For years now my Xfinity plan included a free version of Norton 360 Security Suite which has served as my mainstay background real-time AV, whilst having the Malwarebytes Free Version as the manual use backup. For the most part, I’ve used it in a set-and-forget mentality. Unfortunately, in its infinite wisdom, Comcast has decided to discontinue this beginning in 2021.
Therefore, I’ve been looking into a free AV to adequately take its place, but can’t quite come up with a solid replacement. The top two contenders so far are Bitdefender and Kaspersky, but I keep getting conflicting reports on them. So far as I can tell, they’re both supposed to be good, but depending on where I go, I keep seeing reports of Bitdefender slowing down browser response, reboot times, using large amounts of RAM, or pc responsiveness significantly; alternatively, Kaspersky has been reported to randomly/repeatedly spike CPU usage, slow pc responsiveness, delete random files without warning, acts like malware itself in one’s inability to remove or alter it, and/or has been the source of a pc’s infection (the last one is particularly worrisome for me, as it happened to me when I used Avast some years ago). And those are just some of the more common items.
As a person who isn’t particularly IT experienced, I want to know which free AV would be best as a rough substitute for the Norton 360 Security Suite I currently get through Comcast that won’t choke my system of resources, endlessly nag me (too much/intrusively, anyway), or require me to have to babysit my computer (as it is, Norton may or may not have some sort of nonpaged and/or paged pool leak that is as of yet unresolved).