AVG have a free, and paid for version.. Not sure how the free version can be as good as the one you pay for.. Which would mean that ones better than the other..
When it comes to virus protection, I wouldn't have something made by a company thats inferior to another one of their products.. It's like the old adage, you get what you pay for..
I agree reviews can be misleading, but when you have a review saying summats crap, by a company with no axe to grind, you have to wonder why they don't rate it..
Lots are quick to slam Norton, but having used it from day one as my AV, and not had a single virus, it can't be that bad..
Why spend £1000+ on a pc, and then sod all protecting it?