Originally Posted by Malcolm
Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE). It's free.
Worst antivirus atm from the known ones.
This 4 share the cake (ATM)
Kaspersky Internet Security, Norton Internet Security, Emsisoft Internet Security, Bitdefender Internet Security (a bit heavy on system)In therms of easy to operate/answer on popups user-interaction.....from best to worst,
Norton> Kaspersky>Emisoft>Bitdefender.In terms of protection,
Kaspersky> Emsisoft>Norton>Bitdefender (generally they are quite close in this regrat, all of them have great proactive protection modules - real time system watchers which is the most important part of any security suite)
In therms of being light on resource (who ever tell you that today av's dont impac system performance (including the silly Toms Hardware test) because we got powerful pc's doesnt know anything about av's make sure you remember this!!
if you got anything lower then 4Gb ram and SSD, forget about Bitdefender, it will still work, but you will get noticable system slowdowns on file execution and especially if you dont know how to configure it, Kaspersky is also heavy but less then Bitdefender for sure, Norton is pure winner here.
Norton>Emsisoft>Kaspersky>Bitdefender.Generally best pick for user who is not tech savy,
Best for user who is tech savy,Kaspersky>Emsisoft>Bitdefender>Norton.
And yes MSE is junk, forget about it, it was decent 2 years ago, now is terrible, people here knows alot about hardware etc, but very small % of them follow the AV's tests, beta update/versions, corporative tests from professional labs etc, they just get whatever other suggest is good, but does not test different products neither know what does behavior blocker or HIPS means, (proactive defense) so ye trust me, the products what i suggest are the best atm, this is my best known part of computers, followed by hardware, im into security software alot, not to get cocky or anything but just to give you an rough idea why you can trust me
Difference from AV to IS is usually that on AV, you get only basic protection modules, scanner, web filter, antispyware, IS has that 3 plus, HIPS module, firewall, online banking protection mode, sandbox/saferun for websites, parental control (which is great in your situation) with it you can adjust what sites your sister can visit and block the dangerous site.....all in all Internet security is much better choice.Edited by psyside - 3/30/12 at 4:44am