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I had Security Essentials installed. Seemed to work ok, then I started getting viruses. Yesterday my daughter texted me saying the comp was showing a "Your computer is under attack. Clicked here to buy..." message.
So I thought "Crap", and remoted in. Downloaded AVG 2012 30 day trial, ran it, cleaned everything up nicely.
I had Trend for a while. I really liked it and never had a virus, but it started getting pricey. Maybe you get what you pay for.
Trend is pricey, but they did upgrade their licensing - I still buy one copy/license a year but I can protect 3 devices with it. I've got the one license defending 3 PCs in the house, so that cuts the cost quite a bit - you can even include Android devices in the list of 3, last I read.
Think of how stupid the average person is, and realize half of them are stupider than that. - George Carlin
In my experiance it is not what AV you use, rather the user action that is the main culprit. I have used used all types of Free and Paid AV for long time and I don't remeber a single moment that my system got infected, except
1. I had my son use the system for 2 weeks and boom it was infested with multiple malwares.
2. Second time I'd my sister-in-law use it to finish her "project" for couple weeks and it was loaded with loads of crap.
I have used the system as they handed them for long, long time. If the user is going to visit questionable sites, download crap-wares and install all kinds of add-ins and toolbars, there is nothing under the sun than can protect the system.
When it gets a virus I wipe it and reinstall. Best virus scan ever. Don't let anyone, ever use my computer but me. I probably rely too much on Windows Defender, Firefox D/l virus scan, and a firewall but my machine actually runs and everything is backed up.
I tried, liked, and then licensed the EmsiSoft Anti-Malware on Win 7.
I have used their trial version on friends' computers to get rid of nasty root-kit infections that the Microsoft free security software could not recognize, let alone kill.
Recently EmsiSoft has partnered with BitDefender, and now proclaims it has "dual scanning engines;" I don't know how to evaluate that; I just know their AV software, and net monitoring, etc., work for me.
One thing to note about their product is that daily updates are usually a minimum of 12 megabytes, and are frequently much larger; I guess this means they are on the job. However, there's no real "cost" to me for this process, which can be done in "background mode," if you prefer, by setting a user preference in the UI.
For your information, I have appended the update report from today from EmsiSoft below.