Totally agree, but as far as AV programs go, I think MacAfee should be adding a free disk of their AV with those constant bombardment of AOL disks we get in the mail. IMHO the garbage is where they both belong, with the rest of the junk mail.
I myself have been using Acronis True Image software for the past two years, it is my most valuable piece of software, I keep about 10 images stored on an external drive at all times. If somethings goes wrong i just restore the image and I'm back to normal in minutes. I always make an image before installing any new software.
If anyone intends to use imaging software I'd like to make a suggestion.
Do a format and fresh install of XP. Once XP is installed without any other software, do an image backup and save it in a safe place. Once you've done this you will never have to do a fresh install again, it will save you countless hours of work. I then start adding software and do incremental images naming them so I know whats there. I do a image at least once a week saving it as most recent, this way all my my updates are current and I have a backup.
Even if I have to go back 3 months, it sure as heck beats starting over.
BTW I keep XP Restore disabled, useless as far as I'm concerned, just when you need it it doesn't come through.