Advanced Security oldschool's surfing laptop configuration

Last updated
Jun 2, 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
SRP - basic disallowed setup
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 | Brave Search
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!
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Digmor Crusher

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I set Quad 9 on my desktop about 6 months ago, a month ago some web pages started taking longer to open so I used DNS Bench to test. Quad 9 was the slowest and it wasn't even close ( they may have been having issues the day I took the test to be that slow, don't know) anyways my ISP's DNS was fastest so i switched back to it.
 

TairikuOkami

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Have you considered and alternative, since it was last updated in 2022? Wise memory can be installed via store, so it is updated and signed.
Periodic malware scanners: KVRT
If you have to redownload it each time, would not be CureIt! better? It uses a randomized name and it is not signed, so malware can not detect it. Though, it is 3 times bigger.
I myself can not even run KVRT. They "improved" it, but it only proves my point, they do not need malware to block it, it is too elaborate, so it can be easily broken.

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Kongo

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Have you considered and alternative, since it was last updated in 2022? Wise memory can be installed via store, so it is updated and signed.

If you have to redownload it each time, would not be CureIt! better? It uses a randomized name and it is not signed, so malware can not detect it. Though, it is 3 times bigger.
I myself can not even run KVRT. They "improved" it, but it only proves my point, they do not need malware to block it, it is too elaborate, so it can be easily broken.

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But just because another tool auto-updates, it doesn't mean that the detection is better compared to Kaspersky :unsure:
 
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