Well, I use Antivirus and it helps me a lot. I also have a program called deep freeze and it basically keeps a computer in exactly a particular configuration. So if it gets infected with a virus, it automatically will restart in the "good" configuration.
isn't deep freeze designed for internet cafes? can remember looking into that for a computer/technology challenged uncle of mine and coud have sworn we found the price was ridiculous [from a domestic/non business perspective].
its a great idea but from own view its like knocking down a house and building again everytime it needs redecorating.
there are other alternatives,linux and BSD for one.
BSD is even better than linux for security but BSD isnt the most supported operating system format in the world [understatement].
there is always the choice of combining the free virtual machine program; virtual box with a security specialist linux distribution [operating system],VMs like virtual box can be set up inside windows so that linux etc runs inside it,and if any viruses get through the VM and destroy the partition it isnt going to get to the rest of the hard drive,its safe.
the other good option is using sandboxie and running the internet browser from within it,sandboxie is free as well and its easy to use,any programs used within the sandbox cannot escape so if a virus was attached to something whilst using the sandboxied browser-theres no chance of the hard drive being effected.
woud also recommend to everyone who has a spare USB pen to download a free multiboot linux creator called YUMI and install a program called hirens boot CD,hirens can then be booted from the USB stick.
this is a huge ultimate recovery group of programs which can do a heck of a lot for computer issues from viruses to bad memory sectors and even has several linux distributions in it,have got it stored on mine though ever since buying a new laptop and having to have windows eight on it,have not been able to work out how to get rid of secure boot even though its turned off in the BIOS.:wacko: