Trend used to be the best..
You can bet they may be trying to go back to the top - AV comparatives would be a good one to watch. However no one solution is the answer if you really need as much as you can to put a blended defense on the PC. In my experience, standalone solutions have worked the best if you are on a budget, but NOD32 is still a winner if you are not. It still tests out well in our honeypots as well. It used to use a suite product that used separate modules. I'm not familiar enough with it anymore to comment on that, but I felt like that was one reason it worked so well. Trend got so bloated years ago I haven't given it much thought lately.
If I were to recommend the least installations for the best results, I'd still say NOD32 and MBAP would be the killer combo. The Win7 firewall is probably good enough, but you do need a hardware firewall to back that up. Unfortunately MBAP is now charging 24 dollars a year, but they say the old lifetime license may go on sale occasionally. You may be able to find OEM or retail box licenses for the old lifetime versions at Fry's or Best Buy if you hurry.
If you do banking or shopping online, though, it is wise to include Rapport, a good HIPs, and a good encrypted password manager. Some folks like Keyscrambler, but Rapport already pretty much has that covered better. This is only a limited blended defense, but you should get stellar performance with these solutions. My PC boots pretty slowly as it is legacy 2007, but I usually put it to sleep, and since I use Comdo Dragon, I have perfect browsing performance. I just don't notice any performance hits, but then I use blended defenses that have different technologies, and passive defenses, so the RAM, and CPU don't take a hit.
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