Its really easy for someone to not only spread the Trojans and viruses from one computer to another, but its also easy to use a proxy server or for some hackers supposed to be easy to fake an IP Addy. Lots of people use a proxy server to hide their real IP Addy, but most of those people do that so that they can hide their computer location not exactly their actual identity. What I mean is that they don't do it for malicious reasons, but to protect themselves against hackers and such. As is already mentioned, keeping a good firewall running as well as having your anti-virus, anti-spyware and other anti-hacker/bug software up to date is what will save you hassles in the long run. It might seem like a lot of money to buy those programs, but in the long run it will save you headaches and possibly alot more money if you have to trash an HD because something nasty fried it beyond recoverability. wall1 It just makes good sense.