How this? ok with 69 plus views and no repsonses...i changed my post to this after some research. how is this set-up: with some research and advice...an updated list: spyware: Spyware Terminator (real time scanning w/ HIPS) and SuperAnti-spyware (on demand scanning) anti-virus: Avast (higher detection rate than AVG) anti-malware: BoClean (Trojan killer) firewall: Comodo (practically unanimous choice everywhere) defrag: auslogics defrag registry: auslogics reg. defrag, ccleaner everything works for xp and only the firewall isn't compatible with vista...yet. just wondering will all these security programs kill my new laptop to a crawl...it has 2 gigs of ram? also should i get any ad blockers or does firefox have an add-on for that? p.s. i so let myself get out of date with tech...shame on me.