Advanced Plus Security StRonK's Laptop Config 2022

Last updated
Sep 5, 2022
How it's used?
For home and private use
Operating system
Windows 11
On-device encryption
Log-in security
    • Basic account password (insecure)
Security updates
Allow security updates and latest features
User Access Control
Always notify
Smart App Control
Network firewall
Real-time security
Kaspersky Internet Security
Firewall security
Microsoft Defender Firewall
About custom security
  • Simple Windows Hardening (Recommended settings)
  • Firewall Hardening (LOLBins + Recommended settings)
  • O&O ShutUp10++ (Recommended settings + additional privacy settings)
  • O&O AppBuster (All unnecessary apps have been deleted.)
  • Simplewall
Periodic malware scanners
  • Kaspersky
  • AdwCleaner
  • HitmanPro
Malware sample testing
I do not participate in malware testing
Browser(s) and extensions
uBlock Origin
Simple Translate
Enhancer for YouTube™
Secure DNS
NextDNS system wide and in my browser with different profiles
Desktop VPN
I use vpn servers in different locations that I set up with Tailscale.
Password manager
Maintenance tools
File and Photo backup
I do not store any of my personal and non-personal files on the computer.
I only back up my game files to external drive.
System recovery
  • Macrium Reflect
Risk factors
    • Browsing to popular websites
    • Gaming
Notable changes
  • 8 September 2022
    • Windows UAC Maximum - always notify
    • AOMEI Backupper
  • 3 October 2022
    • Macrium Reflect
    • Simplewall
    • AdwCleaner,HitmanPro
    • Kaspersky Internet Security
What I'm looking for?

Looking for medium feedback.


Level 1
Thread author
Apr 19, 2020
As of today I am using Windows 11 (Previously Windows 10). This is the configuration I use for my computer, I usually use my computer for games and series.
To be frank, I try to be an informed user, I pay attention to my privacy and security as much as possible. If you want to give advice, feel free to write, thank you.
Kind regards.

Policies that I edit for Edge when I have time
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00



Staff Member
Malware Hunter
Apr 28, 2015
I would set Windows UAC to Maximum.

In Periodic security scanners: I don't scan unless there is anything suspicious, please specify the scanners used.

Also in Device recovery & backup, a full image backup solution would be welcome. I guess restoring a full system image backup with Macrium Reflect is faster than re-format the system, apply all the updates and re-install all the apps...

Thanks for sharing :)


Level 1
Thread author
Apr 19, 2020
Thank you for your valuable comment.

I was using it in default as I don't know what the difference is between default and maximum in Windows UAC. I did what you said and set it to maximum.

Normally I used Kaspersky Internet Security, but now that my license has expired that's why I didn't add, I am trying Windows Defender, if I am not satisfied, I will probably continue to use Kaspersky Internet Security. Actually, to be honest, Windows Defender doesn't give me confidence, I will probably continue to use KIS.

thank you again for your answer ❤️


Level 1
Thread author
Apr 19, 2020
Today I backed up my device following the advice given by @harlan4096 . I chose AOMEI Backupper software.

It's my first time using backup software and I'm really baffled. After backing up 19.5GB files, the backup size was 9.5GB, which is unbelievable. I also added AOMEI Backupper shortcut option to the boot menu, I can boot and restore from backup even if Windows crashes in any way, this feature is perfect.

I have learned a lot of useful information from this forum on this and other topics, thank you everyone.


Level 1
Thread author
Apr 19, 2020
I uninstalled AOMEI Backupper software and will never use it again. Today I wanted to restore my system with the backup file that I have used many times, it loaded the backup correctly but the window did not open. I know that there is no problem with the backup I use, I have used it many times. Fortunately, for such situations, I wrote windows 10 winpe to the flash drive. There were a lot of software like Macrium Reflect in winpe. In Macrium Reflect settings, there is an option to edit boot-related errors, I used it and the system booted without any problems.
Macrium Reflect will be the only backup software I will use from now on.

Now I use Kaspersky Internet Security as anti virus.

Since nextdns is now connected to the correct server as a location, I switched from Adguard to Nextdns.

I will now periodically scan the system with AdwCleaner, HitmanPro software. (Kaspersky Internet Security always active)

I use Simplewall software with windows firewall to restrict network traffic and connect only the software I want to the internet.

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