One of the reasons I use ESET is because it leaves a small footprint...meaning it is not intrusive
and does not utilize a lot of system resources which slow down performance. However, ESET's Internet Security suite may be a different story. Anti-virus Software which includes a firewall and other features are typically called a Security suite (package)
. Suites tend to have varying degrees of strengths and weaknesses accorded for each feature they incorporate. Internet Security Suites include a Firewall component, which IMO is unnecessary since the Windows built-in Firewall provides adequate protection
. Further, many folks also use a router which is essentially a hardware firewall.Emsisoft Anti-Malware
is an effective alternative to consider. I use EAM too because it leaves a small footprint.
Despite it's name, Emsisoft Anti-Malware
is an antivirus platform
that includes anti-malware protection. Emsisoft uses two scanning engines
, combining its technology with Bitdefender Anti-Virus
and three security levels (or layers) of protection to prevent
the installation of malware and stop malicious processes before they can infect your computer
See my comments at the bottom of Supplementing your Anti-Virus Program with Anti-Malware Tools
as to why I recommend Emsisoft Anti-Malware.