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Ctrlz's Security Config

Q: Ctrlz's Security Config

I'm looking for a safe, quick, free and easy-to-mantain security configuration.
Actually I'm using CIS, it seems a good balance between easy-to-use and all-in-one product, even if I find it very different from what I remember (version 5 or so).
Whitelisting and sandboxing make hips, imho the main suite power, almost useless:

if an app is trusted, can do almost everything -> no alert
if an app is untrusted, it is sandboxed -> no alert
Open to any suggestion or alternative configuration

Preferred Solution: Ctrlz's Security Config

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A: Ctrlz's Security Config

I would consider some type of system/data backup solution.
Both Macrium Reflect & AOMEI backupper offer good free solutions.
Consider an additional on demand scanner(s).
You might consider enabling Smartscreen.
Other than the lack of a backup solution your config looks good.
Thanks for sharing it with us

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Hi !

My current box:

HP netbook Atom N450, 2GB RAM, 1 TB HD.

Running a customized Windows NT 5.1 (XPSP3) patched with POSReady updates until EOL in mai 2019.

I only run my OS in stateless ramdisk mode for performance, security and privacy reasons.

Just started using security and antimalware software.

I used an unpatched XP with NO Firewall and NO antivirus for several months and I never got infected as far as I know. (The C drive gets flushed after reboot so it's hard to tell)
For a long time I exclusively used brain + ramdisk to stay out of trouble and I has worked like a charm.

At the moment I am busy hardening my OS to stay safe in the future.

Using my "obsolete" Windows XP daily for online payments and banking without any fear...

A:NT Five's Security Config

Best config I have seen in a long time = anti-executable + light virtualization + outbound network notifications ... I would not change a thing.

How do you have your RAM Disk configured ? Net cache only or have you added apps to RAM Disk image ?

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Sandboxie and AppGuard are the best of their kind, what else I could say? lol

A:Mr.X Security Config

Minimal yet effective approach, however just for safety measures, perhaps consider adding either a RT AV or an On Demand scanner.

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No system image backups: fresh system installation on worst case scenario.

A:Gone Security config

I would add ZAM Free, Disconnect, HTTPS Everywhere. Add a good backup solution, such as Macrium Reflect Free or AOMEI Backupper.

Thanks for sharing.

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This is my security configuration on my 3yr old Laptop.

A:xYz's Security Config

Nice Configuration,but maybe you want to add a second opinion scanner like Hitman Pro to your config.And https everywhere in your browser

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What do you Think?

A:Sia-Dst Security Config

Real-time Malware Protection: Nothing !Click to expand...

I hope you have Windows Defender enabled ? If not it is strongly recommended

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What do you Think?

A:Sia Security Config

Real-time Malware Protection: Nothing !Click to expand...

I hope you have Windows Defender enabled ? If not it is strongly recommended

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Hi guys,

these are my specs.
Core i7, RAM 6GB, HP Elitebook Pro Laptop

I also run Virtual Machines, using Virtual Box.
Here I run Server 2008 and Server 2012.
I also run Win 7 in Virtual Box, which is my testing environ.
I utilize CentOS for LAMP in Virtual Box too.


A:Ty's security config

Why have you disabled updates, not a good idea.

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Thanks for taking a look!

A:CK7's Security Config

CK7 said:

Thanks for taking a look!Click to expand...

Very good config.

A few notes and additions:
You might want to add a firewall application, since Avast Free Antivirus does not include any network firewall or HIPS (behavior blocker) components. These components are an essential extra layer of security.
For these tasks, I would personally recommend COMODO Firewall (free) which contains three powerful security modules:
1. Network Firewall (allows you to control connections coming in or going out of your computer).
2. HIPS ("Host Intrusion Prevention System" checks any file for suspicious behavior and allows you to create rules for how that file should run and what it can do on your computer).
3. Sandbox (virtual environment for isolating unrecognized or potentially malicious applications, so that they cannot harm your actual system or files).
COMODO Firewall is an extremely powerful application, and with a little bit of configuration it can become a very effective security layer. In case you run into any trouble configuring COMODO Firewall, there are many COMODO users here on MalwareTips who are all eager to help.
If you see that you do not like COMODO Firewall, you may use Sandboxie as a virtual sandbox application for isolating suspicious files and running applications (e.g. browsers) securely in an isolated and protected environment, without having to worry that any malicious files may harm your computer. (note that Sandboxie ... Read more

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I keep a casual security config. I don't keep a bullet proof security setup because it is cumbersome.
Also my device is slow and weak which further discourages anything elaborate.
After reading other configs, I decided to get a strong AV ie Kaspersky, changed my dns to Norton, maxed my Adguard settings and do monthly scans.

