Please read before voting. Will I benefit from HIPS? So far I have happily settled on NOD32 for my AV. My internet is ADSL via a router / modem which the user manual assures me that I'm "in-bound secure". I feel a firewall is necessary primarily to control naughty outbounds. I tried Jetico which annoyed me because I'm not into endless authorize/block Pop-Ups. I tried a few others as well in short periods to see what they were like. These were Sunbelt Kerio and Commodo. At present I'm running LnS which appeals because its simple and not constantly "in my face". It seems many people like HIPS. so I booted System safety Monitor up to see what all the fuss is about. It is a little busy for my liking. But is showing signs of "settling down". By trialing several comprehensive programs I realise that monitoring of my programs / processes is important as well as just outbound traffic. So I want something/s without "too much" constant hands-on that will give me a reasonable degree of protection against suspicious internal processes and outbound internet. 1. Do I run with a basic firewall and HIPs? 2. Or go with a more comprehensive Firewall alone? 3. Do away with the firewall and just take a HIPS. 4. Other - please specify. Keep in mind I like "less" hands-on (note I didn't say "no" hands-on) and inbound internet is not an issue. For myself, I'm willing to pay. But as lots of readers are in a similar quandary perhaps the members can offer both a paid and free solution. (Don't forget to vote).