Hi Woodward: I am one of the guys who does endless posts about FW's must be a hobby of mine Do you need one? This is a question only you can answer and IMH long winded opinion, it depends entirely on your personal www risk profile. Do you buy things on line? Do you do on line banking? If you do I recommend a solid 2 way FW. The need for outbound is a privacy or id theft issue. This crime is growing. Have you secured this connection from piggybacking? Changed the default user id and psw? Thing is, none of know we have never been infected unless one of our flawed tools/scanners picks it up or we have our id's stolen and the bank account is drained. I agree with most of the answers you got here particularly Paranoid2000. As others have said, you aleady have H/W FW and a S/W FW win FW. So the issue is outbound for you, yes or no on a FW with outbound function. HIPS well yes, a must have if you have any concern about what runs on your PC. Good luck!