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Considerations and Recommendations

uBlock Origin (unwanted content blocker)

In order to block a lot of unwanted content, such as tracking and malvertising, I usually install uBlock Origin.
This extension is a 'wide-spectrum blocker' which has proven to be very versatile and effective.


Bitwarden - Open Source Password Manager

For managing all passwords, secure notes, and to maintain a good attitude of 'password hygiene', I use Bitwarden.
Bitwarden is available as both a paid and free plan. The paid plan offers a few welcome extras.


Total Commander - File Manager (for Windows)

For easy but comprehensive file management, Total Commander can be considered a 'Swiss knife' of file management.
It also offers 'side by side' comparison of two files, a feature which I use a lot for creating the different scripts of UltimateKEYS.


IrfanView (and XnView) - Image Viewers

As comprehensive image viewers, Irfanview (and XnView) can be considered the 'Swiss knives' of image viewers, supporting a wide range of formats.
Overall, IrfanView feels somewhat a bit snappier, although only XnView MP has support for AVIF at this time...


Antivirus Software (for Windows)

In the past, I used different antivirus products on Windows, but since 2017, I removed all third-party products. Now I rely entirely on Windows 10's built-in security (Windows Defender, default in Windows 10/8.1).

This is also the counsel from a former Firefox developer, not to install any third-party security software on Windows 10.

Windows 10 (and 8.1) then automatically activates its built-in 'Windows Defender'. This antivirus is very stable and also turns out to be the most reliable integration concerning updates (and upgrades) for Windows itself.

See also the following articles :

Bleeping Computer - Former Mozilla Engineer: Disable Your Antivirus Software, Except Microsoft's
The Register - Former Mozilla dev joins chorus roasting antivirus, says 'It's poison!'
Neowin - Ex-Mozilla Engineer: Don't use third-party antivirus software
PC Gamer - Recent antivirus testing found Windows Defender to be a top performer
ZDNet - Ex top Mozilla dev to Windows users: Ditch all antivirus except Microsoft's Defender
Digital Trends - Delete your antivirus, says ex-Firefox developer - who claims it's worthless
MSPoweruser - Latest AV-Test report ranks Windows Defender as the top Antivirus solution for consumers
Tweakers - Voormalig Firefox-ontwikkelaar: verwijder je antivirussoftware (in Dutch)


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