It seems to be affecting peformance now.
ZoneAlarm used to be beast for spyware and anti-virus but as they released my upgrades, performance went sour. It has gotten to the point where shutdown/on load times are 5-10min and things are freezing up for a split second.
Googling found that this is a problem for other people as well.
I am going to be upgrading both my system's rams soon and I want to know what is a great current anti-virus+spyware protection (free or buy) on the market now. Resource-hogs suck.