@haily_merry, leave them alone and they will come home, wagging their tails behind them.
I can say that. Why? Because I spent the better part of 10 years! Yes! Ten, strenuous, psychotic, nerveracking, heart racing, mind boggling, palm sweating, frustrating years without being able to get my hands on any kind of AV or AM software or any protection for my family's PC's, my friend's PC's, the laptop my school set me up with in o3, etc. I was the protection. I was the do or don't, the guy who fixed things when my brother and sister-in-law wanted new screensavers and crapware that really was absolutely unnecessary. I was the guy who scoured the net hoping and praying I could find something accessible to use and not coming up with a thing back then. Backdoor and batchfile viruses were my childhood enemies!!
And what kind of computer knowledge do I possess? Probably less than those of you who are suggesting that common sense won't get you a dime worth of sleep. Well, I'm here to tell you that you can't hold a candel to me. The fearmongering you toss around is the kind of stuff you learn out of bad habbit when using AV and AM software for so long and expeecting it to hold your hand. Even when my school finally relented and purchased Semantec for my PC in o5 I was still left out in the dark as I couldn't use the software. When AOL 9.0 tried to get me to install McAfee on them just for using their platform I was equally disgusted.
Imagine my surprise when I first saw windows defender pop up as an option for computers in, what was it, o9? 2010? No more trying to see if I could bum nod32 off of someone and seeing if that thing was going to be accessible. Why? Because MS was taking a step in making malware prevention software simplistic to use and enabling it to protect you from most things. To this day, it is doing its job quite nicely. When it cannot, malwarebytes takes up the slack, and even webbrowser companies are taking on the war against internet infection.
Everything else you could possibly need is built in if you are already using win10, from the once previously misunderstood and ever so seemingly annoying UAC to the updated windows firewall. You're virtually protected unless you're an absolute nitwit, and those exist. We can't stress this enough; we're not saying go around and not use anything. We're saying that you go around and educate yourself on what you're using and why. Don't throw away money for something that can be done for free and can be done accessibly. I've already started that side of ugly and am telling you that you can save a lot of trouble and heartache by following my, and other's advice.
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