no no don't get me wrong, I'm not suggesting NOT to use a security protocol.
Avast you say?
I have been using spybot.
Apparently Avast has some features you like while I like Spybot.
Check it out-
1.5 years surfing the net,
I'll go anywhere,
I'll go anywhere.
You know how many threats Avast caught that Spybot hasn't?
None- that's zero.
So sure maybe you know,
I know I do not.
I also know Avast for all your touting it has done nothing for my computer that spybot hasn't.
In fact, Spybot has many more features and isn't kludgy comparing the free version of each, cleans temp folders, zaps rootkits, etc
Over a very long time I have rescued innumerable computers for friends and acquaintances so my conclusions are drawn from a fair sized data set. I have also read many, many comparative anti-malware tests over a period measured in decades, during which time I worked in IT- although not specifically involved with security.
These comparisons have usually included some combination of: Kaspersky, McAffee, Norton, TrendMicro, Bullguard, Panda, Eset, AVG, Avast, and quite a few others. I have never, ever, seen SpyBot included as a competitor to fully-featured applications, whether paid or otherwise. I did have it installed for some years during the time when nuisance malware (as opposed to cunning
malware) was endemic. I have no idea what degree of security it currently offers but its absence from tests in professionally-oriented publications indicates something.
As an aside, some of the AV companies offer online scanners which can be run without a full installation. Kaspersky's used to be among the best (and the paid-for application was a frequent top dog in comparative tests too) however I believe they have withdrawn the facility. Running a couple of these online scans (say, TrendMicro, Eset) is a useful supplementary for anyone suspecting malware, in addition to your on-board AV software. I'd say that the Avast boot-time scan is as likely to identify malware as anything else, and probably more likely. Personally I've never had malware problems with computers running Avast but without contextual information this doesn't say much on its own. Even running a third-party firewall is only helpful if you have some idea what processes to block.
Recently I've been interested to note an epidemic of BotNet junk mail. It appears that people are still opening links that appear to emanate from their email contacts list, despite the usual absence of any subject line or specific text. I've noticed that this spam (whether it's just spam or actively malicious I wouldn't know as I don't open the links) is now originating from Mac as well as PC users.