I am a college student and about to buy a new laptop (mabey the new IBM Thinkpad T43). I am familiar with hardware and software security tools but don't know all of them out there and which ones are best. I am considering purchasing Nortan Internet Security and System Works, Webroot Spysweeper, Ghost Surf Anonymizer, and a linksys router/firewall, all complemeted with several freeware tools such as Adaware, Spybot Search & Destroy, CWShredder, Microsoft Antispware. I know there are many freeware security tools that work as anti-spyware, pop-up blockers, anti-spam, anti-virus, firewalls, etc. My questions are:
-Which ones are most effective?
-Should I use the freeware as complementary security tools to commercial (not free) ones, or as stand-alones, or vice versa?
-Which ones work best together?
-Does redundancy of freeware/commercial tools create any compatibility problems?
Overall, I want to get as secure a system as possible using Windows XP Pro, any web browser (perhaps Firefox or the new Internet explorer 7)and as many security tools necessary.