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Oct 13, 2019
Operating System
  • Windows 10
  • Linux/Unix
  • Windows Edition
    Home
    Version or Build no.
    17763.805
    System type
    64-bit operating system; x64-based processor
    Security Updates
    Disabled - Turned off by user
    User Access Control
    Default
    Network Security (Firewall)
    Windows Defender Firewall
    Device Security
  • Windows Defender SmartScreen (Windows 10)
  • Not available (Linux)
  • User Account
    Administrator
    Sign-in Accounts
    None
    Sign-in Options
  • Password
  • Malware Testing
    I do not participate in downloading malware samples
    Real-time Web & Malware Protection
    Windows Defender, BD Traffic Light and Configure Defender
    RTP - Custom security settings
  • Minor changes for Increased security
  • RTP - Details of Custom security settings
    Whitelisted VMware vhd file folder.
    Block at first sight and couple of others using Configuredefender.
    Virus and Malware Removal Tools
    KRD, Dr. web LiveCD,ESET LiveCD,EEK,HMP
    Browsers and Extensions
    uBO, Cookie Autodelete,BD Traffic Light, SC Currency converter, Google translate for FF,Default bookmark folder,HTTPS everywhere,Uget, User agent switcher, Auto tab discard, Google shortcuts and Side View.
    Privacy-focused Apps and Extensions
    uBO, Quad9 DNS and default ISP DNS.
    Password Managers
  • Lastpass
  • Web Search
  • Google,Duck Duck go,Wiki, Amazon
  • System Utilities
    CCleaner, Dism++, Bleachbit,Windows Disk Cleanup,Wise disk cleaner,System Ninja, 0Patch
    Data Backup
    On-site storage on external drives.
    Frequency of Data backups
    None
    System Backup
    MR Free and Lazesoft recovery PE
    Frequency of System backups
    Regularly
    Computer Activity
  • PC Gaming
  • Online banking
  • Browsing web and email
  • Watch movies and other entertainment content on the Internet
  • Download files from different sources
  • Office and work related tasks
  • Video or photography editing
  • Programming
  • Computer Specifications
    Alienware 15 R2 w/ 6700HQ,980M 8GB GDDR5,16GB DDR4 RAM, 1xNVMe SSD,1xSATA SSD,AW Mouse,AW AGA,X Stand and 1TB HGST HDD 7.2k rpm.
    Lenovo G500 with Pentium 2020M PCLGA w/ 6GB RAM and intel hd 2500 graphics.
    Staff Notes

    This setup configuration is not recommended for most users.
    We don't recommend that you copy this setup for your system unless you understand the security implications. We cannot not be held responsible for problems that may occur to your device by using this security setup.

    This setup configuration may put your device at risk .
    We don't recommend that other members use this setup. We cannot not be held responsible for problems that may occur to your device by using this security setup.

    brod56

    Level 15
    Verified
    To be honest, this config is way too cluttered. I would say start from scratch (keeping only the bare essentials like Smartscreen, Firewall, Windows Defender, uBlock Origin, QuadDNS, Macrium Reflect) and then try to add only what you think is a priority to you.
    And please, enable the updates - if you are scared that the new versions might break things, choose the deferred distributions.
     

    Vasudev

    Level 29
    Verified
    To be honest, this config is way too cluttered. I would say start from scratch (keeping only the bare essentials like Smartscreen, Firewall, Windows Defender, uBlock Origin, QuadDNS, Macrium Reflect) and then try to add only what you think is a priority to you.
    And please, enable the updates - if you are scared that the new versions might break things, choose the deferred distributions.
    DNS is configured at router side and on my PCs Smartscreen,uBO and WD is only things running aside from few applications.
    MR PE is on my USB drive and so are my LiveCDs ISO.
    I'm not scared of updates but I defer it and sometimes skip some patches and sometimes apply some out of band updates like the IE11 bug and had to update on Day 1. 99% of the time windows update is disabled since I keep track of them manually including latest driver updates through windows update catalog or WSUS. Same rule applies to my other PCs with W10 Pro. I simply distrust MSFT after v1809 fiasco and that's the reason I'm refusing to update to v1809 and beyond and sticking with v1803 until its EOL period.
     

    brod56

    Level 15
    Verified
    I simply distrust MSFT after v1809 fiasco and that's the reason I'm refusing to update to v1809 and beyond and sticking with v1803 until its EOL period.
    You'll be missing huge Windows 10 features which will not only improve the functionality of the system but also its security mechanisms.
     

