Latest Changes
Apr 29, 2019
Operating System
  • Windows 10
  • Windows Edition
    Pro
    Version or Build no.
    1809
    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
    Device Security
  • Windows Defender SmartScreen (Windows 10)
  • User Account
    Administrator
    Sign-in Accounts
    Malware Testing
    I do not participate in downloading malware samples
    Real-time Web & Malware Protection
    Windows Defender
    Comodo DNS
    RTP - Custom security settings
  • Major changes for Increased security
  • RTP - Details of Custom security settings
    ConfigureDefender at HIGH SETTINGS
    Virus and Malware Removal Tools
    ESET Online Scanner
    Kaspersky Virus Removal Tool
    Browsers and Extensions
    Google Chrome
    Firefox
    AdGuard
    HTTPS Everywhere
    Canvas Defender
    Privacy-focused Apps and Extensions
    AdGuard
    Password Managers
  • Bitwarden
  • Web Search
  • Google
  • System Utilities
    Bleachbit
    CCleaner
    Data Backup
    Google Drive
    Frequency of Data backups
    Always-on Sync
    System Backup
    AOMEI Backupper
    Frequency of System backups
    Occasionally
    Computer Activity
  • PC Gaming
  • Browsing web and email
  • Install new programs on a weekly basis
  • Watch movies and other entertainment content on the Internet
  • Shared device is used by family members
  • Download files from different sources
  • Office and work related tasks
  • Computer Specifications
    GTX 1060 6GB
    16GB RAM
    Intel Core i5 8th gen

    Penguin

    Level 1
    Hello everybody! It's Jake again :) This is my current configuration thread. I know it's ordinary and probably weak, I am open to all kind of suggestions since I don't know much about security but I want to learn!!

    My PC is used mainly for gaming and Netflix, also social networking. And I tend to install programs a lot. Also it is used often by my parents, although it's in my room. I also do homework and projects for school on it.

    Thank you for reading!! Best regards!!
     

    Moonhorse

    Level 26
    Verified
    Content Creator
    Administrator - User has complete control over the device
    you should run standard user account instead, so you dont run everything as administrator because its risky bisky unless you know what you are doing


    Data Backup
    None
    Frequency of Data backupsNoneSystem Backup
    None
    Frequency of System backupsNone
    you probably want to have some kind of backup if you have files you keep on your pc, like pictures, videos, family /personal content

    I use aomei backupper free myself


    Virus and Malware Removal Tools
    Theres plenty of these...some as example:
    - malwarebytes antimalware
    - zemana antimalware
    - roguekiller
    - emsisoft emergency kit
    - norton power eraser
    - hitmanpro

    You could try out some of them, every of them are free. Just for on-demand scan once a month atleast

    Password Management
    Bitwarden is free one, its quality of life to have password manager . You can easily keep track of your passwords and have much stronger ones ( you can even use bitwarden to generate passwords for you ) and harder to bruteforce by bots


    And lastly i want to ask, why are you using comodo DNS....is there some specific reason for it?
    Anyways other members will guide you into right way, but i think youre fine with ublock origin + windows defender, there are many ways to harden your config ...but i dont want to start telling whats right and whats not, so lets wait for more answers from others
     

    oldschool

    Level 35
    Verified
    You might add ConfigureDefender to make the most of Windows Defender. You may find it here: AndyFul/ConfigureDefender

    You could also add VoodooShield as an extra layer of protection. It is easy to use and there is a free version. You may find it here: VoodooShield™ - The User-Friendly Toggling Computer Lock.

    I see you use BleachBit, which is a nice utility - especially since you use Chrome. BB has lots of cleaning options but not for some newer browsers like Brave and Edge. FYI: There is a new Chromium version of Edge that is really nice and worth checking out. You may find it here: Microsoft Edge Insider It has advantages over Chrome even its evolving state of development, like Smartscreen protection and more.
     

    Spawn

    Administrator
    Verified
    Staff member
    As Windows Defender Antivirus is your Real-time Virus and Malware protection, it does not need to be listed under Virus and Malware Removal Tools.

    Recommendations
    Use a 3rd party security app for on-demand scanning, and as a second opinion to make sure your PC files remain malware-free.
    • Malwarebytes for Windows - FREE License (Scan and Removal)
    • HitmanPro Scanner - FREE License (No Removal)
    • ESET Online Scanner - FREE License (Scan and Removal)
    • Emsisoft Emergency Kit - FREE License (Scan and Removal)
    Use a trusted Password Manager to securely store credentials and other sensitive log in information; ie. WiFi passphrase.
    • LastPass
    • Bitwarden
    While it may seen using Chrome to save passwords, forms, payment and addresses is easy, it may not be as secure if you lose access to your Google account; compromised device, hacked password.
    • Make sure to have enabled 2 Factor Authentication for all your Web, Social and Gaming accounts.
    Consider making backups of your data to a portable hard drive or encrypted cloud storage.
     

