Latest Changes
Oct 10, 2019
Operating System
  • Windows 10
  • Windows Edition
    Pro
    Version or Build no.
    1903
    System type
    64-bit operating system; x64-based processor
    Security Updates
    Automatic Updates (recommended)
    User Access Control
    Always Notify
    Network Security (Firewall)
    3rd-party Firewall app by a trusted vendor
    Device Security
  • Windows Defender SmartScreen (Windows 10)
  • User Account
    Administrator
    Sign-in Accounts
    Google (@gmail.com)
    Sign-in Options
  • Password
  • Malware Testing
    I do not participate in downloading malware samples
    Real-time Web & Malware Protection
    Windows Defender with Hard_Configurator
    Comodo Firewall
    RTP - Custom security settings
  • Minor changes for Increased security
  • RTP - Details of Custom security settings
    Windows Defender with some SRP rules
    H_C: EXE and TMP allowed
    CFW: ComodoFix config
    Windows firewall is enabled.
    Virus and Malware Removal Tools
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    Browsers and Extensions
    Chrome, Edge
    Privacy-focused Apps and Extensions
    uBlock Origin
    Password Managers
  • Bitwarden
  • Web Search
  • Google
  • System Utilities
    Hard_Configurator
    Data Backup
    Dropbox
    OneDrive
    GoogleDrive
    Frequency of Data backups
    Weekly
    System Backup
    Macrium Reflect
    Frequency of System backups
    Regularly
    Computer Activity
  • Online banking
  • Browsing web and email
  • Install new programs on a weekly basis
  • Shared device is used by family members
  • Download files from different sources
  • Office and work related tasks
  • Computer Specifications
    i5 6500
    integrated graphics
    8 gb ram
    SSD

    shmu26

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    My security config changes pretty often, because I like to play around with different security softs and see how they work, but I keep finding myself come back to:
    Windows Defender with ConfigureDefender
    Software Restriction Policy with Hard_Configurator
     

    Gandalf_The_Grey

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    @shmu26 Great config. Do you not need any form of protection from malicious websites?
    Netcraft is great for phishing but not so for malicious websites.
    Or do you do that by adding filter lists to uBlock?
    This is the main reason I would like to combine HC with another AV than Windows Defender like Emsisoft, F-Secure/Ziggo or Kaspersky.
     

    shmu26

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    @shmu26 Great config. Do you not need any form of protection from malicious websites?
    Netcraft is great for phishing but not so for malicious websites.
    Or do you do that by adding filter lists to uBlock?
    This is the main reason I would like to combine HC with another AV than Windows Defender like Emsisoft, F-Secure/Ziggo or Kaspersky.
    Well, uBlock does filter out a lot of malicious websites, with its default filters (I added only the list for Hebrew), and that is on top of Chrome filtering, which is pretty good, and I also enabled Windows Defender network protection. So that's three filters (besides Netcraft). That's enough for me.
     

    Gandalf_The_Grey

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    Well, uBlock does filter out a lot of malicious websites, with its default filters (I added only the list for Hebrew), and that is on top of Chrome filtering, which is pretty good, and I also enabled Windows Defender network protection. So that's three filters (besides Netcraft). That's enough for me.
    Thanks (y) You are right. I always feel the need to compliment WD with something. Comes from the years before Windows 10.
    The testing done by @askalan in the HUB proves that just HC is enough and WD will kick-in at the rare occasion something comes through.
    It's difficult for me to just keep it simple and not add too much stuff... :D
     

    shmu26

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    Thanks (y) You are right. I always feel the need to compliment WD with something. Comes from the years before Windows 10.
    The testing done by @askalan in the HUB proves that just HC is enough and WD will kick-in at the rare occasion something comes through.
    It's difficult for me to just keep it simple and not add too much stuff... :D
    1 I don't really believe in web-filtering that much, anyways. The malicious sites come and go so fast, no filter can really beat them.
    2 I often succumb to the temptation to install 3rd-party security softs. When I get too frustrated with their antics, I just image back to WD. :)
     

    Raiden

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    2 I often succumb to the temptation to install 3rd-party security softs. When I get too frustrated with their antics, I just image back to WD. :)
    I hear you!

    I too like to try out other products just to see what they are all about and to test out new features as they are released, however like you, I always end up coming back to WD and the built-in protection within W10, as I eventually get annoyed with this or that. Aside from the slight performance hit you may get with WD on certain tasks, I just like the simple fact that it doesn't annoy me, it works, and it's getting better and better with each release. I am looking forward to the April release to get access to the tamper protection as well as the improved logs/notifications that they will be implementing!

    I'm getting more comfortable with H_C and it really is hard to beat for a simple but effective setup. I have TBH, it's hard seeing my task bar so bare without all the different security icons that use to be there:ROFLMAO:
     

    LDogg

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    All 4 layers are covered:
    • Realtime & other: Windows Defender (with tweaks)
    • Web Browser: Netcraft, uBo
    • Backup: Dropbox/Onedrive
    • Firewall: Native

    My advice:
    • Consider adding Scriptsafe to browser
    • Add Syshardener, this also can add basic block rules for Windows Firewall as well
    • Consider using Tinywall or Malwarebytes Firewall Control for a better comprehensive protection of the built-in firewall

    Thanks for sharing.

    ~LDogg
     

    shmu26

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    All 4 layers are covered:
    • Realtime & other: Windows Defender (with tweaks)
    • Web Browser: Netcraft, uBo
    • Backup: Dropbox/Onedrive
    • Firewall: Native
    My advice:
    • Consider adding Scriptsafe to browser
    • Add Syshardener, this also can add basic block rules for Windows Firewall as well
    • Consider using Tinywall or Malwarebytes Firewall Control for a better comprehensive protection of the built-in firewall
    Thanks for sharing.

    ~LDogg
    1 Can you tell me about scriptsafe?
    2 Syshardener for firewall rules is not a bad idea.
    3 I used to use the firewall control app before Malwarebytes bought it. What is it like now?
     

    LDogg

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    1. This extension blocks javascript per site requests, yes this break websites but this is something you can whitelist per script on a site which Scriptsafe remembers next time you visit a site. It can also stop iFrame malware infections, blocks exploits hosted on malicious sites, built-in fingerprint detection over various methods, removes web bugs, removes Google Analytic UTM Tracking, unwanted content, ad networks and a whole lot more. All this without slowing your browsing down too.

    2. Would be ideal to utilise in my opinion.

    3. I have not had any trouble with the Malwarebytes version and a new release was issued about 2-3 days back, just set MWFC to Medium Filtering and turn on Notifications you should have nothing to worry about, the Notifications gives you a fab look at the IP address, port and tells you if the outbound connection has a verified Digital Signature helping you with an informed decision.

    ~LDogg