Advanced Security oldschool's surfing laptop configuration

Last updated
May 10, 2024
How it's used?
For home and private use
Operating system
Windows 11
Other operating system
Windows Pro
On-device encryption
Log-in security
    • Biometrics (Windows Hello PIN, TouchID, Face, Iris, Fingerprint)
Security updates
Allow security updates
Update channels
Allow stable updates only
User Access Control
Always notify
Smart App Control
Network firewall
About WiFi router
Provided by ISP
Real-time security
Windows Security | Configured via GPO
Firewall security
Microsoft Defender Firewall
About custom security
MS Defender - Block all unknown executables | ASR rules | Platform & Engine Beta channel updates
Smart App Control
Exploit Protection settings
SRP - basic disallowed setup
Firewall Hardening
Windows Spy Blocker
Periodic malware scanners
Malware sample testing
I do not participate in malware testing
Environment for malware testing
Browser(s) and extensions
Firefox I µBO | Brave Search
Brave | Brave Search | My settings
Edge | Privacy Badger | JShelter | Brave
Secure DNS
Quad9 DNS
Desktop VPN
Password manager
Maintenance tools
Windows built-in
Mem Reduct
File and Photo backup
Active subscriptions
    • None
System recovery
Wiindows built-in | Aomei Backupper Pro Lifetime
Risk factors
    • Browsing to popular websites
    • Opening email attachments
    • Buying from online stores, entering banks card details
    • Downloading software and files from reputable sites
    • Streaming audio/video content from trusted sites or paid subscriptions
Computer specs
Lenovo L340 Intel(R) Core(TM) i3-8145U CPU @ 2.10GHz 2.30 GHz 8.00 GB RAM 1TB HDD
Notable changes
22-12-5 Reverted to MS Defender.
23-1-21 Refreshed Windows with SAC in evaluation mode.
23-2-2 Clean Windows installation
23-2-18 SAC user-enabled on
27-2-23 Added Chrome for the lack of 'feature' bloat.
28-2-23 Changed default browser to Chrome
What I'm looking for?

Looking for minimum feedback.


Level 82
Thread author
Top Poster
Mar 29, 2018
New year. Same simple setup.

Edge flags:
Exploit protection (thanks to @Umbra). These haven't broken anything yet, e.g. extensions crashing.
- for Brave, Edge and Firefox:

Block low integrity images - ON
Block remote images - ON
Block untrusted fonts - ON
Control flow guard (CFG) - ON
Data execution prevention (DEP) - ON + Enable thunk emulation - CHECKED
Disable extension points - ON
Force randomization for images (Mandatory ASLR) - ON + Do not allow stripped images - CHECKED
Randomize memory allocations (Bottom-up ASLR) - ON
Validate exception chains (SEHOP) - ON
Validate handle usage - ON
Validate heap integrity - ON
Validate image dependency integrity - ON

ADD for Edge Chromium only:

Code integrity guard - ON (with or without Also allow images signed by M$ Store CHECKED)
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Level 76
Honorary Member
Top Poster
Content Creator
Apr 24, 2016
I had printer issues after making exceptions. I uninstall when I encounter issues like this. Windows built-in = less problems.
Yes, a good decision (y)
Keeping things simple is lost art, but I can understand that on a security forum.
We hear of all those threats and there are so many toys to play with...


Level 4
Oct 4, 2019
It's just like every Windows before it. It does all the same stuff in pretty much the same way, but you'll tell yourself it's a solid step in the right direction as ultimately everyone will have to upgrade and it's stupid to be the last man standing if you're interested in technology, right?


Level 82
Thread author
Top Poster
Mar 29, 2018


Level 82
Thread author
Top Poster
Mar 29, 2018
Upgraded to W11. I'm happy with it and see no reason to go back to 10.

And I was one of those put off by the early reports, thinking "W10 till '25"! ;)
There is a principle which is a bar against all information, which is proof against all arguments and which cannot fail to keep a man in everlasting ignorance - that principle is contempt prior to investigation.
- Herbert Spencer

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