Latest Changes
Jan 4, 2020
Operating System
Windows 10 Pro
Windows Edition
Pro
Version or Build no.
1909
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
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 v5.57
    OS hardening
    RTP - Custom security settings
  • Minor changes for Increased security
  • RTP - Details of Custom security settings
    ConfigureDefender @ modified High
    Virus and Malware Removal Tools
    Emsisoft Emergency Kit
    Hitman Pro (paid)
    Browsers 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-focused Apps and Extensions
    µBO @ medium mode
    Privacy Badger
    Cookie Autodelete
    Adguard DOH
    eTag Stoppa (FF only)
    Password Managers
  • Brain exe + little black book
  • Web Search
  • StartPage/Qwant/Wikipedia and Gigbiru
  • System Utilities
    Windows built-in
    BleachBit 3.0 - "Hilary uses it!"
    RunBySmartscreen
    Data Backup
    Copy/Paste -> Free Agent Drive
    Frequency of Data backups
    Weekly
    System Backup
    Windows built-in -> Free Agent drive (monthly)
    Frequency of System backups
    Regularly
    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

    Gandalf_The_Grey

    Level 28
    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?
     

    Gandalf_The_Grey

    Level 28
    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 23
    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 49
    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 49
    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 23
    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 28
    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.
     
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