This is a security concern I have that everyone using ESET Antivirus should be aware of, I was setting up my firewall outbound packet filtering rules and discovered that, Internet explorer and some other interner applications wont access the interenet untill I create a rule to allow ESET NOD 32 Antivirus ekrn.exe to access the internet. I discovered this is becuase those applications along with a lot of others are listed in ESET's antivirus settings as web browser type applications, and therefore use the ESET local proxy server service to access the internet instead of establishing their own direct internet connection. My security concern is that when you introduce a firewall rule to allow the ESET antivirus ekrn.exe outbound internet access this automaticaly grants outbound internet access to every application listed in the ESET settings as a web browser application, including and by default, svchost.exe which according to windows vista's own firewall documentation, should not be given a firewall rule to explicitly allow it as the services it hosts should have their own individual rules and in fact to allow svchost unfettered internet access actually overrules some of microsofts own rules for those services that are pre written in Windows Firewall. This also means that any malware that gets registered in ESET as a web application blows a hole right through your firewall as soon as you grant ekrn.exe a firewall rule to allow it, and allow it you will, becuase untill you make a firewall rule to allow ekrn.exe outbound internet access your antivrus will not recieve updates. I hope someone will correct me if I am wrong on this but I believe this to be a huge security hole that many people who use firewalls that simply say "eset antivirus is requesting internet access, allow ? yes or no" will have no idea that by saying yes to this, they are allowing a multitude of other apploications full outbound internet access via the eset proxy service that also gets allowed as part of the antivirus program. I would also hope someone would repeat my methods to verify this, I turned on outbound packet filtering in Windows firewall by setting outbound to block, at this point no applications including internet explorer could access the interenet, I then created one rule, to allow ekrn.exe outbound internet access, from that point on , all the internet applications listed in ESET antivirus advanced settings had full and normal internet access including internet explorer messengers utorrent and a bunch of updaters and other apps that are listed in ESET as web browser type applications.