BTW- One4yu2c, MaxPC only rated AVG's free version higher(9vs8), not because it performed better, but because it was free.
"Actually, they rated it higher because as far as viral scanning goes, it performed no less than Norton AND was free. Their con with the free version? It didn't include a spyware scanner."
I think we are kind of saying the same thing. With me leaning toward Norton, and you leaning toward AVG.
The point of my post was to say that MaxPC didn't find AVG's free version to be better at virus scanning that Norton. They BOTH found ALL the test viruses. MaxPC gave AVG a score one point higher(9vs8) because it was free. Personally, I like Norton. So I'll spend my $26.99 on it, and get the little extras like a spyware scanner, etc. I noticed in an earlier post you said you paid for AVG 7 pro. I'm glad it works for you. My post wasn't meant to knock AVG, it was to say that in MaxPC's test AVG didn't find anything(viruses) that Norton didn't.
In my experience with Norton, I personally haven't noticed any system lag. Maybe, it's because my computer is a beast, and I have a smokin fast internet connection. Who knows.