hi, i've been using ESS since beta, and I always had this problem of the firewall turning off by itself when i start/restart the computer. Usually this happen about 1-2 minutes after the comp starts/restarts. When Windows Security Center(WSC) alerts that the firewall is off, i did check the ESS protections status page to see if the firewall is really off, and yes it is OFF. So i guess this is not WSC reporting fault alarm but i believe theres is a bug with ESS which hasnt been fixed since beta. I've been a subscriber for NOD32 for 3 years and i liked version 2.7 alot, and recently my subscription has been expired and looking forward to buying version 3. But the only thing stopping me from renewing is the the problem with the firewall. I've attached images of what happened and hope this will be fixed because i really like ESS and can't see myself going back to using zonealarm agian. BTW i'm using the final version of ESS, and windows xp pro 32bit with all the latest patches.