...struggles to detect and delete viruses and spyware.
Virus software is a religeous affair and everyone has their own opinion. I have a couple questions...
What is your test-bed? I mean, I wouldn't even know how to start a private test operation like that. Do you just run your new notebook for a couple of days and then run something that does work, counting the number of infections it found? Are you just hooking up to some university intra-net or do you have a private test-bed environment with a lot of infected machines?
Have you tried the same test on the build-in virus and firewall software and if so what were the results?