Latest Changes
Mar 25, 2020
Operating System
  • Windows 7 SP1
  • System type
    64-bit operating system; x64-based processor
    Security Updates
    Manual Updates - User intervention required
    User Access Control
    Always Notify
    Network Security (Firewall)
    Windows Defender Firewall
    User Account
    Standard
    Malware Testing
    I do not participate in downloading malware samples
    Real-time Web & Malware Protection
    avira free (update daily)
    NoVirusThanks SysHardener tool
    Virus and Malware Removal Tools
    malwarebytes
    EmsiSoft Emergengy Kit
    Browsers and Extensions
    firefox (Ext:Bookmarks organizer,Eversync,LastPass,AdBlock Plus)
    chrome (Ext:Eversync,Bookmark manager plus,LastPass)
    Privacy-focused Apps and Extensions
    OkayFreedom
    Password Managers
  • LastPass
  • Web Search
  • Qwant,DuckDuckGo
  • System Utilities
    Wise Care Pro
    SUMo
    Data Backup
    AOMEI Backupper
    Acronis True Image
    Frequency of Data backups
    Weekly
    System Backup
    AOMEI Backupper
    Frequency of System backups
    Regularly
    Computer Activity
  • Online banking
  • Browsing web and email
  • Install new programs on a weekly basis
  • Download files from different sources
  • Video or photography editing
  • Computer Specifications
    Dell Precision T1600
    Intel Core i3 2100 @ 3.10GHz
    NVIDIA Quadro 600
    DDR3,4096 MBytes
    Hard drives 465 GB,931 GB

    Spawn

    Administrator
    Verified
    Staff member
    You have guts - you run using your admin account daily. When an attacker makes it onto your system, he will automatically gain Complete control of your system. Whereas if you run as standard user, he will have to figure out ways to gain admin rights.
    Not quite. I don't think scaremongering users into using a Standard User account is a good idea, especially when you have not specified all the Pros/Cons about switching.

    I'll create a new thread to continue the discussion.

    @sophivan I would also consider upgrading to a Windows 10 PC, either a new PC if the current is slow, or a new OS license for the upgrade. Please remember to backup all your existing data before upgrading the OS.

    Can you specify which version of Avira?
    And which extensions installed in your browsers?
     

    harlan4096

    Moderator
    Verified
    Staff member
    Malware Hunter
    @sophivan:

    Update Your system, at least to Windows 8.1, Windows 7 got Microsoft End of Support since last 19 of January.

    You may set UAC to Always Notify.

    Consider to use an extra tool to harden Your protection, for example NoVirusThanks SysHardener tool (Defaults tweaks).

    In Virus and Malware Removal Tools, You may add EmsiSoft Emergengy Kit and HitManPro Free.

    In Privacy-focused Apps and Extensions , You may add uBlock Origin or AdGuard AdBlocker extension to Your browsers.

    A PassWord Manager would be welcome also.

    Please kindly reflect Your changes editing Your config, and announcing them here, thanks for sharing :)
     

    jc135

    Level 1
    "scaremongering users into using a Standard User account"

    How is it considered scaremongering? All the security conscious corps do it. A lot of security frameworks recommend it. (at least two: PCI DSS and CIS framework) And I have been doing it for years. Yes, a privilege escalation exploit would give the attacker admin rights also, but she has to perform that one more step. And she might not have a privilege escalation tool handy applicable to the current version of Windows or whatever app. A lot of security measures may not be "forever useful", but I believe it doesn't hurt to use a standard account. Sure you would need to sign into the admin account whenever you configure your system, but that doesn't happen for me for at least a few days in between. Security and convenience is always at odds, if anything, having to sign in to admin reminds you to always be alert.
     
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    LDogg

    Level 30
    Verified
    I would upgrade to Windows 10 at the earliest you can. You're not a company that has specific software that is only compatible with Windows 7, plus you're also not a hospital or organisation with critical infrastructure. However when you do decide to upgrade whenever you choose too please backup everything or essential/important files you need.

    The rest I cannot comment on regarding your setup as I do not know whether or not you'll switch from 7 to 10.

    ~LDogg