OS: Win10 Pro 64bit ( *latest ) FW: MBAM WFC (*it's free for now, so why not, has more options. though tbh i'd be fine with the default windows firewall.) AV: Avast (*free. Although i'm considering whether Avira is a better choice.) OD: AdwCleaner, Zemana AntiMalware, mbam free, hitman pro Active anti malware: Zemana AntiMalware (i'd probably prefer MBAM but i don't have a premium account....) Others: OSArmor, MBAE, stardocks Fences (not really a security tool but it keeps win10 desktop clean and neat automatically without requiring user intervention much); and lastly just some common sense by not downloading or opening dodgy files/phishing site urls/nigerian prince emails also keeping apps/os/software all updated regularly, use secure and unique credentials for login Privacy: uBlock Origin (lots of added filters, probably too many to list specifically), uBlock Origin Extra, uMatrix (i use this for manually unblocking what sites can load for the first time i visit a new site), https everywhere, Netcraft, decentraleyes, Nanodenfer (configured for ublock use by adding filter to uBlock), cookie autodelete, PIA VPN, RT Merlin F/W using ddnssec/dots cloudflare dns. Chrome for regular usage (some important extensions i use only available on chrome), and Firefox when privacy matters. Backup: Aomei Backupper (system backup) + QNAP TS-877 NAS raid5 using hybridbackupsync rtrr one way sync to TS-653a (anything for permanent storage goes onto main NAS. everything else that is temporary storage or in transit is on desktop. Even if pc goes kapoot, can recover from backup, and any important files is already on NAS. And thats backed up to another NAS) a few other things i tried but ended up uninstalling Sysharderner: This killed access to my NAS. It's too restrictive, so i system restore and removed it. I'm sure people who are familiar with the settings can avoid the landmine, but this is beyond my knowlege. VoodooShield: was gonna try this but there is discussion whether it is secure or not. some comments about how easy it is to disable this app to bypass it's protection. thats why i did not bother. Reg guard service: I could not start the app. Something is probably blocking it but i'm not sure what. So i couldn't try it out. Hitman alert pro: was considering this as a replacement for zemana and MBAE, since it has an active malware scanner, but from my experience with this app, it feels to restrictive and may break stuff from working. I did not have this issue when using MBAE for anti exploit. Sandboxie /shadow defender: looks like a secure setup, but in actual usage i found it a bit annoying to use.