Advanced Plus Security sypqys configuration 2023

Last updated
Sep 4, 2023
How it's used?
For home and private use
Operating system
Windows 11
Other operating system
Home x64
On-device encryption
N/A
Log-in security
    • Biometrics (Windows Hello PIN, TouchID, Face, Iris, Fingerprint)
Security updates
Allow security updates and latest features
Update channels
Allow stable updates only
User Access Control
Notify me only when programs try to make changes to my computer (do not dim my desktop)
Smart App Control
On
Network firewall
Enabled
Real-time security
Windows Defender (DefenderUI) + Portmaster free version + SpyShelter 15 Pro
Firewall security
Microsoft Defender Firewall with Advanced Security
About custom security
Windows Defender + DefenderUI + SpyShelter Pro + Portmaster free + Hard_Configurator (+Configure Defender), AdGuard Home
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WIN 10 privacy tweak :
O&O shut up 10
O&O app buster
WPD
BloatyNoisy
Windhawk
main telemetry off
Periodic malware scanners
Malwarebytes
Malware sample testing
I do not participate in malware testing
Environment for malware testing
/
Browser(s) and extensions
Firefox, Chrome (used), Edge, Ungoogled Chromium (not use for the moment) :

search : Duckduckgo

extensions FF : Malwarebytes Browser Guard, uBlock Origin, Tampermonkey, Scamdoc, Canvas blocker, Language Tool, Bitwarden, Decentraleyes, Searchonymous, Honey, Keepa, Chameleon (disabled), VT4Browser, Mailvelope (I don't use for the moment...), h264ify (for Youtube), Shoptimate, CSS Exfil..., etc.
Secure DNS
AdGuard Home
Desktop VPN
/
Password manager
Bitwarden (2FA authentification)
Maintenance tools
Ccleaner portable free, DISM++, PrivaZer free, PatchMyPC, driverscloud, Windows Repair Toolbox ("Revo" for uninstall programs), PureRa, HiBit Uninstaller portable + WIngetUI
File and Photo backup
"Synology DS720+" NAS and cloud like "mega.nz", "Filen", "Dropbox", "pcloud", "Google drive"...
System recovery
Macrium reflect (in progress)
Risk factors
    • Browsing to popular websites
    • Browsing to unknown / untrusted / shady sites
    • Opening email attachments
    • Buying from online stores, entering banks card details
    • Logging into my bank account
    • Downloading software and files from reputable sites
    • Requesting and accepting remote access
    • Streaming audio/video content from trusted sites or paid subscriptions
    • Streaming audio/video content from shady sites
Computer specs
Motherboard : msi-b550m-pro-vdh-wifi-micro-atx-am4-motherboard
CPU model : amd-ryzen-5-5600g-39-ghz-6-core-processor
GPU model : to CPU
RAM :
G.Skill Flare X Black (2x8 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory
storage : 500 Gb SAMSUNG 970 EVO Plus (Win 11 system)
1 Tb HDD WD (storage)
1 Tb SSD M.2 CRUCIAL P3 Plus (Storage)
Notable changes
add some changes

VT4Browser, Shoptimate... extension ...

UAC minimum notify

HiBit Uninstaller portable

06/2022 : new material and Win 11

12/2022 : new NAS DS720+

04/2023 : Portmaster free


09/2023 : AdGuard Home

10/2023 : custom security : Hard_Configurator

12/2023 : Kaspersky Free, ScreenWings add to security software, BloatyNoisy, Windhawk, Wireguard, DefenderUI...
+ new materiel : SSD 1 Tb Crucial P3 Plus, WIngetUI

01/2024 : HitmanPro Alert

01/2024 : Malwarebytes anti exploit and uninstalled HitmanPro Alert

11/01/2024 : MB anti ransomware + OSArmor 1.4.3 replace HitmanPro Alert and MB anti exploit...

10/02/2024 : removed osarmor and mb premium
add SpyShelter Pro
What I'm looking for?

Looking for maximum feedback.

Back3

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Apr 14, 2019
649
Bienvenue !
If you have an issue with your PC, can you restore an image to make it run smoothly? I use Macrium...
For my documents and pictures, I make a backup on a second drive and also use the cloud. What do you do?

Add LanguageTool Extension to your browser. It will help you correct your spelling and grammar mistakes whenever you write something in the forum.
 
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sypqys

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Apr 18, 2022
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Bienvenue !
If you have an issue with your PC, can you restore an image to make it run smoothly? I use Macrium...
For my documents and pictures, I make a backup on a second drive and also use the cloud. What do you do?
Merci (thanks)
I have a Synology NAS for backup for my documents and pictures. I also have a Mega.nz account and other cloud services.
 

Shadowra

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Hello :)

I didn't know Blockada existed on Windows... however it's not a vpn, but rather a solution like NextDNS.
I recommend you to get a real VPN for this purpose.

You can also switch the UAC to Always Notified for better security.

