SECURITY: Complete Thiag0 Security Config 2021

Last updated
Jan 2, 2021
About
My primary device
Additional PC users
2 additional users
Operating system
Windows 10
OS license
Home
Login security
    • Password (Aa-Zz, 0-9, Symbols)
Primary sign-in
Local account
Primary account rights
Administrator permissions
Security updates
Automatic - allow all types of updates
Windows UAC
Maximum - always notify
Real-time protection
Kaspersky Total Security
Software firewall
Provided by a third-party security vendor. Refer to 'Real-time protection' for details.
Custom RTP, Firewall and OS settings
Maximum
Malware research
Yes - malware samples are downloaded to a Virtual Machine
Periodic scanners
Adwcleaner, Emsisoft Emergency Kit and Norton Power Eraser
DNS
Cloudflare (might change later)
VPN
None
Password manager
Bitwarden
Browsers, Search and Addons
Brave Browser with Ublock Origin, Bitdefender Traffic Light and ClearURLs
PC maintenance
CCleaner and Defraggler
Personal Files & Photos backup
Google Drive
Personal backup routine
Device recovery & backup
Kaspersky Rescue Disk
Device backup routine
Manual (maintained by self)
PC activity
  1. Browsing the Web
  2. Installing new software
  3. Visiting unknown sites
  4. File sharing
  5. Video games
  6. Photo and video
  7. Programming
  8. Shared device
Computer specs
Acer Nitro 5 AN515-52
i7 8750h
GTX 1050ti
16GB DDR4
128GB SSD and a 1TB HDD
Personal changelog
January 02, 2021 - Removed Malwarebytes to avoid conflicts with KTS
Removed KVRT because it is very unlikely to a malware disable Kaspersky and i always have my rescue disk 80% of the times and added Emsisoft Emergency Kit
Replaced Malwarebytes Browser Guard with Bitdefender Traffic Light
Feedback Response

General feedback

NihonSwede

Level 1
Mar 7, 2020
45
I might be wrong here, but by having KVRT and KTS at the same time, you're not going to achieve any different results considering that they're the same product? I would replace KVRT with either HitmanPro or Emsisoft Emergency Kit. Looks decent otherwise :)
 

McMcbrad

Level 23
Oct 16, 2020
1,252
You are downloading malware samples, glad to see that.
What defence have you implemented to prevent your personal data, other users data (you mention 3 people use this device) as well as outside world from being attacked? (Apart from VM)...
 

Thiag0

Level 1
Jan 2, 2021
11
I might be wrong here, but by having KVRT and KTS at the same time, you're not going to achieve any different results considering that they're the same product? I would replace KVRT with either HitmanPro or Emsisoft Emergency Kit. Looks decent otherwise :)
I have it incase something happens (like if a malware disables Kaspersky somehow and i don't have access to my flash drive which contains the rescue disk)

(EDIT: Was thinking more and yep, KVRT is not needed at all. I'll get Emsisoft Emergency Kit to replace it)
Kaspersky Total Security works properly alone as it's a full suite, you are at risk for conflicts running even Malwarebytes Premium as real-time protection!
I'll probably reconsider using Malwarebytes along with Kaspersky, i thought it would run fine with KTS as a complement

(EDIT: removed Malwarebytes)
You are downloading malware samples, glad to see that.
What defence have you implemented to prevent your personal data, other users data (you mention 3 people use this device) as well as outside world from being attacked? (Apart from VM)...
I've set maximum protection on Configure_Defender along with some Controlled Folder tweaks, also enabled all the Core Isolation settings and i will install a VPN

Thanks for the feedback guys
 
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harlan4096

Moderator
Verified
Staff member
Malware Hunter
Apr 28, 2015
7,044
Device recovery & settings: Kaspersky Rescue Disk -> KRD usually is used to disinfect a system but not to recover a full damaged system... so here You should use solutions such as Macrium Reflect Free and/or AOEMI BackUper..
 

SecureKongo

Level 11
Feb 25, 2017
528
Does Defraggler add something to the already present optimize drives from Windows?
If you don't use the advanced modes of uBlock Origin you can replace it and ClearURLs with AdGuard using stealth mode.
One less extension to maintain.
Also didn't hear many good things about Defraggler. Quite outdated and can't keep up with Windows built in defragmentation.
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Minimalist

Level 4
Oct 2, 2020
197
Does Defraggler add something to the already present optimize drives from Windows?
I use Defraggler for HDD only and specifically to defrag individual fragmented files instead of whole drive. AFAIK this is not possible ATM with Windows built-in defragmenter. I also know that it doesn't help with speed much, but I still like to do it. Maybe it's just my OCD :)
 

Thiag0

Level 1
Jan 2, 2021
11
In the next few days i'll be updating this (and the security on my laptop of course) with some changes, as some of the stuff listed is useless (like using Configure_Defender with KTS set up as the main AV)

I will consider using Macrium Reflect for backups, and remove MSERT (because you can just set Defender to do a automatic periodic scan)

Again, thanks for all the feedback
 

Lightning_Brian

Level 15
Verified
Content Creator
Sep 1, 2017
732
Device recovery & settings: Kaspersky Rescue Disk -> KRD usually is used to disinfect a system but not to recover a full damaged system... so here You should use solutions such as Macrium Reflect Free and/or AOEMI BackUper..

I second what he is trying to mention to you. You should use a backup tool beyond Windows built in backup tool.

I do regular Windows files and system image backups to my external HDD, so i can restore it when there's any critical issues, but i'm thinking if i should use another backuper along with the normal Windows backup

If you ever get burnt once @Thiag0 on Window's built in tools you'll know what I'm saying - get something that will work well outside of Windows itself. I had a backup a long time ago fail on me and man I wasn't happy, but I sure did learn my lesson! What's the lesson? Don't trust one tool to provide you with that recovery point and have a 'fail back'/fall back plan in place. I would recommend AOMEI Backupper and Macrium Reflect Free with viBoot all day any day to anyone. Both are free and you cannot go wrong with the use of the tools. AOMEI is quite user friendly and Macrium Reflect is too - some say AOMEI is more user friendly though. If you read my security config from 2019 I go pretty in depth with some stuff about the software. If you want feel free to do so; otherwise, ask away any questions you may have to myself and MT. Lets get you into a better backup method and program.

Links:

AOMEI: Free Backup Software for Windows 10/8/7 - AOMEI Backupper Standard

Macrium Reflect: Macrium Reflect Free

With very nice and great viBoot (info here): Macrium viBoot - KnowledgeBase v7 - Macrium Reflect Knowledgebase - KnowledgeBase v7 - Macrium Reflect Knowledgebase

~Brain
 
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