Latest Changes
Jan 4, 2019
Operating System
Windows 10
Windows Edition
October 2018 Update (v1809)
System Architecture
64-bit OS
Security Updates
Automatic Updates - All security and feature updates
User Access Control
Windows Firewall - Network security provided by Microsoft
Device Security
Windows Defender SmartScreen (Windows 10)
User Account
Administrator - User has complete control over the device
Recent Security Incidents
No malware or privacy issues
Malware Testing
None - No Malware on host PC or VM
Real-time Web & Malware Protection
Windows 10 v1809
  • Windows Defender Antivirus
  • Exploit Guard (Network Protection)
  • SmartScreen for Apps and Edge
  • Windows Firewall
Custom Settings For Real-Time Protection
Custom - Minor changes for Increased Security
Custom Settings For Real-Time Protection Details
Windows Defender Antivirus
  • Block at First Sight
  • Detection for Potentially Unwanted Applications
  • Exploit Guard (Network protection) set to Block mode (Event ID: 1126)
Windows Apps
  • Warn before installing apps outside of the Store
  • SysHardener 1.5 (default configuration)
Virus and Malware Removal Tools
Occasional scans with ESET Online Scanner
Browsers and Extensions
Google Chrome
  • LastPass Password Manager
  • Privacy Badger
  • Adguard AdBlocker v3
  • Password Checkup (by Google)
Brave beta
  • Enabled: Block Ads, 3rd party Cookies and 3rd party Fingerprinting, Rewards
  • Disabled: Social Logins with Google, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Hangouts
Web Privacy
Cloudflare's DNS
Password Management
Default Web Search
Google, DuckDuckGo
System Utilities
Geek Uninstaller
Data Backup
Microsoft OneDrive (always on)
  • Files on Demand
Google Backup and Sync (on-demand)
Frequency of Data backups
System Backup
Windows Backup
- once per 6 months
- stored on external portable hard drive
- disconnected from network
Frequency of System backups
Computer Activity
Browsing web and email
Watch movies and other entertainment content on the Internet
Office and work related tasks
Video or photography editing
Computer Specifications
Intel Core i7 (4th gen)
128GB SSD (OS Partition)
1TB HDD (Internal, Non-Removable)
2TB HDD (Portable, Disconnected)


Staff member
Created a new Windows Backup (system image) for April 2019.
Uninstalled Brave nightly
Installed Brave beta (less data loss risk)

Power Options added to Desktop Context Menu:
  • Balanced (daily, minimal use, battery efficient)
  • Ultimate Performance (more power, runs faster)