In general this is not possible as new infections develop every single day, and no one set of programs will ever protect you fully.
I guess I basically don't want ANYTHING (programs, trojans, viruses, etc) to do anything, unless I give the approval first
Your only choice is for a variety of "Layered Protection" that covers Most common problems -
Avast and Microsoft Security Essentials are both Antivirus programs that should never be used in real-time together -
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware should be the Pro (paid) version with Active Malware scanning -
SuperantiSpyware Free is always a good Antimalware scanner and cleans minor items -
WinPatrol Free is a good program for warning of unwanted bad programs -
I have never used ZonedOut/IE-SPYAD so I have no idea on the programs abilities -
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/forum25.html <<= This area of the forum has many ideas on AntiVirus, Firewall and Privacy Products and Protection Methods
Any Registry Cleaner / Repair programs should never be used as they can damage your registry hive -
Regular Defragging and Disk Clean (I do it weekly), along with the use of Windows built-in tools is also ideal for general health -
Thanks for your reply...
I guess you're right though, every day new viruses, trojans and etc popup, so it's merely impossible to put your trust, faith, and hopes into certain specific programs, hoping for the best protection ever...I have Microsoft Security Essentials right now, so I won't bother installing Avast then. I always thought Avast really didn't prevent anything or really didn't find anything before, when I knew for fact there was things on my computer doing me harm. Where as Microsoft Security Essentials did. Also, Microsoft *did* make my Operating System after all, so it should *know* where the loop holes are at lol.
I'm also currently using ESET Anti-virus 6 Beta (hoping be a winner and get free yr license lol)...I always heard good things about that, so I'll be using that as well. Even though you're technically not supposed to use/run multiple programs at once.
I generally keep SuperantiSpyware Free around, and Malwarebytes Anti-Malware though. I think if I was going to buy anything, it would probably be the ESET Anti-virus, and get rid of the Microsoft Security Essentials, if they don't play nice together. I really don't want to put too much money out there to invest in all these "pro" versions of programs. I'm happy using the free trial of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware for when it's really needed.
I'll give WinPatrol Free a try once. I think I used it once before, but by then... I was already over run by trojans and viruses, so it really didn't do much good lol. ZonedOut/IE-SPYAD I guess, basically works like the MVPS HOSTS file does... it blocks out certain spam/malware/porn domains, and prevents their cookies, ActiveX or whatever functions from hitting your computer.. It's another level of "security"...like Spyware Blaster. Thanks for the heads up about registry cleaners though, I did use some of those before...and some times it did give me more problems than not.
Thanks for that link to read up on, I'll do that in a few minutes here.