Ok, so i wouldn't advise this for everyone, but i'm fed up of antivirus and its sheer ineptitude. I work on a helpdesk, supporting Windows 98, 2000, XP and a very few vista boxes, a couple of linux servers, and a full server 2003 active directory domain. At work i have Windows XP on a crappy work HP Evo, I do however run Vista on teh BEASTIE (see sig) and we also have two linux boxes at home (file server/mythtv box) and me and my housemate also have windows XP laptops. On my systems i don't run antivirus. and theres reasons for this... A) my pc at work has only 256MB DDR333 with a celeron 2.0ghz. Its a steaming pile of shite. Running antivrus on top of Outlook, Call loggin software, Firefox, IM client, command prompt or five, Cygwin and remote control software, and it comes to a grinding halt. Turning off antivirus make way more difference than you'd think. B) at home, before i had vista, i had avast in XP, which was ALWAYS turned off before playing games, it became a daily ritual to bot up, then spend five minutes switching all the unwanted apps off, (those that need to stay in the MSCONFIG anyway) and i realised that i could just run a scan once a week, and disable the auto startup. Now i have vista and i turn windows defender off and stop security centre form alerting me that i dont have antivirus. C) does it really work anyway? How many people have had viruses and really and truly got rid of them with symantec, avast, AVG or any other AV for that matter? if you do get a virus, it mneans you either downloaded soem activeX component from a non-truisted source (which means you said yes, even though you didn't trust the publisher), or clicked on some link from someone called xxxhotstuff1983xxx who you dont know and expected it to be a pair of tits with gizzum all over them... i say thats your fault!! so really, whats the argument? why sacrifice a percentage of my system specs to save my bacon when at the end of the day, if i DO get a virus, i WILL re-install. Anyone else agree here? I'm the only one at work to not subscribe to the Macaffeee security thingamebob, and magically, my system runs smoother and faster than anyone else here? am i alone?