Something is better than nothing. Let's not come to an assumption, that anyone who stumbles on this thread is a geek. Again, there is no best here and hopefully it could help newbies to make a decision instead of throwing them a handful of recommendations. Every year there could be some product that shines better than the others, like Kaspersky this year or Avast last year for free AV. That's why an yearly poll could be helpful. Most people don't have the patience to read through 100's of threads, instead they just look at a poll and choose. I work in Consumer Research dept., that's atleast what I can see from the statistics. There's hardly anything we can do to help here.So going through a lot of effort to analyze and pick-and-choose "What is best second-opinion AV ?" is not going to add much to overall security. The difference between one and the other might be, perhaps, 1/100, at best.