    Vasudev

    Level 29
    Verified
    You'll be missing huge Windows 10 features which will not only improve the functionality of the system but also its security mechanisms.
    Not really, MSFT silently backports everything. Those new features in W10 are temporarily waiting to be removed in subsequent release w/o notice.
    Then again, if there's a new version coming up this Spring I might try it in a VM. For now, v1709 is the base minimum for any application to target including driver, so for few years I'm good.
    Did the same thing when v1709 was released and I was still on v1703 until v1803 was in Insiders release.
     
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    brod56

    Level 15
    Verified
    Then again, if there's a new version coming up this Spring I might try it in a VM. For now, v1709 is the base minimum for any application to target including driver, so for few years I'm good.
    You are, but that's not my point. You'll be missing Sets (which improve productivity), WD tamper protection, etc
    It's too much of a compromise in my opinion. You're the one deliberately wanting to be on a outdated version just because one build had problems for some users.
     
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    Vasudev

    Level 29
    Verified
    You are, but that's not my point. You'll be missing Sets (which improve productivity), WD tamper protection, etc
    It's too much of a compromise in my opinion. You're the one deliberately wanting to be on a outdated version just because one build had problems for some users.
    If you check Program Data\Microsoft\Win defender\Platform you will see that WD is updated to latest consumer build using windows update to give same level of protection no matter what! Just use Configure Defender and see how strong the AV is.
    Sets was the most interesting but not its worth the time and privacy because other users can get all your activity by pressing Win+Tab or Swipe up gesture.
     

    Vasudev

    Level 29
    Verified
    Removed:
    Kaspersky Free 2019
    Kaspersky Secure connection.

    Added:
    WD v1812.5 and configure defender.
    Updated most drivers to UWD/UWP drivers except Intel and nvidia drivers.

    Detailed Specs of my systems and added External HDD for on-site backup as Data Backup option.
     
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    Vasudev

    Level 29
    Verified
    If you do offline updates then you are good to go.

    Thanks for sharing.
    That's the way it has been since I joined MT. I have limited bandwidth internet and daily limit is 1.5GB.
    I might delay updating windows if there are problems but if there's none I'm always on latest update.
    Added:
    0Patch


    Will be modding my BIOS w/ new RAID,GOP,microcode and unlocked menus on most PCs since they're EOL.
     

    Wraith

    Level 13
    Verified
    Malware Tester
    Removed:
    Kaspersky Free 2019
    Kaspersky Secure connection.

    Added:
    WD v1812.5 and configure defender.
    Updated most drivers to UWD/UWP drivers except Intel and nvidia drivers.

    Detailed Specs of my systems and added External HDD for on-site backup as Data Backup option.
    Why did you remove Kaspersky? It's way better than WD.
     
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    Vasudev

    Level 29
    Verified
    Sorry I didn't notice you were using a laptop. Yes Kaspersky is terrible for laptops when running on battery. But I've never had any false positives with Kaspersky till date.
    On AC power, Kaspersky is even faster than ESET and very light. Rarely affected benchmark scores.
    Any download from Mega is blocked and even modded drivers are blocked. I couldn't figure out why they were corrupt.
     
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    JM Safe

    Level 38
    Verified
    That's the way it has been since I joined MT. I have limited bandwidth internet and daily limit is 1.5GB.
    I might delay updating windows if there are problems but if there's none I'm always on latest update.
    Added:
    0Patch


    Will be modding my BIOS w/ new RAID,GOP,microcode and unlocked menus on most PCs since they're EOL.
    That's ok.
     
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    Wraith

    Level 13
    Verified
    Malware Tester
    On AC power, Kaspersky is even faster than ESET and very light. Rarely affected benchmark scores.
    Any download from Mega is blocked and even modded drivers are blocked. I couldn't figure out why they were corrupt.
    U mean Kaspersky was blocking the downloads from MEGA?
    I use ESET IS and KIS on two different desktops but to me ESET seems to be a bit lighter than Kaspersky. I mean launching of apps feel snappier on the PC with ESET.