Just like the title says. Are antivirus programs really needed? Depending on what browser you use, the extensions it utilizes and basic know-how and safety when browsing websites. Here are some links to some information I found VERY USEFUL: Bleepingcomputer: Answers to common security questions Provides detailed information about Antivirus/malware programs and how to give your internet security the ultimate upgrade! Extremely informative. Lifehacker: List of the best browser extensions to protect your privacy Fantastic list of browser extensions that help keep you 'safe' while browsing the internet.