Hi there Drauka
Spybot S&D 1.62 will protect your host file quite nicely, and, it has an on-demand malware scan. I had to goto Spybot 2, it's like driving a bus where a Chevy or Ford station wagon would do. For very good behind-the-scenes browser lprotection, I use SpywareBlaster [I only pay $10/yr for automatic-update/automatic enable all].
FYI: Spybot S&D is no longer recommended due to its failing detection and difficulty of using TeaTimer for average users.
My question is, is there any other protection software I should run in conjunction with the items that I have already installed and listed?
There are a couple of recommendations I can give you.
- Remove Java, Flash and Silverlight if you don't need them.
- Web of Trust
is a website rating service based on community feedback. You can get a general idea of what's good and bad by reading the reviews. Take the ratings with a grain of salt however - since it is community feedback, there are certain downfalls that WoT is subjective to.
- Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit
is a special utility designed to block exploits used by malware to infiltrate your machine. The free version provides protection to your browsers only, upgrading to Premium allows the use of custom shields to protect others.
- Secunia Personal Software Inspector (Secunia PSI)
is an utility designed to scan your machines for outdated applications and assist you in updating them. This is very important if you have software that are known to have exploits.
If you would be kind and tell us what you use your machine for, we can see if there are any additional recommendations.
Hope this helps.