Advanced Security oldschool's surfing laptop configuration

Last updated
Jul 11, 2024
How it's used?
For home and private use
Operating system
Windows 11
Other operating system
Windows Pro
On-device encryption
N/A
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
On
Network firewall
Enabled
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
Firewall Hardening
RunBySmartscreen
Windows Spy Blocker
Periodic malware scanners
KVRT
Malware sample testing
I do not participate in malware testing
Environment for malware testing
N/A
Browser(s) and extensions
Firefox I µBO | Brave Search
Brave | Brave Search | My settings
Edge | Privacy Badger | JShelter | Brave Search | 2 Profiles
Secure DNS
Quad9 DNS
Desktop VPN
None
Password manager
Maintenance tools
Windows built-in
File and Photo backup
Copy/Paste
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
24.2.24 Refreshed Windows and re-enabled Smart App Control
7.5.24 Performed a repair installation via Windows Update. Nice & easy!
What I'm looking for?

Looking for minimum feedback.

SeriousHoax

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Mar 16, 2019
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I don't know 🤔
Firefox have had smooth scrolling long before any chromium browser. At this moment, I can't tell the difference in general browsing but if I test Firefox & Chrome's scrolling side by side then it seems Firefox's scrolling speed is slightly quicker when I scroll little by little to read the comments on this thread. The difference is so minimal.
 
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ForgottenSeer 103564

I can't tell the difference in general browsing but if I test Firefox & Chrome's scrolling side by side then it seems Firefox's scrolling speed is slightly quicker when I scroll little by little to read the comments on this thread. The difference is so minimal.
This was exactly what i was thinking. Unless you are flat out one of the fastest speed readers on the planet, i doubt any of it would make that much of a difference. I do not know anyone that continuously scrolls in a steady fashion quickly while reading and able to actually absorb what they are reading that would need to enhance the speed and smoothness of scrolling to that extent.
 

Jonny Quest

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Mar 2, 2023
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Have you tried any of the older methods described in the link? 🤔
I saw in a previous link that it was pretty much impossible to do as well as there isn't a regedit Windows Desktop Search path anymore (from that link). I just always got a kick out of the dog and the wizard in XP, and thought this guy yelling about wanting the dog back, needing to get the dog back, was funny :)
 

oldschool

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Mar 29, 2018
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How's that going? I'm still using uBO in Medium mode in Edge but I have needed to add more exception rules lately to get some streaming etc to work so thinking maybe uBOL or maybe Privacy Badger since you've mentioned it recently.
It's perfect for my limited use of Edge, used mostly for secure logins on my important sites.

I like that it's maintained by more than one dev.
 
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oldschool

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I have needed to add more exception rules lately to get some streaming etc to work so thinking maybe uBOL or maybe Privacy Badger since you've mentioned it recently.
I should have added that µBOL or Privacy Badger should work fine to avoid those issues, especially the latter since it's focused on tracking and only blocks ads inadvertently.
 

Arequire

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Feb 10, 2017
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I never liked the idea of Privacy Badger, it is like using heuristics vs verified signatures. It is guessing and never really worked for me. Though it is an interesting approach dealing with Manifest V3.
PB stopped using heuristics back in 2020 due to it allowing an attacker to fingerprint and extract data from its users. You can still enable it if you so choose, but it's disabled by default and instead uses a filter list now.
 

TairikuOkami

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May 13, 2017
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PB stopped using heuristics back in 2020 due to it allowing an attacker to fingerprint and extract data from its users.
Maybe someone should tell them that, since it is PB's selling point. It definitely does not fill me with confidence. :D
 

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