Most of the most heavily advertised anti-virus programs have one thing in common: They are very large. This is particularly true of the Norton products we panned recently. It’s called “bloat ware” in the programming business, and the operating principle is: If you can think of anything at all, throw it in there. These programs put so much junk into your computer that they slow it to a crawl, and the worst of them just take control away from you and constantly pester you for updates.AVG Anti-Virus 7.5

Our best solution so far is AVG Anti-Virus 7.5 from Grisoft. Every tech support person we’ve talked to in the last six months has recommended it. On top of that, it’s free. Good price. Get it at

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