What is the best Anti-virus and firewall apps for a Win 7 PC in 2011?
January 3, 2011 11:24 AM Subscribe
What is the best Anti-virus and firewall apps for a Win 7 PC in 2011? I just purchased a new Dell PC, and I'd like to set it up with a good anti-virus and firewall program. The general consensus seems to be that McAfee and Norton are bloated, resource-hoggy, and ineffective. Google turns up plenty of free programs, but credible, CURRENT reviews are hard to find. Many of the big programs offer "security centers" - huge programs that combine anti-virus, firewall, malware removers, and phishing protection. Some of this seems necessary, others not-so-much. Also, Win 7 has a firewall built-in; since I'm not remotely a security expert - I have no idea if this is sufficient, or I need a 3rd party app on top (or instead of it). So, what's a conscientious but non-expert Windows user to do? (I know, I know - get a Mac. Which I've done - I LOVE my iMac. But I ALSO need a PC for work...)