Our main computer is a Windows 7 box with the usual security preferences often discussed on Wilder's. Our spare computer, which I mostly use (my wife uses the W7 box the most) had W7 as well. I used to lurk here daily to get the latest info to protect the computers, but I stumbled upon Linux and accidentally wiped the hard drive on the spare computer. I installed Mint 9 XFCE, and the 10 year-old computer is faster and does nearly everything that the 1.5 year-old W7 computer does. And, the Linux box has no additional security. I know, I still could be compromised by phishing, redirects, MITM, etc...but, viruses and trojans are pretty rare, apparently. When I want to be more secure (online banking, etc), I use Lucid Puppy 5.25 Live DVD, and don't allow any changes upon shutdown. It is a bit like a virtual system--if I were to pick up a bug it is flushed at shutdown. Sweet! Puppy is quite fast, too. The downside? I'm a bit bored. I still lurk around Wilder's a bit, but I'm not nearly as security-paranoid as before. Anybody else have a similar "problem?"