If you are going to surf (dangerous sites, especially) use a Linux LiveCD. The whole OS and apps are on a cd that you boot from. NO bad things can happen to you. Download either PCLinuxOS or Kanotix. They have plugins for Your usual windows codecs. When you click on a link, the appropriate player opens up and you can save the file to the desktop (Linux) or stream it. I kind of wonder why these Live CDs are not common practice with all of the crap that you can catch surfing with windows. check out www.distrowatch.com for the links to these two Linux live CDs. you download the ISO, burn it to disk and then boot from it. If you like it they can installers and then you have a faster (than CD) option to boot from besides windows. The Linux bootloaders are really good. LiLo and GRUB. You choose to boot into Linux or Windows (if you go the install route.) NO bad things can happen to your computer if you use these. I surfed to some Russian software site a few months back, using windows, and caught all kinds of stuff. It took me hours and hours to get rid of it and my laptop was never the same. I use PCLinuxOS for most of my surfing now. I am still trying to secure windows better, if you have seen my posts. But, I emphatically state that these CDs are a whole lot better of an option (for a lot of you) than XYZ firewall, ABC process controller, AV this, extra program that and the like for windows. These LiveCD OS are slower because they run from CD, but they are not too slow at all on my fast computer. They have Office, photo editing and all kinds of software so you might find that you do not have to boot back into windows all that often. Knoppix is another one Puppy is one that will boot from CD, USB memory stick, really flexible. Kanotix, mentioned it already. Really nice PCLinux OS, really nice as well, mentioned above. PCLinuxOS asks you for boot options, usually you just need to type your screen resolution as follows: "livecd xres=1600x1200" or whatever yours is. It recognizes NICs, audio cards, video cards, etc... full OS right from the CD. As I mentioned, can really easily be installed while maintaining your dangerous Windows partition. login and password are "guest" and "guest" or "root" and "root" if you want to go the administrator route. I am not a Linux zealot but I can't help but notice the glaring lack of mention of these awesome tools on this and other security sites. Guys will go to the mattresses to secure Windows (as close as you can get) and do not know about this easy solution. I have gotten paranoid from sites like this one (as well as better informed) due to all of the exploits that are possible that I did not know about before reading the forums. I am scared to install MS Money now. B.