You talk about how you don't have a virus scanner, and you don't have any viruses. How do you know? There is not software on your computer that will tell you if you do or don't. It is a blatant disregard of safety to run a Windows based computer with out an AV. I know what I am going to buy you for Christmas, a huge canvas sign that says "Come rape my computers and network". This is the kind of thinking that lets the crap on the net keep running around. Worms hitting this and that, and then infecting other sub-networks. Basic networking 101, if you are connected to the web, then you are connected to every computer in the world that is connected to the web. Irresponsable and careless, is a good way to put it. Then you want to rip out core software form the OS. An even worse idea. Think of it this way, if you put a drunken monkey in a car and tell him to drive, that is dangerous. If you put a drunken monkey in a car tell him to drive and blind fold every one standing in a two mile radius, that is stupid. That is exactly what you are doing when you rip things out of the OS. Just because the exe is gone, or you use remove windows components, doesn't mean that it is gone. It leaves stuff behind that are used by other things. Taking out IE completely would kill, desktop wallpapers, 1/2 to 3/4 of the explorer, not to mention a lot of the update and help components. It makes me hot when people talk about just not using simple common since and protecting them self in some form or fashion. You talk about the MSRT, that is a joke. Ray Charles could find more male-ware then that can.