I need to beef up my home PC security in order to get remote access for work. I need firewall and antivirus software from the following lists. Ideally I'd like to buy one package that includes both firewall and antivirus, and I don't want to spend ££££ on it. It's annoying that Norton AV is not on the second list, as that is what we have at home aready.
Firewall: �� MS Firewall �� Norton �� Trend Micro �� Tiny �� Lava soft �� Checkpoint Zone Alarm �� Grisoft �� CA Personal Firewall �� Kapersky �� McAfee.
I don't use a virus scanner but I do use Zonealarm, which is straightforward to use and free.
Norton and McAfee are resource hogs so I can't recommend either of them, particularly if you're using an older machine. AVG is free but you need to keep on top of housekeeping as it will fill your hard disk up with update files. I have used Sophos in the past and found it to be very non-intrusive and easy to use.