A:RVS Security Config

If you have a slow device than kaspersky should not be your security program of choice. It runs heavy! Especially if you have a laptop ; it sucks the lifeblood out of your battery. You would be better of with win defender , emsisoft anti malware or eset. Ad kb ssl enforcer to your browser as an extra security meassure. Also think about getting a backup program like aomei backupper standard , better safe than sorry Thanks for sharing your config!

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Not looking back.

A:above Security Config

Config is ok maybe try adding an on demand scanner and anti-virus. You should also edit your title. For example to follow the rules you should change the name to, Above's Security Config.

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Hi Guys, this is my second thread about my security config. Hope this time it is according to what is expected .
All the best.

A:Paf's Security Config

Triple boot?

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A:My security config

Nice configuration
I don't know if EaseUS can also be used to create system images, in this case it would be a good idea, otherwise you can use Macrium free for the purpose.

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Malware Analysis Set-up

Virtual Machine:
Windows 8.1
Ubuntu Server 16.04.2

VM Windows (analyse malware):
Process Monitor

VM Ubuntu Server (simulate fake network):
Above are my environment set up to start up my malware / ransomware analysis.
I m a beginner in malware analysis. Is there anything that I need to improve or fix in the set up?


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Any suggestion please

A:A.S.K's Security Config

Upgrade to windows 10 maybe? is more secure than 8.1 for pop up blocker use Popup Blocker (strict) and for adblock use ublock

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This is my security config. At current time I am operating with one core so tHE PERFORMANCE IS POOR

A:My security config

Maybe you could use a anti-executable like NVT exeRadarPro , it uses low resources and then complement it with an On-Demand scanner like Hitman Pro ; so you will be protected without having a real-time AV eating up your resource usage.

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This is my security config I just improved cuz i had an infection recently. Damn Usb flash drives.

A:Security Config

If you have a particular issue with USB malware, consider MCSHIELD. Have you considered installing Windows 10? If not, why? Thanks for sharing your config.

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what are any conflicts or holes in this security configuration?

A:shmu26 security config

Switch utorrent with qbittorrent because utorrent is not to be trusted. Just google utorrent bitcoin miner to see a portion of their fail.

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My Security Config

A:Zentox Security Config

Welcome to MalwareTips, @Zentox!

Simple, functional and effective.
You've got everything covered in my opinion - you're good to go!

Thanks for sharing your config with us!

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my config and my 1st post

A:rosss security config

Welcome to Malwaretips @rosss
I like your security config...I personally think that your combination of UAC @ Max, Comodo, & SD is a good one.
Thank you for sharing it with us, and I hope that you enjoy the MT forum.

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- My system was never infected however every month I detect 1-2 Trojans from other's USBs.
- Not heavy user. Just little multimedia and document stuff only.
- I keep important files and pics backed up on few cloud storages.
- Use only home and work Wi-Fi (barely 4-5 users).

Acer TravelMate 4740
i3-370m; 2 GB RAM

A:TranquilKnight's Security Config

Very good config.
To optimize the USB malware detection you can consider McShield.
MCShield ::Anti-Malware Tool::

Thanks for sharing.

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Any suggestions please

A:Ben10 Security config

looks good to me. You have some pretty good on-demand scanners there.

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Privacy Tool: Cyber Ghost Premium Plus.
Games Tool: Uplay, Steam.
Downloader : IDM
Browser: GC, FF.
Office Tools: MS- Office 2013 Professional Plus,
PDF : PDF Studio Pro.
Compressor : WinRAR.
Screen Capture : ScreenPresso Pro.
Cloud Storage: DropBox.
ISO Mounter : Power ISO.

