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Can't seem to get AVG to work. (Is that even free? or has the malware on my laptop stopped me from downloading it?)
I used to use that and it was fine. heard it's gone shit now so switched to avast. that's fine too.
by which I mean it stopped detecting a lot of viruses etc
It is not quite as good as others at detecting viruses, but it is still good. It is better at avoiding 'false' positives, and is the least obtrusive option, so it is fine for most people.
I haven't had an actual "virus" for years. I'm not convinced they really exist too much any more.
also have a look at:
and run them regularly.