Hello, this is my first post in thisTopic (other firewalls) so please forgive me if this thread was previously discussed I'm tired about firewalling in XPsp2. I DON'T want hips nor ANY of other 'functionality' actual firewalls provide too: that slows down my system, my web browsing, makes CPU stress and makes the computer fans loud noisy --> I hate'em <-- (but still consider them a must, damn it!) What I want, instead, is a SIMPLE application that just let me control OUTBOUND traffic and ONLY THAT, nothing more nothing less. Last month my avast! antivirus subscription ended and because lately changes in that AV code I found nasty glitches so I decided to drop it for another solution (after three loyall years) and I'm now very happy using NOD... in fact I love it: sure it have some things to improve but overall I find it excellent. avast! of course still is a GREAT antivirus solution, but NOD stands two steps ahead of it and the lot more out there, name it KAS (or KIS), NAV (or NIS!), BitDef, Panda, McAf, NORMAN, F-Secure, etc., name it and NOD will kill it. I only found so good like NOD the Avira antivirus. When I talk about 'so good' I say: way lot faster scan of infectable file types and way lot less resources consumption (RAM and CPU cycles). Of course this is MY point of view so you may be well right if you differ with me: that's because there's a lot of solutions out there, no one fits for all but sure one will fit for you. SPEED, SIMPLICITY and SECURENESS is my premise: JUST GET THE F*****G JOB DONE (I call it reliability) I also was using SpyBot's Teatimer some time ago to protect registry but hell! I hate that peaks from 02 to 30 from time to time, I LOVE to see every process that need to run all the time in background at 0% cycles consumption because Adobe's apps, Corel's apps, Nero, Roxio and DVD apps among others will take care themselves make CPU run at 100% when running . So I'm running now the RegDefender from Jason (Ghost Security) which I found great at this time - please tell me your experience with it. I run too Windows Defender, SpyBot and Lavasoft's Ad-Aware manually from time to time to rid off any potential unwanted malware (WHICH I NEVER FIND because my safe computing practices, I think); I update SpywareBlaster from time to time too. I have installed Harden-it and Secure-it from YASC computing -both free- to tighten up Windows networking. Them both makes some tweaks to the system so they don't need to run all the time in background. I complement proactive protection with DropMyRights to lower all internet based apps rights every time I can - for example at this time I can't find a way to run Outlook 2007 with dropped rights, any solution welcomed! My main browser is Opera (9.2 at this time) which I find delightful and have a copy of OperaUSB and Firefox 18.104.22.168 portable for backup browsing in another partition on another HD - specially because I do a partition backup/restore from time to time with Acronis TrueImage 10. I installed IE7 because it's tabs system (improved over IE6) with the IE7 pro 0.9 plugin because some sites still need IE to show up. I must say IE7 still is the worst browser on earth -at least the XP version, I haven't tested the vista built-in version yet-: it is slow, have tendency to crash and quit to Windows (that's why I coupled it with IE7 pro plugin) and the tab system is awkward like Firefox one... the ony good thing I found about it is the QUICK TABS feature; Microsoft seems to be a really good research company with passion to make wrong and stupid things, I will never understand them. For last, as I said above all this browsers have a shortcut version with DropMyRights. At this point I need to say I HAVEN'T gone thru ANY SINGLE malware incident in about -how much? 3, 5, 10 years??- a long time. AppDefender was a good tool but since it have problems when Fast User Switching I desperately need any other application to control network access. Some hours ago I tested brand new NetLimiter version 2 but when testing with www.GRC.com it shows few flaws AND the net limiter function didn't function as described: I setted Opera to download at a maximun of 10 kb -just to check this function- and then launched it only to find it takes a moment or two to take to the 10 kb limit but then it would download at normal speed... I will now test Comodo FireW 2.4 and Sunbelt's Kerio latest build but I'm really looking for an app like AppDefend - hey, nobody codes anymore in assembler? seems every soft these days is coded with Visual Fox and even RADs!!! I want too to test this OA firewall that I read in another post, anybody knows where to find it? I think I will need to post in it's thread because I can't find it anywhere on the net... by the way, Google while being very cool is becoming less functional all the time when providing query after query the same answer links, it would be great if them refine the algorithm to show different answers from time to time I hope anyone can help, these forums are great with lot of capable people! My specs are: P4 2.4 HT Prescott (1mb cache) with 1 giga ram on a good Gygabyte mobo / WinXPsp2 updated / running in background: RegDefend 2, NOD32 2.70.39, Klipfolio 4 (love it), cFosSpeed 3.19, Dachshund Software HARE, Anticrash and Zoom, O&O Clever Cache 6.1.2332, Suitcase 11 - At boot time: AdobeReader 8 quick start and some drivers needed by sound and video card. I also use Tweaki... for Power Users 4 (a little cryptic but powerfull) and TuneUp 2007 to tweak OS to best exent possible. PerfectDisk 8 makes it part too -instead Diskeeper or O&O Defrag-. Applying all that I run my computer just as fresh as when Windows was installed - well actually a little closer, you know! and I didn't need to reinstall the operating system for about 2 years and that's cool because I think -because Windows sucks- every user should format and install everything again after a year or so to keep computing at peek level. Take care people! Best regards!