2. I have to admit that i download free software (mostly legal Freeware (which i know can also be packaged with questionable/bad software) and sometimes illegal versions of software) and surf all around the web (meaning that most likely i visit plenty of very dangerous sites unknowingly). Considering this, what is the best way to protect myself from malware, spyware, and etc.. that can be packaged with the software (especially the illegal stuff) and sent out through websites?
3. Considering that i use multiple computers, is it a good idea, if possible, to try to do all of your questionable/more dangerous activity on one computer, and keep all of your personal/shopping and such activity on a different computer/laptop that you do mostly just that on? So in addition to trying your best to not get infected, even on the computer that you are doing your most dangerous activites, the computer that is more likely to get infected is the one that doesn't have your important info. Is this correct/a good idea?
Just some side info (in case it helps or whatever... but you can still give me all of the information even the general info):
*I do have antivirus protection (McAfee on one computer and Norton/Symantec on the other)
*I use XP on one computer and Vista on the other (and i keep current with updates on both)
*I have various anti spyware/anti malware/anti trojan/etc tools and software on both in addition to the Anti Virus software (including Spybot Search and Destroy, Malwarebyte's Anti Malware, Spyware Terminator, CCleaner, and a few others)
Thanks! I look forward to the help and maybe submitting a new thread soon in order to deal with a recent massive attack i had/may still have...