Black Ice for the firewall. Do a search for spywareblaster it's free, download it and run it. Please don't puke on the carpet when you see how many spy bots and trojans are in your cookies. I regularly go to windows/cookies and delete everything. When you go back to sites you visit often you'll have to set a new cookie by logging in. You also may want to go to tools/internet options/privacy and set your browser to prompt you before accepting a cookie. You'll be stunned by how many web sites try to set cookies from other entities. When prompted, if you don't recognize it, dont accept it.