I use -
Norton AntiVirus 2005
Microsoft AntiSpyware Beta1
Ad-Aware SE Personal
Enough Is Enough!
Deer Park Alpha 2
Plus, I occasionally do a quick scan and fix with WinASO Registry Optimizer to get rid of any obsolete entries from my registry. I also use CleanUp! to erase temporary files from the system in a jiffy.
I've never used SpywareGuard before, and I don't plan on doing so, since reviews I've read of it constantly rat on the fact that it hasn't been updated in ages. For that reason alone I've been steering clear of it, since I have this notion that no program, however wonderful, will be able to offer sufficient protection without suitable periodic updates.
However, I highly recommend you get both IE Spyad and SpywareBlaster. The former adds a list of known website 'baddies' into your Internet Explorer Restricted Sites list, to prevent them from taking over your computer completely should you accidentally come by one of them. SpywareBlaster does pretty much the same thing - only difference is, it offers protection for Mozilla Firefox as well.
Also, I agree with makai
about the whole IE thing...I never use IE now, and nobody else should have to either. People go on and on about how Windows Updates won't be able to run properly without IE, which is total rubbish in my opinion. Any important updates you need for Windows XP will download themselves onto your system just fine if you have Automatic Updates set to the recommended setting, IE or no IE. I even have Internet Explorer locked down on a semi-permanent basis with Enough Is Enough!, and I don't plan on unlocking it anytime soon.
Edited by cassykins, 06 August 2005 - 09:09 PM.