    Penguin

    Level 1
    Hello, I would want to suggest Macrium Reflect Free or AOMEI Backupper for system backup solution and for reliable data backup I would want to suggest you to use Google Drive.

    Thanks for sharing.
    Thank you sir! I am checking AOMEI right now, but I don't understand what's the use for it if I hire Google Drive for backing up files, because the free version of AOMEI cannot clone the disk as far as I checked, so I would be only backing up data? Better hire Drive?

    As well, I am intrigued by your title! "From Zemana". Where's that? I never heard of it. I'm from New York. It doesn't sound like a city I've visited!!
     

    Penguin

    Level 1
    And thanks everybody for your comments! You're very kind. I have checked Google Drive plans and I liked a 100GB plan where I can store my info, pictures and documents and have them syncrhonized in real time, for 20 bucks a year. Sounds nice.

    I am also checking AOMEI Backupper! As for the password manangers... I will take a little while to investigate how they work because I am a bit lost here hehe!!

    I added ESET Scanner as a secondary opinion scanner too!

    How can I turn my account into a standard account?

    Oh and @Moonhorse I use Comodo DNS because I saw in an article it was good against malware? Should I remove?

    I also installed ConfigureDefender!! And I think I enabled it? I just hit HIGH SETTINGS and rebooted :)

    Thanks everyone again!!
     

    JM Safe

    Level 38
    Verified
    Thank you sir! I am checking AOMEI right now, but I don't understand what's the use for it if I hire Google Drive for backing up files, because the free version of AOMEI cannot clone the disk as far as I checked, so I would be only backing up data? Better hire Drive?

    As well, I am intrigued by your title! "From Zemana". Where's that? I never heard of it. I'm from New York. It doesn't sound like a city I've visited!!
    I am a Jr. Malware Analyst from Zemana: Zemana - AntiMalware and AntiLogger Protection
    About data backup it is highly recommended to backup important data also to cloud backup services for reliable backups. Google Drive is one of the most secure and you have 15 GB for free.
     

    Penguin

    Level 1
    I've spent these days wondering through others' security configurations, seeing what I could adapt, so I've managed to bring these changes to mine:
    • UAC: set to maximum (always notify)
    • Second Opinion Scanner: added Kaspersky Virus Removal Tool
    • Browser&Extensions: added Firefox as a secondary backup browser, and added HTTPS Everywhere and Canvas Defender as extensions.
    • Privacy and content blocker: Replaced uBlock with system-wide AdGuard (still on trial, I'm seeing if it's worth it!)
    • Password Management: added Bitwarden and trying to make it work, still a bit hard to understand but we'll make it through!
    • System Utilities: added CCleaner as a secondary system utility tool and blocked all incoming and outcoming connections through Windows Firewall
    • Data Backup: decided and bought Google Drive 100GB to store in the cloud all my precious data
    • System Image: Bought a secondary HDD and cloned my system for the very first time (hopefully I did it alright!), will do every month
     

    LDogg

    Level 29
    Verified
    Looks like you've applied the right changs to your system!

    My advice:
    • Add ZAM Free 3.0
    • Add Tinywall or MWFC as a compliment for Window Firewall for more advanced control
    Everything else looks set. Thanks for sharing.

    ~LDogg
     

    Penguin

    Level 1
    Looks like you've applied the right changs to your system!

    My advice:
    • Add ZAM Free 3.0
    • Add Tinywall or MWFC as a compliment for Window Firewall for more advanced control
    Everything else looks set. Thanks for sharing.

    ~LDogg
    Thank you very much sir for these recommendations!

    Question: MWFC adds anything to WF despite notifications? I mean, doesn't WF know which connections to allow/block? Or is it a necessary complement? :)
     
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    oldschool

    Level 35
    Verified
    Question: MWFC adds anything to WF despite notifications? I mean, doesn't WF know which connections to allow/block? Or is it a necessary complement? :)
    WF allows all outbound connections by default. MS's default configuration is meant for average users. If you wish to have more (and more easily) control over outbound connections then use a 3rd party GUI like WFC or Tinywall. I prefer the latter because of its simplicity and lack of pop-ups. Others prefer to have alerts regrading any connection. You may read more about Tinywall here: Discuss - TinyWall 2.1.7