Many of you might know me as the OA guy. Well for the past months I have been trying out different firewalls. I was along time user of Comodo 2.4 but it had one draw back. It never remembered anything. When Comodo 3.0 came out I tried and was baffled by so many options and pop ups. Then I saw ZAAS for free on patch tuesday and I used it for awhile but 36k usage I thought was much. Then I tried Online Armor and was impressed. Well here is the problem. I am a gamer. I play WOW,BF2,COD2,COD4,Q4,HL2,TF2,BF2142,C&C3 and many other games. When you launch any game you get tons of pop ups about trusting the program. Both Comodo and OA did this alot. Then if you patch the game you need to walk through the steps again. Video card drivers change atleast 4 times a month sometimes. Everytime I was installing new drivers either OA or Comodo would go nuts. Well tonight WOW locked up on me and so did Firefox. I quit out of OA and all was normal. My system seems slow with Comodo or OA. Even starting up Limewire or Yahoo Messenger took awhile. Well I cleaned out my registry and thought I would try ZAAS again. I was shocked that the boot up time delay was gone. Even though the 2 services it runs takes anywhere from 25k to 36k I dont notice any slow downs. Browsing and lauching any app is faster. The one thing I love about ZAAS or just plain ZA is that if I launch a game it will minimize it so I can click "allow". It also remembers and only asks you about a program once or twice. Both OA and Comodo can make games lock up when they are trying to launch. Then you need to ctrl-alt-del out of the game just to click "allow". Maybe all this HIPS stuff is out of control. Sure you want protection but it comes with a price. System slow downs. Maybe its just my pc but try it for yourselves. I use NOD32 2.7 so I feel pretty safe. Sure ZAAS doesnt have all the bells and whistles that Comodo and OA do. Sure it may not detect a keylogger as good as the rest but Matousec rated it right below Comodo and OA, so it cant be all that bad. Its odd to say but my pc runs quicker using ZAAS even though it takes up more resources. I think the system slow downs using OA and or Comodo come from the HIPS protection and other filtering components. OA was always asking me things. I use Weather Watcher and it would give me 6 pop ups. ZAAS gave me 2 and thats it. Even after hitting allow and remember OA still asked me about Weather Watcher again. So now I can see where some still use Windows firewall. I have ZAAS for a year for free so I will keep it. Hell by then so many new products will be out there. Take care and Merry Christmas.