First off, I have read most of the Linux sticky (stopped reading after the program list). What OS am I currently using, and what for Windows XP SP3, reformatted Last Week. I use it for Microsoft Office (for uni), hotmail, windows live and general email, watching anime, browsing the net, updating ipod. I do not play many games anymore. What do I already know about Linux? Its a Windows alternative. It can't play games. It does not get many viruses. Chinese government uses it. Computer savvy people use it. Why do I want to install Linux? Today I discovered "DD1.exe" a trojan on my portable HDD's recycle bin, whilst I was using eraser to delete something from my main HDD. Since AVG Free has never found this I installed Malwarebytes and it discovered a Trojan in my system. I then proceeded to get the Windows update virus removal tool. This program discovered a Worm 'w32/rimecud' and removed it. I then installed Spybot Search and destroy, which found nothing, and immunized me. I am now installing ad-aware. They appear to be aided by my portable HDD and other internal HDD, infecting these, then hitting my PC again after reformat. tl;dr In the space of a week Ive been hit with trojans and worms, anti-virus software is not finding them definitively. What I plan to do I plan to reformat my main HDD, my secondary HDD, and my storage drive. To avoid them re-spreading any virus I plan to install Linux, giving me the opportunity to Reformat the other drives, without losing infomation and without the virus spreading. What I would immensely appreciate 1. A link to any stickies I should read before doing this or asking questions. 2. Will my basic PC use be met without frustration? 3. Do I need to find special Linux related drivers for my GFX card, CPU, MOBO ect? 4. Should I be aware of anything else / flaws in my plan before setting out to replace XP with Linux? I am super greatful for having the ocau community to help me in any way possible.