ok i decided to ask this here as well, nothing to loose. i really wanna learn linux and i'm installing various distros over and over again, numerous times. but the thing which is crucial is that my windows install stays in tip top shape. and that is never the case. i have windows installed and working beautifully, imon starts up right after the welcome screen. but always when i add a linux install imon takes about 2 minutes to load, and my computer is practically useless untill that nod32 splash screen goes away and imon starts up. after that everything works. that is just so irritating. i can't accept windows to boot like that. i know it is a imon issue, i just don't know how a fresh install of linux messes that up. if i delete the newly created partition of linux and reboot my pc starts up instantly and imon loads right away. anyone here dualbooting linux with xp and having same issues? what could be the cause of this?