Anti-virus for the [poor] masses

I was wondering when someone would provide a generic solution for the spyware. You are forced to install several anti-spyware packages because the firms that make them classify their targets based on which way the wind blows. I thought if someone put together a free package which was distributed anonymously over the net, the spyware companies would have nobody to get mad at. My wishes have not be granted, at least not with respect to spyware.

But on the anti-virus front, there are some free choices that might be worth trying. I am uncertain as to how and when (and by who) a free anti-virus package will keep definition files updated, but free is free after all. Maybe they become that generic solution for you commercial anti-virus’s shortcomings.