I am new at the computer scene and I want to make sure I have the best security possible for free, Of course. I could use any and all pointers on what to have installed and also can someone please tell me what is the best fast & safe browser to use? I have asked several people and received several answers. Heeeeeelllppp...
quietman7 said it best. I'd add only one thing:
In my opinion, the best approach to protection plans is to select any of the mainline AV tools mentioned here and in many other discussions, along with an antimalware-specific product, and to maintain a reliable tested backup plan since no AV or antimalware tool can guarantee a 100% success rate of blocking all intrusions into one's PC.
I'm using 2 backup routines:
- Full HDD backup plan, Cloning or Imaging. That provides protection from several scenarios,
- HDD failure
- Nearly all malicious intrusion scenarios
- User mistakes, bad downloads, Registry-edit mistakes, etc.
- Incremental backups, for those "must-have" items. In that way, you can restore your entire HDD fairly quickly and preserve your important items.
If you're in the market for a PC, I'd recommend considering backups as you shop and decide on your PC's choice, whether it's a Desktop or Laptop PC.
- Purchase a spare HDD for the PC. That way, you can use the spare HDD to maintain a complete bootable spare HDD on your shelf in the event of emergencies.
- Create a bootable media, CD, or use a USB stick, using a freeware or paid HDD-backup software tool and test the backup and restore methodologies so that you'll know they're reliable when the time comes that you'll need to restore your PC.