Latest Changes
Jan 14, 2019
Operating System
Windows 10
Windows Edition
Pro
Build
Version 1809 (OS Build 17763.288)
System Architecture
64-bit OS
Security Updates
Automatic Updates - All security and feature updates
User Access Control
Default
Firewall
3rd-party Firewall - Network security provided by a trusted vendor
Device Security
Windows Defender SmartScreen (Windows 10)
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
Kaspersky Internet Security version 19.0.0.1088 (d)
Custom Settings For Real-Time Protection
Default - Settings are balanced for security and performance
Virus and Malware Removal Tools
Kaspersky Internet Security
Browsers and Extensions
Chrome, Firefox, Brave
Web Privacy
BitLocker, Expressvpn, WebRTC Network Limiter, HTTPS Everywhere, Pixelblock
Password Management
Lastpass
Default Web Search
Google
System Utilities
Wise Disk Cleaner
Data Backup
Google Drive
Frequency of Data backups
Always-on Sync
System Backup
None
Frequency of System backups
None
Computer Activity
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
Computer Specifications
  • Device brand and model - Dell 5570
  • CPU model - 8th Generation Intel® Core™ i7-8550U @ 1.80GHz 4 cores
  • GPU model - AMD Radeon 530 4GB GDDR5
  • RAM type and size - 16GB DDR4
  • Storage type and size - 256GB SSD and 2TB HDD
Staff Notes

This setup configuration doesn't have a backup plan. We strongly recommend to add a backup solution for your data so that you can restore it in the case of an emergency.
Backing up allows the recovery of data that has been lost due of a malware attack (eg. ransomware) or a hard disk crash. In such events you might lose family photos, your music collection, documents, or financial data. Backups are fast and simple to perform so it should be done on a regular basis.

harlan4096

Moderator
Staff member
Malware Hunter
Verified
Please kindly consider for "Disk Imaging Backup", You may add Macrium Reflect Free or AOEMI Backupper, both are free and reliably.

Consider also to run manual backups of important data to external devices not only in cloud.

Please kindly reflect Your changes editing Your config, and announcing them here, thanks for sharing Your config :giggle:
 

Lightning_Brian

Level 13
Content Creator
Verified
Hello @zkSnark !

Thanks for posting your configuration.

First and foremost I would like to see you implement a great backup program! I have some great and free programs for you to try out.

Please try out either of these two:

1) Macirum Reflect (Free). Link: Macrium Software | Macrium Reflect Free

If you find you like Macrium Reflect look into using viBoot along side Macrium Reflect! Link: Macrium Software | Macrium viBoot

2) AOMEI Backupper Standard (Free) Link: Best Free Backup Software for Windows 10, Windows 8.1/8, Windows 7, Vista, XP

Suggestion for virus and malware removal tools:

1) EEK - Emsisoft Emgergency Kit (Free) Link: Emsisoft | Emergency Kit: Free Portable Malware Scan and Removal

2) Norton Power Eraser (Free) Link: Norton Rescue Tools

I would highly suggest upgrading to Windows 10 build 1809!

Good suggestions for web security:

uBlock Origin (ad blocker & free) or AdGuard Free

Just saw @harlan4096 post. I agree 100% with @harlan4096 ! I was in the middle of typing mine up when yours came through. haha

~Brian
 

zkSnark

Level 1
@Lightning_Brian How do I upgrade to Windows 10 build 1809? Since I have Windows Update turned on, will the Windows Update automatically update and upgrade Windows 10 Build 1803 to Build 1809?
 

zkSnark

Level 1
Thanks @harlan4096 ! Does manually upgrading Build version install Windows from the start and I will need to take backup? Or is it just like Windows update done automatically where backup is not needed?
 
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Cerberus

Level 4
- @Cerberus I don't use vpn all the time. And I haven't installed Expressvpn addon, just the app. That's why I use HTTPS Everywhere addon.
@Umbra Without WebRTC Limiter on Chrome, vpn leaks real ip.
I recommend downloading the ExpressVPN extension then. ExpressVPN does not have to be on to utilize HTTPS Everywhere. The ExpressVPN extension can also block WebRTC.

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zkSnark

Level 1
Upgraded Windows 10 to October Update version 1809.

While upgrading via Update Assistant, G-Data Security was interfering with updates. It quarantined some components of upgrade and upgrade failed. Uninstalled G-Data and installed Kaspersky Internet Security 2019 and then upgraded successfully to Windows 10 October Update.
 

zkSnark

Level 1
Just went through suggestions here on Macrium and AOMEI Backupper and most people seem to be on the side of Macrium.

As a general user, I use my home laptop for images, videos, few Excel, Word files daily and some other applications. I use C: Drive (SSD) for major installations only and use D: Drive (HDD) for saving my files and install some applications. Current space used is around 110GB on C and 600GB on D drives.

My ISP allows daily bandwidth of around 12GB only. At such, initially, I think I will have to backup almost 700GB on the cloud drive part by part daily. However, my confusion is on Differential vs Incremental backups. So for me, which backup is more suitable and fast, secure enough to store backups on cloud drive and/or external drive?