Latest Changes
Jul 12, 2019
Operating System
  • Windows 10
  • Windows Edition
    Pro
    Build Version
    May 2019 Update (v1903)
    System Architecture
    64-bit
    Security Updates
    Automatic Updates (recommended)
    User Access Control
    Default
    Network Security (Firewall)
    Windows Defender Firewall
    Device Security
  • Windows Defender SmartScreen (Windows 10)
  • User Account
    Administrator
    Sign-in Accounts
    Microsoft (@outlook)
    Sign-in Options
  • Password
  • Windows Hello PIN (recommended)
  • Malware Testing
    None - No Malware on host PC or VM
    Real-time Web & Malware Protection
    • Windows Defender Antivirus
    • Exploit Guard (Network Protection)
    • SmartScreen for Apps and Edge
    • Windows Defender 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
    NoVirusThanks
    • SysHardener 1.5
    Virus and Malware Removal Tools
    None
    Browsers and Extensions
    Brave - with DuckDuckGo

    Google Chrome - with Google
    • Adguard AdBlocker
    • LastPass Password Manager
    • Privacy Badger

    Microsoft Edge (installed, but not used).
    Web Privacy
    Cloudflare DNS (1.1.1.1)
    Password Manager
    See Browsers and Extensions
    System Utilities
    Geek Uninstaller Free
    VoidTools' Search Everything
    Data Backup
    Microsoft OneDrive
    Google Backup and Sync
    Larger backups stored on a portable, external HDD
    Frequency of Data backups
    Daily
    System Backup
    Windows Backup
    Frequency of System backups
    Rarely
    Computer Activity
  • PC Gaming
  • Browsing web and email
  • Watch movies and other entertainment content on the Internet
  • Office and work related tasks
  • Computer Specifications
    • Intel Core i7 (4th gen)
    • 8GB DDR3 RAM
    • 128GB SSD (OS)
    • 1TB HDD (Internal)

    Spawn

    Administrator
    Verified
    Staff member
    Major Windows Issues Experienced
    None yet

    Experimental Flags
    Touch UI Layout #top-chrome-touch-ui
    Enables touch UI layout in the browser's top chrome.

    New tab-loading animation - #new-tab-loading-animation
    Enables a new look for the tab-loading animation.

    New style notification - #enable-message-center-new-style-notification
    Enables the experiment style of material-design notification.

    Enable AppContainer Lockdown - #enable-appcontainer
    Enables the use of an AppContainer on sandboxed processes to improve security.

    Tab Hover Cards - #tab-hover-cards
    Enables a popup containing tab information to be visible when hovering over a tab. This will replace tooltips for tabs.

    Brave Settings
    Extensions (integrated)
    • WebTorrents = disabled
    • Hangouts = disabled
    • IPFS Companion = disabled
    Extensions from Chrome Web Store
    • Decentraleyes
    • Privacy Badger
    Shields
    • Ad control = Block Ads
    • Cookie control = Block 3rd party cookies
    • Fingerprinting protection = Block all fingerprinting
    • HTTPS Everywhere = ON
    • Script blocking = OFF (may be used on a site by site basis)
    Social Media Blocking
    • Allow Google login button on third party sites = OFF
    • Allow Facebook logins and embedded posts = OFF
    • Allow Twitter embedded tweets = ON
    • Allow LinkedIn embedded posts = OFF
    Search Engine
    • DuckDuckGo (Cloud Save Enabled for custom search settings)
    Appearance
    • Light theme (more professional)
    • Show home button = disabled
    • Use wide address bar = OFF (looks better isolated and centered)
    • Show bookmarks bar = ON (with Touch UI layout, it adds extra space between browser and web page content)
    Downloads
    • Ask where to save each file before downloading = ON (prevents accidental auto-downloads)
    System
    • Continue running background apps when Brave is closed = OFF
     
    Last edited:

    Spawn

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    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)
     

