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
    VoodooShield Pro
    RTP - Custom security settings
  • Minor changes for Increased security
  • RTP - Details of Custom security settings
    ConfigureDefender @ Max + Smartscreen = Warn + Security Center = Visible
    VoodooShield Pro @ custom settings
    Various 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 + Bitdefender Trafficlight + Privacy Possum
    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

    Evjl's Rain

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    11% on a 8GB ram PC? What kind of sorcery is this???!!! :confused:
    windows 8.1 9300 is a miracle for lower end machines. W10 from 1703 and above is a burden
    perhaps, you can disable Largesystemcache, superfetch and prefetcher, some unnecessary services following blackviper's guide
    also you can follow this guide:
    after that, you can apply syshardener's tweaks, ooshutup and WPD. They can lower resource usage too
    I have some personal tweaks collected from various places but might be buggy for other people

    NOTE: enable largesystemcache will increase memory usage but improve performance, slightly, not noticeable in my case
    disabling superfetch will significantly lower disk activity -> better performance but lengthens boot time (insignificant with SSD or HDD if you defrag it properly)
     

    oldschool

    Level 34
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    30% RAM at idle with only AV running in background is pretty normal.

    OK.
    Also I can't find this processor online, is it i3 8145U? It is pretty similar to one in my laptop i7-7500U
    That's it. I edited config.

    @Andy Ful I'll try improving my screenshots when I post next.

    @stefanos - You kill me, man! :LOL: This may drive me back to AVG or I may just go crazy. Wait, I already am because I woke up hungry, was only going to eat something and here I am back again. :emoji_grimacing:
     

    stefanos

    Level 24
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    windows 8.1 9300 is a miracle for lower end machines. W10 from 1703 and above is a burden
    perhaps, you can disable Largesystemcache, superfetch and prefetcher, some unnecessary services following blackviper's guide
    also you can follow this guide:
    after that, you can apply syshardener's tweaks, ooshutup and WPD. They can lower resource usage too
    I have some personal tweaks collected from various places but might be buggy for other people

    NOTE: enable largesystemcache will increase memory usage but improve performance, slightly, not noticeable in my case
    disabling superfetch will significantly lower disk activity -> better performance but lengthens boot time (insignificant with SSD or HDD if you defrag it properly)
    Evjl's Rain i tried everything to do windows 10 lighter. My system with windows 10 uses 5% 7% more ram than windows 8.1. I have tried to reinstall windows 8.1 many times but I have everytime problems with the updates.
     

    Evjl's Rain

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    Evjl's Rain i tried everything to do windows 10 lighter. My system with windows 10 uses 5% 7% more ram than windows 8.1. I have tried to reinstall windows 8.1 many times but I have everytime problems with the updates.
    w8.1 update issue can be fixed by installing some KBxxxx
    after that you need to run ngen update
    the same problem with windows 7. After the fix, it will never happen again

    steps:
    1/ install the following patches in order (for windows x64 only, you can find the same patch for win 32), if you can't install, ignore them

    2/ after that, try to install this patch, if you can't, ignore it

    3/ after installing these updates, reboot your PC

    4/ after reboot, open CMD with administrator privileges and run this command 1 by 1, wait for it to complete
    %windir%\microsoft.net\framework\v4.0.30319\ngen.exe update
    %windir%\microsoft.net\framework64\v4.0.30319\ngen.exe update
    5/ use Never10 to prevent windows update to force you to upgrade to windows 10

    6/ finally try to update. Try to be patient until it complete. It can take very long in the first time
     

    stefanos

    Level 24
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    w8.1 update issue can be fixed by installing some KBxxxx
    after that you need to run ngen update
    the same problem with windows 7. After the fix, it will never happen again

    steps:
    1/ install the following patches in order (for windows x64 only, you can find the same patch for win 32), if you can't install, ignore them

    2/ after that, try to install this patch, if you can't, ignore it

    3/ after installing these updates, reboot your PC

    4/ after reboot, open CMD with administrator privileges and run this command 1 by 1, wait for it to complete


    5/ use Never10 to prevent windows update to force you to upgrade to windows 10

    6/ finally try to update. Try to be patient until it complete. It can take very long in the first time
    Thanks my friend . Tomorrow i try again to install windows 8.1
     

    oldschool

    Level 34
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    Removed Privacy Badger month-long trial aborted as I don't see enough improvement so far to use on its own. On the other hand, Privacy Possum + Edge Dev @ balanced or strict tracking protection may be enough for a lightweight, set & forget solution. Try it and watch PP go to work and see for yourself! (y)

    Edit: in italics.
     

    oldschool

    Level 34
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    Update on my casual tests of built-in tracking protection with Edge Dev and Brave: If you're using built-in features in either browser and desire a set and forget setup, you should figure on using Privacy Possum or Privacy Badger as a complement. Neither of these browsers provide maximum protection. Both are adequate for ad-free (or mostly ad free) browsing but need some help with at least one of these extensions. They will take on some of the heavy lifting.
     

    oldschool

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    The bad news: Clearing and re-seating CMOS in old Lenovo Thinkpad didn't work. It still won't start. I assume it's dead without, or until, further investigation.

    The good news: I was able to use my Windows 10 Pro key from the old Thinkpad to upgrade my new L340 and enabled Windows Sandbox. II'll test it out and see how it works.

    All suggestions on using the sandbox or Application Guard are welcome, since I know little about either.

    Edit: I suppose my i3 processor will be the limiting factor in using Windows Sandbox. ?? :unsure:
     

    Evjl's Rain

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    I installed WiseVector and tried to download malware at url.haus and had no right-click option to open the malware in a new window. WTF? I'm uninstalling!!!! :LOL::LOL::LOL:
    that's certainly not WV's problem. It cannot cause browser to act like that :unsure:
    I use chromium and it's still perfectly fine. There is open in new windows in urlhaus
     

    Evjl's Rain

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    Which is why I uninstalled W Sandbox.
    arrrh, sorry, I thought you uninstall Wisevector :)
    you can use Sandboxie (free for 1 sandbox) -> can use it for your browser -> wipe the sandbox -> use another program. It can be easily controlled, not as difficult as Windows Sandbox + more importantly, very light
    Paid sandboxie give you the ability to run multiple programs in 1 or many sandboxes -> no need

    sandboxie is not as safe as Windows sandbox but very easy to use