Member Since: Dec 20, 2006
Location: Middletown, Pennsylvania
Mac Specs: 15" MBP, Core i7/2GHz, 8GB RAM, 480GB Crucial M500 SSD
01-02-2011, 07:11 PM
Anti-Malware (the free version) is good as a *reactive* anti-spyware solution. For proactive anti-malware, I recommend MSE as you said. It's not as comprehensive as some suites, but then, it's also not nearly as intrusive, nor is it a resource hog.
Adaware is basically useless and I only use Spybot as a secondary scan for malware. MWB is very comprehensive and is about the only product that can remove the most complex malware (it's major specialty is the rogue "anti-virus" extortionware).
Windows 7 actually handles defrag chores on its own for the most part, you shouldn't need to run a manual defrag (providing that you keep plenty of free space, much like with OS X).
When I setup a new machine, I typically install FoxIt PDF Reader as a lightweight alternative to Adobe Reader.
I also manually set VM size to 1.5 x physical memory and make the min and max the same, so that you don't get constant resizing of the swap file (which introduces fragmentation).
And finally, I like to install CCleaner for clearing caches and registry cleaning. That's about it off the top of my head.
Liquid and computers don't mix. It might seem simple, but we see an incredible amount of people post here about spills. Keep drinks and other liquids away from your expensive electronics!