Latest changes
Jan 4, 2020
Operating system
Windows 10 Pro
Windows Edition
Pro
OS build or version
1909
System type
64-bit operating system; x64-based processor
Update and Security
Allow all automatic updates
User Access Control
Always notify
Firewall and Network protection
Microsoft Defender Firewall is active
User permissions
Standard account
User account
Local account only
Sign-in options
  • Account Password
  • Malware exposure
    No malware samples are downloaded
    Real-time Malware protection
    Windows Defender
    VoodooShield Pro v5.57
    OS hardening
    Modified security settings
    ConfigureDefender @ modified High
    Periodic scanners
    Emsisoft Emergency Kit
    Hitman Pro (paid)
    Browser and Extensions
    Brave - hardened + built-in protection + WDBP + Netcraft
    Edge Dev Chromium - hardened + µBO + Privacy Badger
    Firefox - hardened + µBO + Privacy Badger + eTag Stoppa + MBBG
    Privacy tools and VPN
    µBO @ medium mode
    Privacy Badger
    Cookie Autodelete
    Adguard DOH
    eTag Stoppa (FF only)
    Password manager
    Brain exe + little black book
    Search engine
    StartPage/Qwant/Wikipedia and Gigbiru
    Maintenance tools
    Windows built-in
    BleachBit 3.0 - "Hilary uses it!"
    RunBySmartscreen
    Photos and Documents backup
    Copy/Paste -> Free Agent Drive
    Data Backup Schedule
    Once or multiple times per week
    Backup and Restore
    Windows built-in -> Free Agent drive (monthly)
    Backup Schedule
    Once or more per week
    Computer Activity
  • Browsing the web and checking emails
  • Streaming movies, TV shows and music from the Internet
  • Shared computer is used by other family members
  • 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

    Thales

    Level 8
    Changed search engine from StartPage -> Qwant due to privacy questions re: new ownership. Gibiru as another alternative. 👍
    I will try them. Thanks.
    It seems DDG gives the same results as Google which is a good thing. I hope they work as DDG.
     

    oldschool

    Level 52
    Verified
    Installed Sophos 2.1.9 to check it out and my laptop slo-o-o-w-e-d down like I can't believe. Restarted several times to see if that helped, followed by uninstall. I used to like the old Sophos Free and was hoping for improvement. 😒 Windows Defender is just faster overall.

    Cleaned up the leftovers with BleachBit and when I opened it was surprised to find :cool: new cleaners which you can read about here
    https://github.com/bleachbit/winapp2.ini/blob/master/Winapp2-BleachBit.ini

    and here Q&A - BleachBit winapp2.ini cleaners for Edge, Edge Insider, Windows, Chrome/Brave, etc.

    (Edits in italics)
     
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    rockstarrocks

    Level 20
    Verified
    Installed Sophos 2.1.9 to check it out and my laptop slo-o-o-w-e-d down like I can't believe. Restarted several times to see if that helped, followed by uninstall. I used to like the old Sophos Free and was hoping for improvement. 😒 Windows Defender is just faster overall.
    I have always had the same experience with Sophos, very slow boot, laggy app launches (worse even than the old McAfee). I thought they hated me personally.
     

    oldschool

    Level 52
    Verified
    Added: VoodooShield Pro 5.54H Beta

    Upgraded HitmanPro to paid with the Black Friday deal.

    Removed: Emsisoft Emergency Kit --> It suddenly would not update and the driver continues running after closing app. I tried everything I can think of, including using TCPView but could not diagnose ( maybe above my pay grade? o_O) I contacted Emsi support and they helped me to get rid of the stuck driver and delete the app. They could not help with the updating issue. I don't know if it's related to using DOH or some OS hardening, etc.. I give up for now, but it bugs me due to OCDC.

    Maybe a clean install is in my future when the next W10 feature update is released? 🤔
     

    oldschool

    Level 52
    Verified
    Re-added: Emsisoft Emergency Kit

    Emsi support was fantastic helping me find and fix the "unable to connect to update server problem"! Definitely top-notch customer service!

    My New Year resolution: keep the system lean and clean, and quit experimenting with different software. :LOL:

    @Evjl's Rain you were correct about the nature of the problem being the firewall. The trouble was pinpointing it. (y)
     

    blackice

    Level 25
    Verified
    Re-added: Emsisoft Emergency Kit

    Emsi support was fantastic helping me find and fix the "unable to connect to update server problem"! Definitely top-notch customer service!

    My New Year resolution: keep the system lean and clean, and quit experimenting with different software. :LOL:

    @Evjl's Rain you were correct about the nature of the problem being the firewall. The trouble was pinpointing it. (y)
    Lean and clean! Love it! Our daughter is getting out of the blob phase, so I think I’m planning the same. No time for tooling around with random security software. Just good CLEAN fun.
     

    oldschool

    Level 52
    Verified
    Could you expand on that? I'm interested in hearing about your research.
    In a nutshell: blend in with the herd. Privacy Possum creates a lot of noise doing what it does, which makes the browser stand out more. There is significant disagreement between those who consider high-entropy extensions less favorably and those who believe the opposite. This is precisely the difference in philosophy between devs of PP and PB. There are trade-offs with each of them.

    Brave and Firefox offer options to block/reduce fingerprinting where most Chromium browsers don't (thus requiring extensions). The argument comes down to which built-in options and which extensions do best. The jury is still out and the battle between Trackers and Users is a never-ending seesaw.

    You could start by searching canvas fingerprinting and Firefox privacy for more info.
     

    oldschool

    Level 52
    Verified
    Updated configuration to show:

    Firefox - hardened + µBO + Privacy Badger + Malwarebytes Browser Guard. (y)

    Now that I've spent some time with it, I'm liking Firefox a lot more. Lots of good resources for tweaking it. I'll keep it to use for certain tasks.

    All three browsers I use have their place, each capable in its own way! :cool:
     
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