at this point, i'm not sure about anything except that i am quite sure i don't want windows hassling me all the time...compromising my privacy all because they want to make a sale ugh!
Well, that's one thing you won't find in this section of the forum (& I suggest you don't visit the Windows 10 section altogether), we're not trying to sell nor push any OS off on anyone.
What we do, is do our best to get a feel for the user's needs, the machine configuration, if running Windows, a Speccy snapshot will do, not to worry, the information that you see, like your license key (COA) & IP address, we don't, these are filled with random values.
Things like what you use the computer for, whether or not you or anyone with access plays games or runs virtual machines, has critical mission software that requires Windows to run (in which case a dual boot or VM would be needed), I believe you get the picture. Though I do suggest that if you're going to totally ditch Windows, at a minimum, create a recovery disk set, which takes 3 to 5 DVD's to build, this gives you the option of returning to Windows should things not work out, or if you want to sell the computer, w/out Windows, the value of the computer is cut hard. A Full disk image is also good, yet that Recovery Disk set is a one time option to create, all it takes is a few blank DVD's & about 90 minutes of your time. As a cautious person, I prefer not to chance anything & try to be ready for any situation.
Like I & many others has done, I also suggest a dual boot configuration at least until your feel comfortable enough to say 'I'm ready to cut the cord'. Many does feel that way at first, though they'll be booting into their Windows OS some, and as time passes, less & less, which is the goal if one wants to be weaned off of Windows. Getting off of Windows 'Cold Turkey' is not best for everyone, and I speak from first hand experience. Others will confirm this. We want you to like Linux, and it be your choice of OS, on the other hand, want you to have a safety net for 'just in case' situations that arises.
The more you can provide us with how you use your computer & your needs, the better recommendation we can provide. You may, as many others, find that you'll have to try two or more Linux distros before settling on one, normally when you find 'the one', you'll know it within minutes of using. The sooner you get to that point, the better.
Linux OS's aren't the ones of the mid to late 90's (though they were still great OS's then), today's Linux OS's works as mainstream ones, with a modern GUI, some of the same apps as Windows (such as an optional Skype client) and for most every Windows software offered except a few, there are several Linux choices for the same. However, some choices in Linux are bad ones, one is cleaners. Linux OS's does a great job of cleaning up behind itself, so there's no need for a disk cleanup replacement. There is inbuilt security, so no need to install extra security, unless you're running a mail server and/or sharing lots of files with Windows computers. In this case, you do need to scan, but still the software is inbuilt. That's important to keep in mind, to scan shared files, including email ones.
These are things that we can guide you with.
The more open you are with us as to your computer & use age of it, the more options we can provide you with.