NoVirusThanks SysHardener is a new security tool that can be used to make Windows PC much more secure through an easy-to-use interface by turning on or off some of the features built inside Windows itself. Usually, you have to open Group Policy Editor, Windows Control Panel and Registry Editor to make these changes in Windows. But you can save your time and avoid all the headache that comes with manually enabling these settings by using NoVirusThanks SysHardener. It is a portable tool designed to work in Windows 7, Windows 8.x and Windows 10. Depending on the version of Windows you use, this tool may show or hide some of the options.
SysHardener has a very simple user interface – it shows a list of settings that you can select or deselect and then you can click on the Apply Selected button to make the changes take effect. There is also another button Restore Default that can be used to revert all the settings back to their default state. Some of the settings have a red or yellow warning sign before them – these settings can create problems when you use certain features in Windows. For example, there is a setting that can disable unsigned programs in Windows – this can block all unsigned programs in your PC, preventing tools like Public DNS Tool from being run in Windows.
Among the various categories of settings that SysHardener allows to be configured are – User Account Control, Windows Security Tweaks, File Type Associations, Disable Unused Windows Services, Vulnerable Software Tweaks and Windows Firewall Rules.
Some of the settings included in this tool are not really necessary for a modern PC. For example, there are many settings preventing scripts from being run in Adobe Reader, Microsoft Office, WPS Office and Foxit Reader. But many of these settings are already enabled by default in them.
This tool also has options to remove file type associations for many files like BAT (batch script), JAR (Java programs), PS1 (Windows PowerShell), REG (Windows Registry entries) etc. Using these options will cripple some of the programs that rely on these file types. There are many third party tools that rely heavily on using these file type associations.
SysHardener can definitely tighten the security of your Windows PC but at the expense of disabling some of the features that Windows users rely on in everyday life. This tool should not be used on Windows computers for home or office use. Perhaps it can secure some of the public computers that are accessed by many people everyday, for example, the computers in a public library.
Instead you should rely on the standard practice of installing a good antivirus software, keeping Windows operating system and other software up-to-date, and using common sense to avoid suspicious programs or websites.
You can download NoVirusThanks SysHardener from http://www.novirusthanks.org/products/syshardener/.