Vista has a two way firewall as opposed to xp's one way.
This once configured will give you the protection needed without adding a third party firewall.
Vista's firewall is set by default to give inbound protection only except to the exception of a few filters and rules in the windows services preset and the occasional warning to allow a program through from your computer.
Yes it is easier to use a third party software firewall as configuring Vista's outbound firewall can be mind boggling and not for the faint hearted.
Though i think you will find using Vista's firewall default settings will suffice your needs,though will depend on your surfing habits and downloads.
Here is a good article that will put your mind at rest click here
Thanks for your reply. I have downloaded AVG & Spy-Ware terminator with real time protection & I have enabled web guard. I have CC Cleaner. I have enabled widows firewall. Am I covered now? One other thing, I do have a home network which hs an external hard drive on it. I use an automatic backup software with it. Do i need to consider anything else.
Though i used to use Spywareterminator,i found it got to much with its nagging.I now use Spywareblaster that sits in the background and blocks the spyware before it gets a chance to try and install. Spywareblasters database is updated reguraly (manual update needed) and uses very little resources.If you decide to use Spywareblaster,check you enable all protection on all supported browsers.
There are several others you could add,but to me its overkill as some will find things others miss...maybe its just a wee bit of scaremongering.
The setups i use now are all free and no reported problems to date. setups as follows;
AVG AV Superantispyware Zonealarm (xp only) Spywareblaster Spybot search and Destroy Ccleaner Winaso PCWizard 2008 SIW
In my opinion these are all thats needed,then i recommend Acronis True Image (not free) for a real piece of mind.