Am I protected

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Subject: Am I protected
Posted by:  Caro (Ca…@discussions.microsoft.com)
Date: Fri, 22 Dec 2006

I run Windows XP SP2 & IE7. I keep updated with Windows Update. I have AVG
Free antivirus, Spyware Blaster, Windows Defender, SpySweeper(subscription)
and Spyware Dr.(subscription)  running and do scheduled scans at least weekly
if not daily. Periodically I run the free versions of SpyBot S&D, AdAware, A
Squared and Ewido (AVG antispyware) as well as the occasional online scan
with TrendMicro, Kaspersky, F-secure and Windows Live OneCare. I come up
clean with them except for the occasional cookie and one time AVG Free
antivirus  cleaned a trojan. Over-kill? Probably. I wonder two things: a) do
I need to run these scans in SafeMode as well? and b) am I relatively safe to
do on-line banking/purchases without too much fear as long as I look for the
lock (https:) on the web sites?

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