A:Home PC Security Config

Seems like you have everything installed. I like this combination. Thanks for sharing it with us!

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After a long time of abstinence. Here it is my new config

Nothing special but a few tunings are made.

I use ProcessLasso cuz Windows 10 CPU managedment is hmmmmmm...

Everything which want internet connection is handled by Windows Firewall and Glasswire.

Emsisoft Anti-Malware is in use because of a really low system impact and a blazing high detection ration. Everything inside EAM is configurated to maxium notification.

Windows Spy-Hosts since Windows 7 are blocked within Sophos UTM and just used Ports are opened for outgoing connections and a few for incoming. Used are Port-Rules, Application-Rules and IPS-Rules.


Primary DNS OpenDNS
Secondary DNS GoogleDNS

Nothing is save nothing is stealth against anything

A:Kaffee4Eck Security Config

good picks :

1- Win10 Ent , do you use Applocker?
2- Sophos UTM, how you feel it?

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This Form is for my security Config:
I have an
AMD Athlon II x 2 260 Processor @ 3.2Ghz
4 GB dual channel DDR3 RAM
NVIDIA Geforce GT 710 2GB Graphics Card
1 TB Segate HDD
Running Windows 10 Pro with all default security features
I feel windows 10 is a secure enough OS for basic level protection.

A:Tarun's Security Config

Good to see you run a system backup image.
Possibly, in addition, you can arrange for periodic incremental data backup on external support to have a current security plan against ransomware attacks.

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So far Kaspersky Internet Security 2017 isn't light (yet no so heavy) on my system -- and I am running a trial version! I would like to have an AV that would be light on my system - I have a low-end computer. The Webroot license I was using expired a few months ago.

Once I have another light AV, then I would use my VoodooShield Premium license.

Please don't suggest Panda, ESET NOD32/SS, or Avast.


A:ifacedown's Security Config

Participate in Malware Hub: On my Host PCClick to expand...

this shouldn't happens

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Thanks for reading guys have a good nite yall !

A:newcomer security config !

I would like to suggest some form of backup for the future, you could give either Macrium Reflect or Aomei Backupper a try. Both have a free and reliable version so that if something happens in the future you can restore your machine as easy as 1 2 3 and you will be up and running again.

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I'm really new to this.

Hoping to get a suitable protection without compromising my computer resources

Computer Specs:
Core M-5Y10 processor
128GB M2.SSD
Intel Integrated Graphics 5300 HD

Currently using this laptop for sourcing study references and materials (like reference medical books, pdfs, etc). You may say that I'm a happy clicker for that reason since I'm taking some "risk" to get those...

At time, I do watch movies online, some online games (those light type).

Any advice/ suggestions would be appreciated.


A:CMLew Security Config

Consider one or two on demand scanners
I would suggest some other type of back up solution in addition to system restore
CCleaner or Privazer
Consider a program such as Sandboxie

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Adguard for windows for system wide ad blocking.

A:_eR_ Security Config

Nice config! You can add ZAM or Malwarebytes Anti-Malware to on demand scanner. You are protected

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this is my security config currently is there anything I should add or change?
for my backups I use a USB hard drive

A:my laptop security config

Good config.Have you config COMODO FW rightly?

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Rudimentary Computer Information
Dell XPS 15 9550
4K Screen
Intel i5
Intel HD Integrated Graphics / Nvidia

A pretty standard security setup. LTSB is preferred since it takes out all the junk like Cortana, etc. without the need to hack into the ISO with things like Winreducer. Windows has been heavily modified after installation to remove telemetry and other possible attack vectors, such as networking.

Avast takes care of things at the executable level (while also acting as a firewall, software updater, and web filter), Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit takes care of things at the network level, and SpyShelter deals with spyware and acts as a HIPS and sandbox as a final layer.

At the browser level, uBlock Origin blocks the majority of advertising and tracking that lead to malware, Privacy Badger acts as a heuristic blocker, Popup Blocker Pro blocks popups on poorly designed websites, and HTTPS Everywhere defaults to SSL/TLS for website security.

CCleaner (enhanced with CCEnhancer) is used to clean system traces and Bitlocker is used to encrypt the entire OS overall. Recovery keys are stored on a Sandisk Extreme USB drive encrypted in a 7z archive.

