SECURITY: Basic tonibalas security configuration 2019

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Jan 2, 2019
Windows Edition
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Primary sign-in
Primary user
Admin user - Full permissions
Security updates
Manual - check for updates, but do not auto-install
Windows UAC
Default - notify when programs attempt to make changes
Real-time protection
MSE
Software firewall
Microsoft Defender Firewall
Malware testing
No malware samples
Periodic security scanners
NPE, ZAM, Eset Online Scanner
Browsers, Search and Addons
Cent browser 64 bit, Adguard extension
Scriptsafe and Minerblock are running on specific sites,most of the time are turned off.
Maintenance and Cleaning
Windows built in disk cleaner and Wise disk cleaner.
Personal Files & Photos backup
Macrium free, Aomei backup standard
Personal backup routine
Device recovery & backup
Macrium free, Aomei backup standard
Device backup routine

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Removed:
Eset Antivirus.
I am very happy by it's performance but i want to try something else.

Added:
Cent x64 with uBlock Origin extension.
I added Ghostery on Yandex.
Added Avast free.
I wanted to try Avast after they bought AVG.
So far i am satisfied but in the next days i will have a more clear opinion.
 

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Update.

Removed:
Avast Free
Yandex

Added:
FF Portable with Adguard and Disconnect extensions.
Firemin to reduce memory of FF.
In Cent i removed uBlock Origin and added Adguard and Disconnect.
Bullguard Antivirus. Always wanted to try it and i decided to do it. I will let you know how it performs.
Thinking of adding VS alongside Bullguard.
 

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@Sunshine-boy you are right.
These days i was very lucky, i won 2 giveaways in a row. I disn't expect that.
Yandex. A very good browser with very good performance on my system.
But i stayed with Cent in the end because it's using less cpu than Yandex and other chromium browsers like Vivaldi,Slimjet etc.
When i make changes to my config i am always noticing what is the cpu usage because my laptop is old.
This the reason why i don't use W10, to heave for my CPU.
 

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A small update.
I tried to uninstall Roll Back RX because i wanted to reinstall it.
Unfortunately from that moment problems began to show up. Uninstalling Roll Back messed up the Master Boot Record.
Eventually i found a USB that i have W10 as another back up that i had forgot about it.

Now on my laptop i have installed both W10 and W7.
Still though i don't have enough time to install all the software i want.
I hope tomorrow i will do so and update my config.
 

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The correct phrase should << i think it messed up the MBR>>, i am not so sure.
I wanted to to fix the MBR but i couldn't get to the external HDD where i have the back up, neither the CD or the usb.
I even tried to format the disc but i couldn't find a way to do it.
I entered to BIOS to change boot settings to an External or Optical drive but nothing was recognized:confused:.
I even took out the SSD put it on my wife's pc to see if there was something wrong and i faced the same thing.

So i decided to put it back on the laptop and to take it on a tech store to tell me what is something wrong with it or at least to do a format.
But then my luck changed.
I found an old usb with W10 which i have used last year to do a clean installation on my laptop.
That worked, i installed W10 and now my laptop is up and running with W10 and W7 of course.

The problem started last Saturday afternoon and because i was very busy on Sunday and the following days i haven't completed my set up yet.
 

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My current config:
W10 is running with WD and HMPA
W7 is running Eset NOD 32 Antivirus.
When i will finalize my config i will make the changes to the thread.

I am still thinking if i will install again Roll Back RX.

p.s: of course i have already done a back up of W7 with all the latest updates installed on the external HDD.
 

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Update:
Removed W10. No need having it was stressing my old hardware.
I have merged the partitions and now i am running W7 Ultimate.
I installed Webroot AV.
Other software: Revo Pro, RollBack RX Pro, Firefox, Cent. That's it.
Some other useful software are in an external hd.
Back up of important files are also in the external hd and in a usb
 
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Update about my 2018 security config.
Upgraded to W7 Ultimate

Removed: Webroot av
Cent Browser
RollBack RX Pro

Added: EAV (custom settings)
SlimJet

RollBack was removed because my SSD is only 120 GB and RB RX snapshot doesn't store the snapshot outside of C:
So free space was reduced rapidly. If i upgrade to a bigger SSD then it will be installed again.

As always since my laptop is old i like to keep my config a light as possible.
 
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