I remember the days when all one needed to surf the net was a fairly recent update of a good AV. Today? One needs software & hardware firewalls, an AV that was updated just minutes ago, multi-layered anti-spy defenses composed of real time blockers, scanners, removers, a locked-up host file, an IDS & log analyzer plus registry protection apps, process guards, a ready DPF and the latest version of the indispensable HijackThis app. Worse, inspite of all these, we still worry big time! Enough is enough! To bring back the joy of surfing, I use the barest of machines loaded with the recommended multi-layered defenses enumerated above. My HDD is partitioned rather simply with C:\ for the system and D:\ for everything else. My simplistic approach (perhaps even naive) has returned the joy to surfing the net since I now surf the net without worry. I then scan all downloads for sleazeware, trojans, worms and viruses before I transfer them to my PC that never gets connected to the net. I sleep better and if my naive approach gets my machine infected, it won't be with anything that a good format and reinstallation can't remedy. In the workplace, I let our sysad worry about what gets picked up in the net while I worry about what my employer is putting in our network to monitor the things I do. Now, that is the bigger worry! In the few hours I've been reading stuff here, I've really learned a lot. But more important, its comforting to know that there are still a lot of good guys ready to extend a helping hand to those who need assistance. Thanks a lot!