+ 1 Votes One thought OurITLady February 20, 2013 at 11:55pm PST If you are that happy with AVG did you consider maybe dropping to the free version as the AV and running something like Zone Alarm (also available free for home use) as the firewall? I've never used the AVG paid version so not sure if it offers additional features that wouldn't be covered by that combo, but I've been using those two plus periodic scans with CCleaner and Malwarebytes as backup and not had any issues. + 0 Votes I use comodo. good IF... Locrian_Lyric February 23, 2013 at 10:36pm PST If your computer is clean, Comodo will keep it that way. The only thing is that the software is paranoid, and by default will 'sandbox' programs it does not recognize, which may require that you then click on 'do not sandbox again' and then restart the program as it may not work properly in sandbox mode. + 2 Votes If your machine is clean, CharlieSpencer_Palmetto February 21, 2013 at 7:17pm PST I wouldn't pay for any AV. There are plenty of free AV tools that may not do the best job of removing an existing malware but do excellent jobs of preventing initial infections. I'd go with MS Security Essentials, teamed with the nagware version of ThreatFire. The resources footprint is small, the updates are automatic and quiet (other than the ThreatFire pop-up once a month or so). Knowing the best preventative practices can be more effective than a malware app. If you open suspicious e-mails, click on unexpected pop-ups and shortened or obscure links, open sites despite your AV's warnings, and engage in other ill-advised behaviors, it won't matter what software you run. If you use your head, you can use a couple of decent free tools with confidence. + 1 Votes I used Free AVG until they gave me a false positive Tony Hopkinson Updated - February 21, 2013 at 9:50pm PST Well the false positive wasn't the issue. When I clicked on the fix button and it "suggested" I purchased the full version in order to proceed, I got a little bit upset. Since then I've been on free avast with no issues. Never really considered paying for av. Firewall wise I rely mainly on my hardware, windows firewall is running as well + 0 Votes My take Michael Jay Updated - February 22, 2013 at 8:51am PST I am on Comcast and they provide a "free" license for Norton Security Suite, i say "free" because they must include it in the price somewhere. ATT uses McAfee and I believe Charter has F-Secure. In the past I have read reports of the bloat of Norton and McAfee and how it just kills performance, as far as I can see from here at least Norton is not a resource hog, it just sits there and works. Your provider may also have something, I suggest you look into it, and since you are already paying for it, might as well use it, at least try it and see if it works for you. + 0 Votes I've been using Microsoft Security Essentials wizard57m-cnet Moderator February 22, 2013 at 11:15pm PST for the last couple of years, in combination with MalwareBytes Antimalware as "on demand" scanner, no issues, have caught a couple of attempted browser shenanigans. Prior to MSE, I used Avira Free and didn't have any problems outside of rather slow scan times. Although some of the ratings have lowered the rank of MSE late last year, I'll probably stick with it. If things don't improve however I will go back with Avira. I've read good reports about Avast as well, and may give it another go. I gave up on Norton around 2005 or so, and McAfee even earlier, though I did use it some in 2008 only because it was provided as part of service with my ISP. It just seemed to slow everything down and want to take over everything, the same reason I gave up Norton (after being a beta tester for Norton for ages). Some of the antimalware rating sites have given new version of Norton high marks, but after years of being a resource hog, I'm skeptical. Many years ago I used AVG...it was pretty good, but sometime in like 1999 or so, it too started slowing everything to a crawl. AVG also wants to install browser toolbars, search helpers etc. and from what I've read these can be a hassle to remove. My recommendations: 1. Microsoft Security Essentials or Avira 2. Avast 3. Norton (if provided by ISP, otherwise weigh the cost/benefit carefully) Along with any of these, use the free version of MalwareBytes as an on demand scanner on a regular basis (weekly) just to be sure. + 0 Votes Free AVG forseys11 February 23, 2013 at 1:26am PST Would definitely go with the Free AVG option. Have it on a number of devices over the last few years without any issues. + 0 Votes I use comodo. good IF... Locrian_Lyric February 23, 2013 at 10:36pm PST If your computer is clean, Comodo will keep it that way. The only thing is that the software is paranoid, and by default will 'sandbox' programs it does not recognize, which may require that you then click on 'do not sandbox again' and then restart the program as it may not work properly in sandbox mode.