Latest changes
Jan 4, 2020
Operating system
Windows 10 Pro
Windows Edition
Pro
OS version
1909
System type
64-bit operating system; x64-based processor
Security updates
Automatically allow security and feature updates
Windows UAC
Always notify
Firewall protection
Microsoft Defender Firewall
Account privileges
Standard account
Account type
Sign in with local account
Account log-in
  1. Account Password
Exposure to malware
No malware samples are downloaded
Real-time Malware protection
Windows Defender
VoodooShield Pro v5.57
OS hardening
RTP configuration
ConfigureDefender @ modified High
Periodic scanners
Emsisoft Emergency Kit
Hitman Pro (paid)
Browser and Add-ons
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 Files backup
Copy/Paste -> Free Agent Drive
File 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
  1. Browsing the web and checking emails
  2. Streaming movies, TV shows and music from the Internet
  3. Shared computer is used by other family members
  4. Downloading files from different websites
  5. Office and other work-related software (Work from Home)
  6. 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

stefanos

Level 28
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11% on a 8GB ram PC? What kind of sorcery is this???!!! :confused:
Is windows 8.1. My pc before install windows 10
ram.jpg
 

Evjl's Rain

Level 45
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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 56
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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 28
Verified
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 28
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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 56
Verified
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 56
Verified
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

Level 56
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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
 
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