I have had my share of virus' in the past and made it through all of them but the point is I want a program to help me catch them before I have to go to extremes to fix.. When I got my first computer I used Norton and you couldn't talk me into anything else. Somewhere along the way they have lost their zeal for protection and I don't feel secure using Norton anymore. I have never liked Macafee so that one is out and my sister recommended Vipre but it constantly wants to bring up pop ups telling me it is blocking a bad site. This gets very aggravating and my sister said this was normal and she likes it that way. NOT ME. I have used Avast for a few years now not because it is free but because I seemed to get the best protection with it, but now I've had two virus' so bad on Windows XP that I had to re-install windows (and these were within a week of each other). Now I have upgraded my desktop to Windows 7 but my brand new laptop is the one that got the 2012 Windows 7 virus. I can't understand it. I have had more trouble with virus' in the past month than I have had in years. I need the absolute best protection I can get and I don't care about the price; I take classes online and I am an A student until now when I can't get my work done because my computer is down. Plus I am tired of re-installing Windows. I got the last virus off without having to re-install but I hope it stays off. I haven't added anything really. I almost think it has something to do with the updates from microsoft. I am going to set them to not allow. Please advise me of the best anti-virus to get before I waste my time and money on ones that are no good until I find one that works right.