Freaksmacker’s guide to free basic security software.
Any of the free top 5 rated antivirus’s in the given year. They do seem to compete to make more compelling products.
Method : rotate antivirus every so often to another.
SuperAntiSpyware, Malwarebytes, CCleaner, Spywarebot Search and Destroy are all commonly used and look at rankings.
Method: Have a 2 or 3 different ones on hand and scan with them.
Do not rely on just windows firewall. Tinywall,Sphinx Glasswire and many more enhance security.
Browser addons can do a great deal to reduce online threats. Commonly used ad blockers,noscript,privacy badger … too many to list
Method: Depends of browser of choice and available addons. Must tinker…takes time
System monitoring tools.
Often useful by catching unexplained resource usage. Anything that monitors: temp,/ram /cpu /network usage .
Method: Find something you can run onscreen at all times.
A casual approach to free software. If I missed anything…forgive me and note below.