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Dec 14, 2019
Windows Edition
Home
Version or Build no.
18362.535
System type
64-bit operating system; x64-based processor
Security Updates
Automatic Updates (recommended)
User Access Control
Always Notify
Network Security (Firewall)
Windows Defender Firewall
User Account
Administrator
Sign-in Accounts
None
Sign-in Options
  • Password
  • Malware Testing
    I do not participate in downloading malware samples
    Real-time Web & Malware Protection
    Windows Defender
    RTP - Custom security settings
  • No security settings changes
  • Virus and Malware Removal Tools
    MalwareBytes
    Emsisoft Emergency Kit
    HitmanPro
    ESET Online Scanner
    Browsers and Extensions
    Chrome: Ghostery, uBlock Origin, HTTPS everywhere, Privacy Badger, Decentraleyes, Emsisoft, Honey, Video Speed Controller.
    Firefox: Ghostery, uBlock Origin, HTTPS everywhere, Decentraleyes, Honey.
    Privacy-focused Apps and Extensions
    Ghostery, uBlock Origin, Privacy Badger, Decentraleyes
    Cloudflare DNS ipv4 and ipv6
    Password Managers
  • Bitwarden
  • Web Search
  • Duckduckgo for Firefox, Google for Chrome
  • System Utilities
    CCleaner
    Data Backup
    Google Drive
    External HDD
    Frequency of Data backups
    Monthly
    System Backup
    Windows Backup
    Macrium Reflect 7 Free
    Frequency of System backups
    Occasionally
    Computer Activity
  • Online banking
  • Browsing web and email
  • Watch movies and other entertainment content on the Internet
  • Office and work related tasks
  • Computer Specifications
    5 year-old Toshiba laptop:
    Intel Core i7-4700MQ 2.4GHz
    8GB RAM
    Nvidia GeForce GT 745M
    1TB HDD

    patoli

    Level 1
    Hi, I share as well my configuration. I'm not a power user,, no gaming. I have only a few programs and very rarely install any new software in my computer (I´m very minimalistic if I can say that).
    Been obsessing with browser extensions lately and thinking about getting VPN, but I may trust more my ISP than the vpn itself.
    MalwareBytes used as on-demand scanner, once every week.
    I bought a 1TB Toshiba portable Hard drive where I copy-paste the My Documents folder.
    I keep my passwords in a .txt file, something I am not proud of (except banking and email passwords that are in a real physical notebook).


    Open to suggestions as you probably know more than me.
     
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    Protomartyr

    Level 2
    Verified
    Virus and Malware Removal Tools:
    • Emsisoft Emergency Kit and HitmanPro Free are great second opinion scanners. ESET Online Scanner is another good one (the most thorough) but is heavy.
    Browsers and Extensions:
    • I feel like there's some overlap between Ghostery, Privacy Badger, and uBlock Origin. I'm not too knowledgeable about which ones to keep, but I feel like uBlock Origin paired with one of the other two is enough.
    • HTTPS Everywhere: I like to enable the option Encrypt All Sites Eligible. If you come across a site that needs HTTP (downloading from MajorGeeks is one example), then you can temporarily disable the extension, add the site as an exception, or not visit the site at all.
    System Utilities:
    • See my comments about using CCleaner in this thread.
    • CCEnhancer is a small unoffical tool that adds support for a lot more programs.
     

    harlan4096

    Moderator
    Verified
    Staff member
    Malware Hunter
    @patoli, my suggestions:
    • You may harden Your system using Configure Defender tool or even Hard_Configurator (by @Andy Ful) or Syshardener (by NovirusThanks).
    • As for "Disk Imaging Backup", You may add Macrium Reflect Free or AOEMI Backupper, both are free and reliably.
    • As for "Virus and Malware Removal Tools", You may add: EmsiSoft Emergengy Ki and HitManPro Free.
    • A PassWord Manager would be welcome also.
    Please kindly reflect Your changes editing Your config, and announcing them here, thanks for sharing :giggle:
     

    bribon77

    Level 30
    Verified
    I will tell you what I use.
    In the browser.
    uBlock Origin.
    Emsisoft Browser Security
    Privacy Possum
    Auto History Wipe.
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    Scanner on demand.
    Emsisoft Emergency Kit..(Even now I don't use it because I have Emsisoft in real time.)
    HitmanPro Free
    Norton Power Eraser
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    Backups, and this is very important.
    Macrium Reflect free.

    Thanks for sharing.(y)
     
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    patoli

    Level 1
    Thanks for your comments.
    Updates so far:
    - Added Emsisoft Emergency Kit
    - Added Windows Backup
    - HTTPS everywhere extension: option Encript all sites eligible

    Planned:
    - Installed Macrium Reflect but I still have to figure out how it works
    - Might do a backup in Google Drive
    I will add more things the next week
     
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    patoli

    Level 1
    I update again.
    Added:
    - On demand scan: HitmanPro and ESET Online Scanner
    - System backup: Macrium Reflect 7 Free (image created)
    - Data backup: Google Drive

    For password manager, I was thinking LastPass or Bitwarden, I will need to look further into this.
    For browser extensions, I am thinking of reducing, I have too many I guess.
    And in Firefox, it takes like15 seconds before loading home page when opening browser. It doesn´t happen in Chrome. I may uninstall Firefox.
     
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    Protomartyr

    Level 2
    Verified
    And in Firefox, it takes like15 seconds before loading home page when opening browser. It doesn´t happen in Chrome. I may uninstall Firefox.
    Try removing the Malwarebytes Browser Guard extension and see if it solves the delayed loading. I had the same problem and in my case I narrowed it down to the extension.

    Some alternatives to consider:
    • Windows Defender Browser Protection - Light and effective. Unfortunately only available on Chrome.
    • Bitdefender TrafficLight - Light and effective. However, it transmits URLs visited in clear text. See Fabian Wosar's commentary here.
    • Emsisoft Browser Security - Light and privacy conscious. However, it hasn't been tested recently in the browser extension comparison thread. The last test was in the beginning of November and didn't score so well. Things may have improved since then.
    Windows Defender Browser Protection and Bitdefender TrafficLight have been the top performers on a consistent basis.
     

    patoli

    Level 1
    Added Bitwarden as password manager as desktop version. I changed some passwords to a random generated one, and some remained the same. For banking and main gmail address, passwords are in my head (less secure password though). Are passwords safer in Bitwarden as random generated combinations or in a physical notebook in easy words and letters?

    Removed extension Malwarebytes and added Emsisoft browser extension. On the Ghostery extension, I´ve seen many configurations in the forum and noone here seems to have it.

    I included Cloudflare DNS in privacy-focused section.

    Next steps: check out system Hardener and keep reviewing extensions.
     
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