I completely agree. Paid products are not better than free products if we know what we are doing and find a good comboIt's ironic because I do the exact opposite: Refuse to pay for protection. Paid products aren't guaranteed to protect me any better in a situation where I come in contact with malware (let's assume a brand new ransomware sample) than free products and if it does fail to protect me then not only are my files trashed but I'd also feel that I'd have wasted my money. Obviously I keep backups of all my important data and you could argue that these paid products don't cost much for what they offer but at the end of the day if the product does fail to protect me then that money could've been used elsewhere; arguably for a better purpose.
for example, WD/avast/avira/BD free + Voodooshield free/comodo firewall => paid products = who are better, except lockdown products?