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Log-in security
    • Account password
    • Hardware security key
Account permissions
Administrator account
Security updates
Automatically allow security and feature updates
Windows UAC
Always notify
Malware samples
No - Malware samples are not purposely downloaded
Real-time Malware protection
Windows Security (including Virtualization Security/Core Isolation) & ConfigureDefender
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Premium
SysHardener
Firewall protection
Microsoft Defender Firewall
RTP configuration
Windscribe Pro ROBERT is like a server-side Pi-Hole blocking tens of millions of crap domains (malware, phishing, ads, cryptominers, etc.)
Periodic scanners
HitmanPro
Emsisoft Emergency Kit
VPN and Privacy
Malwarebytes Browser Guard, Windscribe Pro + ROBERT, Windscribe Browser Extension & Firefox Content Blocking.
Browser(s) and Add-ons
Hardened Firefox w/ Bitwarden, Windscribe, Malwarebytes Browser Guard, Dark Reader & HTTPS Everywhere.
Maintenance tools
Bleachbit, VeraCrypt & PatchMyPC scheduled to run daily.
Photos and Files backup
Limited personal data on PC, recovery codes and such encrypted w/ VeraCrypt and copied to a HDD as a precaution
iCloud used on multiple devices for photos, etc.
File backup schedule
Changes are automatically sync'd to my cloud storage provider
Backup and rollback
None
Backup schedule
None
Activity usage
  1. Computer games
  2. Financial and sensitive documents
  3. Generic web browsing
  4. Streaming audio and video content from the Internet

Computer hardware
HP OMEN PC
Ryzen 5 2600 (6 cores, 12 threads @ 4.2GHz)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 2GB
8GB DDR4
128GB Samsung M.2 (OS + Software)
1TB Toshiba HDD (Games, Large Files, etc.)

Wraith

Level 13
Verified
Malware Tester
Do you notice any performance impact after switching from ESET to Bitdefender?
 

Threadripper

Level 8
I spoke a little too soon - Bitdefender turned into Bugdefender with black screens, system hanging, Windows explorer not responding and freezing after waking from sleep (all these were fixed once it was removed). Trying Emsisoft and LOVING MyEmsisoft to configure all devices and policies, won't update config till I actually buy it.
 

Wraith

Level 13
Verified
Malware Tester
I had similar experience with Bitdefender Total Security. It's too buggy. Good decision on your part by removing Bitdefender and going to Emsisoft. It's a lot better and their privacy policy is the best. Protection wise it's also one of the top contenders. The only version of Bitdefender that I could use without any problems was the Free version. You barely notice it's running.
 

Threadripper

Level 8
Windows is gone! Finally got the last Windows machine in my household, my gaming PC, running Ubuntu with minimal disruption. Quick install, everything works, can go through every setting with a fine tooth comb in around 10 minutes. Windscribe ALWAYS on, UFW deny inbound allow outbound and games that don't run natively running with Steam Proton. Love being able to update everything on the system with two commands.
 

Raiden

Level 18
Verified
Content Creator
Windows is gone! Finally got the last Windows machine in my household, my gaming PC, running Ubuntu with minimal disruption. Quick install, everything works, can go through every setting with a fine tooth comb in around 10 minutes. Windscribe ALWAYS on, UFW deny inbound allow outbound and games that don't run natively running with Steam Proton. Love being able to update everything on the system with two commands.

I too have been contemplating switching to linux. My only stop has been gaming, but the vast majority of my games are on steam, so I can use their Proton tech. Do you have games that aren't on steam? If so, how do you run them, wine?
 

Threadripper

Level 8
I too have been contemplating switching to linux. My only stop has been gaming, but the vast majority of my games are on steam, so I can use their Proton tech. Do you have games that aren't on steam? If so, how do you run them, wine?
Most games not on Steam do run with Wine. Take a look at an app called PlayOnLinux to install games and apps directly from the GUI that use Wine, it can also install apps and games not listed. The ProtonDB website will tell you the current status of a game's compatibility with Wine/Proton.
 

Raiden

Level 18
Verified
Content Creator
Most games not on Steam do run with Wine. Take a look at an app called PlayOnLinux to install games and apps directly from the GUI that use Wine, it can also install apps and games not listed. The ProtonDB website will tell you the current status of a game's compatibility with Wine/Proton.

Thanks for the recommendation! I am currently running Kubuntu 19.04 in a VM and liking it a lot. I have installed Wine and Play on linux and will try it out and see what happens.(y):) It may still take quite a bit to move me away from Windows 10 completely, but it's worth giving Linux a try IMO.(y)
 

Threadripper

Level 8
Thanks for the recommendation! I am currently running Kubuntu 19.04 in a VM and liking it a lot. I have installed Wine and Play on linux and will try it out and see what happens.(y):) It may still take quite a bit to move me away from Windows 10 completely, but it's worth giving Linux a try IMO.(y)
Hope it all goes well for you. Most Windows-only games on Steam run with Proton anyway, which is literally just install and play like on Windows, it's great.