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Sep 25, 2019
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    Version or Build no.
    Windows 10 1903
    System type
    64-bit operating system; x64-based processor
    Security Updates
    Automatic Updates (recommended)
    User Access Control
    Always Notify
    Network Security (Firewall)
    Windows Defender Firewall
    Device Security
  • Windows Defender SmartScreen (Windows 10)
  • User Account
    Administrator
    Sign-in Accounts
    None
    Sign-in Options
  • Password
  • Physical Security Key
  • Malware Testing
    I do not participate in downloading malware samples
    Real-time Web & Malware Protection
    Windows Security (including Virtualization Security/Core Isolation) & ConfigureDefender
    Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Premium
    SysHardener
    RTP - Custom security settings
  • Major changes for Increased security
  • RTP - Details of Custom security settings
    Windscribe Pro ROBERT is like a server-side Pi-Hole blocking tens of millions of crap domains (malware, phishing, ads, cryptominers, etc.)
    Virus and Malware Removal Tools
    HitmanPro
    Emsisoft Emergency Kit
    Browsers and Extensions
    Hardened Firefox w/ Bitwarden, Windscribe, Malwarebytes Browser Guard, Dark Reader & HTTPS Everywhere.
    Privacy-focused Apps and Extensions
    Malwarebytes Browser Guard, Windscribe Pro + ROBERT, Windscribe Browser Extension & Firefox Content Blocking.
    Password Managers
  • Bitwarden Premium
  • Web Search
  • DuckDuckGo
  • System Utilities
    Bleachbit, VeraCrypt & PatchMyPC scheduled to run daily.
    Data 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.
    Frequency of Data backups
    Always-on Sync
    System Backup
    None
    Frequency of System backups
    None
    Computer Activity
  • PC Gaming
  • Online banking
  • Browsing web and email
  • Watch movies and other entertainment content on the Internet
  • Programming
  • Computer Specifications
    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 7
    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 7
    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 13
    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?
     
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    Threadripper

    Level 7
    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 13
    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 7
    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.