(This refers to a sept 1st post by Nul|) A lot of people advise to turn your personal firewall off, in particular when you're not OnLine continuously and got no naughty secrets in your personal files. But I recently swapped Norton '02 for Norton Internet Security '03 and all hell broke loose- it started screaming about files trying to get to Internet, and I clicked away like mad on Blocking & Ok but such didn't help very much. Found out later that I sheltered spyware from the Gator Company, and it's been going on for some time. I cleaned out my pc and got rid of it, but this shows that NIS03 is an alert little devil, right? On the other hand; my Internetting got a lot slower (speed down from 56 kbps to 44), pagehopping takes ages, pages are often Not Found, I loose my Incall connection more often, incoming/outgoing mail procedures are not going well, and my Norton journal just notified me cheerily that an update package got lost because it was Blocked (this over-extensive filtering Nul| talks about?)... Maybe all this could be added to the list "Pro's & Contra's of Personal Firewalls". Unless my problems have nothing to do with the NIS packet?