WHAT ANTI-VIRUS SHOULD YOU BUY?
In years gone by if someone asked me what to get for A/V software it would have been easy for me to say "Norton". In the last three years the landscape and frequency of attacks, not to forget varieties, have caused a "See-Saw" effect, sometimes rightfully so, other times I suspect to generate more traffic to a website. Some popular websites, along the lines of PC WORLD, PCMAG, CNET, and many other computer/consumer electronics based sites seem to run "The Top Ten Anti-Virus Suites" several times a year, at least one, more than twice. As a consumer that can confuse the heck outta someone.
Symantec seemed to fall from grace during these tests at the end of last year putting Trend Micro and Kaspersky at the top, yet I have to wonder about a series of tests in a controlled environment for a limited period of time, much like these sites do when they declare an HP laptop as their top buy (based on price). Yes, that HP performed their lab tests just fine for it's price point, but one thing I haven't seen is the same website or magazine pick the same laptop (or desktop) and get a customer survey on just how well it's held up over a 6, 8, or 12 month period.
I hear a lot of trash talk about anti-virus software at times, for instance when Norton 360 is brought up I hear moans of how much it slows down the customers computer(s), etc. Yet I've used it on several PCs at home for over 7 years without a sign of a slow down. Am I just lucky? I don't think so Tim...
Consumers, on the other hand, are usually cheap when it comes to A/V software. They may have spent $800 on their new computer, but are reticent about laying down another $60 for something like Trend Micro with a 2-year subscription. So they'll put a free anti-virus product on their machine and wonder months later how their computer(s) could have so many infections.
What would I suggest to you? I would have no problems telling you to pick from any one of these 3 suites: Trend Micro, Kaspersky, or Norton 360.