy Possum + Windows Defender Browser Protection
    Edge Dev Chromium - Hardened via Edge:Flags + µBO + Privacy Possum
    Privacy-focused Apps and Extensions
    Brave Beta - Built-in + Privacy Possum
    Edge (Dev) - µBO + Privacy Possum + Cookie Autodelete
    Password Managers
  • Brain exe + little black book
  • Web Search
  • StartPage
  • System Utilities
    BleachBit - "Hillary uses it!"
    Windows built-in
    Hard_Configurator Beta v.5.0.0
    Data Backup
    Copy/Paste -> Free Agent Drive
    Frequency of Data backups
    Weekly
    System Backup
    Windows Built-in - image > Free Agent drive
    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
  • Computer Specifications
    Lenovo L340 i3 8145U CPU @ 2.10 GHz 2.300 GHz 8GB DDR4 RAM 1 TB HDD

    Gandalf_The_Grey

    Level 21
    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 35
    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 21
    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 10
    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:
    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 35
    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 35
    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:

    AVG 2019-06-19 111530.png

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

    Level 10
    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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    I have a soft spot for AVG. Can't wait to see how it goes.
     

    stefanos

    Level 24
    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:

    View attachment 215270
    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.