There are many threads that explain how ESS is a complex unit that uses all it's modules to create a strong barrier against viruses and such, for example the firewall adds an extra layer to the virus protection through its integration to actively scanning (I assume, or something like scanning) and sharing its information with the girth of the AV-sided parts. (correct me if I'm wrong) As many firewall testing sites rate just the firewall without all modules enabled and give ESS firewall scores fairly low compared to other standalone firewalls, however I do realize that this is not how this suite was designed to work, and receives the highest marks when used correctly and not running "half power" with things not enabled. I say this only to transition away from just solely talking about the firewalls standalone abilities but rather the reverse, the firewalls added and necessary use in providing the complete AV protection within ESS and a comparison of whether or not ESS is a more solid and complete protection compared to no32 v3, if not why would ESET provide a suite in which the AV wares in both are of equal levels in protection but with the suite you must enable a insufficient firewall to reach the same level of protection as nod32 v3 (assuming that the ESS and nod32 v3 AV are equal in their stopping strength). Switching gears and with what I have said I wanted to know if ESS has a superior AV protection compared to its NOD32 v3 counterpart keeping in mind ESS will use the firewall and antispam modules integrated into the AV side of things instead of just the ordinary or "classic" view of what a firewalls function is (as replied to do so by many admins that ESS NEEDS to have all enabled), to block things simply put. With ESS do we get a more complete protection in it's "use all or none" design or is it a flaw in which NOD32 v3 is free of, as a whole I realize its a great product and works for me and I love it, however I just felt that all the responses to a lot of posts shrug off important questions in this matter and is a interesting one at that and I would like to know.