I've been doing a lot of recent research to 'catch up' on things as I prepare to setup two new laptops for the wife and daughter (neither are 'technical' in the slightest, but needed laptops for school/work.. ), but there really doesnt seem to be a whole lot of info/recommendations out there for security software for the non-technical. I dont think it would be wise or fair to force 'my' security software on them (nod32 for av, zonealarm pro for firewall, random spybot/adaware sweeps here and there.. oh, and spyware blaster gets a random run every now and then and was used to initially 'secure' the browsers). Anyway
, I really think that zonealarm/etc 'pop-ups' are going to cause the most problems (wife always clicking 'deny' b/c of paranoia and daughter always clicking 'allow' without a thought), and wanted to see if there were any other recommendations you guys had for a 'family friendly' firewall and/or anti-virus (free or not) that will do its job without bothering them too much. I obviously want to give them something better than the windows firewall, but am worried about zonealarm (free or pro) popping up quite a bit. AV wise I was thinking maybe to go with the free version of Avast since other people have said its 'bulkier but fairly user friendly'. I'm open to any suggestions really, and would prefer to go with a freeware version as they wont be doing anything serious (beyond im/email/surfing and basic office work).
Thanks for any help.