Good day, I didn't find the culprit or a narrow set of suspect for that matter. I even forgot a screenshot. Anyway what happened was when I decided to view the Personal Firewall under Protection Status of the GUI, it only showed two items: system and ekrn.exe. The connection view wasn't changed. Even the view in the separate window showed the same thing. I immediately tried to disable/enable the network connection and the display in the Personal Firewall returned to normal (listed all programs with internet/network connections). A list of conditions is all that I can provide: - The PC is running for more than 12 hours. - Explorer terminated (unhandled exception) several times (if you're curious, it's due to single-clicking a zero-length avi file in the browser). Ofcourse, this is not an uncommon combination of conditions in my normal use of my PC (except the last which hardly happens since I have no need for zero-length avi files ) and has never resulted in the same problem. Anyone encountered the same problem? Regards.