hi, i am new to this forum. it's good to know that there are so many experienced people here that i can learn from. does anybody know of a good free hips that i can use? i am using windows xp on a system that is capable of running most things. the most important features to me are the blocking of rootkits and keyloggers. aside from that, all i ask is the ability to disable specific parts of the program to make it less noisy. for example, suppose i wanted to allow the execution of any program. if i uncheck a box somewhere then all programs will execute without asking. if i'm missing something important like access to physical memory or preventing the reading of other processes etc etc, i'm taking suggestions, but please know that i am still inexperienced and learning so excuse my ignorance because you may know a lot more than me . i've actually tried a few hips myself but my experiences are out of date and limited. here are some of the ones i've tried: antihook 2.6: very noisy and caused lots of problems with windows. processguard free: this free version did not protect from driver loading which i think is one way rootkits can get onto a system. besides i think diamondcs has ceased development of their products now? SSM free (latest version): this one does not block driver installation. i tested this by installing hardware drivers and they were not blocked. besides the free version is always based on obsolete versions of the commercial product. this might prove to be its achilles's heel against some new attack. prevx: i don't even think this is a behavioral blocking based hips. it just seems to detect what the community knows to be malware. true more settings are available in advanced modes but i'm not particularly fond of this one, at least as a primary HIPs. eqsecure: it is very hard to get support with this one because the site is in chinese, though its features do seem promising. if only more english documentation was available. winpooch: this one does not seem to stop drivers. i may have tried more, but i can't seem to recall any at the moment. so there you have it..any completely free hips or even a commercial one that has a free version would work for me, as long as it's got the right features. any suggestions?