I have used avast, avg, and microsoft security essentials, and I think avira is the best of all. Seems to use alot lets resources than the others. And does a great job at detecting problems.
That has been my position for years now, but I have recently found that if you install AVG carefully and accept NO additional options (there are 8 or 9) during the installation, it's even a bit lighter than Avira.
The difference is negligible and not really enough to make a difference, except with a very weak machine like a netbook, but the main reason I've been installing AVG this way on customers' machines, is that AVG is a bit more silent, in the sense that it doesn't give you a pop up spam page everyday as it updates like Avira does.
For me, it's a small price to pay for such an incredibly good anti virus program that Avira offers for free, but I get panic calls from clients (some of them border on being senile), freaking out because of that pop up, thinking that it's a virus warning or whatever.
One thing for sure (in my mind), is that Avira and AVG are the best of the best.
I had not run a anti-malware/spyware for about 3 years, but I decided to run one for s**ts and giggles after this topic came up. Results? Nothing, nada, zip, zilch. Safe computing habits and a good AV seem to have kept me safe.
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