Advanced Plus Security silversurfer's New Laptop Config 2023

Last updated
Apr 25, 2023
How it's used?
For home and private use
OS (desktop)
Windows 11
On-device encryption
Windows BitLocker
Log-in security
    • Biometrics (Windows Hello PIN, Apple TouchID)
Security updates
Automatic - allow all updates
Windows UAC
Always notify
Windows 11 SAC
Turned Off by Microsoft (Note: cannot be re-enabled by the user)
WiFi network firewall
Router firewall is On
About WiFi router
AVM Router 7590
Real-time security
F-Secure Safe (3 year license from giveaway...)
Firewall security
Microsoft Defender Firewall
About custom security
Windows Firewall Control
  • Medium Filtering: enabled
  • Secure Profile/Rules: enabled
  • Display notifications: enabled
Windows Security Center - Core Isolation
  • Memory Integrity: enabled
  • Kernel-mode Hardware-enforced Stack Protection: enabled
  • Microsoft Vulnerable Driver Blocklist: enabled
Periodic malware scanners
Kaspersky Virus Removal Tool, Norton Power Eraser, Emsisoft Emergency Kit.
Malware sample testing
I do not participate in malware testing
Browser(s) and extensions
Firefox: uBlock Origin, Dark Reader, KeePassXC, F-Secure Browser Protection.
Secure DNS
Either Quad9 DNS or Cloudflare
VPN & Protocol used
Windscribe (free 50GB/month).
Password manager
KeePassXC for Windows, KeePass Portable (as backup).
Maintenance tools
Revo Uninstaller, PatchMyPC, Autoruns, Process Explorer, UltraSearch, O&O AppBuster & ShutUp10++
File and Photo backup
OneDrive free cloud storage 5GB.
System recovery
Macrium Reflect 8 Home (full system backup stored on external drive)
Risk factors
    • Browsing to popular websites
    • Working from home
    • Making audio/video calls
    • Opening email attachments
    • Downloading software and files from reputable sites
    • Streaming audio/video content from trusted sites or paid subscriptions
Computer specs
HP Laptop 17.3" (FHD 1920 x 1080)
AMD Ryzen 7 5825U | CPU Cores: 8 | Base Clock: 2.0 GHz | Max. Boost 4,5 GHz
AMD Radeon Graphics | GPU Max. Memory: 2GB
What I'm looking for?

Looking for medium feedback.


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Apr 24, 2016
I would change the AdGuard MV3 extension in Edge for the regular AdGuard (MV2) one or uBlock Origin.
Development is temporarily stopped:
Currently, we are focused on the mv2 version. We will continue to work on mv3 later. In a month or two. Keep tuned.
That means no filter updates, because filter updates depend on new releases with a MV3 extension.
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Aug 17, 2014

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