I just ordered DSL from Sprint and the setup pkg. is supposed to be here in a couple of days. I have a iMac g4 and I use Safari as my browser. I know that hooking up a PC to broadband with no firewall is just plain insane. But what about the Mac? On my dialup account I have never gotten popups, spam to speak of, no spyware that I know of and no adware. But I am also pretty careful about the websites I visit and the content I download (with dialup there is very little I download except the updates from Apple... Can you say "You can't use the phone, its still downloading".) So my questions are: first of all, Is there spyware/adware that targets Macs? Is there spyware/adware blockers that are made for Macs? Do they work and are they needed? Is the firewall that come with Panther adequate for surfing and gaming? Speaking of which, do I have to turn off the firewall if I am going to do some gaming? I did a very cursory search and found no thread that asked these direct questions but if I missed a thread just point me in that direction. By the way just as an aside rant: Oone of the computers at work has recently been infected with a very nasty outbreak of spy-and adware. It pretty much locks up the whole system. I downloaded a couple of spyware blockers and put them to work but the system is so bogged down they take forever to finish and then they crash (the blocker program) and take the whole computer with. I spent the better part of my day futzing around witht this piece of crap machine cursing Microsoft for their inability to put together a decent browser and cursing the writers of this ad/spyware. This ad/spy ware seems so stupid. First it hijacks yur computer and innundates you with crap most people don't want. OK so some people may want some of it. But the first time they click on it or update it or order something from it they get more. Pretty soon (very soon.. like in 15-20 minutes) their computer is going to crash. Its inevitable. they can no longer gather info from that computer nor can the user buy anthing with it. From a evolutionary standpoint, its completely stupid. Its like the ebola virus. It kills to quickly for it to be very serious. (serious in the sense of a major outbreak.) What do these adware writers hope to gain from this? I mean is there enough of a market that its worthwhile? I really don't know because I don't work in that field. If somebody is knowledgeable in this are please enlighten. End of rant.