i'm the same except i'm using zonealarm which apparently is a problem...? how do i set the windows xp sp2 firewall as my default? if i do this and disable zonealarm, will my d/l speeds increase seeing as i've followed all the instructions regarding setting a static ip and forwading the pot. that all went fine but i'm still downloading a torrent which has over 12,000 seeds at an average spped of 3kbps over a period of 14 hours which has currently reached 47.9%. as you might have guessed i'm a little frustrated that it won't download faster. the fastest speed i've had on this particular torrent by the way is 21kbps. occaisionly it goes into spurts of around an hour of between 5-15kbps but this is rare. please help!!!