Advanced Plus Security oldschool's 2020 laptop setup

Last updated
Dec 12, 2020
Personal, primary device
Desktop OS
Windows 10
Login security
    • Password (Aa-Zz, 0-9, Symbols)
Primary sign-in
Local account
Primary user
Standard user - Limited permissions
Security updates
Automatic - allow all types of updates
Windows UAC
Maximum - always notify
Real-time protection
AVG Internet Security v. 20.10.3157
Software firewall
Microsoft Defender Firewall
Custom RTP, Firewall and OS settings
Default settings + Hardened Mode
Malware testing
No malware samples
Periodic security scanners
Hitman Pro (paid)
Browsers, Search and Addons
Brave/Brave Nightly --> Brave Shields + ClearURLs + LocalCDN
Edge Chromium --> Strict Tracking Protection + ClearURLs + LocalCDN
Maintenance and Cleaning
Windows built-in
Personal Files & Photos backup
Copy/Paste --> Free Agent drive
Personal backup routine
Device recovery & backup
Aomei Backupper Pro --> image monthly or as needed
System protection --> restore points as needed @ app or data changes
Device backup routine
PC activity
  1. Browsing the web. 
  2. Browsing to unknown sites. 
  3. Working from home. 
  4. Multimedia. 
  5. Streaming. 
Computer specs
Lenovo L340 i3 8145U CPU @ 2.10 GHz 2.300 GHz 8GB DDR4 RAM 1 TB HDD
Personal changelog
5/3/20 --> Removed Bitdefender and back to Windows Defender --> Updated RunBySmartscreen
May 2020 ---> various small changes
3 June, 2020 --> updated to W10 2004
7 June 2020 --> rolled back to 1909
23 August 2020 --> Added LocalCDN to browsers
27 August 2020 --> Removed µBO in Edge
31 August 2020 --> Removed Bitdefender Free
--------------------> Reverted to Windows Defender
--------------------> Removed Trafficlight and added Malwarbytes Browser Guard
7 September 2020 --> Removed Malwarebytes Browser Guard
Later in September --> Enabled Google SafeBrowsing in Brave


Level 66
Thread author
Top poster
Mar 29, 2018
Hi,@oldschool, very nice & secure setup. May I ask why you removed Bitdefender? :) (y)
No reason in particular except maybe boredom or I was anticipating updating Windows --> 20H2, which didn't come till much later.
I still like BD. Nice, simple and automatic. AVG's very similar in that default settings are good too, but with options to tweak a bit if you like. AVG IS is also cheaper than BD IS.


Level 11
Top poster
Aug 19, 2019
Updated configuration:

AVG Internet Security - trial, then license courtesy of a generous MT member.(y)(y) 🙇‍♂️

Changed to Adguard DNS

Yes, I know I've gone over to the Dark Side. :love::cool:
Going to the dark side is always fun :D I won a year of Avast Premium once, an interesting experiment. I'm still dabbling a little here and there with Comodo from time to time :D