SECURITY: Complete 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 27
May 10, 2019
Which is why I watch for sales on whatever license I want to play around with. For the price of a little more than a movie ticket you can get a license for most paid products.
You're completely right. We have two major ISP in my country one offering EIS and the other BIS. Both for $10 a year per device. I believe the price is very reasonable. One can also find legit sellers on eBay selling Panda, AVG, Mcafee and Bullguard. I will never use a free product (except WD as it is preinstalled and integrated in the system); either because of ads or missing functionality.


Level 62
Mar 29, 2018
BD Free's Active Threat Control is active in BD Free. I tested running ConfigureDefender (which BD blocked on initial opening) and, after adding an exclusion, it blocked any setting change requiring powershell. Definition updates eat up a bit of CPU and disk but are short-lived.


Level 62
Mar 29, 2018
Forgive my ignorance, but I can’t figure out what BIS has that BD free doesn’t it just the firewall? At this point I’d be fine just using Windows FW. I don’t worry about outbound connection control.

I can't say because I've never used BIS. Maybe just the firewall, IDK. Free has everything I need and nothing I don't.(y)

Edit: I don't worry about outbound connections either. WF is fine.

Edit #2: You'd likely be missing ransomware remediation (in BD AV+, BIS, BTS) Ask @Robbie, he'll know.
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Level 32
Content Creator
Jun 24, 2016
I couldn't tell you precisely, but I think it's pretty good. Again, ask @Robbie @stefanos maybe @SeriousHoax. They will know better than I.
Haven't had ANY issues uninstalling or installing BitDefender, at least from versions 2019 and after. Doesn't leave much remnant or at least that complicates the stability of the OS. Anyways, as always, I use Revo Uninstaller Free to uninstall any software to make sure to leftovers are left behind.