First, its important to distinguish between Internet Security Suites and Anti-virus software, and what they protect you against. Anti-virus software is exactly that. It protects you against viruses. Thats it. An Internet Security Suite includes an anti-virus, but also offers protection against other threats and annoyances such as the ones you have described.Many organisations regularly test some versions of these kinds of software against each other, announcing winners.The bottom line is that ALL of the mainstream software to deal with this stuff works well. The differences for the end user come down to how much they like the interface, whether they prefer the software to constantly check before performing tasks or just take a very hidden approach and quietly do their job, and in some cases whether the software works well in your particular operating environment. You'll find some people who think Norton is the best thing since sliced bread, and others, like myself, who think Norton can create more problems than it solves. This applies to every piece of security software, as we all have different expectations on how the software should operate and how much input it requires, and how visibly its doing its job!If you were to google Microsoft Anti-Virus Partners, you will find that Microsoft has a list of recommended software companies. Any of the ones on the list are fine, and you may wish to go to them all, one by one, downloading 30 day or more trials, and seeing which one you feel works in the way you prefer. When you have found one you like, buy it!If you choose an Anti-virus only, you are going to need an additional anti-spyware strategy to compliment that.Many people prefer to use free stuff. It so happens that one of the very best Anti-virus is also free! This is the free version of AVG anti-virus. If you travel this road, then you should also investigate Spybot Search and Destroy, and Adaware. The combination of these 3 can offer you good protection for no cost at all.I personally have 4 computers, each running different things. On my main computer, I use Panda IS 2009 internet security. I am very happy with it. Another one i like is on another PC, Kaspersky Internet Security. A 3rd computer is currently using McCafee, but I will replace that with Panda fairly soon, as I have had some issues with it. The 4th computer is a Linux only computer and has no anti-virus installed.Its an interesting subject, and I think I will post a series of articles on what various kinds of virus and spyware are, what they do and how they can be defended against.
Mitz from Tips4pc