Even though it is not free, I prefer ZoneAlarm which uses the Kaspersky scan engine. I just use their antivirus program which includes the firewall and that includes an operating system firewall that I really like. They also have suites that include the anti spyware protection and some other things. It can be downloaded from...http://www.zonealarm.com/security/en/compu...tm?cid=W1000281
For spyware/malware I just run the occassional scans with Malwarebytes and SuperAntiSpyware and to prevent infections I have immunized my system with Spybot. I have also immunized it with SpywareBlaster mostly just to stop the Active X things. Even though Spybot is not the recommended program for scanning for malware/spyware, I believe, with the exception of the Active X protection, that it immunizes the system against many more threats than SypwareBlaster does. All of those programs can be downloaded.
Other than Zonealarm, all of the programs I use are free.
Edited by Stang777, 24 May 2009 - 11:43 PM.