Use Norton, it's preferably the best, even though it takes a while to use, it stills works to it's maximum, even i use it, it's that good. :)
Heck, I've had a take over attempt on my computer blocked by my Anti-virus. I was in the middle of a game of Battlefield 2 when suddenly I got messages saying someone was trying to hack into my computer. I bailed out of my game ASAP & shut it down, but without the Anti-virus, who knows what they would have done if they'd gotten through. I've seen on the news what they can do if they get through on a current events show, they can do anything, even activate webcams & open CD draws. If a hacker gets in, they can fiddle with anything.
I use Avast on my home computer and am generally happy with it. It uses few resources and has adequate protection. I was skeptical about free software, but it's legit and does a good job. I say that... there was some trojan we'd caught from pop-ups that Avast didn't catch. Ad-Aware did catch it, however. Double protection paid off.
I use Symantec at work, and it seems to use a LOT of memory just scanning running processes. And while I trust Norton & McAffee (I've used them both at home), I'd advise you to avoid "Security Suite" type program bundles. Those will use a lot of memory and don't necessarily give any better protection than the basic anti-virus install. But, if you do a lot of P2P transfer and non-web-based email, you might appreciate the easy configuration of a "Suite".
And though I've caught a couple of viruses just being connected (and behind a firewall), I still think the safest Internet surfing is abstinence from questionable sites. My mantra: NOTHING is free on the Internet, 'cept maybe viruses.
norton is horrible legend, dont listen to them, the best antivirus that ive found is offered by my cable company, u get it free from time warner if ur a customer with them. Avoid Norton, it has alot of stuff that sucks, like a really anoying firewall, that slows down every ****ing thing, i had to go in an re-name the firewall so that it didnt open cause it was screwing my computer all up. Go to time warners webpage, u can get the name of what it is i use there.
An im on a pc that is 4 years old as well, so that also makes it run a little slower, but for me it was the needless firewalls it came with.
Use Windows One Care! :laugh::laugh::laugh:
No, it's a joke (very bad joke BTW).
Well, i don't know, everybody have a favorite antivirus and speak of their own knowledge.
In this moment, i'm using McAfee Internet security suite 2008. Works well but not the perfection. Don't hog lot of resources of the system. But i still prefer Kaspersky or NOD32/ESET AV, works well, don't lag your PC (even if you have an old PC) but both aren't free. But, hey bro! You probably pay more fixing your PC (or worse, buying a new PC) than if you buy an antivirus. Think about it.
Don't use Norton and Symantec. The lastest edition slow like hell your PC and works very bad. Symantec don't detect the lastest virus and with some spyware files it block itself, and you can't make even a single scan.
I've had NOD32 recommended to me before, especially by the guy who actually built this computer of mine, but never could find out where to get it from. Any chance you can tell us where you can get it Master_Badger? I have a sneaking suspicion it's only available online...