(Windows XP Home Edition, service pack 2, router directly connected to modem by wire/cable, wireless connection to my computer, WPA-PSK encrypted, no other computers in my network.) I'm currently trialling Eset Smart Security, with the firewall in interactive mode. Upon (re)boot I noticed a strange request for INBOUND traffic (Microsoft Windows Publisher I think), IP 188.8.131.52. I decided to temporarily allow it. And I did look it up. According to networksolutions: 'OrgName: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency OrgID: UEPA Address: NC 54 at Alexander Drive City: Research Triangle Park StateProv: NC PostalCode: Country: US' That just seems weird. I decided to temporarily allow it because I had problems synchronizing the time on my computer, both automatic and manual. I've noticed that 'Microsoft Windows Publisher' wants to phone out a lot. Also weird. Anyone care to comment ? What business is my computer to the 'U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ' ?