There are two anti-virus programs, which are free for the home user, available from the Kim Komando web site. Give them a try, and if you don't like them you can always buy something else. Panda Platinum7 is excellent...I had an opportunity to try it free for a year. But it is not cheap, so I am trying the free ones available at: www.komando.com
From my experience I would avoid the Norton crap...their background junk is a resource hog.
"If it weren't for the last minute, alot of things wouldn't get done"
Im sure panda is very popular and useful, and the program blah said aswell, but you have to try them all and see which one is more useful for you. i used to have norton , then i found a program named DR.web, you can download it from www.sald.com, then go to this site : http://keygen.us/get.shtml?1032632 , and download the crack(careful of spyware, the file is clean anyway). i must admit that this program has a very bad programing engine, for example: it checks the memory every time you run it, and while its scanning the memory, if you do any thing else it will crush. but if you scan with it, it will seriusly find any kind of virus on your computer.
Having just finished a 9 month test and review of anti-virus software, I won't make you wait around until our site goes live. Norton isn't bad. I would say that it ties for number two with F-Secure. The best we found was Kaspersky Anti-virus. It's not cheap, but how much is your system integrity worth?
In firewalls, I would have to say that ZoneAlarm Pro and Kerio Personal Firewall Pro 4.0 are about even, though ZoneAlarm adds in more bells and whistles, when it comes down to firewall performance, they tie.
Do not, under any circumstance, pay for ZoneAlarm Security Suite. The anti-virus is Computer Associatees cheap-ass trash anti-virus and it sucks tree stumps.
That said, Panda gave us real problems. Same for Trend Micro PC-cillin. Neither one could be used on a system with ANYTHING made by Norton.
The part that upset me most was that none of the products proved able to stop totally unknown Internet worms. So, it makes sense to run at least anti-virus, firewall, and a worm guard of some kind, plus a Trojan scanner, then finish up with something like Ad-aware Pro for zapping adware.