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Q: Ctrlz's Security Config

Hi,
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

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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Malware Analysis Set-up

Virtual Machine:
Windows 8.1
Ubuntu Server 16.04.2

VM Windows (analyse malware):
PEID
PEstudio
Process Monitor
Regshot
ApateDNS

VM Ubuntu Server (simulate fake network):
Inetsim
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?

Thanks
 

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Yes.
 

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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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.

Ty
 

A:Ty's security config

Why have you disabled updates, not a good idea.
 

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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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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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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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NOTE: Keep in mind, ONLY security-related programs on my system are mentioned above.

This is my current desktop security config. What do you guys think? Please give your honest opinions.
Spoiler: Vulnerable Process's List
Vulnerable Processes on my system (Windows 7):
cmd.exe**

regsvr32.exe**
rundll32.exe**
shell32.exe**
mshta.exe**

wscript.exe***
cscript.exe***
powershell.exe***
powershell_ise.exe***

All process's both paths (system32 & syswow64) included.

** - Monitored
*** - Blocked
Spoiler: Vulnerable Programs List
Vulnerable Apps & Programs on my System (beside Windows 7):
Java JRE 8 32-bit (Used for Desktop Apps Only)
Adobe Flash Player ActiveX (Used For IE 64-bit Only)
Browsers (Firefox 32-bit, Chrome 64-bit & IE)
Microsoft Office***
Thunderbird
Foxit Reader***
Adobe Photoshop 64-bit***
Windows Media Player***
uTorrent (3.3.2 Build 30586)
VLC Media Player***
K-Lite Mega Codec Pack With MPC-HC 64-bit***
Microsoft .NET Framework 4.6.2

*** - Internet connections (Incoming & Outgoing) are disabled in Firewall
Spoiler: Additional Info
ADDITIONAL INFO'S:

I have 3 user accounts active - 1 admin (personal use only), 1 standard (friends & family use) & 1 guest (other stuff). The standard & guest accounts enjoy the strict settings of kaspersky total security parental control.
For financial/banking transaction, i use kaspersky safe money. For safe money, i use firefox only with addons kaspersky protection and https everywhere... Read more

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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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**WARNING: Emulate this config with caution. If you practice unsafe or risky browsing or click habits this config may not suit your needs.
PeAcE
 

A:_CyberGhost_'s Security Config

Consider using MBAM Premium as an on demand scanner only BTS is enough for real time protection.
You could also add an additional on demand scanner such as ESET Online Scanner
CCleaner or Privazer if not already installed
Some type of backup solution
If only for testing and you have another machine then you probably don't need all the above
 

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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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No option to update my old config so created a new one.
 

A:leet's new security config

Suggestions:

Set UAC to Always Notify
Turn on Windows Update
Add another second opinion scanner such as Zemana Antimalware
Add uBlock Origin and HTTPS Everywhere to your browsers
Make a backup of your most important data
Turning on Windows Update is critical. Don't ever downplay OS security updates.
Besides those four points the rest is solid.

Thanks for sharing.
 

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This is my security configuration
 

A:Beedy Security Config

Nice and simple, if you're happy I am
 

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Hi,

I'm really new to this.

Hoping to get a suitable protection without compromising my computer resources

Computer Specs:
UX305FA(MS)-FC051H
Core M-5Y10 processor
4GB RAM
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.

Thanks!
 

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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01.03. 2016
Here are my final settings...(for now) .
 

A:Av Gurus - Security Config

Good for now, look forward to future updates
 

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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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Other Software:
Music Player : Foobar2000
Video Player : MPC HC x64
Text Editor : Sublime Text 3 x64
Virtual Machine : Oracle VM Virtualbox
Sandbox : Sandboxie Free
Compression Tools : 7Zip, WinRAR
Torrent Downloader : Tixati Portable

is this good?
 

A:Technozz Security Config

Looks good for me,just add Malwarebyte Anti-Exploit Pro/Free.
 

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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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Simple and sweet for now
 

A:Akshay's security config

Suggestions:

Set UAC to Always Notify
Add HTTPS Everywhere to your browsers
Considering using a password manager such as LastPass, KeePass, DashLane, etc. to generate and store unique passwords for each of your accounts
You may also want to check out this guide if you wish to increase the protection Avast affords:
How to setup Avast Internet Security for Maximum Protection (2016 Guide)

Besides those three points the rest of your config is solid.
Thanks for sharing.
 

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Hello,
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)
Privacy:
Added F-Secure Freedome VPN

Browser:
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

REST UR SECURITY IS INTACT

regards
 

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

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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.
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Extensive list of tools
If something ever happens, these tools will be running in Hiren's Boot CD MiniXP

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​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.
EDIT 2:

Changed VirtualBox with VMware station Pro 12
Added f.lux, (Had this forever, it's awesome!)
EDIT 3:

Added Rescue Disk. Thank you to @BoraMurdar!
EDIT 4:

Added Lazersoft Reco... Read more

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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Edit:REHIPS added as sandbox app.
 

A:Rishi's Security config

Make sure the backups are up to date.
 

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Notes:

Real-Time Protection: Looking forward to buy sandboxie (waiting for some deals), feels like i need it.

Suggestions and feedback are highly appreciated

Regards.
 

A:davisd's Security Config

Looks good to me nothing to add.

Thanks for sharing.
 

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This is my security configuration
 

A:papioke security config

Hey fairly good config however it may be a good idea to add another On Demand Scanner such as Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and Avast Free, Also for exploit protection using Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit. Finally, you should at least have UAC Enabled to Default.
 

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i don't use anymore anti virus since too heavy i know malwarebyte anti malware very light on system.
plus i don't do anything risky.so many year not infected
 

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this is my current config, as of May 31 2016
 

A:Shmu26's security config

Good setup.I like it.@shmu26
 

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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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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 personal preference is Linux .
But my work requires me to have both Linux and Windows systems .
On Linux I generally do not use any malware protection although some
of my Linux systems have grsec as kernel hardening.

I decided to give my answers for Windows as my main system .....
.... at least that way I can give answers to most of the config questions
 

A:Myriad's security config

I think you forgot to add AV
Tiny Wall is a Firewall not a AV.@Myriad
Add some AV,other than it looks ok.
 

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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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I know that I'm not secure because of the backups.
 

A:Winizsol's Security Config

Hello, good config but you need to have a backup system
And i'll remove adblock plus and add ublock origin.
Bye
 

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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 also use a VPN : ProtonVPN which is really great !

I don't make Backups because my important data are in the Cloud (the most sensitive data are encrypted with Cryptomator).
And when I have a problem with my system, I prefer to leave again on a clean install.

Don't hesitate to tell me what you think about my security configuration
 

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my current
May 31 2016
 

A:TheH's security config

I am thinking a setup like this one on Windows 10.
Thanks for sharing, seems good
 

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

A:ghost2000 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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Welcome! This is my new config.
 

A:Hawkeye11647's Security Config

Nice config. Your security is pretty solid. No need for backups?
 

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