Hi there, Let me start by saying im a mac fan ive had a MBP 15" for like 5years now and love it. Recently ive had some security issues and had to reformat it. I was wondering if anyone could give me some help one two seperate issues 1. Im looking at buying a MBP 15" Or an alienware m15x here are the specs- MBP 15"2.8GHz Intel Core i7 8GB 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM - 2x4GB 500GB Serial ATA Drive @ 7200 rpm SuperDrive 8x (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW) MacBook Pro 15-inch Glossy Widescreen Display Backlit Keyboard & User's Guide AppleCare Protection Plan for MacBook Pro - Auto-enroll $3626.00 australian Alienware M15x PROCESSOR Intel® Core i7-740QM Processor (1.73GHz, 4Core/8Threads, turbo boost up to 2.93Ghz, 6M cache) edit OPERATING SYSTEM Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium 64bit (English) edit ESSENTIAL HELP Onsite help in your home, by Gizmo edit WARRANTY & SERVICE 3-Year Premier Service edit SECURITY SOFTWARE McAfee® Security Center (Multi-Language) 36 Months Version edit MEMORY 8GB (4GBx2) 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM edit HARD DRIVE 640GB 7200RPM SATA Hard Drive edit OPTICAL DRIVE Slot Load Fixed Blu-ray BD-ROM / DVD + /-RW Combo Drive edit VIDEO CARD 1.5GB GDDR5 NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 460M edit BATTERIES 9-cell Primary BatteryHD DISPLAY 15.6 " Full HD (1080p) WLED (1920 x 1080) Display with TrueLife BLUETOOTH Dell Wireless 370 Bluetooth Internal (2.1) mini-card Wireless Network Card Intel® WiFi Link 5300 (802.11a/g/n) Half Mini-card Now for what i do with my computer- music some games such as wow internet basic stuff really i like to keep my options open to what i can do with it. The MBP for the past 5 years has fulfilled my need and would continue to if i bought another one. the main reasons for my confusion is preformance in which by the looking at the stats above the alienware computer is more powerful and be basically get more for the dollar for example a bluray player. the other thing i had thought about was the fact that all games that get released arent always compatible with mac and i dont like to boot camp and put a version of windows on mac, have done it before and find it irritating. The other thing i had been thinking about was security which brings me to my second issue which i think would really influence my decision in buying another mac.. 2. Can anyone advice me on what software to get for macs to protect again hackers/trojans etc to make it more secure the only software i am aware of is nortons which u can buy which i do not like and some free ones, i was running iantivirus at the time i had security issues and it didnt pick it up. Any answers/solutions and opinions would be greatly appreciated. Thank you all for taking the time to read and reply.