I just got a new computer. Dell included McAfee with no option not to have it pre-installed. So far, I am seriously unimpressed. The worst problem so far is that it doesn't seem to be able to update itself, thought it tries and tries and tries. I've turned updates off it's such a distraction. Not much impressed generally either, truth be told. How is McAfee's reputation these days?
For the last four years I was running Avast Internet Security Suite and Malwarebytes (paid version) as primary defence on a machine with Windows 7. I was plenty happy. No malware problems or any problems really in four years. Avast was just horrible with spam. It was absolutely terrible at managing spam, though good at blocking actual threats so I just lived with dealing with spam manually. I ran a few other security utilities every once in a while just to get an extra look that the machine was clean; that nothing slipped through and was hidiing. Always came up clean.
The new machine has Windows 8.1. I've been searching for current security recommendations and have been thinking about Bitdefender Total Security 2015 along with Malwarebytes paid version. (I know that the free version is good, but believe in paying for something that works and that I like.)
I'm just a very low level geek compared to most folks here so am looking for current best recommendations. Four years ago Avast was pretty highly touted. Looks like Bitdefender has a lot of fans currently. Is the good perception merited?
I'm a freelance writer / personal assistant, so am all over the internet most of every single day and absolutely need a rock solid selection of security software to keep me safe.
I'm open to considering what people think is currently a solid package, with the understanding that my knowledge of the nuts and bolts of computers is limited. I need the software to do most of the work; that is, if a lot of computer skills and knowledge are needed to use certain software it might not be a good choice for me. (I work enough hours already and just can't know everything that I'd like to.)
I appreciate any and all input.