PC World: "We looked at eleven antivirus packages from around the world. G-Data Antivirus 2010 wins for its outstanding malware detection; Norton Antivirus 2010 comes in a close second thanks to its polished interface."
For free alternatives, Microsoft Security Essentials is pretty good, I've been hearing good things about Malware Bytes as well, (running a scan as I type). And with the software they chose for #11 you can tell they were really scrapping the bottom of the barrel, especially when their summary for it is so "glowing".
I'm surprised to see NOD32 towards the bottom, I always thought it was a good AV. One reason why I like it a lot is because it's nice and light weight, doesn't feel like there's a bunch of tentacles wrapped around your computer after you install it like with Norton or McAfee. Guess I may consider an alternative since this expires later in December
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