Watch what you download and where from. If you insist on using a P2P program, please read File Sharing, otherwise known as Peer To Peer. (P2P)
It's important to always keep current with the latest security fixes from Microsoft. UPDATED WINDOWS
Usually one can have more than one anti-spyware, anti-malware type programs installed without issue, although one may decide to choose one resident real time protection.
The same does not apply to firewalls and anti-virus programs.
Rule of thumb is one firewall and one anti virus program resident to avoid conflicts, loss of program efficiency and system lock up due to both software products attempting to access the same files at the same time.
An Anti-Virus product is a necessity. There are many excellent programs that you can purchase. However, we choose to advocate the use of free programs whenever possible. Some very good and easy-to-use free A/V programs are Avast and AntiVir. It's a good idea to set these to receive automatic updates so you are always as fully protected as possible from the newest virus threats. Microsoft Security Essentials is also an option.
If a personal computer is infected you may post Farbar Recovery Scan Tool (FRST) and aswMBR logs in the Malware Removal Forum to receive free assistance from our volunteer analysts.
Please see the FAQ first: "BEFORE You POST"(Please read this Procedure Before Requesting Assistance)
Happy safe computing!!