troubleshooting Question

What is the best antivirus?

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I am working on a friend's computer that had Microsoft Security Essentials, but got infected anyway.

I have looked at http://www.av-comparatives.org/

and it's report.. http://www.av-comparatives.org/images/stories/test/ondret/avc_od_aug2010.pdf

I have looked at:
http://lifehacker.com/5399564/five-best-antivirus-applications

http://www.freewaregenius.com/2009/04/07/the-best-free-antivirus-a-comparison/

Avira Antivir and Avast seem to stand out.  However, the thoughts that come to mind are they seem to be a bit subjective and also point-in-time as software and virii change.

However, what is a interesting is there is also a "shot gun" approach..
http://www.raymond.cc/blog/archives/2009/05/25/multiple-antivirus-software-on-windows-computer/

What is interesting is reading the AV-Comparitives report is that is lists Norton/Symantec as being a contender..

Then, to remove an infection, wind up having to use Malwarebytes, ComboFix, or Dr. Web Boot CD..

I have also read about using a tool like ThreatFire as well..

I apologize if I seem like I am bouncing around while writing this..

To my question:
What is the best AV/Malware Tool out there?
Is the shotgun approach needed or necessary?

Thoughts?

Thanks,

Kent
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