Advanced Plus Security Minimalist's security configuration 2021

Last updated
Dec 12, 2021
How it's used?
For home and private use
Operating system
Windows 10
On-device encryption
Log-in security
Security updates
Check for updates and Notify
User Access Control
Always notify
Smart App Control
Network firewall
Real-time security
Emsisoft Anti-Malware
Firewall security
Microsoft Defender Firewall
About custom security
Macrium: enabled and configured Macrium Image Guardian
Periodic malware scanners
HitmanPro and Norton Power Eraser
Malware sample testing
I do not participate in malware testing
Browser(s) and extensions
Firefox & uBlock Origin
Secure DNS
My ISP's
Desktop VPN
Password manager
Maintenance tools
File and Photo backup
Daily - Macrium Incremental file backup for important data.
Weekly - manually copying data and system images to external disks.
System recovery
Macrium Reflect
Risk factors
    • Working from home
    • Browsing to popular websites
    • Browsing to unknown / untrusted / shady sites
    • Opening email attachments
    • Buying from online stores, entering banks card details
    • Logging into my bank account
    • Downloading software and files from reputable sites
    • Sharing and receiving files and torrents
    • Requesting and accepting remote access
    • Gaming
    • Streaming audio/video content from shady sites
Computer specs
HP EliteDesk 800 G5 TWR
• Intel Core i7-9700 CPU @ 3.00GHz
• Intel UHD Graphics 630
• DDR4 32 GB @ 2667 MHz
• 2x 500 GB SSD + 4TB HDD
Notable changes
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.
21.6.2021 - installed KIS in "minimal mode".
8.8.2021 - installed ESET Internet Security
12.12.2021 - installed Emsisoft Anti-Malware
What I'm looking for?

Looking for medium feedback.


Staff Member
Malware Hunter
Apr 28, 2015
Did You disable both?



Level 9
Thread author
Oct 2, 2020
I removed Kaspersky and am using Emsisoft Anti-Malware as AV.
Since Kaspersky is incompatible with SUMo and they don't seem to want to fix it, I'll have to stop using their software. It's great software nonetheless, but I like to use SUMo also and don't plan to remove it.

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