Hey crunchers, got a decent new lappy and am out of touch a bit. Much to my surprise this thing maxes out skyrim at a decent frame rate and now i'm interested in "trying" out some new titles. With this in mind, I really want to be virus free and am interested in what you guys use if anything. In 20 years, i've never used protection,,,,,,, online. I guess i'm after something that doesn't compromise performance
Personally, I use Avast Free Antivirus and like pete_uk/Egg 'n' chips said, it's a decent anti-virus program.
Another free suggestion would be the one xPreatorianx suggested, which is Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware - I heard a lot positive things about it but I personally haven't used it, so I can't talk about that from my point of view.
If you're looking for paid antivirus programs, Kaspersky/ESET are the way forward for me.
Yep, I went with Microsoft Security essentials and Malwarebytes. It's okay to have two, just as long as both aren't real-time, or try to run at the same time. And you need to whitelist one in the other and vice versa. It was great combination for myself that didn't hog all of the computer's resources. Before that AVG served me well before becoming a resource hog hence the change.
Even more important than anti-virus is the firewall. The starting one is okay for what it is, but don't expect it to really stop anything. I went with Comodo firewall. There are other good ones, both free and paid. With a good firewall and smart browsing habits, the anti-virus becomes less of a "need to run all the time" thing and more of a "scan every couple weeks" type of thing.