Now, more than ever, you need to keep your computer safe and secure from viruses, spyware, and all the other little nasties floating around out there.
I use both programs on my personal computers, and I use the free versions. Why spend good money if the free version works for you? Now, if I needed more protection, I wouldn’t hesitate to purchase the upgrades.
Avast has become the number one anti-virus program and 216 million users can’t be wrong. It works for me and, just in case you have a somewhat “handicapped” computer with not-quite-enough memory, the free version has a smaller footprint than some of the others out there.
As for Spybot… well, if you ever brought your computer to me for repair work, I used Spybot to clean 90% of the spyware and trojans from it. I have used and recommended this little gem for years!