Operating System
  • Windows Edition
    Pro
    Version or Build no.
    10586.164
    System type
    64-bit operating system; x64-based processor
    User Access Control
    Always Notify
    Network Security (Firewall)
    3rd-party Firewall app by a trusted vendor
    Device Security
  • No device security
  • Sign-in Accounts
    Malware Testing
    I do not participate in downloading malware samples
    Real-time Web & Malware Protection
    Norton Security Deluxe (including firewall), MBAM, MBAE
    RTP - Custom security settings
  • Virus and Malware Removal Tools
    GlassWire Network Security, Zemana, Hemdal, HerdProtect, VirusTotal Uploader
    Browsers and Extensions
    Firefox, Chrome, Shodan, FlashConrol, HTTPS Everywhere, WOT, Mailvelope, Extensity, WebRTC Network Limiter
    Privacy-focused Apps and Extensions
    Adguard 5, uBlock Orign
    Password Managers
  • Lastpass (primary), Dashlane/1Password/Keepass (backup/secondary)
  • System Utilities
    Revo Uninstaller, CClean, VeraCrypt, unchecky, SimpleDNSCrypt, SpyBot Anti-beacon, Acronis TrueImage
    Frequency of Data backups
    Daily
    Frequency of System backups
    Regularly

    kev216

    Level 20
    Verified
    Trusted
    Content Creator
    Looks very strong, even without the debating ones. ;)
    Also good choice to use Norton (apart from the fact you've got a work license), since I also use it and I am very happy with it.
    From the list of the debating softwares, I've only used herprotect and Deepfreeze. I surely recommend herprotect to clean up a heavily infected system, since it uses that much engines, but of course it's not a second opinion scanner like MBAM since herprotect sometimes has a lot of false positives. So I would rather recommend it to do a scan with it once a year or so, and keep mbam as main second opinion scanner, but again that's my impression about the product.
    About deep freeze, it can be handy especially when doing malware testing or hunting, but I see that you don't download malware samples, so it isn't really needed there since you already have a lot of software running to protect you. But if you are able to get a license, then of course don't hesitate to try it out! And Acronis Trueimage is also good, so you don't need deep freeze imo :)
    About the rest of the debating ones, just try them out and see if you like them, or ask some advice to other members, who actually used it or are using it.
    I don't have any software to add actually since, you've covered the malware and privacy protection section very good.
    So stay safe and enjoy the forums!
     

    DracusNarcrym

    Level 19
    Verified
    @Sman

    Excellent config, all necessary security measures are covered!

    Make sure you have a system image of a known good state of your system (created with Acronis True Image), so that you can use it to restore that exact state in case of a disaster. (just a reminder, I'm sure you already got it covered ;))

    Regarding AppGuard/NVT EXE Radar Pro: NVT EXE Radar Pro is one of the most powerful, if not the most powerful, anti-executable applications I have ever tested. It is effective, reliable and versatile in its function. Moreover, the upcoming versions are most likely going to be freeware, and a new build of the software is due to be released soon. (check here here for more information and updates from the developer)
    I have not extensively tested AppGuard, however based on the feedback from other members here in MalwareTips, you can safely assume that it is a worthwhile piece of software, and it is also compatible with NVT EXE Radar Pro with proper configuration.

    The technology behind RollBack Rx relies on creating low-level copies of your system onto your storage drive, utilizing proprietary methods of doing so while taking very little space and allowing for instantaneous recovery of your system, or of individual files. While the concept sounds extremely powerful, RollBack Rx has certain drawbacks, such as certain malfunctions on SSD drives, it is also prone to render the system unbootable during the installation of certain critical Windows updates, and it might conflict with software that modify or protect the master boot record of your system.

    Spybot Anti-Beacon is currently one of the most trusted solutions to eliminate or, ar least, hinder the functions of the Microsoft Telemetry data mining modules - I doubt there is any other software that can offer more options than Spybot Anti-Beacon.

    An reliable alternative (local) password manager to LastPass, is the free and open-source KeePass application, which boasts a wide range of security mechanisms/features (the fact that it is open-source would also mean that anyone can inspect its source code for potentially malicious functions, and perhaps even compile a trusted build of their own).

    And, well, that's pretty much it, as far as I'm concerned. :D
    You're good to go!
    Thanks for sharing your config with us! :p


    P.S. I recommend you rename the title of this threat so that it denotes your forum username. ;)
     
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    Cats-4_Owners-2

    Level 37
    Verified
    Trusted
    Hello Sman. I must say your variety of proven software denotes an openness toward testing the "tech waters" in order to find the configuration which best suits you.:) I agree with what has already been so eloquently spoken!

