I am not technologically challenged and computers interest me but, I lose interest and don't follow everything. Comparing computers to sports... you have a variety of levels of "fans." Many sports fans obsess and know all these details about each player, their stats, etc. I can't keep up with such things...
It's sort of the same way with technology. I just don't have the passion to keep up with everything new and all of that...
My dad, while he was alive, was into computers a lot. There were things I knew that he didn't but he sure knew a LOT more than I did. I wish I could converse with him but, I'm not sure he knew all the answers anyway...
Years back, AVG was the best(or one of) AV program out there. I used to put it on all the machines I worked on for other people... Then things changed and more programs popped up. AVG started bothering me(few years back, I don't remember why) so I started looking around. Found Avast and have been on that for some time. But I'm setting up some laptops for the kids and not sure what I want to put on there. Avast is driving me nuts these days with the popups they have offering me a discount on a paid product. Uh, I'm using this because I'm poor and it's free... I HATE popups.
I'd like to ask what the best FREE and least annoying AV is... but, is there even one answer to that question?
Years ago, I found the downloads at cnet a trustworthy place to get ideas on the ratings of programs. I believe this too has changed a lot over the years...
(so as an aside, I am wondering if anyone has any favorite software download sites that have GOOD information to help people make informed decisions)
It was so nice to look at editor's ratings and users ratings and all of that. Very handy...
But... I also look at AVtest from time to time and the results they put out can be VERY different than the ratings at the other site I use.
So, what's what these days?
How does a person that doesn't "keep up" with technology often enough to know, know? What's best? I can "google it" but you get a HUGE mixed bag of results including paid reviews. How does a person that isn't obsessing over sports, studying who played what position 5 years ago, etc, learn without much trouble the facts they need? With sports it's easy... the results on a search aren't going to show that roger clemens had an era of 3.2 or something if it wasn't.
But software is more complicated and always changing.
What the best program is today might not be the best tomorrow?
So, I am asking what people would suggest for something free and not so intrusive... but, also... where would you suggest I find this information on my own? I have 5 kids and don't have the time to do in depth research... and I don't want a program that will drive me nuts or not protect well enough.
A couple years ago I put Comodo on my mom's computer. I liked it. Not very intrusive... less than Avast that's for sure. But, I don't know if my mom wasn't doing updates or what was going on but she emailed me saying she had malware ("click this, you're infected" type popups). Dealing with someone else's computer from 1500+ miles away never works really well and she ended up taking it to the IT guys at her work. I wont say where that is but trust me when I say the IT guys there would be VERY good at what they do...
They took comodo off and put on well.. I'm not sure. She told me they told her it was some MS product that was already on there. Defender? I don't know.
But, that doesn't have the best reviews on AVtest so, I really don't know.
Everyone has different opinions... one site says _____ is the best... another says the same program is HORRIBLE. It's enough to drive a person batty.
I don't want to just randomly grab at one and hope it will do a good job... especially in today's world where ransomware and such exists.
Sorry about all of that. I want to explain myself the best I can. I used to trust one site for my downloads but when I see totally different reviews on another trusted site... I'm just not sure anymore.