First post here, might get kinda long.. looking for advice/insight on AV, malware and firewall software. I'm upgrading my computer and doing a fresh install of Windows 7. Since my last install of about 3 or 4 years ago I've been using Avast Free, Malware Bytes Free as an on-demand scanner and Comodo Firewall version 5.12.
I plan on keeping Malware Bytes Free and the Comodo Firewall. I think most people are in agreeance (is "agreement" more proper?) over Malware Bytes; can someone recommend a more comprehensive stand alone firewall? I realize Comodo 5.12 is older than dirt but I've used it for so long and I love its features - is anyone aware if the age of this software is detrimental in any way?
For AV, I'm considering going the paid route and grabbing Kaspersky AV to put on the 3 machines I use. I've used free AV for like.. ever, but I don't want to deal with a free program deciding to install some safe browsing BS (I'm looking at you Avast). Furthermore, after a bit of research it seems most free AV nowadays are finding new and better ways to put bleep on your computer. I consider myself a better than average user but I don't have much experience with paid AV programs - will I have to deal with the same crap?
I have two Win7 machines and one Win10 machine; I've heard good and bad things about Kaspersky working with either OS so really looking for some help on this one.. like good and bad experiences running it on either OS.
Also, any thoughts on these 2 programs?
CCleaner - I used to use this one a lot to remove temp files and such but lately only use it to remind myself what processor and video card I have installed as it shows up on the first screen, HA! Anyone using this one still?
PeerGuardian/PeerBlock - recently this one changed so that you have to pay to get updated blocklists. Apparently, some people provide updated free lists but I haven't checked them out. I've been using it for a long time (like back in Limewire and uTorrent days) and I think it's more of a habit install than anything else. How useful is this program?
I think that's about it. To sum up - looking for advice mostly on firewall and AV solutions. Thanks in advance for your help and insight!