I haven't been here much for the last year and a half because I got such good advice then that I haven't needed to come back much. I have Win XP SP2 and a router, avast! AV, BOClean, Spyware Terminator, the two Java cool apps, Windows Defender and various on demand scanners. Well, my system is just too slow and I have problems with applications starting up. Also, icons in the taskbar for the running apps hardly ever show up. I unisntalled Comodo 3 firewall and my startup was MUCH quicker and all of the icons were there. I uninstalled and reinstalled comodo with and without HIPS several times and this scenario was completely reinforced: Comodo makes my system too sluggish and I hardly ever have the sandboxie icon show up in the taskbar with it installed. As an aside, uninstalling Comodo is a nightmare and requires a tool from their site. I may try it again later... but I want a new firewall now that makes controlling outgoing apps and connections really easy on an intermediate user. I have incoming covered with my firewall. I just ran GRC Shields up and I am all stealthed. I hope the firewall is light too. Are there any outbound application and connection control apps that are not firewalls ? I really don't need a firewall, per se, just control of what goes outbound. I had never heard of the OA firewall back when you all gave me the advice for Comodo. How is it ? Is there another one that you would suggest ? I used to run Kerio before Comodo, it was fine. ZA has given me NOTHING but trouble wherever I installed it. I was not smart enough to use Jetico. Filseclab was recommended back then, but I see that it did pretty poorly at Matousec recently. Your thoughts.