Well, a friend of mine recommended me to try uninstalling Zone Alarm to notice a gain in Internet speed. Indeed I did, and now I'm wondering if I shouldn't even use it, because my (recently made, year 2005 ) DSL Modem has a built in firewall that blocks a lot of the same stuff Zone Alarm did. The only thing I would be missing is something to block outgoing traffic.
Are there any firewall programs that only allow you to control the outgoing traffic in a similar way Zone Alarm does? maybe I should use version 4.5 of zone alarm?
With Azureus download the same file (swarm of 300 people, 150 connected normally..about 30 seeds) , I get around the same speeds. The internet's webpages load a hellova lot faster though. Images are nearly twice as fast sometimes.