I have been recently getting my computers up and running after a long downtime and some have expired antivirus etc.
I'm running 3 computers with xp and a laptop with vista. One xp computer was running zone alarm security suite (it expired but I found a licence key that still had a few months on it).
I keep finding conflicting info on reviews etc. One program will top the list on one and be towards the end on another (possibility because they are judging on different criteria). Most seem to claim that the latest versions are much different than previous versions so I'm not familiar with them.
So here is what I have to work with.
the fastest desktop with xp has zone alarm security suite good for several months. The other 3 have nothing valid on them (the two other xp desktops have very slow processors and limited memory right now but that will probably change within the next month or 2).
I have a 3 computer licence key for zone alarm pro firewall only (good for about 4 months). I have yet to hear anything bad ever about zone alarm firewall so i was going to use that.
for antivirus, I have 2 unused copies of trend micro antivirus/spyware 2008 and one copy 2007 (most companies let you upgrade to the newest version free on a new licence, not sure about this one).
I have a 3 user pack of ca antivirus 2007 (unopened and they do guaranteed upgrade to the latest version).
I can get ca internet security suite free from my isp (and disable the firewall if I wanted to use zone alarm). My concern with ca is resource usage 9on the really old,slow desktops).
Of course there are the free ones too including Microsoft?
does anyone have any recommendations from these? Low resource usage/slowdowns is high priority and I'm going to use zone alarm firewall unless someone says I shouldn't. I'll also probably run maleware bytes.
opps, i just looked again. Zone alarm pro is firewall and antispyware. I'm not sure if multiple antispyware will conflict or not.