Latest Changes
May 30, 2018
Operating System
  • Windows Edition
    Pro
    Version or Build no.
    1803
    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
    Eset Internet Security
    RTP - Custom security settings
  • Minor changes for Increased security
  • Virus and Malware Removal Tools
    NPE
    Browsers and Extensions
    Firefox, Dashlane, Norton Safe Web, Ublock origin, Duckduckgo privacy essentials
    Privacy-focused Apps and Extensions
    Ublock origin, Duckduckgo privacy essentials
    Password Managers
  • Dashlane
  • Web Search
  • Duckduckgo
  • System Utilities
    Revo uninstaller pro
    Data Backup
    Critical data stored on a Synology NAS with daily backups to Synology C2 cloud backup (with versioning) + daily backups to an external drive (No versioning).
    Frequency of Data backups
    Daily
    System Backup
    Macrium Reflect Free
    Frequency of System backups
    Regularly

    tim one

    Level 21
    Verified
    Trusted
    Malware Hunter
    You can add Zemana Antimalware or Emsisoft Emergency Kit as second opinion scanner.
    A good backup/recovery plan using Macrium Reflect free can make things easy in case of disaster, but of course it is your choice.
    Thanks for sharing :)
     

    LDogg

    Level 29
    Verified
    Things could add to your own security setup
    • Adding DuckDuckGo or Startpage as your default search engine
    • Adding Zemana AntiMalware as an on demand scanner
    • Consider adding ScriptSafe extension to Chrome
    • Maybe download Bleachbit & Revo Uninstaller for System Utilities
    ~LDogg
     

    Poccie

    Level 1
    Things could add to your own security setup
    • Adding DuckDuckGo or Startpage as your default search engine
    • Adding Zemana AntiMalware as an on demand scanner
    • Consider adding ScriptSafe extension to Chrome
    • Maybe download Bleachbit & Revo Uninstaller for System Utilities
    ~LDogg
    Revo Uninstaller looks like a great addon. This tool makes things a lot easier, used to check uninstall leftovers manually :p Thanks! Any advice on the free or the paid version?

    About Zemana (Or any other extra on demand scanner): I already have one realtime scanner and one on demand scanner installed. Want to keep things as simple as possible.
     

    LDogg

    Level 29
    Verified
    The free version is just as good. I've used it, it's very good at uninstalling programs especially if one software needs to be updated by removing the previous version and install the fresh one.

    ~LDogg
     

    Poccie

    Level 1
    ADDED: Zemana Anti Malware Free

    ADDED: multiple System utilities. Will be testing Geek uninstaller and Revo Uninstaller free for the coming weeks. Read something about Everything and decided to give that a try as well.

    CHANGE: Google search to DuckDuckGo as my default search engine. Never used DuckDuckGo until now, so i'm curious about results the coming weeks.

    Thanks for the feedback so far!
     

    Dhruv2193

    Level 7
    Verified
    Revo Uninstaller looks like a great addon. This tool makes things a lot easier, used to check uninstall leftovers manually :p Thanks! Any advice on the free or the paid version?

    About Zemana (Or any other extra on demand scanner): I already have one realtime scanner and one on demand scanner installed. Want to keep things as simple as possible.
    Revo uninstaller is a great tool especially when software default uninstall tool fails.
     

    Poccie

    Level 1
    Just made some more changes:

    Changed: Changed some G-data settings for a little more security (Interactive mode for BB and Firewall on Max)

    Removed: HTTPS Everywhere

    Changed: After a few quick tests, i've decided to stick with NPE and EEK for on demand scanning. Like the look and feel of both tools and when in comes to detection rates i'm covered with a total of four scanning engines (2 realtime G-data + EEK and NPE). Somehow didn't really like ZAM...
     

    LDogg

    Level 29
    Verified
    Becareful with NPE though. Only use it on your system if you fully believe there's an infection on your computer. The program is great, creates a System Restore point to reverse changes, but the program is a little aggressive, which is the positive about this product. Defintely keep it though, it's well worth the code it was designed for.

    ~LDogg
     

    Poccie

    Level 1
    And another round of changes:

    ADDED: Adguard desktop application. Used this in trial for a few days and i really like it so i decided to purchase the lifetime license from stacksocial.com.
    It's feels streamlined and i like the stealth mode options. I use in in combination with the adguard extension.

    CHANGED: Chrome to Chrome Beta. just for fun.
    CHANGED: Duckduckgo to Startpage.com. For me, the search results of startpage feel more to the point and i prefer the startpage layout.

    REMOVED: Privacy Badger, Ublock Origin.

    Currently testing Voodooshield in combination with Emsisoft Anti-Malware in a VM. Nice combo so far. I really like the VoodooAI part of voodooshield and the autopilot mode of this tool. Perhaps i will switch to this combo or use voodooshield with G-data.

    As always, please comment!
     
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    LDogg

    Level 29
    Verified
    uBlock was definitely a mistake to remove, Privacy Badger is ok, Privacy Possum is the better extension. What did you replace with uBlock Origin?

    ~LDogg
     

    Poccie

    Level 1
    uBlock was definitely a mistake to remove, Privacy Badger is ok, Privacy Possum is the better extension. What did you replace with uBlock Origin?

    ~LDogg
    Adguard and ublock together seems like overkill, so that's why i removed it. I use privacy possum in firefox on my vm. Not sure if i'm going to use it next to adguard. I want to keep it as simple as possible and adguard in stealth mode looks like a nice solution for my needs.
     

    Poccie

    Level 1
    After a fresh install of Windows 10 i've made some changes to my security config.
    This new setup for me strikes the perfect balance between useability and security. The performance impact is very minimal, while keeping my security measures at a very acceptable level.

    Realtime scanning: Emsisoft antimalware (minimal performance impact on my pc and just works, like almost all other AV suites)
    Firewall: Default windows (Suits my needs)
    On demand: NPE
    Backup: External storage for critical data with cloud backup + regular disk backups for quick recovery of my system.
    Browser: Firefox for a bit more privacy, with some very nice extensions (i particularly like Malwarebytes, altough still in beta)

    Happy to hear what you think!
     

    Poccie

    Level 1
    Two changes because of minor issues:

    I've replaced EAM with Eset IS. Everytime i started an .exe file from a network share, my pc would freeze for about 10 minutes. After that, explorer restarted and all was well again. I was able to trace it back to EAM. (Some simple testing with reproducing errors with processes running/stopped).
    This is a problem i've had before with EAM (a few months a go). No time to further investigate so replaced it for now.

    I've replaced Malwarebytes extension with norton safe web. Firefox frequently crashed on me with the Malwarebytes extension running. For the same reason as mentioned earlier, i've replaced it for now.

    I've installed both EAM and malwarebytes in a VM for some further testing, just for fun :p
     
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