Well, it has been a brutal week, but in a simple sentence, Wormguard has destroyed my system so badly that it looks like a total reformat is the only way out of this mess. I installed Wormguard 1 week ago on XP Home/SP1, fully patched with admin rights, by first stopping ALL running programs & processes, except for critical system processes & services. Besides all the usual problems documented in this forum with Wormguard/XP, I've had many other problems develop. fx, most of my 50+ shortcuts no longer work, or if they work once, they won't work the next 6 times I try to use them. If I right-click a file to scan it, it will freeze all other files in the same folder. The only way to be able to open these files after they freeze up is to uninstall the resident protection, reboot, then reinstall the resident protection again. I've lost the use of a lot of my Start menu shortcuts, such as the Task Scheduler, Help & Support, etc. Folders & files act very sluggish when I open them. And on and on. I can hear you saying now "So just uninstall the program & you're problems will go away". Unfortunatatly, that doesn't work because the hook (wguard.dll) refuses to release it's hooks. When I try to uninstall the resident protection (DiamondCS Wormguard Hook), either in the program or the Control Panel, and then uninstall the program itself, the problems remain. And Wguard.dll won't uninstall because "access is denied - the file is currently in use". Even though I was sure this wouldn't work, I tried deleting Wguard.dll in safe mode & then cleaning the Registry. That made no difference. Uninstalling & reinstalling the app doesn't help either. I have System Restore shut down because I use GoBack. But no matter which restore utility I would use, this is no longer an option because Wormguard was installed 1 week ago, and all restore points from 7 days ago are long gone. I have my primary partion ghosted on a seperate drive, but even this won't offer a solution because I have Wormguard installed on my ghost copy!! Needless to say, I am not very happy now. Why you would foist such a buggy program (well documented in this forum going back to 2002) on the public is beyond me. Even in 2002, threads were posted that v4 "would be released soon" and current compatability problems would dissapear. That was 2 years ago!! And we're still waiting. To be fair, I can understand production times & beta testing running beyond the expected time, but I don't understand why this v3 was left on the market in the meantime. Sure, there are many people who seem to run Wormguard on XP without conflicts, but on the other hand, there seems to be a lot of people in this & other forums who have the sort of problems I'm experiencing. I guess I'm not asking a question, but rather just venting my rage & frustration. I am probably looking at spending the next 2 weeks putting my system back together after reformatting. Baaaaaaa.