Operating System
  • Windows 8.1
  • Windows Edition
    Pro
    System type
    64-bit operating system; x64-based processor
    User Access Control
    Default
    Network Security (Firewall)
    3rd-party Firewall app by a trusted vendor
    Device Security
  • No device security
  • User Account
    Sign-in Accounts
    Malware Testing
    I do not participate in downloading malware samples
    Real-time Web & Malware Protection
    Avast Internet Security, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Home Premium, SuperAntiSpyware Lifetime, HitmanPro Alert, Malwarebytes Anti-Eploit Premium, GWX Control Panel to stop Windows 10 upgrade and CryptoPrevent Premium Edition.
    RTP - Custom security settings
  • No security settings changes
  • Virus and Malware Removal Tools
    RogueKiller, AdwCleaner, Junkware Removal Tool, Malwarebytes Anti-Rootkit, Eset and Emsisoft Emergency Kit.
    Browsers and Extensions
    Mozilla FireFox with uBlock, Privacy Badger, Avast Online Security, Tab Utilities Fixed and F.B. Purity.
    Privacy-focused Apps and Extensions
    uBlock
    Password Managers
  • Mozilla FireFox built in login manager.
  • System Utilities
    System Ninja Pro, CCleaner and Tweaking.com Windows Repair
    Frequency of Data backups
    Weekly
    Frequency of System backups
    Regularly

    Azure

    Level 24
    Verified
    Content Creator
    Real-time Malware Protection:

    Avast Internet Security - This one is fine

    Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Home Premium - You can keep it real-time. But considering how much resources it uses you might consider making on-demand. It's your choice

    SuperAntiSpyware Lifetime - Unnecessary. There are better products out there. Either put it on-demand or remove it entirely and replace it with Zemana Antimalware free

    HitmanPro Alert - Is it the paid version or free version? Depending on which one, you might have some conflict with Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit. So it could be for the best to choose just one.

    Malwarebytes Anti-Eploit Premium - Read my previous comment.


    On-Demand:

    Malwarebytes Anti-Rootkit - Correct me if I'm wrong. But I believe Malwarebytes AntiMalware already has this product integrated.


    Extensions:

    Ublock - You can try Ublock Origin. It's made by Ublock's original developer​
     

    Cats-4_Owners-2

    Level 37
    Verified
    Trusted
    Hi TrapperX.

    Thank you for sharing your configuration with it's full range, & assortment, of reputable software. It reflects your choices, & I like them.:)
    I've enjoyed reading the many encouraging posts, and whether you choose to alter the use of some programs, or not, you've received many noteworthy and well tested suggestions.

    One form of protection I'll mention, now, is virtualization.
    • A popular (& free):cool: program which prevents unwanted changes from permanently effecting your system is called Sandboxie - Sandboxie - Sandbox software for application isolation and secure Web browsing . I consider a protective sandbox similar to a "raincoat" for ones browser wherever conditions online may seem cloudy with a chance of malware!:p In my experience, this magically scientific "reset button" tends to be more compatible with either I.E. or Mozilla (gecko) sourced browsers, although sandboxing is used for all our browsers indiscriminately.:D By the way, Sandbox-ie's (ie) originally referred to it's development due to Internet Explorer's vulnerabilities.o_O
    • Additionally (& for many, an indespensible program..) there is Shadow Defender. A wonderfully concise review by @cruelsister illustrates it's reliability in a comparison alongside another similar software, Timefreeze. Video Review - Shadow Defender vs TimeFreeze
    I further endorse Zemana Antimalware for consideration as another on demand scanner to add to your preferred arsenal. We use it on all of our computers!;) This morning, my wife asked why it had been set to scan her Windows 7 lap top upon every:confused: startup!:mad: So, following this post, I am going to uncheck the box:rolleyes: that schedules this.:p:D

    For sharing & allowing me share,
    Thank you!:D
     
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    Duotone

    Level 10
    Verified
    HMPA + MBAE = conflict
    SAS is pointless when MBAM and Avast is there

    This config isn't overkill , it is bloated and conflicting.
    ++1

    Hi TrapperX.

    One form of protection I'll mention, now, is virtualization.
    • A popular (& free):cool: program which prevents unwanted changes permanently effecting your system is called Sandboxie - Sandboxie - Sandbox software for application isolation and secure Web browsing I consider it similar to a "raincoat" for ones browser wherever conditions online may seem cloudy with a chance of malware!:p In my experience, this magically scientific "reset button" tends to be more compatible with either I.E. or Mozilla sourced browsers, although it gets used in our home indiscriminately.:D By the way, Sandbox-ie's (ie) originally referred to it's development due to Internet Explorer's vulnerabilities.o_O
    • Additionally (& for many, an indespensible program..) there is Shadow Defender. A wonderfully concise review by @cruelsister illustrates it's reliability in a comparison alongside another similar software, Timefreeze. Video Review - Shadow Defender vs TimeFreeze
    For sharing & allowing me share,
    Thank you!:D
    ++1

    @TrapperX
    if most of the day/month/year your pc is static, and you don't install software DL from there original source you only need:
    1>real time protection
    1>exploit protection
    1~2>on-demand scanner

    Addtional:
    Sandboxing
    Light Virtualization
    or Anti-ransomware(WinAntiRansom preferably) if you don't want Sandboxing or LT

    Thanks for sharing!!!