Latest Changes
Apr 5, 2019
Operating System
Windows 10
Windows 10 Insider Preview
Linux/Unix
Windows Edition
Home
Build
18362.30 Insider
System Architecture
64-bit OS
Security Updates
Disabled - No security or feature updates
User Access Control
Default
Firewall
3rd-party App using Windows Filtering Platform (WFP)
Device Security
Windows Defender SmartScreen (Windows 10)Not applicable (Linux)
User Account
Administrator - User has complete control over the device
Recent Security Incidents
No malware or privacy issues
Malware Testing
None - No Malware on host PC or VM
Real-time Web & Malware Protection
Windows Defender, BD Traffic Light and Configure Defender
Custom Settings For Real-Time Protection
Custom - Minor changes for Increased Security
Custom Settings For Real-Time Protection Details
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, S3.translator,Default bookmark folder,HTTPS everywhere,Uget, User agent switcher, Google shortcuts and Side View.
Web Privacy
uBO, Quad9 DNS and default ISP DNS.
Password Management
Lastpass
Default 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
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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 28
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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
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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 28
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

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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

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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 28
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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

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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.
 

devjit2018

Level 8
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

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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

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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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devjit2018

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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.