It's been a while since I felt I had anything substantial to say that warranted starting another thread. Now recently I've been thinking a lot more about the individual's security needs. So, thought I would create a semi-random thread that would encompass everything and see what you all have to say. It seems that AV companies no days are asking for far too much faith from its users. Why I don't understand. ESET seems to be leading the way in this race to obscurity. Why must we trust that they will deliver a compitent future product. Of course Dr Web, having not released a new version in so very long, is not far behind. The argument has been made that they have done so in the past and thus we should have faith that they will again. That reasoning doesn't work for me. I want to know as much as I can about a product that I'm going to be using, especially with ESET's habit or not supporting past version. Dr Web has so far delivered only promises which have yet to be fulfilled. It seems to me that many AV companies have forgotten that simple and effective can be a very good things. I have never understood Kasperskt's PDM, which flags and alerts the user for every little thing, to the point where I want to throw my system out the window. That's not smart. Intelligence lies in heuristics, as I assume we can all agree. It is important to have an engine that can detect as many pieces of malware as possible, without the need for signatures. But why is it that KAV has decided that is no longer enought. They now feel the need to include an HIPS with their sotware. You will learn that does not work. Quit trying to be the best at everything to the point where you where yourself thin. Size matters. I have never bought the argument that because hard drive space is easy to come by, as is the case with RAM, that security companies do not need to keep themselves in check. The above may be true but it is not a licence to run all 'will nilly.' Keep yourself in check. VBA32, I will admit, has improved in this areas with 3.12.2. But there is more work that can, and should be done. Come on....your off that fat ass and do a squat every once and a while. NOD32 is another example of a fantastic AV that has lost its focus and is no longer worthy of being considered a low-impact solution. I'm not sure what happend to it, but lately it consumes a lot more RAM then it used to. True, the numbers for the processes that NOD32 directly controlls, nod32krn.exe and nod32kui.exe, do not appear to have inflated. However the commit charge says otherwise. Can anyone provide me with a valid argument why having a lean, yet mean, AV is a bad thing? Does the perfect product exist? No. But in a world that seems to be content with sacrificing modern guis for effectiveness we have all lost our way. The perfect AV would have NOD32's effective version 2.7 interfece, VBA32's heuritics, Dr Web's compact definitions, and KAV's update frequency. This is a call, if you will, to stop blindly accepting what ever crap 'they' decide to put in front of you. You have the right to make an impact, you just need to decide to exercise it.