For a long time i used Za Free up to v6, and found it very easy/quick to set up etc. For eg, adding/deleting programs etc was a doddle, and the main plus for me was being able to allow/deny internet access to those programs on the fly. Recently i was thinking of trying out Outpost free, but even though i received a lot of very favourable and helpful suggestions, i felt it seemed more complicated etc than i was hoping for. For several months i have been running OA free with the FW. But i could not find a way to allow/deny internet access to programs on the fly. It seems fixed at one or the other. I don't want permanent access given to ANYTHING thank you ! So i've been considering going back to ZA free, or other options. After the latest glowing report tests from Matousec on PC Tools Firewall Plus v188.8.131.52 i thought i'd try it out. Disabled the OA FW, and installed with no probs. On rebooting i configured it to my preferences, and replugged in the modem. Launched FF to go straight to shields up at grc.com to test it, and got this - Hello ! Why on earth does Windows Explorer need out ? It never did with ZA or OA, and anyway i had it blocked with them which never prevented me from connecting anywhere. I had to change the settings to allow WE out, and then i started getting multiple asks for both it and Userinit. Any ideas on why these WE events occur with only PCT ?