@noone_particular Yes I believe so or at least initially, but I also saw references to it being on all sorts of devices, or that is where it's heading but half the time you don't know how much is FUD. At any rate, things like this don't bode well. Its bad enough that software calls home surreptitiously but that it (edited to add Firmware) can not be disabled without serious measures is unthinkable. If any ones interested, when I did a lot of scouting around about Computrace, I came across these files to check for. The only one I could find near any of these was autochk, but it didn't have the bak part. That said I did include hidden OS files in my search but not "protected OS" files. %WINDIR%System32rpcnet.exe %WINDIR%System32rpcnetp.exe %WINDIR%System32wceprv.dll %WINDIR%System32identprv.dll %WINDIR%System32Upgrd.exe %WINDIR%System32autochk.exe.bak (for FAT) %WINDIR%System32autochk.exe:bak (for NTFS) The more I learn the more reason I have to be suspicious. It's both unsurprising and to be expected considering where things are heading. Exactly, until the snooping becomes more insidious than I can bear, in which case the plug gets pulled. As for airgapping, that just takes things to a new level of scary. Dealing with computer hardware, Id most certainly include this in the list of considerations one can take to make themselves (hopefully) more secure and safe online. If there's safer choices to be made, then lets hear it, they deserve a mention. I don't do gaming. My Processor is exactly the same specs as yours. I do play around with my own videos which will include HD when I upgrade my camera....as well as watch a bit on youtube. Some clips just don't matter what resolution I view at but others do. Generally, anything past 360p on YT generally makes the video less fluent and even at times drops out while it buffers. So I'm told, my connection speed should be more than able to deal with YT content. Other than what this whole thread is about, there's no issue at all with me upgrading to a high spec speedy new system (custom desktop), both PC and Mac, but I trust neither. Speaking of my Mac which is of the same vintage as my PC and similar graphics specs, is a dual processor and maxed out with 2GB Ram, it generally has a dedicated purpose but I could try that on YT and see how it fares. I haven't even ventured into the area of putting it on the net since I went BB. It's an option worth exploring. I also have access to another PC just sitting around with a P4 2.4 512MB RAM 40GB HDD onboard graphics. XP home. I just recently took the CD drive out and put it in mine as mine died. Other than that it's a working system. I'm thinking Wireshark and what I've been hearing about that, but that's a bit in the distance yet. OR Getting that stick of 512 MB RAM and putting it in mine. Not sure if it matters if there's a mismatch in brand, but Id imagine the speed of the RAM would. Id have to check it out first. I know zero about RAM drives or close to it, but it looks an interesting option to explore.