24.12.2020 - original post.
29.12.2020 - added information for new data entries.
30.12.2020 - added information about password manager.
1.1.2021 - set Quad9 for DNS server.
15.1.2021 - added CloudFlare to DNS servers list.
19.1.2021 - changed updates to manual.
24.1.2021 - enabled Macrium Image Guard.
31.1.2021 - added info about network firewall.
15.2.2021 - installed Trend Micro as real-time antimalware solution.
27.2.2021 - Installed Kaspersky Internet Security and enabled Trend Micro protections included in router.
7.3.2021 - replaced Kaspersky Internet Security with Emsisoft Anti-Malware.
26.4.2021 - installed KIS in "minimal" mode.
30.4.2021 - replaced KIS with Emsisoft Anti-Malware
Great config with one of the best paid suites there is
I stopped using O&O ShutUp10, while it being very good software and rarely causing problems with the recommended settings, I try to do most things manually nowadays with the help of this Kaspersky website: Online Privacy Checker: Protect your Social Media Privacy
I like Qad9 so far. I didn't test it's blocking capabilities but doing some tests with DNSBench it scored quite well.
Yes, I use Macrium Reflect for a long time now and like it a lot. I did not use viBoot till now but I read about it. I use Kaspersky a lot and IDK if both apps could use hyper-v at the same time.
I usually test my images by attaching VHD, restoring an image to it and run it in Virualbox. I know it's an old way of doing it but I still prefer it over viBoot. I also don't install CBT and MIG on my system. I guess that I like just the basics and that they work with no problems.
Good stuff! Glad you are liking Quad9 so far. Been looking at seriously using that when I'm not using my VPN 24/7/365. Glad to hear your experience is going well thus far.
Read more about viBOot - super nice and quite easy to use in my own humble opinion. I'm not sure about the Kaspersky route and if both apps can use Hyper-V at the same time. @harlan4096 would you be able to answer that question for Minimalist? I would suspect the answer is 'yes'; however, I wouldn't want to inform you incorrect info.
The old way is a good way there Minimalist. I know if I wasn't using the stuff I'm using now that would be the way I would test things too.