I don't think my question is subjective because I do believe the answer depends upon one's ability and skill with computers.
Firewalls are complicated and so is the functioning of the av system.
All of the combinations I mention below are free to me either because they are just that or because the isp offers it.
>Is the combination of MSE with Win 7 native firewall and MBAM a better idea than Norton's Security Suite?
I am not skilled enouugh to know; I have had Norton before and it is true it is lighter than it used to be - it almost runs your pc.
My amateur reading shows that Norton "catches" more malware than MSE. But that is what I mean by skilled opinions. Some other article might favor MSE.
I guess the question is,"If you wre on line without a router, which would you choose to protect you?"
I hope someone who really knows the facts can advise me as I am on the road under varying circumstances for two weeks and would like to make the right choice.