Latest Changes
Dec 25, 2018
Operating System
  • Windows 7 SP1
  • Windows Edition
    Other edition for Previous versions of Windows
    System type
    64-bit operating system; x64-based processor
    Security Updates
    Manual Updates - User intervention required
    User Access Control
    Always Notify
    Network Security (Firewall)
    3rd-party Firewall app by a trusted vendor
    Device Security
  • Not available (Previous versions of Windows)
  • User Account
    Administrator
    Sign-in Accounts
    Malware Testing
    I do not participate in downloading malware samples
    Real-time Web & Malware Protection
    Kaspersky Total Security 2019
    Adguard for Desktop
    RTP - Custom security settings
  • Major changes for Increased security
  • Virus and Malware Removal Tools
    AdwCleaner
    EEK
    Browsers and Extensions
    FIREFOX (64-bit)
    -----------------------------------------------------
    uMatrix
    Adguard Adblocker
    Windscribe VPN
    HTTPS Everywhere

    IE 11 (64-bit)
    -----------------------------------------------------
    Easylist TPL
    EasyPrivacy TPL
    Fanboy TPL
    Block third-party google site tracking TPL
    Privacy-focused Apps and Extensions
    Adguard
    TPL's
    Adguard DNS (Modem)
    Quad9 DNS (PC)
    Password Managers
  • Sticky Password Premium
  • Web Search
  • DuckDuckGo
  • System Utilities
    Auslogics Disk Defrag
    Wise Disk Cleaner
    Wise Registry Cleaner
    Process Lasso Pro
    Autoruns
    KillSwitch
    Unlocker
    VT Hash Check
    Data Backup
    Online/Cloud
    Offline/External HDD
    Frequency of Data backups
    Weekly
    System Backup
    Macrium Reflect
    Windows Backup&Restore
    Frequency of System backups
    Occasionally
    Computer Specifications
    https://malwaretips.com/threads/shukla44-home-desktop.63606/

    shukla44

    Level 11
    NOTE: Keep in mind, ONLY security-related programs on my system are mentioned above.

    Previous Security Config (2017) - shukla44's Security Configuration (Desktop)

    Vulnerable Processes on my system (Windows 7):

    1. shell32.exe*
    2. regsvr32.exe*
    3. rundll32.exe*
    4. cmd.exe**
    5. mshta.exe**
    6. wscript.exe***
    7. cscript.exe***
    8. powershell.exe***
    9. powershell_ise.exe***
    All process's both paths (system32 & syswow64) included.

    * - Reported/Logged
    ** - Monitored/Prompts
    *** - Blocked/Disabled
    Vulnerable Apps & Programs on my System (beside Windows 7):

    1. Browsers
    2. Microsoft Office***
    3. Thunderbird
    4. Foxit Reader***
    5. Adobe Photoshop 64-bit***
    6. Windows Media Player***
    7. uTorrent (3.3.2 Build 30586)
    8. VLC Media Player***
    9. K-Lite Mega Codec Pack With MPC-HC
    10. Microsoft .NET Framework

    *** - Internet connections (Incoming & Outgoing) are disabled in Firewall
    Additional Info:
    1. I have 2 active user accounts - 1 admin (personal use only), 1 standard (friends & family use). The standard account enjoy the strict settings of kaspersky's parental control.
    2. For financial/banking protection, i use kaspersky's safe money. For safe money, i use ie 64-bit only with one addon kaspersky protection & all others DISABLED, also settings in ie 64-bit is modified for max protection.
    3. Firefox 64-bit is my primary browser. Internet explorer is only for banking.
    4. I use shadow defender (on admin account only) as a sandbox for testing new settings or unknown apps.
    5. Adguard desktop active filters - base filter, spyware filter, social media filter, annoyances filter, adblock warning removal, nocoin. I use custom user filters as well. Phishing & malware protection is ENABLED. Stealth mode ENABLED. https filtering ENABLED. Allow search ads & websites self-promotion is DISABLED.
    6. Adguard protection is DISABLED on ie 64-bit. I have https scanning ENABLED in adguard & kaspersky both, so i need a seperate browser for banking only, where no conflicts should arise.
    7. All the internet connections (incoming & outgoing) are DISABLED in kaspersky firewall for apps/programs that doesn't depend on Internet.
    8. Windows is always fully updated. I install updates manually on every third tuesday.
    9. All the important files/documents are backed up in a password-protected winrar archive file without the .rar file extension so that it cannot be encrypted by file-cryptors. For mbr-encryptors, it is also saved on the multiple cloud storage services.
    10. All the important passwords are kept in a password-protected doc file within a password-protected archive within a password-protected thumb drive. For emergencies, i keep some of them on a piece of paper hidden in my room. For the rest of the passwords, i use sticky password.
    Suggestions & feedback's always welcome.
    If you have questions about my configuration, i'll be happy to answer as much as possible.
     
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    shukla44

    Level 11
    Added: AdwCleaner
    Added: Wise Disk Cleaner
    Added: Adguard Adblocker extension **

    Removed: Zemana
    Removed: Ccleaner

    ** Although i already have adguard for desktop, added adguard extension in firefox. As on some websites, assistant doesn't work.
     
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    JM Safe

    Level 38
    Verified
    Added: AdwCleaner
    Added: Wise Disk Cleaner
    Added: Adguard Adblocker extension **

    Removed: Zemana
    Removed: Ccleaner

    ** Although i already have adguard for desktop, added adguard extension in firefox. As on some websites, assistant doesn't work.
    Why did you remove Zemana?
     

    shukla44

    Level 11
    Why did you remove Zemana?
    It is too much work with zemana plus it's tracking files got bigger & bigger by day. It always finds every extension & setting in browser harmful even if i put it to exclusion, a small setting changed triggered it again. TBH got fed up. OD scanners should be for peace of mind.
     

    Wraith

    Level 13
    Verified
    Malware Tester
    It is too much work with zemana plus it's tracking files got bigger & bigger by day. It always finds every extension & setting in browser harmful even if i put it to exclusion, a small setting changed triggered it again. TBH got fed up. OD scanners should be for peace of mind.
    You can try HitmanPro and Norton Power Eraser for on demand scanners.