All of the more expensive programs have an easy point and click backup process for easy system backup. If a program has a higher version that has a backup and performance optimizer, I would buy that one if it was not too much more expensive. Even if the program cost a good twenty dollars more I would probably still go with that one because of the simplicity of the use of an all in one program.
I have used several internet security suites and can tell you that they are not all the same. Some are better at detecting threats, some have more features, some are easier to use. After doing the research, I would say that the best ones, in order from best to fourth best are Norton 360, Norton Internet Security, BitDefender Total Security and Webroot SecureAnywhere Complete 2013.
You may ask why I am telling you about these top security suites, and the answer is simple, they are the highest performing, easy to use programs on the market right now.
If you do the research yourself you will see that all these programs have 2 or more versions, for example Norton Internet Security and Norton 360. I am telling you what are the best choices to use as preventative maintenance tips go.
The other versions of these top 4 range anywhere from $10 to $20 cheaper than their counterparts. Their are even free antivirus and internet security programs on the market, which unless you are barely using the internet I would stay clear from. The reason that you want to pay the extra 10-20$ is the system and file backups and the computer tune-ups that are provided with these.
The program that I would use on my computer would be Norton 360 because It does the best at protecting my computer as well as providing me with an easy solution to backing up and speeding up my computer, it does it for me. It is also good for up to 3 computers. The price for this is 89.99, but can be found at discounted prices.
Norton Internet Security is ten dollars cheaper but it does not come with the ability to make a backup or optimize your computers speed and performance. There are also free programs which I will again reiterate are not going to protect you if you are on your internet a lot.
BitDefender Total Security is a little bit cheaper than Norton, and comes with everything you need for $79.95, or once again to save only $10 you will lose the backup and tune-up capability with BitDefender Internet Security for $69.95. For a single computer, which is available with BitDefender, the prices would be $69.95 and $59.95 respectively, meaning you might as well get the 3-pack for the better deal.
Webroot is almost as good as Norton except it does not provide spam filters or parental control. $79.99 for Webroot SecureAnywhere Complete (3-pack), and $59.99 for Webroot SecureAnywhere Internet Security Plus (3-pack). The internet security suite does not have the backup and tune-up. Webroot is the smallest and lightest security suite, so it does not take up a lot of space on your computer and would be a quick download if ordering a digital copy.