    Spawn

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    Staff member
    Pre-OS Update
    Disabled Ultimate Performance power plan via cmd prompt
    Re-enabled Power Saving and High Performance power plans via cmd prompt

    Upgraded to May 2019 Update (v1903)

    Post-OS Update

    Re-applied Power Options to Desktop Context Menu (Balanced, Power Saving, High Performance)
    Re-applied SysHardener tool tweaks to OS

    Enabled Windows Sandbox
     

    Spawn

    Administrator
    Verified
    Staff member
    Where do we find those extra tweaks?
    I don't wish to share my SH configuration as it may not apply to others, but every option can be found in the app itself. The "(extra tweaks)" mean I have enabled other options in addition to the "Suggested Tweaks" recommendations.
    1. Read up about it: Harden Windows Settings with SysHardener | NoVirusThanks
    2. See how others use it: Q&A - Syshardener tweak suggestions?
    3. And if you use OSArmor, then you may not need SysHardener at all - Read here.
     

    Dave Russo

    Level 8
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    looks like a really nice machine,your computer Specifications ,I only dream of right now.Like the windows security platform,Once the new Edge browser is released I intend on doing same.You do not use any third party optimise tool?
     

    Spawn

    Administrator
    Verified
    Staff member
    Why the producer suggest to add it as extra security? It does the same when you install OSA though.
    I said may not need, not that you should not use.

    looks like a really nice machine,your computer Specifications ,I only dream of right now.Like the windows security platform,Once the new Edge browser is released I intend on doing same.You do not use any third party optimise tool?
    It's a good laptop, which has both a SSD and HDD inside.

    care to explain on Exploit Guard network connection set to block?

    I also have Windows 10 pro, did you enable it with group policy, powerscript or ?
    From the Group Policy Editor, because it's easier.
    Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Defender Antivirus > Windows Defender Exploit Guard > Network Protection

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    Useful info: Conduct a demo to see how network protection works
     

    Spawn

    Administrator
    Verified
    Staff member
    Experienced some issues with Brave beta builds not updating properly. Decided completely uninstall Brave browser and install the latest stable for Windows 64-bit. Backed up my Brave Rewards passphrase and restored successfully upon re-installation. No BATs were lost.

    Experimental Flags

    Touch UI Layout #top-chrome-touch-ui
    Enables touch UI layout in the browser's top chrome.

    New tab-loading animation - #new-tab-loading-animation
    Enables a new look for the tab-loading animation.

    New style notification - #enable-message-center-new-style-notification
    Enables the experiment style of material-design notification.

    Enable AppContainer Lockdown - #enable-appcontainer
    Enables the use of an AppContainer on sandboxed processes to improve security.

    Tab Hover Cards - #tab-hover-cards
    Enables a popup containing tab information to be visible when hovering over a tab. This will replace tooltips for tabs.

    Brave Settings
    Extensions (integrated)
    • WebTorrents = disabled
    • Hangouts = disabled
    • IPFS Companion = disabled
    Extensions from Chrome Web Store
    • Decentraleyes
    • Privacy Badger
    Shields
    • Ad control = Block Ads
    • Cookie control = Block 3rd party cookies
    • Fingerprinting protection = Block all fingerprinting
    • HTTPS Everywhere = ON
    • Script blocking = OFF (may be used on a site by site basis)
    Social Media Blocking
    • Allow Google login button on third party sites = OFF
    • Allow Facebook logins and embedded posts = OFF
    • Allow Twitter embedded tweets = ON
    • Allow LinkedIn embedded posts = OFF
    Search Engine
    • DuckDuckGo (Cloud Save Enabled for custom search settings)
    Appearance
    • Light theme (more professional)
    • Show home button = disabled
    • Use wide address bar = OFF (looks better isolated and centered)
    • Show bookmarks bar = ON (with Touch UI layout, it adds extra space between browser and web page content)
    Downloads
    • Ask where to save each file before downloading = ON (prevents accidental auto-downloads)
    System
    • Continue running background apps when Brave is closed = OFF