Just switched over from ISDN 64K to 1.5M ADSL. Immediately at the point I installed the NIC driver my Winsock became corrupted. I got "Winsock error", "cannot create socket", "critical error", etc. messages. After the fifth time I restored my Win98SE system, I was checking an install log (I use InControl 5 from ZDNET) for Sygate Personal Firewall and found out it basically wrapped itself around Winsock like a tapeworm. I removed SPF and was able to install my NIC driver with no further problems. RASPPOE driver installation also went without a hitch. So here is the question: Anyone know which Freeware Firewall (sounds cheap doesn't it?) will not interfere with my Winsock operation and give me the best protection? Thanks! Presently, I'm hanging out here in the breeze and I don't feel safe.