In addition to McAfee software I use Trusteer Rapport (recommended by my Bank), WoT (Web of Trust browser add-on) and I keep MalwareBytes Free updated and ready to go in reserve.
McAfee Raptor is a free tool and is still in Beta so only use with caution. There is no support for it available.
The last link below has a few recommendations.
The use of VM's is up to you, whatever you install in a VM will not be protecting your main OS though. VM's are best used if you want to test software, that way any damage is kept localised.
The best advice is to surf wisely, be careful downloading, do not file-share and keep all of your OS up to date, including parts you may not use, Internet Explorer for instance.
I'm not surprised at any malfunctions in XP. It is no longer supported.
As regards Java and Adobe Flash/Shockwave/Reader etc. I have them installed and allow them to auto-update.
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