I have a fast computer and plenty of RAM, disk space etc... Cable internet. I have added: a router Software firewall (Kerio 4.2 with BZ rules) BOClean MSAS, SpywareGuard SpywareBlaster AD Aware (on demand) A2 personal (on Demand) ewido (on deman) avast! Home Spybot Immunized.... ...because I have been reading this forum and CastleCops. I don't have HIPS protection at this time. I surf pretty safely, actually. I try to use Firefox or Opera as much as possible. Just to be safer, I am considering adding another layer of defense, HIPS. This is a murky area for me. I could just pay for Kerio firewall and get the HIPS that it offers or I could add antihook or one of the other ones that you guys use. I am an intermediate user. I use Kerio firewall because I found making rules too daunting for me. I was able to import a rules set already created for Kerio firewalls. Jetico and Filseclab were a little too involved for me, just FYI concerning the kind of end user that I am. I am asking for advice on a program or two to try out that would cover this area of security. Free would be terrific. Cheap would be good. I can pay if necessary. I am not too fond of yearly maintenance charges. Your advice, please... P.S. I just posted about LUA accounts as well, in this forum. That switch may actually negate the need of HIPS, yes, no... ? Thanks, B.