My AV travels have led me here, confused and angry. Last year, I switched from AVG free to Avast! free because of AVG's over-reaching past being an AV product and its big footprint. This past spring, I opted to go with ZoneAlarm Internet Security Suite because I wanted the pro ZA firewall and the AV came along with it. I switched back to Avast! when ZA failed to detect the Induc virus in a timely fashion and then reversed course when something snuck through Avast!. Things were going adequately until I found myself stuck with a corrupted ZA, running two scanningprocess.exe files. So, I got rid of it, installed an old Kerio Personal Firewall and then opted to try Avira. That failed out of the box, finding DOZENS of infected files that had passed muster with both ZA and with ESET's on-line scanner. Back to Avast! I thought. Well, no for that too. Suddenly everything was infected with vitro. I did a search and discovered Malwarebytes was supposed to cure it. I installed Malwarebytes and it found 13 infected files in my 2.5 TB of storage, none of which were vitro. I uninstalled Avast! and now currently have JUST Malwarebytes running.
I have absolutely NO misconceptions that I am adequately protected. One AV product, pro or not, is inadequate. What I'd like to know, is there a mix available? Are there any free AV products out there that can be installed as scan-only, so that I can double test positives (for false positive checking) and double-scan, so that I can get the greater coverage?
Right now, I am using XPSP3 on a 4G duo core machine. Will be getting Win7 quad core with 20G of memory in the very near future.
Failing a mix, I'm leaning towards NOD32 professional. I haven't tried it, because it has a bit of a rep as not getting along with others. But I'm tired of doing the AV mambo, looking for better results. Thanks in advance for any suggestions.