I do not have an actual backup system nor an imaging system in place as I mostly rely on System Restore and File History built into the Windows OS, and I have had bad experiences working with Acronis True Image, etc. in the past. The most rudimentary system I have is Synctrayzor synchronizing important folders with an alw... Read more

A:SecurityDolphin's Security Config

Nice config, thank you for sharing

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This is my config

A:Tramadol250mg Security Config

Consider adding an on demand scanner(s) such as Emsisoft Emergency Kit,Zemana Antimalware,Hitman Pro or Malwarebytes Antimalware.
Config looks good! Thanks for sharing it with us

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Anstrengend to and? Let me know

In you finden any typos you can buy them from me

A:Sonyphoneuser Security Config

Which version of AVAST? Kaspersky Rescue Disk is a useful tool, but consider one more on-demand scanner (Zemana, Emsisoft, Crystal Security). Thank you for sharing your config.

Edit: What's "malware yes", for some reason I read that as Malwarebytes.

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The setup I have on both my main desktop and my laptop.

Just the necessities, of course.

First thread in MalwareTips too. Didn't even check out the Introductions forum. D:

Suggestions and feedback is welcome!
First thread on MalwareTips hype!

[Captain Haddock from The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn - hilarious guy]

A:Dracus' Security Config

> What about on demand scanner as a backup? Just encase?
> Any bugs with Comodo?
> Are you using Comodo Sandbox? On your browsers? Any problems?
> Start-up time? Your thoughts?
> Are you using cruelsister setup on Comodo?

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Hi everyone,

I think that this Config Wizard is clearly favoring Windows over Linux...

I'm using Arch Linux, imo the safest distro, because u can tweak it as you like.

My security configuration consists of:

ufw - great iptables frontend, tweaked settings in order to reduce attack surface
grsecurity - kernel patch for exploit and 0day protection
AppArmor - MAC, very simple rules configuration (I actually had to recompile my own kernel to allow it, default Arch kernel with grsecurity comes only with Tomoyo enabled - I've no idea how to use it and I'd also have to write my own profiles, so no thank you)
firejail - great sandboxing tool, essential for Firefox and vulnerable apps, comes with several predefined profiles
edithosts - interesting tool, blocks ads on HOSTS level, I tweaked it to block malware domains as well, doesn't slow down my browsing experience so far
rkhunter - decent tool, scans for generic rootkit files, reports suspicious files and most importantly stores hashes of essential OS files and then reports any tampering with them
It's a bit overkill for a desktop, but well... at least I feel safe.

A:eth4n's security config

Arch Linux is a good one, using Apparmor is a good move; you linux security setup is quite tight.

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My free, light and tough security config. I have used it more than 2 years ago without any infection.

A:Abels's Security Config

comodo CA is not very useful if you have Avira. and i'm not sure CCAV can be used as companion AV.

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Here is my security config.

Update: 2/12/2015
Real-time Protection:

ESET Smart Security 9 (potentially unwanted applications: ON; potentially unsafe applications: ON; Removable media scanner: OFF)
HitmanPro Alert 3
NVT EXE Radar Pro (lockdown mode) + (block all process exetuted from external devices)
MCShield 3 (1st layer USB infection prevention)
Added F-Secure Freedome VPN

Added Cyberfox and remove Firefox (all browser run inside the Sandboxie)

Other Applications:
Added some "exploitable" applications (reason why I add HMPA)

I do this setup to minimize removable media infection, because my machine works with a lot of removable media file transfer. "Shortcut Viruses" is currently popular malware spreading throgh USB here. The bad thing is, ESET eventually can't detect and remove this virus, MCShield does! So, I disabled ESET's USB scanner and put MCShield to do this job.

One thing, I am a happy clicker on the internet + (Common Sense Internet Security 2016: ON )

May this setup looks overkill? But I dont faced any issues nor system slow down.

A:aseu2k15 Security Config

If u watrch Youtube a LOT then use an extension called MAGIC ACTIONS FOR YOUTUBE

and also use ccenhancer with Ccleaner to increase the capability.

