I would agree 100% that the free AV's available offer very good protection and i would indeed look into them if i were you.
I personally at present am using F-Secure AV 2006 which you do have to pay for. If i was to suggest an AV that you pay for it would most definately be that or Kaspersky. I got F-Secure for free for 2 years through my bank,and to be honest i may even pay for it after. I have seen benefits that i have not experienced before using F-Secure. Not only is it an AV but it has a Spyware scanner,equivalent to the paid version of Ad-Aware SE and also has the built in Rootkit detector. It is an excellent product, but if you have an older PC it may pull on your system resources.
Most would say that you can get nearly all of those benefits with the freeware products, and they would be correct. If freeware is fine by you, then i would back it totally. I only offer this information if you choose to BUY
an AV instead.
I would suggest though downloading freeware AV and see how it suits you, i think you will find it adequet enough as long as your a safe browser. If you dont feel its for you,then consider buying an AV then.
You're in good hands in this forum, and with acklan
telling you how much they believe in the free AV area, well i would trust them if i were you.
Happy and safe browsing
Edited by graveangel, 29 August 2006 - 05:58 PM.