Posted 04 June 2007 - 11:22 AM
I doubt that you will find ANY unbiased product comparison on the Internet; moreover, the results depend on the version tested, and the data used to test it upon, and this can vary dramatically from one site to another.
Certainly, with AVG and the anti-spyware applications, you should be confident about your protection, especially if you habitually practice security best practices, and are careful about what---and from where---you download files.
As with many firewalls, there is a learning curve during which you must teach the firewall what to allow, forbid, or to ask permission each time. You can save yourself some time by using the Application Monitor; this will allow you to set permissions by application. Secondly, when you see a dialogue box pop up with an alert, and if you are reasonably confident that access should be granted, be sure to check the box "remember my answer for this application."
Hope this helps,
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