This is a question that I get asked often by friends and customers:
What should I use to protect my computer from X?
Here are my current recommendations for antiX software (x = virus, malware, phishing, etc.). Keep in mind this is for home and small business (10 or less computers) users only; larger businesses may want software that gives them more control over managing workstations and deploying updates. I have personally used both of these products and have found them to do an adequate job of providing basic protection from malware, without causing a significant performance penalty (slowing down your computer).
Note: Use one of the programs below, not both!
Provides real-time protection for your home PC that guards against viruses, spyware, and other malicious software.
Cost: free (Your PC must run genuine Windows to install Microsoft Security Essentials)
Basic antivirus and antispyware protection for Windows
Cost: free (private, non-commercial use)
Leave a comment and let me know what your software of choice is for blocking malware.