I don't agree with the advice to skip the monthly Windows security updates.
On a clean system, they are practically riskless. A recent one interfered with Zonealarm firewall, shutting off Internet access, but that was quite an exception. And they are easy to undo, if need arises.
For the remainder of your question, please read through the recent Newsletter discussion about using wifi: http://forums.cnet.com/5208-10149_102-0.html?forumID=7&threadID=299358&messageID=2800701
I have Win Vista on new Toshiba Laptop with WiiFi. I recently removed AVG free(since was not so highly rated on CNET) and I sucessfully installed Avira antivir and had to install Housecall 6.6 to clean up my computer since when I attempted to install Comodo firewall protection and Spyware terminator the second I began these two free downlods A message would appear stating threat detected. Once I was cleaned up I was able to install both and I did so since all were highly rated by CNET reviews along with Avira antivir.
My local computer store recommended not allowing automatic Win updates claiming the updates are not always complete that is do not always reinstall everything they removed/drivers. Is this true?
Should I continue to not allow?
I think not allowing the updates led to my initial inability to install the Comodo and Spyware terminator issue above.
The whole purpose to this is I want to make sure that any files I have are absolutely protected on my computer when I am surfing the net including in public at the coffee shop. On CNET I heard a review suggesting truecrypt to encrypt files on your computer but it was also indicated that the program is not for the casuul user and you better know exactly what you are doing before encrypting.
Any suggestions on how I can be sure certain files on my lap top are absolutely protected?
Have I already duplicated some protection?
Any suggestions on which pgms to use/remove?