Recent changes
Oct 21, 2020
Device priority
Primary device
Operating system
Windows 10
Sign-in account
Sign in with local account
Log-in security
    • Windows Hello PIN
Account permissions
Standard account
Security updates
Automatically allow security and feature updates
Windows UAC
Always notify
Malware samples
No - Malware samples are not purposely downloaded
Real-time Malware protection
  • Microsoft Defender (tweaked settings via Configure-Defender)
  • Hard_Configurator (Recommended Settings)
Firewall protection
Microsoft Defender Firewall
RTP configuration
Microsoft Defender Settings:
  • Block At First Sight: enabled
  • Network Protection: enabled
  • Controlled Folder Access: enabled
Periodic scanners
HitmanPro, Norton Power Eraser, AdwCleaner
VPN and Privacy
Adguard for Windows -- O&O Shut Up 10 -- Windscribe Desktop (occasionally)
Browser(s) and Add-ons
Edge: AdGuard, LastPass
Firefox: AdGuard, LastPass
Brave: LastPass, MDBP
Maintenance tools
Shadow Defender, Revo Uninstaller, Process Explorer, Autoruns, Bandizip, VLC-player
Photos and Files backup
Macrium Reflect Free
File backup schedule
Manually managed on a weekly basis
Backup and rollback
Macrium Reflect Free
Backup schedule
Manually managed on a weekly basis
Activity usage
  1. Generic web browsing
  2. Streaming audio and video content from the Internet
Computer hardware
ASUS VivoBook 17
Intel Core i5-8250U
Intel UHD Graphics 620
8GB RAM
256GB SSD

silversurfer

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Good config, of course :D
Wondering about AdGuard vs uBlock Origin.
At the moment I find uBlock Origin working better, more adds blocked and fewer adblocker warnings.
Have you tried uBlock Origin recently?
I always like to switch between Adguard & uBlock Origin :D
Agree, uBlock Origin shows rarely any adblocker warnings even to me, but Adguard offers Google-Safe-Browsing, so that's what I prefer currently...
 

Parsh

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Such a simple config is pretty enough and there's not much to add to a setup of a very experienced person :)
Malwarebytes Windows Firewall Control could be helpful for easy management of WF rules w/ or w/o alerts.
Also, I find Netcraft extension very useful when trusting sites ... visiting new ones.
KSC goes quite light after setting to 'Scan on execution' now.
 

silversurfer

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Such a simple config is pretty enough and there's not much to add to a setup of a very experienced person :)
Malwarebytes Windows Firewall Control could be helpful for easy management of WF rules w/ or w/o alerts.
Also, I find Netcraft extension very useful when trusting sites ... visiting new ones.
KSC goes quite light after setting to 'Scan on execution' now.
I will trying out MWFC soon when it's boring next time, but I want to avoid any performance issues/system impact...
 

blackice

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Any kind of HTTPS scanning slows down page loading for me but unlike me it's probably not much noticeable for who has better, faster internet connection.
I never considered security extensions/https scanning being negated by faster speeds. Maybe why I see little difference in my desktop. For laptops on slow WiFi it’s probably killer!
 
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SeriousHoax

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I never considered security extensions/https scanning being negated by faster speeds. Maybe why I see little difference in my desktop. For laptops on slow WiFi it’s probably killer!
Let's assume there's no extensions installed. When you try to visit a website, the communication is happening between your browser and the web server. But when an AV is doing HTTPS scanning it's a middle man between your browser and website and it scans all the contents that are passing from the server to the browser to the local cache on your hard drive and ram. So certain amount of delay is obvious. Similar to a PC's performance with and without an AV. The faster an AV can scan the HTTPS contents the less the delay should be, right?
But, I was wondering if the configuration of a PC also comes into play here since it happens locally :unsure:
 

silversurfer

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Nice addition. Did you create rules for LOLbins in the firewall?
Nope, I haven't trying out much to block for now, but TinyWall probably blocks the most LOLbins by default, only a few connections of svchost.exe are necessary to be allowed like settings by default:

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