2 hard, and fast rules, as rowal5555
Antivirus providing real time protection.One
Firewall running (preferably, anything besides Wiindows firewall, as it only provides inbound traffic protection, and not outbound traffic protection)
You can have as many Spyware/Malware Programs as you want, and your system resources can handle, but at a bare minimum I would run Spybot S&D
I also use:SpywareblasterSpywareGuardewido
- Windows 2000 and XP, only.aČ free
I run my Antivirus once a week, along with updated aČ free
I run Ad-aware
daily, after an update.
I check for updates every day, on all of my programs.
Once a month I run 3 online scans, just as a precaution:http://www.pandasoftware.com/activescan/http://housecall.trendmicro.com/TrojanScan
The AVG , does not seem to find any thing,( in my opinion ) so I was thinking of changing to Avast, but I read that having AVG & Avast running together will cause
If it's not finding anything, then your programs are doing their jobs.
Why change, what works?
As for the programs you have listed, that looks adequate, except I don't see a Firewall listed.
but again being new to the world of computers, switching to another Browser Is some thing I am not too sure about, or confident to do yet..?
You can have as many Browsers installed, as you want.
You're not limited to just one.
I have IE, Firefox
, and Opera
installed on my system, and switch back and forth between them, depending on my needs.
Install a couple, try them out, and see which one you prefer.
Just uninstall the ones you don't want to use, it's that easy.
A list of alternative Browsers, (also as rowal5555 stated )
can be found here:Freeware Replacements For Common Commercial Apps