I have a process which is that is always trying to send packets out from my PC, which automatically runs at boot up. It is always identified and stopped by my Zone Alarm Firewall. ZA identifies the port. I then open PE and can get the PID which matches this process. BTW, it is a svchost which complicates matters. By using Whois, I am able detect that the process maps only to a Cablevision web address. If I use Process Explorer and look up the PID, I find the responsible process to be the service DNSCache with a Display name of DNSClient. Since DNSCache is an essential service, I hit a roadblock at that point, in my attempts to figure out exactly what application/process is behind all this. Of course, I can kill the process, and I have with no ill effects, but I am curious and would like to know who is phoning home and the reasoning behind it. If I do kill the process, it does not restart until the next reboot. Any suggestions in isolating what application is causing this, as I feel I am being spied upon? Just for the record, all my security programs are set to 'prompt' before updating. And automatic updates are set to manual for XP WIndows Updates. My system is completely clean according to my AV, Trojan program, Ad-aware, GAS, Spybot S&D, and HijackThis scans.