OK, thanks for your help everyone. I forgot about the "Computer Security" forum. Guess I should've checked there first. I'll check out Kerio tonight. It sounds interesting from what people have been saying.
Normally I'm a fan of Norton products, but lately it's been messing my machine up. I uninstalled the personal firewall and all was good again. I must have a conflict somewhere.
If you have a broadband connection your best bet is to get a router (50-70$) and use a free firewall like Zonealarm. The router will block all incoming threats and the firewall will block all outgoing attempts.
Have any of you tried to test the XP Firewall ??? I did and everyport was open .. So I don't use it.
Firewalls are like the Amd and Intel battle (we all know that amd is better by the way) it is all based on personal preferences .. and not listening to what others say, they all do the same thing, some are just diff in terms of function, configuration, and security ..
Ep, glad to see you come back and tidy up...did want to ask a one day favor, I want to enhance my resume , was hoping you could make me administrator for a day, if so, take me right off since I won't be here to do anything, and don't know the slightest about the board, but it would be nice putting "served administrator osnn", if can do, THANKS