Thanks for the input peoples.. I actually looked and found that BitDefender ranked in top 3 in a few reviews, and 1st in 2 reviews so I got BitDefender AV 2008. and to be honest I didn't like it, seems cheaply made, is really simple, but not in a good way, more plain than simple. so I wouldn't say it's that easy to use, I just overall am not liking it, it's not for me. I'm going to just go with NOD32, I'm going to try the trial and probably buy it after the 3 months is up. I had kaspersky AV for a little while and i actually really liked it. BUT, it had some compatibility issues with Vista and was causing internet connection to fail, always.. someone in this forum site mentioned that kaspersky could be my problem, (thats when I didn't kno) and after I uninstalled booya, I had internet. so ya I would like to use Kasper, but I'm going to give nod32 a try, everyone seems to give it great great reviews.. so thank you all for your help, and whats a good firewall. should I buy one or get the free ones, or is that a bad idea just like it's a bad idea to use avast or a free AV. I need a firewall and don't kno much about that area... thanks again everyone..