Befre I receive my pc and connect to the internet via broadband I have been advised to get the above installed on my pc. But with so many to choose from can any1 recommend a software eg norton etc which will do all 3 to the best of its ability, what you would/have bought and if not which 2, price can be no more than £40 unless I have to pay more and would prefer free updates but wouldnt mind paying for the right 1.
The links Jackcoms provided are well recommended, and worth installing. If you want a firewall, then ZoneAlarm takes some beating click here
Regarding the anti-virus, some people are moving from AVG and are now using Avast click here because of the automatic updates. Remember though, that two anti-virus devices should not be installed on the same computer.
The best AV is NOD32 click here - commonly recommended by gamers as it imposes the least overhead of any AV on the running of the system (by far). It also contains protection against Spyware and Adware.
I also use Sygate free firewall - it's plenty good enough for a home user, and works flawlessly with NOD.
For Spyware generally I prefer belt and braces - as experience has taught me that no single one will clean out everything everytime.
I use Adaware, Spybot and A² - all free versions.
So I've got an unslugged PC with as good a protection as it gets - and no hassles of any kind.
PS - just loaded NOD32 into a Win98 system (with only 64Mb RAM) which had up-to-date MacAfee. It found two viruses and three phishing attempts on it's initial run, and turned the laptop from virtually unuseable to OK (slow of course, but OK).
True, but it's limited to one update check per day, avast checks as soon as you log on and again at four hourly intervals. I like them both and as one of the forums resident cheapskates, am running both ( on separate machines, spuds is quite correct two AV on one PC is generally a bad idea ). I rate avast as the better of the two from a users standpoint.