It stands to reason: the less software you have on your system, the lower the risk of software conflicts.
Windows 7 is complete enough to not need any added helper programs. The Windows Firewall, Security Essentials, Windows Update, and other components of Windows 7 are sufficient to keep your machine running smoothly and virus-free.
(Technically, Security Essentials is freeware supplied separately by Microsoft, but I consider it part of the operating system.)
In the past, I have recommended free file-management programs for Windows Vista and XP to replace or enhance Windows Explorer. Windows 7 Explorer is not a big departure … Read more