Your backups, I saw that you use a NAS. Make system backups and backups of your files OTHER than on your NAS. Indeed, if one day you are victim of a Ransomware attack, it will have no difficulty in encrypting the NAS files... I recommend you to make a copy on removable media for security.

Otherwise the rest is good for me :)
 

Back3

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Apr 14, 2019
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How I have to put : "Defaut security level" on Hard_Configurator ?

Thx !
Hard_ Configurator
Run Hard_Configurator and follow the instructions which are displayed on the first run.
It is recommended to allow Hard_Configurator making the System Restore Point, whitelisting the autoruns, and applying Recommended Settings. The restore point can be skipped when the kind of rollback software was installed.
After those actions, Windows restart will be required.
If Windows Defender is primary real-time protection, then <ConfigureDefender> option in Hard_Configurator (left violet button) can be used to activate advanced Windows Defender settings. It is recommended to apply <HIGH> Protection Level. The Windows restart is required to apply the new settings.
The firewall hardening is also possible by using <FirewallHardening> option (right violet button). It is recommended to apply 'Recommended H_C' rules and turn ON "Start logging events'. The Windows restart is required to apply the new settings.

What I would do:
Try Configure Defender at High Protection Level. Then install Simple Windows Hardening. For the first 2 days, just enable Windows Hardening. Then also enable Software Restriction Policies. If something goes wrong, check Blocked Events and Manage the Whitelist. With the other protection apps you already have, like Simplewall and KeyScrambler, that would be enough.

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sypqys

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Apr 18, 2022
113
Hard_ Configurator
Run Hard_Configurator and follow the instructions which are displayed on the first run.
It is recommended to allow Hard_Configurator making the System Restore Point, whitelisting the autoruns, and applying Recommended Settings. The restore point can be skipped when the kind of rollback software was installed.
After those actions, Windows restart will be required.
If Windows Defender is primary real-time protection, then <ConfigureDefender> option in Hard_Configurator (left violet button) can be used to activate advanced Windows Defender settings. It is recommended to apply <HIGH> Protection Level. The Windows restart is required to apply the new settings.
The firewall hardening is also possible by using <FirewallHardening> option (right violet button). It is recommended to apply 'Recommended H_C' rules and turn ON "Start logging events'. The Windows restart is required to apply the new settings.

What I would do:
Try Configure Defender at High Protection Level. Then install Simple Windows Hardening. For the first 2 days, just enable Windows Hardening. Then also enable Software Restriction Policies. If something goes wrong, check Blocked Events and Manage the Whitelist. With the other protection apps you already have, like Simplewall and KeyScrambler, that would be enough.

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Thanks but the other day, I don't run any software, because he put "administrators rights or tell at your administrator" but I am the only user and administator.
I have to put msconig and restart on safe mode to uninstall Hard_configurator.

Ok, I will follow your recommandations.


Thanks
 

sypqys

Level 3
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Apr 18, 2022
113
Also, I use Excel (office 2019) and the other day, he destroy all my VS scripts and macros on my documents...

I want to configure manually this when I see Office script etc.
 
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Back3

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Apr 14, 2019
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I use the paid version of Macrium. Before installing a new security app, I just do an Incremental image: it takes 2 minutes at most. Instead of uninstalling that security app, I restore that image. My computer stays clean with no registry remnants.
 

sypqys

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Apr 18, 2022
113
OSArmor free version has not been updated in the last years. Consider reading about Simple Windows Hardening, Configure Defender and Hard_ Configurator. There are good threads about those applications in this forum.
Anyway, it block some things on my computer. I delete it on the future if Hard_Configurator and Configure Defender are better and more efficient.
I will thing on that.
 
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Back3

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OSArmor has an excellent paid version. H_C, Configure Defender and SWH are free and excellent and the developper is very present on this forum. Esay to get help on issues.Been using SWH for 2 years with Microsoft Defender or F-Secure safe ( current)...My system is stable...and I think secure.
 

Andy Ful

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Also, I use Excel (office 2019) and the other day, he destroy all my VS scripts and macros on my documents...

I want to configure manually this when I see Office script etc.

H_C settings only block macros (and VBA features) in MS Office. The macros are not destroyed - the original document does not change. If you want to configure MS Office restrictions manually, then set <Documents Anti-Exploit> = Adobe (or OFF).

Thanks but the other day, I don't run any software, because he put "administrators rights or tell at your administrator" but I am the only user and administator.

I am not sure what settings you applied. In Recommended Settings most applications should run without issues. Only the applications installed in custom locations (for example on non-system disk) will be blocked.

I have to put msconig and restart on safe mode to uninstall Hard_configurator.

It is not necessary. You can restore the Windows default settings by using the H_C option <Tools><Restore Windows Defaults>. If you want to uninstall H_C then you can use the option <Tools><Uninstall Hard_Configurator>.

Anyway, the suggestion about using simpler security like SWH + ConfigureDefender + FirewallHardening will serve you better. Hard_Configurator requires some learning.
 

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