I know I asked this type of question before and I looked for it and couldn't find it. I lost my HD and backup drive. So all my settings are gone. Using SS I have set the firewall to interactive mode. I am constantly being bombarded with requests by Windows and I guess Microsoft for an outgoing request. Why does Microsoft need all this information? The question is should I grant access for them? The thing is if I drag the request to the bottom of the screen and ignore it they keep on piling up and interfere with other functions I am running. Non of this nonsense happens in Ubuntu but it also has its quirks. Thanks for any help.