Kaspersky renewal versus free programs

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Hello

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.
 

punkncat

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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.
 

maestro0428

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I use AVG Free and Malwarebytes as well as CCleaner. All work well. Never had an issue. I heard Avast and AVG can cause Windows update issues, but I have yet to see this first hand.
 
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I'm never used Bitdefender. I assume it's fairly idiotproof?

What would you recommend for frequency? As I recall, I ran CCleaner weekly, and Avira monthly. I'm not sure about Malwarebytes.
 
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Same with Bitdefender and CCleaner? What about full versus quick scans?

Any drawbacks to just running full scans weekly with all three, just to keep it simple?


 
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Okay, so the above with all three programs - Bitdefender, Malwarebytes and CCleaner?

(A finger to the nose will suffice. -g-)

 
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Much obliged, to you and all the other folks who responded.
 
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