Alternatively Fox, you could have done the path of others and got yourself another firewall. Zone Alarm (there's a free edition and a pro edition) by default drops all ICMP Ping packets sent to a machine. So it just makes the appearance that your machine doesn't actually exist as a valid IP. ZA is also quite good in protecting against stealthed intruders. But that's the reason for having a firewall. Imagine if you don't have a firewall. :shock: Or you could get yourself a NAT router. That will instantly remove all traces of people trying to hack into your machine as NAT won't know where to direct the port requests.... that's unless you've got port forward rules in place.