I disagree with the " you NEVER seem to get infected by just being online unless you deal with dodgy P2P networks or click on unsolicited e-mail attachments? " This is just not true, I don't go on dodgy websites or use P2P sites and always check my emails but I've had a couple of viruses hit me since the beginning of the year. I do agree however that its virtually suicidal to go online without virus protection. The anti virus programs I have seen come up with a box telling you a virus was found at such and such and was automatically deleted or something similar. I'm not 100% sure about the being online without user intervention being safe, from what I am given to understand this is not the case but not being an expert on such matters I'll leave it up to some people who are experts on this to comment as to this. I'll be watching this thread with interest to see what the others say.