Good day TSOBers, Yesterday I had a big update of my AVG (now 8.0.233; XP Home) and subsequently ZA (8.0.065.000) pops up the following warning about a program attempting to access the internet: If I allow it everything works fine (although there were some unusual things during the supposed update that made me a little nervous). But when I denied this "network scanner service" as a test, I lost my internet connection.:suspiciou 1. Is there any chance this may not have been a legit update and that someone figured out how to hack AVG and redirect their updating process elsewhere and install other things under the cover of an AVG update? As I said, there were some irregularities about the update, one of which prompted me to poke around online about a specific file/process yesterday before allowing the update. Unfortunately I can't remember the name of the process today, but there were a couple of threads out there on the web discussing it, and at worst they were inconclusive (no major red flags) so I went ahead with the update. In light of the major virus issues in the past couple weeks I was leery of delaying a major update for too long. 2. If the update itself is legit, then what is this network scanner service crap? I don't remember it from before, so is it new? And who do they think they are at AVG that they think they have the right to block all network function if the user chooses to disallow their process access to the network??? 3. I also have noticed dramatic internet slowdowns (FF 3.05) since the update, and I do remember that at least one of the items on the update list was about Firefox. Has anyone else noticed this browser slowdown? It's not a slow connection issue, it's more like the browser hangs for long periods before/during completing a user initiated action like opening a hyperlink, etc. It is trememendously irritating, and again makes me wonder about viruses/spyware and whether the AVG update process might somehow have been compromised, hard as that may be to imagine. If anyone has heard anything or experienced similar issues, I would love to hear about it. Thanks.