Ah. I am put off by the "get rid of this, get rid of that" insistence of many. I have come to enjoy third-party software like a stamp collector enjoys stamps. I don't think people should aim for the smallest possible software configuration unless they want to or are obliged to by conflicts or by scarcity of RAM, processing, and/or storage.I have so much security software because I enjoy making them work side-by-side,not because I feel at risk..
I think complacency is the name of the problem. I think AV companies contribute to this with advertising hype that says "Go with us and you're locked down-safe." It appears we need user education that emphasizes more that some behaviors are never safe.The problem is that novices wrongly think that by paying for security they have less chance of getting infected.
Did you follow a scheme like Black Viper's for turning off services?I also find it surprising that many people have a system far greater than my old 2Gb RAM laptop yet could not run half of my config without problems.I guess that there must be a lot of people that have so much bloatware and unneeded services running,and rather than addressing these issues they just ditch their machine and buy a more powerful one,which IMO is throwing money away.