Latest Changes
Dec 28, 2018
Operating System
  • Windows 10
  • Windows Edition
    Pro
    Version or Build no.
    Windows 10 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 with ConfigureDefender
    Software Restriction Policy with Hard_Configurator
    RTP - Custom security settings
  • Major changes for Increased security
  • Virus and Malware Removal Tools
    Macrium Reflect does the job just fine...
    Browsers and Extensions
    Chrome
    Edge
    Privacy-focused Apps and Extensions
    uBlock Origin w/added filters, Netcraft
    Password Managers
  • LastPass
  • Web Search
  • Google
  • System Utilities
    Hard_Configurator, SysHardener, BandiZip, PatchCleaner, autoruns
    Data Backup
    Dropbox
    OneDrive
    GoogleDrive
    Frequency of Data backups
    Always-on Sync
    System Backup
    Macrium Reflect, Timeshift (Ubuntu)
    Frequency of System backups
    Regularly

    Andy Ful

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    I have realized that many if not most of the PC issues that I struggle with are related directly or indirectly to my security solutions. Getting tired of that.
    I am on a health-food diet: vanilla Windows Defender.
    Sooner or later, most people are tired when walking all day with a bullet-proof vest. Yes, you can be shot, so do not go to US.:giggle:
     
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    shmu26

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    Kaspersky with TAM enabled should work.
    Indeed it does. But a year ago, Kaspersky was blocking Windows updates. And if you set the firewall to monitor all ports, it will interfere with Dropbox (it took me forever to figure that one out). My point is that there is no end to it. If not one thing, it's another.

    I suggest burning it with fire. I have one also that i stopped using because it's the f*ing devil work.
    I would never give my HP printer fire, because the devil loves fire. I'm just waiting for it to die, so I can buy a Brother.
     
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    509322

    Indeed it does. But a year ago, Kaspersky was blocking Windows updates. And if you set the firewall to monitor all ports, it will interfere with Dropbox (it took me forever to figure that one out). My point is that there is no end to it. If not one thing, it's another.
    On Windows systems it will never change. The elegant solution is simply to move to something where you just don't need it all. However, you have to be willing and capable of doing that. If you can't, then you are a hostage victim.
     

    shmu26

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    On Windows systems it will never change. The elegant solution is simply to move to something where you just don't need it all. However, you have to be willing and capable of doing that. If you can't, then you are a hostage victim.
    I am unquestionably a hostage because I use niche Hebrew programs that don't work on Linux. But vanilla Windows Defender causes much less issues than advanced security solutions do.
     
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    I am unquestionably a hostage because I use niche Hebrew programs that don't work on Linux. But vanilla Windows Defender causes much less issues than advanced security solutions do.
    There's a lot of people in similar situations for a variety of reasons.

    Then you're stuck and can only do the best you can with what you've got.

    If you've tried everything, and nothing works to your satisfaction, then it isn't worth all the frustration. It's a matter of compromising (not trying to use everything at maximum settings and tweakings) or just going with default Windows security - meaning not using anything at all except what ships with Windows in its default "optimum" configuration. I know it is ridiculous, but there it is.
     

    Andy Ful

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    The @shmu26 main problem is MS Office, which is required for document compatibility on his boss computer. MS Office and security are not compatible to each other, so bringing them together will be always painful.
    The safest solution to try, would be uninstalling MS Office and use Microsoft Word Online.
    But, maybe the simplest solution would be using the previously applied security + MS Office only for editing, and printing documents form Microsoft Word Mobile.
    Another solution would be reverting to the previous security that worked well (except printing), and buying the new printer. The best choice would be the printer that could work with Windows 10 default drivers.(y)
     
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    Eddie Morra

    You are crazy to use Windows over a Chromebook unless you actually need to use Windows. Chromebook attack surface is much lower when you strip out using Android applications.

    That being said, there are some nice features on Windows like only allowing UWP, etc.
     
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    Andy Ful

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    "Stop worrying about infections and use a Chromebook u plonker. it sure as hell wont be 100% full proof but its Google so you can pretend it is" xD

    Seriously though, you are crazy to use Windows over a Chromebook unless you actually need to use Windows. Chromebook attack surface is much lower when you strip out using Android applications.

    That being said, there are some nice features on Windows like only allowing UWP, etc.
    And people think that telepathy does not exist.:giggle: