[quote=NBR;2186877]honestly… as far as those ‘anti-spyware’ applications… unless you got alot of people you dont trust using your PC i dont think there worth having run in the background as it just burns up resources.
typically speaking if your careful on what you download odds are you will rarely (if ever) get infected with adware etc etc.
as far as (free) Anti-Virus programs… just use Avira anti-virus ( http://www.free-av.com/ ) i find it far better than the bloated/resource hog that Avast is (especially on Vista)… if you want to ‘pay’ for a Anti-Virus i would probably be using NOD32.
as far as a Firewall i just prefer a hardware firewall (i.e. Router, preferably one that can run DD-WRT (www.dd-wrt.com) )[/quote]
A lot of good points about system memory usage… I tried installing the free zone alert firewall, and it kept my pocket pc cell phone from tethering to my laptop for internet connection, which annoyed the crap out of me, I didn’t know if there was a way to stop that so I just uninstalled it.
Any ideas on a firewall that would be useful for my situation? I don’t have a router since I connect to the internet through my cell phone, and I only visit (95% of the time) trusted redundant sites (like this one) so is Window’s XP firewall enough, or should I check into Comodo? I just don’t want something that is going to screw everything up and annoy me with 1 million pop ups, thanks!