It was a recommendation from someone I trust and it manages to update itself without impacting on system performance.
I would still say that AVG is well worth a try and I would go back to it if Kaspersky were not so inexpensive from Amazon.
I use AVG (free version) I run Malwarebytes once a week to double check for malware, it's very effective. I also have Windows Defender which doesn't seem to do anything useful that I can see. Zone Alarm caused conflicts with Virgin security when I was with them but I thought it was good.
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I've used AVG (free versions) for many years now, with no problems. (Oh, but don't install LinkScanner, which slows things down a lot.)
I have also heard it said that the free Microsoft Security Essentials is good (Windows only).
I've used Microsoft Security Essentials for a couple of years. I have noticed no reduction in speed and have not had any virus problems although occasionally MSE has found and sorted possible attacks.
thanks all - plenty to choose from
My recommendation for free anti-virus/spyware etc. protection is to use Linux. But if you really must use Windows these links are worth reading:
http://www.dedoimedo.com/computers/safe_web.html (this is a bit out of date)
I only run Windows in a virtual machine and so far Microsoft Security Essentials has proved adequate.
You may find it inordinately difficult to remove all traces of Norton from your PC unless they have changed things since I last delved into the murky world of PCs. There were (are?) many stories of bits of Norton lurking about under the hood and causing no end of problems. I like my computing clean, simple and easy to use and although I am a tech-head would far rather use it than fiddle about with it. Hence the Mac.
Slightly OT I was reminiscing the other day about the various versions of Mac and Apple stuff that I've had. From Apple II's (and personally heavily involved with the development of add-ons to them at the time), to the very first tiny Mac SE. Before that there was the 660AV...an audio-visual version that was light years ahead of Bill Gates who was still locked in a world of 80 x 24 character screens and DOS. The very small Powerbook 100. Several more powerful Powerbook Lombard G3s. A chunky G4 MacPro. Think there may be a few that I've missed along the way! Been a long long time. And currently an iMac.