I again request the best guess answer to my question. If the answers could be explained in moderate detail so I can understand, that would be the icing on the cake.
I am currently using Retail McAfee Internet Security. I am happy with it, seems to function quite well. I have been advised repeatedly that this program is an resource hog. That doesn't matter exceptionally to me a I came form 32 bit XP Pro with a 3 Ghz Celeron. But previously against common sense and other members excellent advise, I sneak looks into the Event Viewer. I've noticed some real protection McAfee processes stopped unexplained and then restarted. This in my limited capacity does not inspire confidence.
I am specifically wondering if I ran along with McAfee Security and MS Firewall and MSE that would create problems. It seems as if every choice I've made in software has had negative consequences of some bizarre kind or another. I would like to run them together to test MSE and Firewall's efficacy while retaining a level of extra protection until I am confident of MS's products being excellent. At which time I'll dump McAfee.
Does this approach make any sense?