Basic Security Paul Lee's Minimal Security Config 2019

Last updated
Mar 7, 2019
Windows Edition
Primary sign-in
Primary user
Admin user - Full permissions
Security updates
Automatic - allow all types of updates
Windows UAC
Minimum - notify + do not dim desktop (insecure)
Real-time protection
ESET NOD32 Antivirus Version (March 2019)
Glasswire Firewall Version 2.1.152 (Free Edition)
Software firewall
Microsoft Defender Firewall
Custom RTP, Firewall and OS settings
Very minor changes to ESET's settings to optimize speed & security
Malware testing
No malware samples
Periodic security scanners
Emsisoft Emergency Kit, Malwarebytes, HitmanPro Portable & Zemana Antimalware
Browsers, Search and Addons
Google Chrome: uBlock Origin, Disconnect & HTTPS Everywhere

Firefox & Opera: uBlock Origin
Maintenance and Cleaning
SUMo (Software Update Monitor) & DUMo (Driver Update Monitor) & CCleaner
Personal Files & Photos backup
External HDD & Dropbox
Personal backup routine
Manual (maintained by self)
Device recovery & backup
Weekly system image backups to external HDD using Macrium Reflect Free
Device backup routine
PC activity
  1. PC and cloud gaming. 
  2. Browsing the web. 
  3. Streaming. 
  4. Browsing to unknown sites. 
Computer specs
Build From 2015 :giggle:

CPU: AMD Athlon X4 860k
Motherboard: MSI A68HM-E33
RAM: 2x4 DDR3 Running at 1866MHz
GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 750Ti
Power Supply: EVGA 430W Bronze Rated Power Supply
Drives: Seagate 1TB HDD & Samsung 240GB SSD

Paul Lee

Level 10
Thread author
Oct 14, 2014
Heya everyone, it's been a while since I updated my security config so I thought that there's no better time than the beginning of the year to do so. I'm always interested in everyone else's configs so I figured I would update mine. Any changes/recommendations are also welcome. Take care members of MT! :)


Staff member
Malware Hunter
Apr 28, 2015
@Paul Lee :
  • UAC: to default.
  • As for "Disk Imaging Backup", You may add Macrium Reflect Free or AOEMI Backupper, both are free and reliably.
  • As for "Web Privacy", You may add a VPN service (if needed).
Please kindly reflect Your changes editing Your config, and announcing them here, hanks for sharing :giggle:


Level 33
Top poster
May 4, 2018
All 4 layers are covered.
  • Web Browser: uBo
  • Backup: Dropbox
  • Realtime & other: ESET
  • Firewall: Default and Glasswire

My advice & other:
  • Add Scriptsafe to web browser
  • How are you finding Glasswire? Are you using free or paid?
  • Disconnect may not be needed whilst you already have uBlock Origin

Thanks for sharing!