Ok, so here's an update:
We're getting rid of CloudCare/bSecure. Done with it. Here's why:
- CloudCare interfered with the connections to the router, such that it was impossible to access the internet for hours at a time, almost daily, but only for one or two computers at a time.
- It also kept my computer from generating a network map, slowed down the computer, and in general made things difficult.
- Finally, it's impossible to purchase CloudCare without purchasing security software with it.
Evidently, bSecure was bought by AVG and they're in the midst of a transition, we need help, and tech support is nonexistent.
We're switching to Net Nanny. There's no security with it, which is a good thing, I think.
At the moment, I'm just looking for security software at a reasonable price. I want something really good. The rest of my family just wants something that does it's job with as little maintenance as possible. So, here's my thoughts:
Get Windows Security Essentials and Ad-Aware for all the computers. I'll do a scan with Malwarebytes on the other three before I install the other two, and then I'll uninstall it, before installing WSE and AA. I'll keep Malwarebytes on my computer, and try to use it often.
First, does it make sense to do it that way? Should I put all three programs on all of the computers instead? Should I use other programs instead/with those?
What are the best settings for a well-protected, low-maintenance computer with those programs?
Note to those who are wondering if I'm ever going to get my new computer: I'm hoping to select a less-than-$350 barebones kit over the winter and try to purchase it next spring. We'll see if I go through with it.
@Cheryl: Thanks for a wonderful community. It is a pleasure and honor to be a part of it.
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