Are u sure about max block any unrecognized file by microsoft? Is first time i hear that. Maybe @Andy Ful can confirm this.Why windows defender on max won't allow any unrecognized file by Microsoft to run it is based upon the telemetry windows collect.
By doing this 99.999% of malware will be blocked.
Only downside is false positives around unpopular software.
About other security software you mentioned voodoo shield would be a good alternative.