That may be one item but another is where you go on the internet. If you visit bad sites with IE your machine has no defense. Hint: Stop going there with IE.
Next get all the pests out and switch to some non-IE browser.
If you were looking for solid security, it's not available on Windows yet.
Maybe a Mac or linux next time?
I have M/s Firewall, AVG,Ad-Aware, Spybot S&D and a few more BUT still I am inundated with pop-ups for poker, strippers,bingo and many more kinds of muck and nonsense. However, these very same producs which fail to stop the pop-ups, for the very strangest reasons seem to offer total resistance to the most respectable businesses. My own ISP (wanadoo) IS USUALLY BLOCKED, Samsung has been blocked, CNET has been blocked -even Microsoft has been blocked! And yet every scabby worthless nuisance that wants to invade my privacy and waste my time with pointless (to me) ads. seems to have carte blanche irrespective of interrupting my letters, spoiling my program downloads and causing me many wasted hours trying to eliminat them. When I have increased the blocking level, M/soft has had the nerve to tell me I have to reduce my protection -to allow them access! And they are among those being blocked! This situation is completely insane - something MUST be done about it!Can we start HERE people?