I use AVAST and consider it superior to AVG free in every aspect. I used AVG for a long time but really got disappointed with 7.5 version. It's simply not good enough. I use AVAST to clean viruses from computers that had AVG installed. I also had several cases in which AVG got corrupted and it was practically impossible to remove it, what ever I did.
For manual scans I use AVG Antispyware (the free option) I consider it an excelent program. I also use Spybot 1.4 (don't install the newer version. It's awfull) which, in my opinion is a must in every computer.
There are two programs that I don't use anymore: Ad-Aware, the new version is awfull. The older vesion (SE) was stable but useless. It doesn't add anything to the programs I already use. The other is Spyware Blaster. Excuse my ignorence but I don't know what this program is doing. It doesn't give any feedback and as far as I am concerened it's nothing but an icon on the desktop. Sometime ago I placed in the malware forum a topic asking what this program is good for. I never got any reply.
Regarding Spyware Terminator: I used it for quite a while and considered it a lovely tool. At a certain point they had very serious problem with the software which started wiping off system files. It was so bad that the only solution was to clear format. Also, for some reason, it bloated itself to about 2 GIG of hard disk volume!!! I deleted it as fast as I could.
Regarding firewall, I happily use microsoft's. It's an excellent product for inbound traffic but doesn't control outbound traffic. as a matter of fact I wonder why it should. I'ts very light on resources and doesn't require any settings. In my opinion the vast majority of the users don't need anything better.
Edited by The Skeptic, 31 January 2008 - 11:16 AM.