Advanced Plus Security Snue123 Computer Security Configuration

Last updated
Feb 19, 2022
Use case
For personal use
Shared with
No one
Desktop OS
Windows 10
Linux OS
Fedora
Windows OS SKU
Pro
Login Unlock
Sign-in with
Local account (offline)
Primary user
Standard rights - Restricted permissions that prevent harmful changes
Additional users
Set with Administrator user rights
OS updates
Automatic updates
Windows UAC
Always notify
Network firewall
Always-on protection
Bitdefender Total Security 2022
Firewall
Third-party App Firewall. (Details shared below)
Custom RT/Firewall security
Simple Windows Hardening
Telemetry disabled
All privacy setting are disabled
Remote connections , network sharing are off .
Yoga DNS client used for Doh (NextDNS0
Syshardener with by default + added rules checked
OSarmor with default + added rules checked
Malware testing
No malware samples
Periodic scanning
Windows Defender
Malwarebytes
Secure DNS
NextDNS
VPN
Bitdefender VPN (Only use when it is needed )
Password manager
Bitwarden
Browsers and Extensions
Edge and Firefox
UBlock Origin Extension
Malwarebytes Broswer Guard Extension
Bitdefender Traffic Light Extension
NoScript extension
Utilities for Maintenance
Manually Clean and Fix the system if necessary (don't use any third party tools )
I created a simple bat script for maintenance which I run when needed and it doesn't all the maintenance tasks for me automatically .
Files & Photos backup
Google Drive(Cloud BackUP) and an additional drive for backup
Files & Photos backup routine
Automatic
Emergency recovery plan
Aomei BackUpper full windows disk backup
Integrity of recovery plan
Tasks performed
    • Working from home
    • Browsing the web
    • Receiving, sending and opening email attachments
    • Buying goods from online stores, entering card details and addresses
    • Logging into personal banking to check statements and payments
    • Downloading software from reputable sites
    • PC games, mods and cloud-based gaming
    • Watching movies and TV series via subscriptions
    • Developer tools
Computer specs
  • Brand and model : ASUS ROG Strix SCAR 15 Gaming laptop
  • CPU model : Ryzen 9 Octa Core
  • GPU model : NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080
  • RAM type and size : DDR4 16 GB
  • Storage type and size : PCIe NVMe M.2 1 TB
Notable changes
I use 7 zip , currently I don't know about its secure alternatives , is there any one you can recommend me ?

I treid aomei backupper of other pc , found great for my needs , and now I decided to use it
Feedback response

I am partially satisfied. General feedback is greatly appreciated, to make improvements to my overall security / privacy.

Gandalf_The_Grey

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I use 7 zip , currently I don't know about its secure alternatives , is there any one you can recommend me ?
To keep the mark of the web, Bandizip or Explzh are recommended.
You use Simple Windows Hardening, Syshardener (and OSarmor) that all try to do +/- the same thing.
Wouldn't it be better to use the tools of @Andy Ful or the tools of @NoVirusThanks ?
 

Snue23

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Jan 12, 2022
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To keep the mark of the web, Bandizip or Explzh are recommended.
You use Simple Windows Hardening, Syshardener (and OSarmor) that all try to do +/- the same thing.
Wouldn't it be better to use the tools of @Andy Ful or the tools of @NoVirusThanks ?
Thanks for the suggestion , I will stick to osarmor only for now and removed the rest of the tools . However I tried the 7 zip alternatives , Bitdefender ATD blocked both of them(I inspected the system myself using process explorer and autoruns , but it don't seems infected . Maybe I am not qualified enough for it ) . Maybe I had tried downloading from the bad link , Can you share the link to both of the tools ?
 

Gandalf_The_Grey

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Thanks for the suggestion , I will stick to osarmor only for now and removed the rest of the tools . However I tried the 7 zip alternatives , Bitdefender ATD blocked both of them(I inspected the system myself using process explorer and autoruns , but it don't seems infected . Maybe I am not qualified enough for it ) . Maybe I had tried downloading from the bad link , Can you share the link to both of the tools ?
I use only Bandizip (it's ad supported, but that doesn't bother me, because only in the main interface):
Homepage:
Download link for the x64 bit version:
VirusTotal result:
If you don't like the ads in Bandizip an alternative is Explzh, but I find it's interface less user-friendly:
Homepage:
Download link for the x64 bit version:
VirusTotal result:
 

silversurfer

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Browsers, Search and Addons:
Edge and Firefox
UBlock Origin Extension
Malwarebytes Broswer Guard Extension
Bitdefender Traffic Light Extension
NoScript extension
At least, one looks redundant, @Snue23 you may want to remove Malwarebytes and just keep Bitdefender Traffic Light.
uBlock Origin is able to block scripts even more advanced compared to NoScript. Easier to handle would be "Medium Mode".
 

Snue23

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Jan 12, 2022
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I use only Bandizip (it's ad supported, but that doesn't bother me, because only in the main interface):
Homepage:
Download link for the x64 bit version:
VirusTotal result:
If you don't like the ads in Bandizip an alternative is Explzh, but I find it's interface less user-friendly:
Homepage:
Download link for the x64 bit version:
VirusTotal result:
Seems to be false detection , thanks for the link
 

Kongo

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Browsers, Search and Addons:
Edge and Firefox
UBlock Origin Extension
Malwarebytes Broswer Guard Extension
Bitdefender Traffic Light Extension
NoScript extension
I agree with @silversurfer on this one
You use too many extensions that have the same purpose. I would recommend keeping only uBlock Origin with it's malware blocklists and it's script blocking capabilities. No need for NoScript, Malwarebytes Browser Guard and Bitdefender Traffic Light. Keep in mind that you also have NextDNS for the blocking of malicious sites which is already enough in my opinion.

So uBlock Origin for ad/tracker, malware and scripts blocking + NextDNS with extra blocking capabilities on DNS level.
 

Snue23

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Jan 12, 2022
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At least, one looks redundant, @Snue23 you may want to remove Malwarebytes and just keep Bitdefender Traffic Light.
uBlock Origin is able to block scripts even more advanced compared to NoScript. Easier to handle would be "Medium Mode".

Thanks for the documentation of Ublock , removed noscript for MalwareBytes Browser Guard I am not sure and I found it blocking many sites that TL and NextDNS don't and vica versa
 
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Snue23

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Jan 12, 2022
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I agree with @silversurfer on this one
You use too many extensions that have the same purpose. I would recommend keeping only uBlock Origin with it's malware blocklists and it's script blocking capabilities. No need for NoScript, Malwarebytes Browser Guard and Bitdefender Traffic Light. Keep in mind that you also have NextDNS for the blocking of malicious sites which is already enough in my opinion.

So uBlock Origin for ad/tracker, malware and scripts blocking + NextDNS with extra blocking capabilities on DNS level.
For my current usage Bitdefender Traffic Light Blocks much more than site than NextDNS (provided that I modified the security and privacy settings of NextDNS to increase the security )
 
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