SECURITY: Complete Toto's config for 2021

Last updated
Dec 25, 2020
Personal, primary device
Desktop OS
Windows 10
Login security
    • Password (Aa-Zz, 0-9, Symbols)
Primary sign-in
Microsoft account
Primary user
Admin user - Full permissions
Security updates
Automatic - allow all types of updates
Windows UAC
Default - notify when programs attempt to make changes
Real-time protection
Avast Free Antivirus
Software firewall
Microsoft Defender Firewall
Custom RTP, Firewall and OS settings
Avast Custom Install: File Protection, Web Protection and Behavior Blocker - Enabled
Denied internet access to AvastUI.exe through Windows Firewall
Enable Detection of PUP's
Enable scanning on file open and execution not on file writing
Disabled Hardware Virtualization and Enabled Delay Avast Startup
(Really looking for least performance hit)
Malware testing
No malware samples
Periodic security scanners
Norton Power Eraser
Malwarebytes Antimalware
Browsers, Search and Addons
Edge with UBlock Origin
Chrome with UBlock Origin
Firefox no add-ons
Maintenance and Cleaning
CCleaner Portable (rarely use it)
Windows Maintenance Tools
Personal Files & Photos backup
OneDrive (Regular Backup of important Files)
Personal backup routine
Automatic (scheduled)
Device recovery & backup
Windows System Restore
Device backup routine
PC activity
  1. Browsing the web. 
  2. Emails. 
  3. Shopping. 
  4. Working from home. 
  5. Streaming. 
Computer specs
Dell XPS 13 9360
Intel Core i5 8250u
Intel UHD 620 Graphics
8GB of Ram (DDR3 LP Memory)
1920x1080 IPS display


Level 4
Oct 15, 2014
Hi everyone,

Merry Christmas to all, and hope 2021 is a better year for everyone.

This is my light and hassle-free laptop config with which I'm starting 2021.
I don't use my laptop for any "dangerous" web browsing or unknown file downloads as I mainly use it for office applications, light web browsing and content consumption. I always try to find something that will not slowdown the laptop since I only use it myself, and I installed Avast a few days ago to see how it performed because I was having some BSOD problems with it's previous versions and I really like how snappy the laptop feels with it installed (faster than Windows Defender, ESET, Kaspersky and F-Secure in my opinion).

All recommendations are welcome.


Level 4
Oct 15, 2014
I recommend ditching Avast for just Defender or Kaspersky Security Cloud Free, Bitdefender Antivirus Free or Sophos Home Free.
I have tried Defender, Kaspersky and Bitdefender. I just like Avast for the time being, and especially the really light protection it offers. I am aware of the privacy scandals it was involved in, but it is about prioritizing some things over others (performance vs probability of info selling)