Visual Basic language is fast and easier way to write programs for Microsoft Windows. It has all the tools available to you which make development quite easier and enjoyable. I had started learning programming through visual basic too. Although many people don't use it much often nowadays.
Yeah I would also not use Visual Basic since it's a bit out dated and not that fast. I would recommend using C# which is a hybrid combination of Visual Basic and C++ and is very fast, but it's also a little bloated. The code bloat isn't really an issue on todays hardware. You can also grab a copy of the free Visual Studios Community Edition here. Free Dev Tools - Visual Studio Community 2015