OK comrades, this I can confirm: IMON DOES slow down everything that is related to the Net - and clicking 'Repair' in the Imon setup tab & rebooting changes nothing. Neither does running the 'WinsockFix.exe' (& rebooting). Before 2.000.8, only firewalls such as Outpost & ZA (possibly others) took a (very very) long time to start, browser & the rest work fine. But the advent of 2.000.8 seems to have only compounded the problem. Now IE, Outlook Express, Firewalls and atom-time clock synchronizers take 'hours' (on a P4 or Athlon scale) to start. Clicking 'quit' in the Imon window to terminate Imon solves all these probs, but then again, it's more of a concession - rather Imon enabled & stay safe. So the questions are: 1) Was 2.000.8 tested before being released ? 2) How long till the IMON issue is adressed ? 3) How long till version 2.000.8 (hopefully fixed) is available for download ?