Many computer manufacturers and retailers either pay to have their software pre-installed on your new PC, or get paid commission to sell the software, it's big business! The truth is... YOU DON'T HAVE TO SPEND A PENNY!
I advise two essential programs which will keep your PC protected from both viruses and malware:
- Windows Defender - If you have Windows 8 or Windows 10 you already have it. Windows Defender is built right into your operating system (they don't tell you that). It's made by Microsoft and can even obtain updates from within Windows update. It's mighty, slender and FREE. All you need to do is uninstall your current AV software (if you have any installed) and then search for "Defender", pin it to your task bar and your done!
- MalwareBytes - is a very thorough anti-malware program, the free version has to be run manually when you suspect your PC might be vulnerable. There is a paid version which runs in the background but this isn't essential.
Final note: I'm not condoning stuffing your PC full of so-called security software (most of which just slows your PC down) because it's always much better to only install what you use, this will ensure you have a nice clean, quick PC.
ALWAYS think before you click, and if it sounds too good to be true it probably is! Don't forget no AV or AM software can protect you from you. :)