Okay, so i know you guys run a shipload of programs to guard your computer, but how would you secure a computer if you were not allowed to use any external third party program that comes with a standard install of say Windows ME/XP/2000 whatever. The computer will be a stand alone connected directly to the NET 24/7 on a broadband connection. Yes this means no antivirus,no firewalls, not even if it's a freeware product. Allowed Setting up Host files Using IE spyad to put restricted sites into the restricted zone. Using cookie managment function intergreted into browser. Running patches disenable services Not allowed Installing firewall Paying for antivirus filtering in email. Using Mozilla I've being working under such constrains (long story) and I've found you can do a lot surprisingly ....and still keep functionality. Anyone up to the challenge?