Re: What are the BEST desktop maintenance FREE programmes?
In 22 years of using computers, I've never used anything more than bare bones free AVG. In 22 years of computer useage, I've only had 5 windows crashes (requiring re-install) and lost 1 hard drive.
In other words, the maintenance programs are basically not needed as long as you're careful in what sort of software you're installing on your computer. If you keep your windows updated and buy / download software from legit sources and developers, you will not need any of those softwares at all. Chances are that if you do manage to install something dangerous and harmful to your PC, the maintenance programs etc won't do anything at all.