First off, I'm fairly new to Wilders. So far I'm very impressed with Wilders -- it's very informative, there are many knowledgeable people here, and most importantly everyone is very willing to help. In fact, it's the best forum I've come across in my many years on the Internet. Also, I'm InfintyAz not Infinity (who is a frequent poster here and much more knowledgeable than I). I need some help/advice. Currently, I have two computers, a desktop and a notebook. Both computers are relatively recent (i.e., decently fast) and both have 1GB of RAM. The desktop is running Windows XP Pro and the laptop is running Windows XP Home. The desktop is my main computer and I use it for work and play (online gaming, surfing, news, music, video, email, etc.). The laptop is my backup and I use it also for work and play (not used much for gaming as it runs a basic Nvidia mobile video card). I always test programs on the laptop before they ever make it to the desktop machine. I am usually fairly careful but do visit some nefarious web sites from time to time an am exposed to some malware (generally caught or stopped by my currently running software). I do a yearly clean install on both machines, whether they need it or not. I also maintain multiple backups of important files/documents on portable hard drives, CDs, and DVDs. I am an intermediate to expert level computer user (depending on the area). Both machines currently run the following security and/or cleaning software (if it doesn't list free in parentheses then it's a paid version): Router (with NAT firewall) Firefox with NoScript, Adblock Sygate Personal Firewall (free) Bitdefender w/ basic registry monitoring (real-time) AntiVir (free) PcCillin KAV, F-Secure, Panda online scanners (free) Ccleaner (free) Axcrypt RegSupreme WinASO Registry Optimizer Hostman (free) with MSVP hosts file Spywareblaster (free) Microsoft Anti-Spyware (real-time) (free) Sygate Personal Firewall (free) Spybot (free) Ad-Aware (free) A-squared (free) Ewido (free) Spyware Doctor (free) Systemsuite 6 Professional System Mechanic 5.5 SyncBack (free) Novabackup The machines are running quite a bit more software than this but it gives you a pretty good idea of what I'm using to maintain my computers. Bitdefender does a good job of catching many problems before my machines get infected. Every weekend I run most of the programs listed above to clean and disinfect my machines. Once a month, I run the online AV scanners. Usually the only items found are a few cookies and generally they are not much of a threat. On occasion, more serious threats are found but so far I've always been able to deal with them. What I'd like to know is what else I need to run, whether by itself or in combination with other software? I don't need NSA level security. I'd like to be well protected but I want software that is efficient (low CPU utilization, less worried about RAM utilization within reason, reasonably priced or free). I don't mind software that is somewhat talkative in the early learning stages but after an initial break-in period, I don't want constant interruptions (i.e., I want to enjoy my time online and with the computer and not be constantly interrupted, especially with false-positives). I also realize that considering my preferences, some malware will eventually make it through but I'm willing to accept this trade-off as long as I can deal with it fairly easily. I think I'd like to avoid registry monitoring software since I worry about them being overly talkative and/or intrusive. I'm not adverse to spending money on software but don't believe in spending it on commercial/shareware if freeware will do a good enough job. However, at times the most efficient/best protection requires commercial/shareware versions, in which case I buy the software. I am, however, starting to get sick of all the yearly maintenance fees (both in the virtual and real worlds). I also want software that I can easily terminate or suspend when I do online gaming. In fact, I shut down all non-essential software and services but always keep the router/hardware firewall running. When I finish gaming, I start everything back up and keep it running. Here's the question finally: What, if anything, should I add to my machines (keeping efficiency in mind (i.e., cpu utilization, ability to suspend/restart protection, cost, low or no yearly fees, etc.))? The programs below are some I'm considering based on what I've read in the forums over the last month but I am open to any other ideas. - Online Armor (although the yearly fees may be a concern) - Antihook - ProcessGuard (free or paid) - SnoopFree - Ewido (paid) - Zonealarm Pro 6 (triple defense, etc.) with ProcessGuard free - or - add nothing you're fine as is. I welcome and appreciate any suggestions but would definitely prefer recommendations based on actual experience and effectiveness. Thanks for everyone's help and I look forward to any recommendations you may have.