My geek friends all feel that Norton 360 is pretty much the gold standard. That's what I use and haven't had any trouble.
Instead of re-upping the fee every year, what they do is shop the online sales for the newest release and buy it. It always comes with a one year clock. If you buy it on sale, the cost of everything is far less than the renewal fee. I got it last year for five bucks net (I think it was $45 minus $40 in coupons).