The old addage that "New is Better" has some questionable uncertainty about it. Take for instance Outpost Firewal Pro, this has been in several flavours, v1.0 v2.0 v2.5 v2.6 v2.7 v3.0 v3.5 and now v4.0. I first subscribed to Outpost in 2004 and the version I got at the time was v2.5 with a Lifetime Upgrade Licence. I can remember this being a Rock Solid Firewall, at the time I was blissfully unaware of Leaktests, as I was new to the knowledge of them even though I had been on the Internet since 2002. I had previously used Sygate/Kerio and ZoneAlarm. I can remember when Agnitum announced that there was going to be a New version, v3.0 which would have added Spyware Protection, and I though Wow! this will be great,and eagerly awaited for the new release. Imagine my dissapointment when I finally installed it, and was looking all over the Firewall Interface for the Section that said "Anti-Spyware" only to discover that it was only a plug-in,and not a full functioning Anti-Spyware that was configurable. Anyway I continued with the v3.0 and found it to be very much the same as v2.5 but with this Spyware plug-in added. From then on things started to go wrong with Outpost and MSN Messenger, "It Just Wouldnt Sign-In Automaticaly" I fiddled around with rules, and even asked Outpost to permanently Allow it with no exceptions, but even that didnt work. Then comes the announcement a year later, that v4.0 new and vastly improved was about to be launched in a Beta version, I never touch Betas in my oppinion you should never install a Beta unless you have a test machine,and you arnt too worried if it gets screwed up, because you always have your main machine. On the day the final release of v4.0 was released, I eagerly installed it to see what all the fuss was about, rebooted my computer, and thats when the problems started. My Computer froze before my desktop fully loaded,and the only way out of this mess was to "Power Off" and start again, but this still happened. It turns out that this happened with 1000's of others too,and we all know how many complaints have been posted in forums etc...And I must add that v4.0 was also reporting that certain software installed on your computer, may cause system instability if you proceed with the installation of v4.0 (WTF!) Today there is a newer release to fix these software incompatibility issues, yet the warning message still appears when you install this newer version of v4.0 (Go figure! If its fixed> why still the warning?). Anyway since v4.0 has now decided it needs up to 79MB of Memory usage and above! with all the added plug-in's and added so called termination protection, I decided to throw it out, and re-install the trust worthy v2.5 again. My Computer runs like a Ferrari now, and it uses far less Memory 30MB less even, and thats while I'm writing this post,and have MSN Messenger open too! For those of you that are sceptical of using older versions of Firewalls, let me hastily mention I just ran the same tests that I ran at pcflank while using v4.0. The only difference is that is will not pass pcflank leaktest, but does pass several others, but every other test, including a complete browser test on pcflank, which v4.0 does not pass the cookie test, v2.5 does pass v2.5 Has a 99.9% pass rate. Its lighter, its faster,and its still as rock solid protection as ever I'll be sticking with v2.5 that is at least untill Agnitum can fix up ALL their current problems with v4.0, even then I may just wait untill v5.0 is released to see how that works. Dont be fooled that new means better, If your happy with what was not broken! "Dont try and Fix It!"