    Here I'll share how to set Chrome's built in third party cookie blocker:
    1. Click the Chrome menu
      on the browser toolbar.
    2. Select Settings.
    3. Click Show advanced settings.
    4. In the "Privacy" section, click the Content settings button. Select "Block third-party cookies and site data"
      • After this you'll see
        in the address bar whenever a cookie has been blocked.
      • You may also mark the circle "Keep site data only until browser is closed".
    Thank you for sharing your configuration!:D
     
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    jamescv7

    Level 61
    Verified
    Trusted
    Very good on the configuration

    Regarding on those debate, actually Appguard and NVT Exe Radar Pro have little difference when it comes on configuration/maintenance of ruleset but both can give you the satisfaction of lock-down mode. (So choose one for anti-exe based)

    Rollback software that produce snapshots are fine than Virtualize the whole desktop because of isolation process that can suffer issues when you try to exclude them.
     

    Sman

    Level 1
    @Sman

    Excellent config, all necessary security measures are covered!

    Make sure you have a system image of a known good state of your system (created with Acronis True Image), so that you can use it to restore that exact state in case of a disaster. (just a reminder, I'm sure you already got it covered ;))

    Regarding AppGuard/NVT EXE Radar Pro: NVT EXE Radar Pro is one of the most powerful, if not the most powerful, anti-executable applications I have ever tested. It is effective, reliable and versatile in its function. Moreover, the upcoming versions are most likely going to be freeware, and a new build of the software is due to be released soon. (check here here for more information and updates from the developer)
    I have not extensively tested AppGuard, however based on the feedback from other members here in MalwareTips, you can safely assume that it is a worthwhile piece of software, and it is also compatible with NVT EXE Radar Pro with proper configuration.

    The technology behind RollBack Rx relies on creating low-level copies of your system onto your storage drive, utilizing proprietary methods of doing so while taking very little space and allowing for instantaneous recovery of your system, or of individual files. While the concept sounds extremely powerful, RollBack Rx has certain drawbacks, such as certain malfunctions on SSD drives, it is also prone to render the system unbootable during the installation of certain critical Windows updates, and it might conflict with software that modify or protect the master boot record of your system.

    Spybot Anti-Beacon is currently one of the most trusted solutions to eliminate or, ar least, hinder the functions of the Microsoft Telemetry data mining modules - I doubt there is any other software that can offer more options than Spybot Anti-Beacon.

    An reliable alternative (local) password manager to LastPass, is the free and open-source KeePass application, which boasts a wide range of security mechanisms/features (the fact that it is open-source would also mean that anyone can inspect its source code for potentially malicious functions, and perhaps even compile a trusted build of their own).
    Thank you for the info! I actually do use KeePass (neglected to mention it) and have for a really long time. Yep - my Acronis images are always updated and well protect. I have these both locally, on my network (Synology) and offsite.
     

    Cats-4_Owners-2

    Level 37
    Verified
    Trusted
    What are your experiences with Norton? I am thinking of purchasing a Norton license as well.
    Although I personally feel comfortable with Norton on Windows 8.1, I've known some who've not been fond of it's performance on different systems. For this reason, I would recommend a trial run before deciding on purchasing which is also a good method before buying a new car as well!:D
     
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    HerdProtect (debating; not sure if I will keep this)
    herdProtect as you probably know uses 64+ Anti-Virus and Anti-Malware engines which as you probably can guess SHOULD get maximum detection. The problem with it is that unknown files get uploaded and you need to run a scan 30+ minutes later, it should tell you there and then if it is malicious and the signatures they have in the cloud are quite outdated.
     

    Cats-4_Owners-2

    Level 37
    Verified
    Trusted
    I have used both, MBAE & HMPA, and although each are worthy protections, I have chosen HitmanPro for it's greater scope of protection. Either (but not both) are worthy choices, and each are well developed products, but the final factor should depend upon your own personal preference.
    Thanks!:)
     

    Sman

    Level 1
    I had some issues with Norton lately. False positives and crashing when scanning (2 of the 3 systems that are using it; continues even after fresh installs). I am thinking of replacing it. Any recommendations?

    NOTE: it looks like my configuration was nuked in the wizard update? :(