Originally Posted by frabe
dont bother with it
i was using it and i managed to get a nasty rootkit and 31 viruses. took me 5 days to get rid of them
avast is much better av software and its free
Total scaremongering, there is no way a security suite has let through 32 pieces of malware / viruses if used correctly unless you are deliberately accessing sites that install this stuff and ignoring the advice of your security suite, or running executables from untrusted sources.
I previously used Kaspersky Internet Security but when my subscription was up for renewal I decided to give VM's free suite a try first. I'm happy with the levels of protection provided and have seen no impact on system resources in Windows 7 Professional 32/64 bit or Vista business. The suite just lacks fine tune control and an advanced feature-set. But for a free suite that is exactly what would be expected and is indeed similar to many of the freely available suites that also have a professional paid for version.
Parental control settings are very good and I am confident they are providing decent protection for my kids when I am not around.
If basic security is what you want I'd recommend giving VM Total Security a try, for more advanced features and better control options go with a purchased suite or free firewalls with advanced functionality, i.e. commodo or zone alarm free versions that have reasonable control of ports at a more detailed level than VM Total..