Thanks for the suggestions. I decided to upgrade from W7 Home , to W7 Ultimate. I am now using Bit Locker. I hope it is as safe as TrueCrype. I was messing around with TrueCrypt and noticed you got to determine how long/complex the algorithm was by moving your mouse rapidly across the screen for approx. 30 seconds, and other features that helped determine the strength of the encryption. On BitLocker I don't have the option to ask for password upon boot. I also didn't realize I needed a special chip to use BitLocker, so I can't store my 'key' in my computer, i had to store my key on a Cd-Rom,Dvd, or USB. So I guess that is my only option for a key.
Anyways assuming that BitLocker has done a sufficient full disk encryption, what other measures can I take to remain safe, secure, and anonymous. I am very skeptical when it comes to online banking, but am finding myself with little options and would like to use the features, but only after making sure I have done every basic safety measure I can. Would using a Virtual Machine to browse the internet/banking/online shopping, when I post on youtube, or forums, i would like to remain anonymous if possible. I don't like the idea of ads and others knowing where I am posting from.