I consider myself a fairly advanced user. I will be installing the latest Windows 10 fresh from iso (I believe its 21H1) on my Dell pc. I've settled on a few basic prefs when it comes to software - - portable is better - only freeware unless absolutely needs to be paid - foss is even better I've also started using Windows package manager like scoop and chocolatey and really like them, so prefer to use it when possible. So what is your personal opinion on best in the following areas? AV - I've always used Defender, but it causes high cpu load. after reading some more it seems Kaspersky Cloud Free or BitDefender free may be better? Does Avast still have privacy issues and is there a reason to consider it? hosts file - I tried mvp hosts, combined hosts updater etc, but some sites stop working and then the only option is to restore hosts, reboot/clear dns. what do you recommend? ad blocker - I've always used Ublock Origin in browser. Never had separate device to try PiHole and I used adguard once when it wasn't free. What is recommended these days? browser - currently just using Chrome Beta + Edge Beta. Chrome because I use my Google account for everything. Edge since its a bit faster. Is there a reason to use Brave if you use uBlock? media player - having tried everything, nothing beats PotPlayer in Windows Win 10 annoyances/telemetry - need some recommendation Dev tools - I use VsCode, Windows Terminal, WSL Firewall - should I just use WFC to control builtin firewall or replace firewall?