Originally Posted by libby74
As I've said, I have no idea how to remove any viruses, etc. that may invade my new pc. ( I do also use AdAware and Spybot ) For someone like me, who basically knows how to do next-to-nothing with a computer, would a program like Norton be a better choice? And, again, is it something I can download myself?
Google is your friend. You look up the problem and hopefully will find an answer on how to fix it - if you don't, then you looked up the wrong words. If you have a computer and an internet connection you can learn to do anything, there's no excuse not to teach yourself.
And yes, it's very easy to download Avast and AVG. Both antivirus programs have free and commercial versions, so they are updated. With Avast they want you to register for a free activation code, there's instructions on their site on how to do all this.
One issue I did have is Avast thought that Spybot's ad definitions were something "suspicious".
And as for which is the better choice, no antivirus is perfect. No matter what one you go with you always have the chance that it will have problems removing a virus or trojan and that you'll have to figure out how to do it yourself. Your biggest defense against that is just to be a smart user and stay away from activity that puts you at risk.
I think most people just prefer free options because we have enough things to pay for already - I've switched to Debian so that should sum up how I feel about paying for software.