I used the free grisoft avg antivirus on the computer I built. I have norton system works on my old pc. Grisoft avg works well, scans faster than norton, but I haven't got any viruses yet, so I don't know if it works at getting rid of viruses well. Overall, I'm impressed with it. Grisoft website You could dl it now and save it to a cd (or usb thumbdrive) and then use it to install it later. It also is a really good idea to get a firewall (or is your cable already firewalled?). How does cable connect to your pc if it doesn't use a ethernet card? (hehe, yeah I'm stuck on dialup, no broadband access where I live, the farm country) I use zonealarm, and it works well. Another handy program is ad aware se. It detects and deletes spyware on your computer. Spybot s&d is also pretty good for this, and microsoft has an antispyware that looks like it works well too. Yeah, a printed copy of the guide could be handy. You could memorize it or copy it by hand :haha: . I'm not sure how much risk it would be to get on the net to dl something without an antivirus. I don't think antivirus programs protect you from viruses, but rather get rid of them once you get some (correct me if I'm wrong).