Hey there, New user here... 1. I read the configuration information, but I'm not sure this question is covered: Is there a way to run TDS as a background process, rather than as an application? I guess it doesn't really matter. 2. I did a search on MS Agent and didn't find any posts....Although the speech feature is groovy, I prefer to keep processes at a minimum (28 after disabling most of the MS services defaults is enough for me!). Is there a way to disable MS Agent? It seems that TDS activated Agentsrv. 3. TDS, WG, PE, NOD32, Sygate, AdAware, CookieCop, and McAfee QuickClean all seem to be getting along alright, but I have noticed that TDS sometimes tends not to want to 'end' at shut down. OK, now, I should say this IS a freshly rebuilt XP 2600 SP-1 system, which I noticed had abend issues and some shutdown issues the last time it was a fresh system (numerous 'serious' system errors and crashes) which, strangely, gradually resolved themselves over time (XP is self-healing? Or did all those Windows updates actually do some good? ). Similarly, on an NT-4 SP6a system with NOD32 (but with Agnitum Tauscan and the Cleaner rather than TDS), the NOD32 frequently doesn't want to 'end' at shut down (I will take that up in the NOD forum). Has anyone experienced similar shutdown issues, and I should say here I do regard these as relatively minor? Despite these minor things I am quite happy so far having thrown NAV 2003 overboard like the boat anchor it is, and moved to TDS and NOD32 (NOD32 found a real oldie virus on my NT4 machine no one else found (antiCMOS)). Incidentally, I bought the Microsoft Windows Security Inside Out book (only $45, ooh such a deal! ) and check this out from the section on disabling unneeded services: p. 582: "Windows XP and Windows 2000 offer a lot of services, and too many of them are up and running by default. By shutting down services you don't need or use, you'll improve both security and performance." REEEALLY?? Don't worry folks, I'm making sure not to crack the binding, I may return this book, but in all fairness the descriptions of the services and what they do is OK. I still want to know what COM+ really does, MS' descriptions are pretty vague!