Hi, Just a little advice needed as i am a complete novice when it comes to security and no nothing about networking. Basically i recently became a victim of the VX2 trojan and it completely hijacked my system. Everytime i went online it connected to a server and secretly installed programs, trojans, mailware and spyware. It completley bypassed all of my security programs. Sadly i had TDS3 installed but i thought that it had real time protection running in the background and i now learn that if i had set it up properly then the VX2 trojan probably wouldn't have managed to install itself in the first place. I like to have the best security software available on my computer and that is why i purchased TDS3, however i found it much too technical for me to use properly, even when looking through the help files - probably one of the reasons i didn't realise you had to have exec protection installed and TDS3 running in the background when installing programs to be protected. Everytime i deleted the VX2 it just mutated into a different file and returned on boot up, TDS3, Ewido, Trojan Hunter 4.1, Microsoft Antispyware, Adware SE, Mcafee Firewall, Nortons Antivirus 2004 pro, Spy dotctor, Spysubtract, Spybot search and destroy, Webroot Spysweeper, various VX2 removal tools, nothing could get rid of it and in the end i managed to delete the file manually in a very odd way ( by changing the security settings in properties to deny all users ). Anyhow, i am going to wipe this computer because i am certain that changes have been made to it that are still giving me problems - so i will start again. I am pretty sure my system is now clean but in less than 20 minutes of trying to update my security signitures for my various security programs while infected i had over 100 trojans, 200 spyware and programs installed on my system - pretty scary stuff. I think i have got rid of them all but am now having problems sending emails with outlook and the odd strange error occasionally. Either way i need to wipe the computer and do a clean install for peace of mind alone. Now obviously after such a scare i want to change and update my security software, mainly my antivirus and firewall. I am currently using nortons 2004 professional and mcafee firewall ( came free with aol broadband but only version 184.108.40.206 ). I have heard that nortons is heard to uninstall so after the format i am going to choose NOD32. I am considering using OUTPOST PRO for my new firewall, i have heard that it is easy to use. I was thinking of using Stop n Look but it just seemed too complicated for me. Will OUTPOST PRO be ok for a novice like me or should i stick to the old version of Mcafee i currently have? Hopefully NOD32 will be ok for a novice like me also? Onething which bothers me about changing my firewall is that i have heard that some firewalls don't work so well with AOL, something to do with VPN issues whatever that means - http://www.dslreports.com/forum/remark,2546029~root=security,1~mode=flat . Also AOL recommends Mcafee, but i want better security this time round. So am i making the right choices in changing to NOD32 and OUTPOST PRO with aol broadband?