My Kaspersky service is coming up for renewal, and while it's worked as advertised, I reckon, I'm strangling pennies at this stage, and I'm wondering if going back to a combination of free programs like Avira, CCleaner, Malwarebytes, as I used previously, would be a rational option. If so, any recommendation for which to use and a good regimen for same would be appreciated.
I am torn on 'pay for' AV solutions. I use one for my work machines and they verge on "too much" notification. I personally like Windows Defender along with a good ad block program. Either way, I find that catching a virus often has more to do with what you click on and what you know about the content than how good the program is.
I have had to reformat one of the work machines on a fairly regular, like have it ghosted, basis because the lady that runs that computer is just clueless about what to do with fake pop ups and links. It has a very reputable AV solution and she isn't set up as admin and it's still fairly regular like clockwork.