If you can deal with the slower scan speeds of MSE, there is hardly any need to spend a dime on security suites. In my 17/18 years of using a PC, I've only once been a virus victim and guess what? I was a newbie and using a crappy "Paid for" product. Nothing that a re-install didn't fix though
Between AVG, Avira, Avast and MSE, I've never ever had to worry since then. A rouge adware once was taken care of by Combo-fix
That would be my call, MSE/Avast with Win Firewall/Comodo and AVG rescue+Combo-fix on a USB stick. You'll be good to go.
All this, assuming the user has a basic understanding of how 'the PC thing' works. Otherwise the not-so-friendly neighborhood computer guy is at hand to charge you $200 for absolutely nothing
EDIT: If one indeed wants to pay for somethiing to make him/her feel safer, then KIS 2012 is the way to go IMO. Here, in India a 3-PC 1 Year license costs 'bout $18. No, it's not a typo. - Link
Edited by calguyhunk, 10 February 2012 - 03:50 AM.