Originally Posted by codprawn
Windows own firewall is fine if set correctly - if you are using a router most of them have a firewall built in - remember 2 firewalls are NOT a good idea!!!
A router is a firewall in its self, and usually has many configurable options that prevent the need for other firewalls.
I scan my machines from time to time, but never find any problems. Also those Antivirus and syware progs can inhibit decent installs for valid software IMHO, and are mostly bloatware for your PC slowing it down unneccissarily. If you've ended up with adware its usually cos you/someone accepted it. Harder to manage when kids are using the PC for sure.
IE7 has tools to manage those though, but I have to say due to fire fox's open source code, its a hell of a good browser, and fast