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Hi,

I would like to ask your opinion. I have a laptop with Windows 7 Home Edition 64 bit on it. It is connected to cable internet through a wired Netgear router which has in-built firewall. On Windows 7 I installed Comodo personal firewall (free version) along with Microsoft Security Essential. And of course Windows Update is active and all updates downloaded and installed. I use Skype and a number of web browsers, including Opera (I use this the most as it is my favorite), Comodo Dragon, Firefox and sometimes (rarely) Internet Explorer 9. I don't go to warez/porn sites and always check what I am being asked if a pop up window / security question appears before chooseing yes/ok/no/cancel.

My question is: is this altogether secure enough? Am I protected against hacker's attacheks, phising, keyloggers, viruses, spyware, rootkits, etc.? Am I safe using this laptop for eBaying, PayPal payments etc.? Or should I install something else like AVG or ZoneAlarm, NOD32, Panda etc.?

Other questions is: can anybody (including Microsoft) see thorugh internet what programs I use, what audio/video files I listen/watch on this computer? (There is no file sharing turned on, no homegroup, and I turned of the Customer Experience Program thingy etc.)

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Hi smile.gif

First: You can't just ask if it's "enough". Enough for what? For me, even 1/3 of what you have is enough! MSE + router + Windows firewall. I've never had problems.

Second: Only if you post it on facebook smile.gif
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Hi smile.gif
First: You can't just ask if it's "enough". Enough for what? For me, even 1/3 of what you have is enough! MSE + router + Windows firewall. I've never had problems.
Second: Only if you post it on facebook smile.gif

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It'd be fine until you get the false sense that you're bulletproof and install everything under the sun, effectively swiss cheesing your system with vulnerabilities.

The layer of NAT and SPI firewall of your router will filter the random worm traffic propagating through the internet, Windows Firewall will give you application level control for network admission, and MSE will provide signature scanning for file infections. Windows update and keeping your browser patched up to recent versions will minimize the potential for application-level exploits while browsing.

The biggest one you left off is common sense.
Also consider the function each utility provides and to what benefit you achieve from running them.
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