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
    TinyWall 2.1.11
    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

    oldschool

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    New, basic Lenovo laptop which I am just settling into, and had little time to really break things yet. :sneaky: :D This is my initial, simple setup with mostly Windows built-in features - and considering other possibilities.

    I'm trying Kerish Doctor because system memory usage was high with unidentified causes. (all the updates from 1809 --> 1903?) It's kind of strange :emoji_thinking:, but KD certainly helped with the memory issue.

    While I really like Edge Dev I'm also enjoying Brave's built-in features.I wish the former had the latter's granular script blocking ability, which is quite nice. (y)
     

    Evjl's Rain

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    I'm trying Kerish Doctor because system memory usage was high with unidentified causes. (all the updates from 1809 --> 1903?) It's kind of strange :emoji_thinking:, but KD certainly helped with the memory issue.
    what causes your memory issue? Can you show us the screenshot of process explorer?
    you can try to disable several services such as superfetch, windows search or follow the guide from blackviper
     

    oldschool

    Level 35
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    what causes your memory issue? Can you show us the screenshot of process explorer?
    you can try to disable several services such as superfetch, windows search or follow the guide from blackviper
    Kerish Doctor's memory optimization seemed to do a good job and it seems OK now but I'm continuing to monitor it. I also selected KD's option to disable services as you suggest.Edge Dev is a real hog and WD seems to use more than on my last machine. I'll take a look at the Black Viper site as well. I'll keep you posted as I learn more. Thanks for your reply.
     

    Evjl's Rain

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    Kerish Doctor's memory optimization seemed to do a good job and it seems OK now but I'm continuing to monitor it. I also selected KD's option to disable services as you suggest.Edge Dev is a real hog and WD seems to use more than on my last machine. I'll take a look at the Black Viper site as well. I'll keep you posted as I learn more. Thanks for your reply.
    does edge start on boot? It's a common behavior of it on windows 10 -> strongly dislike
    if yes you can disable it to prevent it to start on boot, faster boot, lower on ram

    by the way, using any memory optimizer frequently is not good for your machine
     

    oldschool

    Level 35
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    does edge start on boot? It's a common behavior of it on windows 10 -> strongly dislike
    if yes you can disable it to prevent it to start on boot, faster boot, lower on ram

    by the way, using any memory optimizer frequently is not good for your machine
    Old Edge does start on reboot I believe, not Edge Dev. Also, startup is slow @ ~ 2 min. to fully loaded. Secure boot is enabled and I haven't gone into BIOS to disable it yet. Thanks for info about optimizers. KD has a huge load of settings that are kind of scary.
     

    Evjl's Rain

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    Old Edge does start on reboot I believe, not Edge Dev. Also, startup is slow @ ~ 2 min. to fully loaded. Secure boot is enabled and I haven't gone into BIOS to disable it yet. Thanks for info about optimizers. KD has a huge load of settings that are kind of scary.
    you can use this registry to disable edge on boot

    run this file
    Disable Pre-launching of Microsoft Edge for All Users.reg
     

    oldschool

    Level 35
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    ConfigureDefender @ Max + SS/Edge = Warn + Security Center = Visible

    SS what program is:unsure:
    Duh! Now I see. :D SS = Smartscreen. I set & list it this way (as above) because otherwise Max setting is a lock-down setup meant for family and children who use PC. It hides Security Center and sets SS, Internet Explorer and Edge to Block.

    @Evjl's Rain here is my screenshot -

    Capture.PNG
     
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    Evjl's Rain

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    Duh! Now I see. :D SS = Smartscreen. I set & list it this way (as above) because otherwise Max setting is a lock-down setup meant for family and children who use PC. It hides Security Center and sets SS, Internet Explorer and Edge to Block.