ADD and ANTI-EXPLOIT(although ESS is okay but to be on safer side)

ALSO i feel only 1 REALTIME AV is required but in Ylour case u r using 2 that'll unnecessarily slow ur system



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Edit:REHIPS added as sandbox app.

A:Rishi's Security config

Make sure the backups are up to date.

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I don't take good care of my PC lol xD

Koko's Rescue Disk
Credit in making this goes to @BoraMurdar!
Make your own at Bora's Fix Tools!

A bootable USB created with YUMI containing:
Hiren's Boot CD
MiniTool Partition Master
Avast Rescue Disk
Kaspersky Rescue Disk
AOMEI Backupper
Windows Defender Offline
MiniTool Parition Wizard
Lazersoft Recovery
Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10 setup ISO's.
A folder containing a extensive list of tools below.
Extensive list of tools
If something ever happens, these tools will be running in Hiren's Boot CD MiniXP

​EDIT 1:

Changed AVG to Avast Premier (Better detection ratio IMO)
Removed AVG Tuneup, added disk defragmentation pro and EaseUS partition master.
Added backup solution (AOMEI Backupper Free, every 3 days = 1 backup!)
Changed Adblocker plus to uBlock,
Added Sandboxie, and Unchecky.
Debating whether or not to replace VirtualBox with VMware.

Changed VirtualBox with VMware station Pro 12
Added f.lux, (Had this forever, it's awesome!)

Added Rescue Disk. Thank you to @BoraMurdar!

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A:Koko's Security Config!

For a backup solution might i suggest Macrium Reflect or Aomei Backupper, both have a very good free version.

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This is my config.

A:SkepT Security Config

Keep those backups up to date.

Thanks for sharing.

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A:starter Security Config

I would suggest:

Enable UAC to at least the default setting
Enable Windows Smartscreen, there's absolutely no reason not to
You should add to your chrome installation some extensions: https everywhere (maybe metadefender or script blocker as well)
You should use some sort of system image backups (at least); Macrium Reflect (free) is an awesome candidate
Thank you for sharing

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It's primary advantages include:
Very high-level physical system protection with minimal resource impact
Compatibility between installed software
Simple configuration (I'm not saying Comodo is simple to use; for novice it can be difficult)
It works and is sufficient for day-to-day computing...

Bottom line is that it works very well both on my specific system and for me personally. Consequently, it is security configuration that I will continue to use...

It's primary disadvantages include:
Adguard and KeyScrambler Pro\Premium are paid software; Comodo and KeyScrambler Personal are freeware
Implementation and learning curve with Comodo (but there is always great help for those determined to make it work)
User does need a moderate amount of IT knowledge


A:HJLBX SSD-Only Security Config

Good config.

Maybe it's good idea upgrade to W10, W10 store part of pagefile on memory under "system" process.

PD: Actually SSD's doesn't need the same care as first models.

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This is my security config but will change soon as I will add new things to it

A:MalwareTracker Security Config

1: rule of Security config; Don't talk about security config...
Okay, okay, Backup,Backup, Like macrium. Consider change abp => ublock origin or Adquard. Also, HTTPS- Everywhere is must addon. I presume you have chrome/cromium based browser, so Scriptsafe give some ++ .
Iolo? Yeah i use it many, many years ago dunno, how it works nowadays, but usually ccleaner is enough. Maybe zemana or NPE in second opinion scanner.

Thank you for sharing!

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My first line of defense is Sophos XG running on ESXi, HTTPS scan disabled, Sophos engines enabled, IPS enabled with server rules enabled, still toying around with the settings which are plentiful .
My backup runs weekly and is saved on my Zyxel NAS.
My Kaspersky installation is running on the lowest settings with Trusted Applications mode enabled and trust digitally signed files disabled.

My Proxmox server is the Xeon E3-1225 based Dell T20 with 24GB of ECC RAM.

A:Enju's Security Config

Awesome config @Enju

Only i recommend add BitDefender Trafficlight and PrivaZer

Thanks for share your config.

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Hello, this is my security config. Any suggestions?

A:Syafiq's Security Config

I would like to suggest a backup solution. Both Macrium Reflect or Aomei Backupper have a free and reliable version.

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