In regards to your experience with AV's: There is no such thing as the perfect program. New forms of malware are constantly being created. No one AV will detect all
the malware all the time
. This is why you should use a multi-layered
approach to security.
Concerning the Windows Firewall, I feel it is inadequate. XP's Firewall only offered inbound protection. Vista does offer a version of outbound protection, but it is difficult to set-up. There are much better freeware firewalls.
Comodo offers an AV/Firewall combo or just a Firewall.
Perhaps this will help:Simple and easy ways to keep your computer safe and secure on the InternetFree Antivirus Programs
*You should only use one antivirus programAVASTAVGAVIRA
Hope this helps.
Here is a tutorial on Avira: http://baygeeks.com/Bay%20Geeks%20Avira%20Tutorial.pdfFree Antispyware ProgramsSUPERAntispyware Free EditionMalwarebytes Anti-MalwareSpyware Terminator
*Provides Real-time protection. During download, you will first be prompted to download Web Security Guard
Toolbar.This program is similar to McAfee Site Advisor. You can bypass the Web Security Guard by scrolling down to the Free Antispyware protection section.
*During Setup, you will again be prompted to download Web Security Guard. Be sure to uncheck it if you do not want it.Spyware Blaster
*Prevent the installation of ActiveX-based spyware, adware, browser hijackers, dialers, and other potentially unwanted software.
to view the spywareblaster tutorial.Free FireWalls
*You should only use one firewall
to view tutorial on Firewalls.Comodo Firewall
*Comes bundled with Comodo Antivirus->when prompted to not download Antivirus if you already have an Antivirus program.Zone Alarm
Tutorial can be found here: http://www.top-windows-tutorials.com/zone-...wall-vista.htmlPC Tools Firewall Plus