    @Evjl's Rain here is my screenshot -

    View attachment 218959
    any chance for the full list of app using process explorer and RAMmap?
    I never trust task manager. It's not informative enough for diagnosis

    looking at your screenshot, it seems like you have some apps consuming memory
    also you should disable cortana

    what is your memory usage with everything closed? I want to look at the Performance tab too
     
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    oldschool

    Level 35
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    any chance for the full list of app using process explorer and RAMmap?
    I never trust task manager. It's not informative enough for diagnosis

    looking at your screenshot, it seems like you have some apps consuming memory
    also you should disable cortana

    what is your memory usage with everything closed? I want to look at the Performance tab too
    I'm not inclined to install PE as I don't have a need for it. I thought I have a lot of apps as well but this is my first-ever new computer. Also, VS seemed a bit glitchy so that prompted the uninstall, as well as my aim to simplify. I've got Cortana off but it looks like I'll need to disable it in registry, along with the old Edge pre-launching. My memory with all apps closed is 35% which I know is too high.

    Stupid mistake I made when I performed the initial (out-of-the-box) update of Windows: I forgot to disable VoodoShield and it probably blocked some parts of update. :rolleyes: I may just do a refresh of Windows and see if that fixes it. Or should I clean install?
     

    Evjl's Rain

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    I'm not inclined to install PE as I don't have a need for it. I thought I have a lot of apps as well but this is my first-ever new computer. Also, VS seemed a bit glitchy so that prompted the uninstall, as well as my aim to simplify. I've got Cortana off but it looks like I'll need to disable it in registry, along with the old Edge pre-launching. My memory with all apps closed is 35% which I know is too high.

    Stupid mistake I made when I performed the initial (out-of-the-box) update of Windows: I forgot to disable VoodoShield and it probably blocked some parts of update. :rolleyes: I may just do a refresh of Windows and see if that fixes it. Or should I clean install?
    a clean install would be great but I don't think you should. You can try to uninstall some third-party apps, follow some tweaks and see what happens
    this is my memory usage on windows 8.1 x64 with nothing opened and everything essential installed. Not the lowest but good enough for me
    1.PNG2.PNG
     

    oldschool

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    a clean install would be great but I don't think you should. You can try to uninstall some third-party apps, follow some tweaks and see what happens
    this is my memory usage on windows 8.1 x64 with nothing opened and everything essential installed. Not the lowest but good enough for me
    OK, I'll follow your advice and disable that stuff tomorrow due to bedtime. Thanks again for your help. (y):barefoot::barefoot::barefoot::sleep:
     

    Andy Ful

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    Duh! Now I see. :D SS = Smartscreen. I set & list it this way (as above) because otherwise Max setting is a lock-down setup meant for family and children who use PC. It hides Security Center and sets SS, Internet Explorer and Edge to Block.

    @Evjl's Rain here is my screenshot -

    View attachment 218959
    With pretty much standard setup on Windows 10 (8GB RAM) you should have 25-30% RAM consumption. When you post Task Manager screenshots, it is better to sort the entries and maximize the window:
    CPU sorted:
    CPU sorted.png


    Memory sorted:
    Memory sorted.png


    I have a pretty standard desktop computer with about 25% memory consumption (on idle, Windows 10, 8 GB RAM).
     
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    rockstarrocks

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    a clean install would be great but I don't think you should. You can try to uninstall some third-party apps, follow some tweaks and see what happens
    this is my memory usage on windows 8.1 x64 with nothing opened and everything essential installed. Not the lowest but good enough for me
    Ok that's some serious tweak right there, and not for a mere mortal like me :p

    @oldschool 30% RAM at idle with only AV running in background is pretty normal.

    Lenovo L340 i3 8154U CPU @ 2.10 GHz 2.300 GHz 8GB DDR4 RAM 1 TB HDD
    Also I can't find this processor online, is it i3 8145U? It is pretty similar to one in my laptop i7-7500U
     
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    SeriousHoax

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    a clean install would be great but I don't think you should. You can try to uninstall some third-party apps, follow some tweaks and see what happens
    this is my memory usage on windows 8.1 x64 with nothing opened and everything essential installed. Not the lowest but good enough for me
    11% on a 8GB ram PC? What kind of sorcery is this???!!! :confused: