Thank you, Romeo29, for your reply.
You have installed so many anti-malware apps. Make sure not all of them running with real-time protection. Use them only for on-demand scanning.
Yes yes, I'm aware there mustn't be too many applications running with real-time protection simultaneously, as it may end up doing more harm than good, due to conflicts etc, yes, I'm aware.
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and SUPERAntiSpyware (being the free versions) are used on-demand only. (I've now pointed that out in my initial post.) Avast and WinPatrol are the "only" on-access ones.
As for the firewall matter:
But if you want 3rd party, then I suggest ZoneAlarm free firewall.
Now Checkpoint is also offering Zonealarm free antivirus + firewall combined. The antivirus component in it is taken from Kaspersky. So its pretty nice.
Must confess I'm not much a fan of combo solutions, and rather prefer to keep both apps, antivirus and firewall, one on one. Also, admit it too, would much like keeping Avast for antivirus. (Been a pretty pleased user ever since a computer first entered home, here, for a good dozen years now, which turns it harder to go apart...
Windows 7 inbuilt firewall is good enough.
Well, initially, actually, I was counting on perhaps sticking with right that one, as I understand the Windows Firewall improved a long way since the built-in one on XP and should currently provide a more effective protection, both (?) inbound and outbound now. As doing GRC's Leak Test
, though, I got in doubt/hesitant again, with regards to outbound protection, as the connection is simply allowed with no notice (?) whatsoever.
So I'm not sure?... Or perhaps I'm just missing some additional configuration to the firewall?...
Again, thank you in advance, for any additional input.