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I am rebuilding my PC. Along with the regular 3AM Windows-Update, I think I need the following:

  1. Anti-Virus

What other kinds of protection (eg Anti-Spyware) do I need / should I get?

Should I get one of those "Suites" like the ones made by AVG or Avast?

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Those all in one software suites are resource hogs and cause all kinds of issues, stick with a quality AV like Microsoft Security Essentials. – Moab Dec 26 '10 at 14:55
Oh, also, don't use Internet Explorer, use Firefox or Chrome browsers. – Moab Dec 26 '10 at 15:23
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Just don't think that loading a suite will protect you from everything.

Personally, I would load Microsoft Security Essentials, and leave it there for active protection.

If you want to do a malware type scan every so often, consider using Malware Bytes or Spybot Search and Destory, however I would not install the active component - just use these as scanners.

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That's exactly what i'd suggest. I also might recommend a non IE web browser such as firefox or chrome, with a malware blocking filter, and skeptical computing - the best line of defence against malware is one's own brains. – Journeyman Geek Dec 26 '10 at 14:07
SAS is also a good on demand – Moab Dec 26 '10 at 14:54

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