I am assuming you are running XP SP2. Go to Control Panel, Administrative Tools, and click Services. Scroll down and right click on Internet Connection Firewall, and click stop. Also change the service to manual under properties, so it doesn't start up again when computer is restarted. Also, want to get rid of that pain in the butt Security Center in XP SP2? Under services, right click under Security Center (I think) and do the same process as above.