I'm currently using these programs:
Norton Security Suite
can any recommend any additional programs or programs I should swap out for others just for the basic wellness of my computer?
Solid combination really, ccleaner and malwarebytes are nice to have together with any solid anti-virus. Just make sure to not use any conflicting software with them (make sure that your firewall+windows defender is disabled, don't use any of the programs below with norton installed).
Norton used to be shitty long ago but have improved a lot over the last few years so you should have no problems with that setup (it's more pricy despite not being better than all other options though). I'm personally using f-secure (I used to work there so I know the program inside out) which is one of the better programs. Another solid (arguably the best) anti-virus is kaspersky. Just stay away from scams like mcafee and avg (both are obnoxious programs, mcafee takes the cake though) and you'll generally be fine.
Note: My rankings above are based on what I knew two years ago since I haven't bothered looking into them after I quit my work, may very well be incorrect these days.
F-Secure has been simple and secure for me.
Considering the amount of stuff hiding in your temp. files you can either clean them out on your own once in a while or view ccleaner as an additional AV:P
PandaCloud or Microsoft Security Essentials for your Anti-Virus programs.
Paid for AV's aren't necessarily in the business of preventing viruses --- In order to keep buying the latest and greatest, there was to be demand caused by imminent threat. Best AV's are the free ones like mentioned above. Safe web practices cannot be beat as well.
Sadly many of these imminent threats are created by insiders of the AV software companies themselves, this is basically how the AV industry got bootstrapped into existence in the first place.In order to keep buying the latest and greatest, there was to be demand caused by imminent threat.
Notice how much of the malware in the wild is non-destructive compared to stuff that corrupts all your data. They want you to buy anti-virus software, blowing up your hard disc wouldn't be in their best interests.
FLush norton for Avast and you're all set !
I use the following because IM cheap.
RKill, ComboFix, Malwarebytes, MS Security essentuals(AV) its lighter than Nod32 and free.
I use Ninite to update 3rd party browsers, runtimes(Java, flash, etc), acrobat reader, malwarebytes, and thats about it.
Ms Essentials + malaware bytes thats it
I'm gonna let 'em know that Dolemite is back on the scene! I'm gonna let 'em know that Dolemite is my name, and fuckin' up motherfuckers is my game!
Hasn't been anything wrong with norton (it's significantly better than most of the suggestions here) for a lot of years. That it used to be very heavy about 8 years ago is true, not anymore though.
Good thing colwraith mentioned RKill, really useful program if you happen to get infected after all, especially by rogue security software. Not really something you run if everything is working properly though.
AVG FREE - not sure why no-one else has said this.
MSE, regular scanning with malwarebytes and spybot. Every now and again I'll run CCleaner to get rid of redundant registry entries etc.
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Else Avast free