Anti Virus programs

My OS is win 7 prof 64 bit and I have malware bytes Anti Malware Home (Premium).  i also have Zone Alarm, but the Anti virus is not installed.   only the Firewall and identity & Data components are installed.  
        As from time to time I used to get a screen to say that my pc is not protected, i downloaded the free version of AVG.  And now that the free period is over, I have to choose.
My question is if the malware bytes that I have sufficient for my anti virus needs, and if Yes why am I getting error messages that my pc is not protected.
 If NO, then which one should I choose, install the Zone Alarm's anti virus component OR pay for the AVG software.
Grateful for your advise.  Thank u.
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Doesn't AVG also have a free version, and not just a trial version? Are you using the PC for a business, or is it a private PC? If private, then I can recommend Panda's free AV tool. It is very light on your resources, compared to the other products, and yet it has been very reliable and I have never had any problems with it for the many years I've used it. That of course doesn't mean you won't get any virus with it installed, as no product is fool-proof.

It is always very important that you properly use your PC, and never logon to it using an account with admin rights. Only use a standard account. Never use IE to browse the internet, but rather the more secure firefox or chrome browsers. Be careful of the sites you visit and what links etc you click on. The same applies to email you don't expect, and attachments, Most important of all is of course to always have good backups, and not just one.
I have Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and Panda Free Antivirus 15.1.0 . Panda is the best free Antivirus you can download for free.
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Thomas Zucker-ScharffSolution GuideCommented:
Are you sure about the message? Where is it coming from - mbam, browser,etc? Do you have cryptoprevent or the equivalent installed? Check out my article on
multilayered security .
MBAM is not meant to be replacement for antivirus..
In most cases I use ESET NOD32 AV, but this depends on preference.
About your choice - Zone Alarm or AVG, I guess AVG has better AV reputation. I have installed free version of AVG on a couple of home computers.
AVG free is always free... but it is a heavy program that slows your PC
Cloud based  free antivirus software such as panda , which I have used it for several years with no virus infections including the scanning of downloads is a safe solution...

But cloud antivirus software does not offer full protection....

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Download these free cleaning tools.
Boot the PC in safe mode then run each of these free cleaning tools until the problem has beed removed:

1. Malwarebytes

2. Combo Fix

3. Rogue Killer

4. Hitman Pro

5. TDS Killer

6. SuperAntiSpyware
TemodyPickalbatros, IT ManagerCommented:
You should not rely on the protection of free software
If you intend to pay I think the the Norton internet security will be the best solution for you
Free AV tools in my opinion have always beaten crapware like symantec, which is one of the worst possible options you can get and which I regard practically as malware itself.

I don't think the asker used the free version of AVG, but rather a trial version of their commercial product, otherwise the "free period" wouldn't have expired.
jegajothyretiredAuthor Commented:
Thank u everyone for your responses and advise, I have to go thru them again and again.
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