I dont think the new AVK , Kaspersky+bitDefender double engine, is using any proxy for detection -the way avast! or panda do; i went through their page which is very scant and there was no mention about any proxy use: their heuristic monitor OutbrekShield should employ no proxy either. Moreover,they support IMAP emails which is important for me. My question stems from the fact that i want to keep using my Sygate Pro firewall, at least for another year, (couldnt find anything better), and this one notoriously suffers from the proxy syndrome. If anyone (NicM?) could please let me know for SURE that there is no trace of proxies in AVK 2006 antivirus i'd be glad to try it.