Belarc Adviser Security Report Status

  1. Steve C's Avatar
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    Belarc Adviser Security Report Status


    I just ran Belarc Adviser on my HP ProBook as configured by HP and was surprised to see a security score of only 3.76 /10. The report suggest changing many default Windows settings. What do people think of modifying the settings suggested?
    Belarc Adviser Report 2.pdf
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    Here's what I think about that report...

    1. I never buy pre-built computers.
    2. I install Windows myself. Just Windows, drivers, and local administrator account.
    3. I don't use networks or shares. I disable all built in shares.
    4. I disable all other accounts but my Local, Admin account.

    Doing those things will remove 99% of those red X's.
    However, I understand that not everyone is in a situation to be able to do those things.
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  3. Steve C's Avatar
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    Ghot said:
    Here's what I think about that report...

    1. I never buy pre-built computers.
    2. I install Windows myself. Just Windows, drivers, and local administrator account.
    3. I don't use networks or shares. I disable all built in shares.
    4. I disable all other accounts but my Local, Admin account.

    Doing those things will remove 99% of those red X's.
    However, I understand that not everyone is in a situation to be able to do those things.
    I'm going to check another PC which I clean installed. Would a repair install set all those security aspects to the Windows defaults?
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    Steve C said:
    I'm going to check another PC which I clean installed. Would a repair install set all those security aspects to the Windows defaults?
    Probably not. I would think a repair would set everything to how Microsoft wanted it.
    And ofc, HP has their own wants and desires.
    Add it all up and the end user's wants and desires are pretty much ignored.

    But you can go through and change things.

    Btw, Belarc over reacts somewhat also.
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  5. Steve C's Avatar
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    Ghot said:
    Probably not. I would think a repair would set everything to how Microsoft wanted it.
    And ofc, HP has their own wants and desires.
    Add it all up and the end user's wants and desires are pretty much ignored.

    But you can go through and change things.

    Btw, Belarc over reacts somewhat also.
    I just checked another PC which I clean installed a few years ago. This PC scored even lower at 3.71 / 10. The Belarc Adviser report is suggesting closing many security 'loopholes' which are obviously enabled by default on Windows.
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  6. Ghot's Avatar
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    Steve C said:
    I just checked another PC which I clean installed a few years ago. This PC scored even lower at 3.71 / 10. The Belarc Adviser report is suggesting closing many security 'loopholes' which are obviously enabled by default on Windows.


    There are a lot of things I close (like I mentioned above), but I don't go crazy or anything.
    Like "hidden shares", for example...

    Disabling Hidden Shares in Windows 10 (& Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8.1) – MDW






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    Another thing I keep track of in open ports. Go here: GRC | Gibson Research Corporation Home Page

    Scroll down till you see "Shields Up", click on that and then on Proceed. Then click on: "All Service Ports", to start it running.

    Here's my results. This is what you want. See the explanation at the bottom.

    Belarc Adviser Security Report Status-image1.jpg
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