So I've been a loyal ESET NOD32 user since 2007. I have consistently been having trouble with these 3 areas and have never found a solution anywhere online or via random "guess & test". 1) I don't have a clue how to properly use certificates. My understanding is NOD32 is capable of verifying authenticity and encryption of SSL browser connections using certificates. Can someone please give proper step by step instructions to configure this correctly for use with Internet Explorer 8, Firefox 3, Google Chrome 7, Safari 5, Opera 10? I use all of these 5 browsers on windows and none of them can use the SSL/Certificate authentication properly. It's so bad that some of the browsers are unable to use enhanced/secure encryption for logging in, online shop checkout process, etc. I'm using Vista Home Premium Service Pack 2 2) Protocol Filtering, I have it enabled to scan all SSL activity but I don't know if I have configured/used something incorrectly. It's related to the first problem I listed. So help with this would be appreciated. 3) I randomly at reboot/bootup get the prompt "Error Communicating with Kernel" and NOD32 does not load/startup. I then have to go into the start menu and launch the NOD32 program from the ESET group and then NOD32 loads and proceeds with startup scan. I did find a document from the eset knowledge base mentioning this issue but the solution given had zero effect on my situation. 4) I'd like to know which programs should be selected in the "Active Mode" list and which programs should be selected in the "Excluded Applications" list in the advanced settings. I ask because several programs when not ticked in the excluded applications list cause my vista to slowdown/lockup/freeze or malfunction. Some parts even cause browsers to not work correctly on certain sites or protocols. I need help fixing this all together.