Latest Changes
Jul 15, 2019
Operating System
  • Windows 10
  • Linux/Unix
  • Windows Edition
    Pro
    Build Version
    1809
    System Architecture
    64-bit
    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
    Standard
    Malware Testing
    None - No Malware on host PC or VM
    Real-time Web & Malware Protection
    Windows Defender with ConfigureDefender
    Windows Software Restriction Policies with Hard_Configurator
    Custom Settings For Real-Time Protection
    Custom - Major changes for Increased Security
    Custom Settings For Real-Time Protection Details
    WD: high settings
    SRP: Enhanced Windows 10 config

    Linux: Mint 19.1 Cinnamon
    Virus and Malware Removal Tools
    --
    Browsers and Extensions
    Chrome, Edge (stable)
    Web Privacy
    uBlock Origin
    Netcraft
    Windows Defender Browser Protection
    Password Manager
    LastPass
    Web Search
    Google
    System Utilities
    Andy Ful tools: Hard_Configurator + DocumentsAntiExploit + FirewallHardening
    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
    Custom build:
    i5 6500
    integrated graphics
    8 gb ram
    SSD

    blackice

    Level 7
    Unfortunately, Kaspersky's behavior is not quite as consistent as I would hope for. I have a certain program with a firewall block rule, and every once in a while, like tonight for instance, it somehow manages to connect to the internet anyways, causing my whole system to freeze and the program itself to deactivate. So it looks like I am back to:
    Windows Defender with ConfigureDefender
    Windows Software Restriction Policies with Hard_Configurator

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    Keep it simple, keep it safe!
     

    blackice

    Level 7
    I am considering going back to WD after Sophos deleted Configure Defender while my router was rebooting. To be fair it put it back once I got the internet back and it did cloud analysis.
     

    shmu26

    Level 81
    Verified
    Trusted
    Content Creator
    Default-allow setup has <Default Security Level> = Unrestricted. This forces PowerShell to Full Language Mode
    And what happens if I set the Windows environment variable PSLockdownPolicy 4 ? Does "Unrestricted" override the Windows environment variable?
     
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    shmu26

    Level 81
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    Manjaro with the default Xfce desktop.

    Manjaro keeps the OS and applications very up to date, and since it is Arch, you don't have the security issues of PPAs and/or installing from random downloads like you do with Ubuntu and its forks.

    Manjaro requires more troubleshooting and software installation skills than Ubuntu and its forks do, but the forum is helpful and friendly, and google finds a lot of info on Manjaro and Arch.