Abydos: Aye, I use avast! 4 on my personal PC. I found AVG 8.0 to be somewhat "lacking". The process, avgrsx.exe, constantly took up 50MB of RAM when the computer idle. Thus, I migrated to avast!, a ex-AVG user. I also found that AVG 8.0 constantly found false positives from SpywareBlaster and Spybot-SD's immunization.
The new AVG 8.0 does have its, hmm, faulties. But its still a very good AV, and with the AVG-Anti-Spyware incorporated into it its really
capable. I know the facts about SpywareBlaster and Spybot S&D (and Advanced Windows Care), but those aren't the only good
security applications which can be had for free. As for the resource hogging, lowering its priority in the Task manager will do the trick,
same goes for Avast (Which also can hog resources.)
Abydos... you wouldn't suggest ZoneAlarm?
I usually don't recommend anything I don't have first hand knowledge on. (Thats also why I have placed Nod32 as outsider under AV)
But should I recommend Zone-Alarm, it would be the paid version, and not the free.
I have used Comodo once... it was weeks ago. I got nagged to death from the DEFENSE +. It constantly told me that this process and that process need this and that. *sigh. I could disable DEFENSE + correct?
You could disable the Defense+, but then you would lack are very important feature in the Comodo Firewall. Defense+ also protects your other security prgrams from being shut-down by malware! Comodo Firewall Pro.3.0 is a so-called "Loud" firewall. But in my experience, the learning curve is much faster in the new version. I use it myself, and have no popups worth mentioning, unless I install things. Even when using its "Installation-mode", it still generates popups, altho not that many as without. That said, it is the strongest free Firewall around, and no Firewall, not even paid ones, (besides Online Armor) beats it in leak-tests. Its HIPS are very effective.
I have never tried Online Armor. I'm not sure of it's true potential.
Online Armor is almost (in my opinion) as strong as Comodo in leak-tests. Its HIPS is the opposite of Comodo, a quiet Firewall. The free version does lack some important features, like auto-updating! But its still a very strong and capable firewall. One drawback about Online Armor, is that there are quit a few programs it doesn't get along with.
Hope that answers the most