I use AVG for my computer and I don't think I can afford a subscription (in other words, I'm freebie dependent). The only way I've managed to really secure my computer from viruses is by using this unique feature that came with the PC unit.
I'm not sure if anyone here has heard of it but it's called Ram Disk Mode. I don't how it works exactly (being the tech noob that I am ), but switching to this mode sorta 'freezes' my computer's memory so any weird or unexpected changes that happen to it can just be reversed by hitting reset.
However, it kind of causes my computer to slow down drastically and it's one of the reasons why I'm thinking investing in a new desktop. Unfortunately, I'm still quite attached to my current PC's Ram Disk Mode because it's the only way I've managed to download, stream, and stick a flash disk into it without having to reformat the darn thing because a virus got in.
Seriously, I'm in a dilemma. Sure I could just keep the old desktop and use it for downloads and stuff but... I don't know how the rest of my family is going to like it. (My mother especially. She hates things taking up space since our house is quite small.)