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    Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool
    Zemana
    Malwarebytes Antimalware
    Browsers and Extensions
    Edge - Nano Adblocker medium mode
    Brave Beta - Nano Adblocker
    Firefox -- uBlock Origin medium mode, Malwarebytes Beta,
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    Edge- Nano Adblocker
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    Windows Disk Cleanup, BleachBit - "Hillary uses it!", Wise Disk Cleaner, CleanMem, Document Anti-Exploit Tool.
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    Macrium Reflect
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    oldschool

    Level 38
    Verified
    We switched our ISP to a Net Neutrality ISP and I needed to replace the provided McAfee. I did a lot of research and came up with this configuration for our older laptop. I've been very happy with this set-up and had only a slight learning curve with TinyWall and VoodooShield. Sophos has been very easy to live with but has developed a slight bug lately - incorrect Last Scan Date reporting. All clean so far!
     
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    oldschool

    Level 38
    Verified
    I would like to suggest either Macrium Reflect or Aomei Backupper forcreating system images. Both have a free and reliable version you could use. :)

    Thanks for the direction. But, about my config: I see threads about Andy Fuls configure Defender and am wondering if WD + CD on my system would provide more protection than what I have currently. My old machine is simply for surfing, some photos, docs, music. Very basic. Any thoughts?
     

    oldschool

    Level 38
    Verified
    4/11/18 UPDATE:

    Switched from Sophos Home Free to Windows Defender + ConfigureDefender (High setting).
    Switched from Tinywall (which I really like for its simple elegance!) to Commodo Firewall 10 + CruelSister Variation.
    Added Macrium Reflect Free for image backup.
    Also now using uBlock Origin in Advanced User Medium Mode.

    I uninstalled MBAM because the updated version with Realtime Trial was making Sophos unhappy. I will try reinstalling once I'm a bit more familiar with this new setup. The new configuration seems to be easy on my machine - i3 2.53GHz 8MB RAM DDR3 Lenovo laptop. WD made a bit of a fuss installing CF but it's all up and running. I like it and the bit of a learning curve should be fun! Thanks for all your help!

    Edit: Re-installed Malwarebytes Antimalware
     
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    oldschool

    Level 38
    Verified
    Just uninstalled CCleaner as I kept getting flags from Commodo Firewall and WD Controlled Folder Access. This occurred over a couple of days as I was installing VirusTotal uploader and cleaning browser history, etc..

    Today I booted up as usual with my user account and all icons including browsers in task bar were GONE! I signed out of User Account and into Admin Account and found an unusual Zip file on the desktop! I checked Properties which looked suspicious & ran it in CF container, then reset container, forgetting to upload to VT first. (Duh!) Restarted computer and User Account task bar icons back to normal. Most everything seems OK. But, a couple of "unknown" files are greyed out and disabled in Commodo Killswitch.

    Now using Bleachbit exclusively and clearing Edge in browser settings. I never had issues before changing from my old configuration. Any help out there for this new member?
     
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    Robbie

    Level 29
    Verified
    Content Creator
    Malware Tester
    Just uninstalled CCleaner as I kept getting flags from Commodo Firewall and WD Controlled Folder Access. This occurred over a couple of days as I was installing VirusTotal uploader and cleaning browser history, etc..

    Today I booted up as usual with my user account and all icons including browsers in task bar were GONE! I signed out of User Account and into Admin Account and found an unusual Zip file on the desktop! I checked Properties which looked suspicious & ran it in CF container, then reset container, forgetting to upload to VT first. (Duh!) Restarted computer and User Account task bar icons back to normal. Most everything seems OK. But, a couple of "unknown" files are greyed out and disabled in Commodo Killswitch.

    Now using Bleachbit exclusively and clearing Edge in browser settings. I never had issues before changing from my old configuration. Any help out there for this new member?
    I would suggest a few tests with Process Explorer and AutoRuns to check everything is normal, and scan the system and AppData folder with a couple of portable anti-malware. My robotic feeling tells me it's probably some normal bug, but let's just be sure...
     

    oldschool

    Level 38
    Verified
    I would suggest a few tests with Process Explorer and AutoRuns to check everything is normal, and scan the system and AppData folder with a couple of portable anti-malware. My robotic feeling tells me it's probably some normal bug, but let's just be sure...
    I'll need to download Process Explorer. Don't know AutoRuns. Scanning with ZAM now. Don't currently have any portables. "...my robotic feeling..." I like that!
     

    Robbie

    Level 29
    Verified
    Content Creator
    Malware Tester

    mekelek

    Level 28
    I'm new to CF + CS settings. And I'm an average user - no real technical knowledge. That's why I'm here.... When I had Sophos Home Free + TinyWall I had no problems that I couldn't bump my way through.....
    Don't get me wrong i'm not attacking you or anything, i'm just wondering how can something escape the auto-sandboxing of CF, especially if it's CS settings.
    I guess you put something out of sandbox or your browser isn't sandboxed?