LyCannon wrote:And out of curiosity, what AV would you recommend for Windows 7 x64?
NOD32, hands down best out there. Kaspersky is a close second.
Hear, Hear. I second that.
Eset's NOD, available in 32 and 64bit versions, is the best antivirus available for Windows (Kapersky close second).
I also run Superantispyware (the best antispyware for Windows) just to back up NOD detecting spys. All A/V software is dedicated to find viruses and do an ok job detecting spys, but they are not as good at detecting/elliminating spys as a dedicated antispyware.
And for the MAC, Kapersky is the best.
Norton and McAwful are bloated, massive resource hogs that are ineffective antiviruses not detecting hundreds of viruses and spys. If you have any doubt of how bloated these two are, just uninstall them and see how much faster your computer runs. One indicator is how long it takes to install or uninstall them.
Eset NOD takes only a couple of minutes to install/uninstall and does not significantly slow down your computer.
Note: Any antivirus is going to slow down your computer a little bit just because of what it does. It has to monitor every bit of activity, and that takes a slight amount processor time.
Just a note to MAC (Linux) users - don't think you are immune to viruses - the only reason Mac's don't get as many viruses is because not as many viruses are written for the MAC.
The myth about MACs not getting viruses is WRONG.
Yes, I use NewsLeecher on my Mac in a VirtualBox virtual Windows 7.