we got our son a laptop for Christmas... before the week was over, he had picked up a virus. I'm gonna guess it came from frostwire which I told him NOT to install. At first the pc would pop up messages about malware, spyware, keyloggers, trojans, etc detected. all kinds of nasty stuff, but the program that was alerting him itself was a malware. it wouldn't even let him open IE or FF without re-directing him to purchase their product (likely a CC# theft attempt). anyway, i was able to get AVG and Spybot to clean it up. i thought. then about 2 days later windows somehow lost association w/.exe files. kept asking "what program do you want to associate this file with"... i couldn't even open regedit or configsys to try to fix it. he got enough grief from me on the frostwire thing that he swears he didn't do anything else on it, and i believe him.
so we took it back to best buy and dropped it off for the geek squad to fix. they said they couldn't get rid of the virus and wiped the hdd and re-installed the os. (i'm pretty sure they probably skipped straight to step two, but whatever).
they scoffed at the avg idea. I've used it for YEARS on our other pc's and knock on wood, have never had an issue. They recommended and sold me Kasperski as part of their recovery process. I've never used it, have not really thought about it since AVG has worked so well for me in the past.
A.) viruses suck and people who write them should die a slow painful death only to be resurrected and killed again.
B.) any suggestions/comments/opinions on Kasperski versus other tools? it'd be nice to have something installed on my router itself that can protect the entire network, but i don't know anything about that.