There is a horrible virus on our family computer that we can't get rid of. It's called XP Internet Security and it says that it's an antivirus program, but it's actually a virus itself. Unless you "register" (AKA, pay money), it won't let you on the internet, run your real antivirus, or do anything else, all in the name of "protection."
I'm not computer savvy, so I asked my dad to take care of it. Instead of manually removing it the way I expected him to, he went out and bought Norton's antivirus (and when he ran it, it didn't catch the virus). Personally, I don't really like Norton, but now he wants to install it on every computer in the house, including the laptop that I'm using right now.
On the computer that got infected, we have the free version of Avast! antivirus. On my laptop, there are two different antivirus programs, and they work very well, at least for me. My dad, however, says that although they've been protecting this laptop for about 2 years (and under my sister's less-than-cautious care), it's only a matter of time before this computer gets infected, too.
So, I want a second opinion. What are the best (i.e., keeps malware at bay while being user-friendly to a fault) free/cheap antivirus programs you guys know of? Is Norton one of them?
I'm sorry if I sound irritable, but I don't like computers very much. I just want to be able to use them without having to play doctor. If I had my way, my ideal computer would probably just have internet access and some way to save reports and pictures.