Hey, last night when I rebooted by computer I found windows would hang after the login and eventually load a black screen then load the taskbar but with nothing on it. Then it hung and wouldn't respond to any input except mouse movement. Similar symptoms happened before but a reboot in to safe mode fixed the problem. This time I had no such luck. Eventually I found I could open task manager at the all black screen before the taskbar loaded and identified that the ekrn service was "starting" and stayed that way. By booting to safe mode and disabling all the services related to ESS I was able to boot normally, but I still could not get to the web. Ping worked to the 1 server I should be able to see to authenticate to before getting to the rest of the web, but I could not reach the same server with an http or https protocol. The most helpful message I could get out of windows network repair was that www.microsoft.com was not set to contact the http server. I assume this means ESS firewall works by redirecting those requests to itself and somehow this setting was still active even though none of the ESS drivers were running. Long story short, I had to uninstall ESS, and now I can reach http pages fine. This was ESS beta 2 on Windows Vista Home Premium 32 bit on a Dell laptop with a core duo 2 CPU. This problem occurred seemingly randomly, and I do not know what triggered it. ESS was set to auto update every hour and was showing a green icon before shutdown, so I assume it was fully or near fully updated.