It seems pretty common for applications to seem to need server access. In particular, I must say Microsoft has got to have some sort of record for the most varried array of program components that want web access. What gets me is that I'm sure out of all those attempts to connect, surely at least one or two must be legitimate? Just know installing a firewall and -LSA outbound version -Winlogon -Userinit logon -Generic host service fow win32 services -Microsoft file and printer sharing -windows explorer (every time I right click something) In the past I think I've just denied everything except when the need is obvious, but I want to be sure there really isn't some part of XP that really does need to connect. (I don't use automatic updates,MSN, messenger, IE, or outlook/express, Timeserver, WMP (only use v6, "classic), MSWord /offices /works or their online games). So...Can I just Block em all? -HandsOff P.S. - I like to thumb my nose at Microsoft, but I am too fond of it to want to cut it off, just yet!