I would add dns-services like Norton, DynDns and ClearCloud. Also K9 which is a proxy type of software but a more than boring parental control. Opposite http filters from AVs there is little to no overhead and they work. DynDns and K9 has white list feature, FPs do occur so I consider that a must-have. These services must not be mistaken for Google Dns, Opendns since they ignore malware/spyware/virus stuff or charge heavily for it.
Only screwed up routing is good reason for not using any of these. Need one anyway so might as well use one with added features. Not really possible to mess up also counts. Dns benchmarks will probably show ISP dns is faster but in real life computing I doubt difference is noticeable. Dns lookups are cached in Windows, in browsers, in some routers as well.
(Children/school part can be ignored)
Too lazy to test but right now I have a problem with this forum which I think has to do with K9. When posting it says "Bad Request. Your browser sent a request that this server could not understand." or something - but post is accepted. But nothing is perfect and I am on beta-program
Only problem I have noticed. They have active support, forums and what not. I just have not bothered checking this issue out.
Those who like WOT will say why not WOT then? I don't think it belongs in same category since it is only a browser plugin where the others are system wide.
If preparing for war or going to visit family members! use Sardu http://www.sarducd.it/
and Ketarin http://ketarin.canneverbe.com/
for auto-burning, auto-updating of whatever tool you can find. Take time to set up though. List of portable/on-demand system diagnostics, removal tool is very long. Even Norton now has Norton Power Eraser http://security.syma...rt/npe.asp?lcid=1033
If you also want to deal with what to do when security setup does not work so well any more these 2 are useful.
Btw, if any certified security freak see you list ComboFix as a tool to use by every random person good luck getting away with that
If you open up combofix.exe in 7zip or similar you will see it consist of Nirsoft tools, gigantic batchfiles, registry this and that. Basically 1 monster script you run. So when author tells combofix to delete a system file required for boot it will be done - has happened before... Most features are not documented since only to be used by "experts" on removal forums, the scripting part which take place after reading log-file. All that nobody have a clue about and why it is considered risky to recommend. I understand concerns but ask my self then why the hell put up a how-to guide! Very strange but potentially a Windows killer. Risk level can be compared to running Registry Cleaner - or something of that nature. Another thing is I don't think it supports 64bit Windows? Should be mandatory to get on any list in 2011?
Take a look at OTL for real documentation for how-to script and log stuff http://www.geekstogo...use-oldtimer-listit/
If uninteresting that could hint ComboFix should not be used.