reply to Trooper
Re: What AV are you running? I've been using Norton 360 for a couple of years. I have no complaints.
I do it now because it's usually either free or maybe $10 after rebates each year. I find the rebate submission process a bit of a pain in the rear but not a deal killer.
If there is any kind of bloatware issue slowing down my computer I wouldn't know about it. My computer seems to function well enough but I'm not the most tech-savvy guy in the world so I don't know how to check for a problem with that.
My Norton AV just expired today so I'm on my way to buy a new one. Like I said, it will be $10 after rebates. I can get other AV's on sale but I don't see a reason to.
One of my main philosophies to follow is, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it."
Edit: I'm running Windows 7 on a one-year-old fairly low-priced ($450 range) Gateway computer with 14 gigs of RAM.