Hey there, so I just finished reading this newyork times articles on Bot Nets: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/01/07/technology/07net.html?ei=5087%0A&em=&en=79cc489d42f00bc8&ex=1168318800&adxnnl=1&adxnnlx=1168193055-/Md4/0S5iz1xLjldK+u7Mw and it got me thinking. I have no firewall or antivirus software, though I use SpyBot S&D and webroot spysweeper, so I'd like to install a fresh copy of windows and put up every preventative measure I can. Only problem is every botnet article I've read so far suggests that there really isn't any way you can fight them. So I'm wondering if you guys can help me out. First I'm thinking of getting Shields UP as an antivirus and Zonealarm firewall. Do you suggest another anti-virus/firewall? PCWorld suggests the following: I'm not very computer-literate so can someone explain how and why these work? Also, anymore suggestions would be great. Thanks a lot.