|As often as not what you get from the "paid for" versions is largely support. The free versions still catch (or do not catch) nasties at the same rate. Many AV website give a comparison with their Free -v- Pro versions. As I have not needed support for over 15 years I never pay for an AV.|
Whatever you opt for it will still let certain things through - no one package catches them all. You still have to use ADWCleaner and Junkware Removal Tool to remove browser malware, which few AV's seem to catch. MalwareBytes free version is handy if anything else gets through, so maybe if you want to shell out money their real-time version is worth a thought..
To a large extent being a safe browser is still top of the pile. Not picking up pre-checked goodies (often download with free programs and Apps for this that and the other), also watching out for scams. Avoiding websites that have reputation for malware and viruses helps and Google is your friend.
Nobody is immune but I'd bet most helpers on this and similar computer forums collect less nasties than the average user - also they are more likely to spot them quickly, which helps. My AV is Windows Defender (Win8 version of MSE) but to my mind you need more than an AV in your armoury.
Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks
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