About 4 years ago, I found Kaspersky and have been using the most current version since. Most people try and argue the use of AVG or Avast to me, and there are some very solid reasons I do not want to go that route. Over the years, I have found Kaspersky to become bulkier and bulkier, and have had issues setting it up for friends/family/clients. I am just curious on possible recommendations from other users, with my criteria in mind:
What I like about Kaspersky in the past:
The license sold in stores in a 3 pack, is considered a commercial license, and emails from Kaspersky in response to my questions, make it clear that I can do with the 3 licenses that I want, providing I do not use more than 3 installs per key. So, allowed me to buy 3, 5, and 7 packs, and resell to users at a cheaper cost than what they would pay if they bought their own license.
The ability to easily obtain a currently updated .exe for installation on multiple peoples machines.
Power of the scan. Kaspersky has been a good solution for me (even when using a trial license) on cleaning up machines that were badly infected (in which AVG and AVAST were unable to.)
Speed of install/update. After a cleanup of Malwarebytes, Spybot, McAfee Stinger, CCleaner, and ComboFix, I used to be able to get Kaspersky Internet Security installed and updated in around 5 minutes.
The issues that I have with the free AV, is strength of protection. In my opinion for someone who is a 'power use' these are good alternatives, because such a user should be trained or knowledgeable enough to be careful and not get themselves in trouble. Most of the users I assist, are too PC ignorant to know any better, and go hogwild on the web. It has been my experience that the number of people coming back to me with spyware/malware/virus issues since I have converted from AVG to Kaspersky has been cut down to around 20% of what it used to be 4 or 5 years ago.
In a perfect world, I could install and use Kaspersky Internet Security 2008, and be very happy. But this is not the case anymore. So after this long description of what I used, and have used, does anyone have any good recommendations on AV that isn't going to cost me too much per install?